Updated 9:34 a.m. ET, 1/9/2014
White House (CNN) – The White House is finally following on an initiative in 2013’s State of the Union, just three weeks before he lays out his new agenda for this year.
President Obama will host an event in the East Room on Thursday to announce what they refer to as “Promise Zones”- economically hard-hit areas where the White House will focus efforts to attract investments to overall improve the areas with job creation, economic security, education, affordable housing, and public safety.
Updated 12:05 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014
(CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates set off shock waves in Washington with accounts from his upcoming memoir, in which he unleashes blistering criticism of Congress and his former colleagues in the Obama administration.
He also claims the President lost faith in his own Afghanistan policy.
Washington (CNN) – Signaling what could be a difficult year for enacting legislation in Washington, a top Obama administration official said the White House is taking a realistic view on what can pass Congress in the months leading up to the fall's mid-term election.
Don't judge us by what makes its way through Capitol Hill, the senior administration official cautioned.
(CNN) – Things looked a little different at the White House Monday.
The formerly clean-shaven Press Secretary Jay Carney returned from vacation, unveiling new stubble at the press briefing, much to the delight of the White House press corps who teased the spokesman for his more trendy look.
(CNN) - John Moeller knows a lot of secrets from his time working at the White House.
But unlike a former Oval Office aide or a chief of staff, he has the real dish and is leaving nothing off the table.
Updated 4:13 p.m., 12/18/2013
(CNN) - An independent assessment of National Security Agency surveillance ordered by President Barack Obama recommends the controversial collection of so-called metadata of Americans' electronic communications remain in place.
But the collection program predominantly covering phone records and e-mail must have tighter constraints and greater transparency, according to the report released on Wednesday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The United States' delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia won't include a member of President Barack Obama's family or an active cabinet secretary, but it will include openly gay athletes – a clear jab at Russia's recent anti-gay laws.
Billie Jean King, the tennis legend, will join figure skater Brian Boitano at the games' opening ceremonies on February 7, the White House said Tuesday.
(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama brought holiday cheer to young patients at Children's National Medical Center in Washington on Monday - a tradition that dates back 60 years with first lady Bess Truman.
"This is one of my favorite traditions ... coming to see you guys at the hospital," she told a group of children, staff members and families that had gathered to see her.
After a tour through the medical care unit, Obama sat down to read "A Visit From St. Nicholas" ('Twas the night before Christmas ...) to the group.
Washington (CNN) – In the "will he stay or will he go?" saga, a Senior Obama Administration official confirms to CNN that, this time it seems, Pete Rouse really is leaving the administration.
When asked if this time Rouse was really leaving, a Senior Administration Official said coyly, "He's said many times that he is leaving. This time, people seem to believe him."
Update 8:14 p.m., 12/4/2013
(CNN) – Obamacare is back, at least in how President Barack Obama refers to his signature health care reforms.
Following the botched October 1 launch of the HealthCare.gov website for the reforms, the Obama administration appeared to steer clear of the nickname Obamacare originally given by hostile Republicans and later adopted by the President.