January 16th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
3 months ago

Barbara Bush hopes Jeb won't run for president

(CNN) - If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush makes a bid for the White House, he may not have his mother's blessing.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush said in an interview with C-SPAN on Thursday that the United States needs to expand the number of families holding the nation's highest political office beyond her own, as well as the Clintons and Kennedys.

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Filed under: Barbara Bush • Jeb Bush • White House
January 14th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama gives Miami Heat a White House welcome

Washington (CNN) - Armed with one liners, a few digs, and a broad smile, President Barack Obama welcomed the 2013 NBA Champions, the Miami Heat, to the White House Tuesday afternoon, and congratulated them on winning the world championship for a second year in a row.

"Last season the Heat put together one of the most dominating regular seasons ever by a defending champion," said the President, flanked by the team's players, coaches and owners.
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Filed under: Basketball • President Obama • White House
White House awards Accenture HealthCare.gov contract
January 11th, 2014
07:59 PM ET
3 months ago

White House awards Accenture HealthCare.gov contract

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration has tapped the world's largest consulting firm to take over its beleaguered Obamacare website.

Accenture, a consulting and technology services company with 281,000 employees and $28.6 billion in revenue, won the one-year contract to continue fixing HealthCare.gov, the online health insurance marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services made the announcement Saturday.
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Filed under: Obamacare • White House
Obama turns personal at 'Promise Zones' announcement
January 9th, 2014
04:32 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama turns personal at 'Promise Zones' announcement

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama took a detour into his personal history Thursday, saying a new economic initiative could help kids who were "goofing off" like he once did.

"There was a period of time in my life where I was goofing off," Obama told an audience in the White House. "I was raised by a single mom. I didn't know my dad."
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Filed under: President Obama • White House
White House to announce efforts for 'Promise Zones'
January 8th, 2014
09:13 PM ET
3 months ago

White House to announce efforts for 'Promise Zones'

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.
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Filed under: White House
January 7th, 2014
07:07 PM ET
3 months ago

Gates' tell-all rattles White House, Congress

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.
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Filed under: Obama administration • Robert Gates • White House
White House: Judge us not by what passes Congress
January 7th, 2014
06:02 PM ET
3 months ago

White House: Judge us not by what passes Congress

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.
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Filed under: Congress • White House
January 6th, 2014
02:56 PM ET
3 months ago

Carney debuts new beard at press briefing

(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.
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Jello salad and lots of biscuits: reminiscences of a White House chef
December 23rd, 2013
01:13 PM ET
4 months ago

Jello salad and lots of biscuits: reminiscences of a White House chef

(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.
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Review: NSA snooping program should stay in place
December 18th, 2013
01:11 PM ET
4 months ago

Review: NSA snooping program should stay in place

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.

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Filed under: NSA • White House
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