Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is taking on an issue causing alarm at schools and kitchen tables across the country: the increasing rate of concussions in young athletes.
The White House said on Friday that Obama would host a “safe sports” summit convening coaches and experts in the coming weeks, where he’ll announce vows from public and private partners to raise awareness of brain and head injuries in kids’ sports.
(CNN) – A top aide to President Barack Obama will assist officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs conduct a review of agency procedures after accusations of deadly delays in care at some hospitals.
Obama said he had tasked Rob Nabors, his deputy chief of staff, to assist VA leaders, including Secretary Eric Shinseki, in conducting their audit of clinics nationwide.
"America has a sacred trust with the men and women who serve our country in uniform - one that continues when they come home - and we must do everything to keep that trust," Obama said in a statement Wednesday, adding it was essential "we get to the bottom of what happened" at a VA hospital in Phoenix, where some veterans died while waiting for care.
(CNN) – In a bid to address the country's crumbling infrastructure, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will use the backdrop of New York's outdated Tappan Zee Bridge to warn that House Republicans are jeopardizing thousands of American jobs by failing to replenish the nation's highway trust fund.
"While a bipartisan group of members in the Senate are working toward a compromise, there has been no progress by House Republicans to date on the issue. A look at the House Republican approach to infrastructure shows the same top-down approach to the economy that isn't good for the middle class or jobs," a White House official said.
The White House official is referring to a transportation bill put forth by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat.
(CNN) - Secret Service agents assigned to a Washington investigative team were asked to monitor the safety of an aide to the agency’s director, the Washington Post reported Sunday, though the duties of the agents and the length of observation were disputed by a Secret Service spokesman.
The Post, in an article citing three people familiar with the operation, reported that agents within the service’s “Prowler” program went twice per day to the Maryland home of Lisa Chopey, the assistant to then-Director Mark Sullivan. In its article, the newspaper said the “Prowler” agents were diverted from patrolling the White House perimeter to instead check in on Chopey’s wellbeing.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama turns his attention this week to the state of America’s roads and bridges as the clock ticks toward a funding gap on infrastructure projects nationwide.
The White House said Sunday that Obama and his deputies would spent multiple days this week calling on Congress to pass a bill to improve the country’s crumbling infrastructure before existing funding runs out at the end of this summer.
(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver Saturday's weekly address for Mother's Day weekend, the White House announced Friday.
The White House said her remarks will focus on the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by an Islamist militant group and, more broadly, about education around the world.
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Mountain View, California (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday announced a series of steps to boost energy efficiency and advance solar priorities in an effort to underscore green-job creation and combat carbon pollution.
Appearing at a Wal-Mart store in Mountain View, California, Obama said generating more clean energy and wasting less overall is good for consumers and the economy.
(CNN) – It seems at this point to be an honest mistake.
That's what a source tells CNN's Michelle Kosinski about Tuesday's security breach that resulted in a White House lockdown.
Washington (CNN) - When it came to spreading the word about the government's alarming new report on climate change, senior advisers to President Obama thought who better to talk about extreme weather forecasts than meteorologists.
A senior administration official said the decision to bring in well-known weather forecasters from both national broadcast networks and local television stations for a series of interviews in the White House Rose Garden with the President was designed to avoid a debate over whether climate change is actually happening. Instead, the intended focus was to help communities prepare for the National Climate Assessment's predictions of droughts, heat waves, and severe storms that are on the way.