May 7th, 2014
02:42 PM ET
3 months ago

White House security breach appears to be honest mistake

(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.

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Filed under: Secret Service • White House
May 7th, 2014
11:17 AM ET
3 months ago

On climate change forecast, White House opts for meteorologists

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.
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Filed under: climate change • President Obama • White House
White House locked down after car is driven into secure area
May 6th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
3 months ago

White House locked down after car is driven into secure area

Washington (CNN) – Officials locked down the White House on Tuesday due to a situation at a street entrance to the complex, according to CNN journalists inside.

The move came after a vehicle followed a motorcade into a secure area at 4:40 p.m., a U.S. Secret Service spokesperson said.

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Filed under: White House
May 6th, 2014
10:32 AM ET
3 months ago

White House sets out looming climate risks for U.S., calls for 'urgent action'

Washington (CNN) – Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires.

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

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Filed under: climate change • Energy • President Obama • White House
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
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