July 1st, 2014
08:28 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama jokes about 'crack' pies

Washington (CNN) - You don't hear this every day at the White House.

President Barack Obama praised retiring White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses as the "Crustmaster" for his delicious pies, at an event Monday to celebrate LGBT Pride Month.

FULL POST


Filed under: President Obama • White House
Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court at record low
June 30th, 2014
11:08 AM ET
6 months ago

Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court at record low

(CNN) – The same day the Supreme Court issued a high-stakes ruling on a controversial part of President Barack Obama's health care law, a new national survey indicates confidence in the high court is at a record low, as Americans' trust in all three branches of government has fallen.

The release of a Gallup poll Monday coincides with the high court's decision that the government can't require that closely held companies pay for some types of contraceptives for its employees.

FULL POST


Filed under: Congress • Supreme Court • White House
Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together
June 25th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
6 months ago

Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together

Washington (CNN) - After more than six decades of public service, Israeli President Shimon Peres paid his last official visit to the White House on Wednesday.

The Israeli leader discussed with President Barack Obama the wavering stability in the Middle East as civil uprisings in Iraq and Syria plague the region, as well as Iran's nuclear program – an issue Israel sees as a major threat to its security.

FULL POST


Filed under: Iran • Iraq • Israel • Nuclear power • Nuclear weapons • President Obama • Syria • White House
White House nears completion of effort to implement DOMA ruling
June 20th, 2014
12:00 AM ET
6 months ago

White House nears completion of effort to implement DOMA ruling

Washington (CNN) – Following last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the ban on federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, the White House is announcing Friday that more benefits will be extended to those couples, no matter where they live.

Included in those benefits will be the ability to take time off to care for a same-sex spouse without the risk of being fired.

A White House official said Friday the Department of Labor was beginning a process to extend those benefits, which are laid out in the Family and Medical Leave Act, to married same-sex couples. The rules would extend nationwide, even in states that don't recognize such marriages.

FULL POST


Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • White House
June 18th, 2014
04:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Jay Carney gives last White House press briefing

(CNN) - Press secretary Jay Carney gave his last White House press briefing on Wednesday, telling reporters "it's always been a pleasure."

"...no matter how hard it can get it here; how hot it can sometimes be, and contentious it sometimes is," he said.

FULL POST


Filed under: Jay Carney • White House
Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions
June 18th, 2014
02:39 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama opened the first 'Maker Faire' at the White House Wednesday, by asking why there was an 'e' at the end of ‘Faire’ He then quipped, “This is America, we don't have 'e's at the end of 'fair'."

He then asked jokingly if there would be jousting.

FULL POST


Filed under: President Obama • White House
Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation
June 16th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will sign an order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees "on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that specifics "are still being finalized," but the order would "build upon existing protections" around race, ethnicity and religion for those employed by entities doing business for the government.

FULL POST


Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • White House
White House 'energetically' working on transferring Gitmo detainees
June 11th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
6 months ago

White House 'energetically' working on transferring Gitmo detainees

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's national security team is pushing forward on moving detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to other countries amid outrage in Congress at the recent transfer of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

While there aren't any "imminent transfer announcement in the works," the team assigned to moving detainees is "energetically working this issue every day from Washington, foreign capitals, and places in between," according to National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

FULL POST


Filed under: Guantanamo • Guantanamo Bay • White House
Top White House official pushes back on climate, Bergdahl criticism
June 6th, 2014
01:13 PM ET
7 months ago

Top White House official pushes back on climate, Bergdahl criticism

Washington (CNN) – Top White House adviser John Podesta defended the administration on criticism about its decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, the proposal to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent and the mishandling of veterans health care.

"The President will make tough decisions," Podesta told a group of reporters Friday at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor.

FULL POST


Filed under: White House
White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations
June 5th, 2014
03:34 PM ET
7 months ago

White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations

Washington (CNN) – Move along, nothing to see here.

That's the message President Barack Obama and his administration are sending with its most recent ambassadorial nominations after facing scrutiny from Republicans and Democrats over the questionable credentials of some recent picks to represent the United States abroad.

FULL POST


Filed under: Ireland • Obama administration • White House
« older posts
newer posts »