White House set to lay out imminent climate risks
May 5th, 2014
04:00 PM ET
3 months ago

White House set to lay out imminent climate risks

Updated 7:49 p.m. ET, 5/5/2014

Washington (CNN) - Flooded rail lines. Plagues of pests and herbicide-resistant weeds. A rash of wildfires.

Those are some of the alarming predictions in an early draft of a White House climate change report set for release on Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's broader second-term effort to help the nation prepare for the effects of warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, and more erratic weather.

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Filed under: climate change • White House
Obama names new White House counsel
April 21st, 2014
04:20 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama names new White House counsel

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has tapped Washington lawyer W. Neil Eggleston as White House counsel, the White House said Monday.

He starts the second week in May, replacing Kathryn Ruemmler, one of the President's most trusted advisers.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
Is Justin Bieber getting special treatment?
Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 13 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
April 21st, 2014
02:33 PM ET
3 months ago

Is Justin Bieber getting special treatment?

Washington (CNN) – Justin Bieber is allowed to stay in the United States - for now.

The White House won't comment on a petition signed by more than 270,000 asking for the pop star to be deported for his repeated starring role in famous-people-behaving-badly.

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Filed under: Immigration • White House
April 21st, 2014
01:07 PM ET
3 months ago

Obamas open up South Lawn to eager children for Easter Egg Roll

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Easter Bunny to welcome a crowd of children, parents and volunteers to the White House South Lawn on Monday for the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll.

The first couple walked onto the Truman Balcony, which overlooks the South Lawn, and the President wished everyone a "Happy Easter." As he looked out onto the crowd he added, "This is the biggest event we have at the White House all year long."

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama • White House
April 21st, 2014
11:38 AM ET
3 months ago

Video: Obama reads, shoots hoops at Egg Roll

The president and first lady entertain kids during the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.


Filed under: President Obama • White House
April 8th, 2014
09:05 AM ET
4 months ago

Inside Politics: Equal Pay gap reaches White House

What’s real and imagined about “equal pay day?

Women make less than men, even at the White House: Happy Equal Pay Day! Well, not happy, really. Today is the day in the year when American women’s pay from last year catches up to that of American men. Women, according to the data, make about 77 cents for every dollar a man does. We’re 23% into 2014.

Whether or not there is an actual pay gap and how large it is remain the subject of some debate. The census data that shows women make 77 cents for every dollar men make is calculated by adding all the wages of women and dividing the total by all the wages of men. But that doesn’t take into account a lot of factors, like women taking time off work to have children or choosing different career paths.

Professional fact checkers at Factcheck.org (“exaggeration”), Politifact (“Mostly False”) and The Washington Post (“one Pinocchio”) have all found problems with the claim. The American Association of University Women released a report that concluded the pay gap was closer to 7% than 23%.

For the past several elections, Democrats have adopted the equal pay issue and made the equality of paychecks a huge priority.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Inside Politics • Ted Cruz • White House
April 7th, 2014
12:44 PM ET
4 months ago

Democrats highlight equal pay in political push

Washington (CNN) - From the White House to Capitol Hill to the campaign trail, Democrats are planning an across-the- board push on paycheck equality on Tuesday, the party's first large-scale coordinated effort on the issue ahead of November's midterm elections.

The full-court press by the White House, congressional Democrats and party officials, comes on National Equal Pay Day, which reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama • Senate • White House
White House counsel set to leave in May
Kathryn Ruemmler seen at far right
April 7th, 2014
09:34 AM ET
4 months ago

White House counsel set to leave in May

Washington (CNN) - Kathryn Ruemmler, the top White House lawyer who became a key adviser to President Barack Obama, will leave her post in May, a White House official said on Monday.

Ruemmler will return to private practice after her time serving Obama. She has advised the President on a number of delicate issues, most recently the CIA's clash with the Senate over allegations of spying on Intelligence Committee staffers.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
April 6th, 2014
01:19 PM ET
4 months ago

White House has talked with Samsung about Obama-Ortiz selfie

(CNN) – Samsung's reported selfie marketing stunt last week got the company into a bit of trouble with the White House.

Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on CBS’s "Face the Nation" that the White House counsel's office has had "conversations" with Samsung, after Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz took a picture of himself and President Barack Obama during a visit to the White House by the 2013 World Series winners.

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Filed under: White House
White House to stress equal pay in policy, political push
April 6th, 2014
11:57 AM ET
4 months ago

White House to stress equal pay in policy, political push

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will go back to the first law he signed as president on Tuesday, addressing equal pay with two new executive actions that satisfy both policy and political priorities within the White House.

According to a White House official, Obama's executive actions will focus on "pay secrecy," the idea that women who are paid less than their male counterparts may not know it because they don't know what other employees are making.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
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