January 13th, 2011
03:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Cold War returns to White House for a day


Washington (CNN) - It was what diplomats might call a "frank exchange of views" Thursday as White House spokesman Robert Gibbs got into a Cold War-style tiff with a Russian reporter about whether American freedoms go too far and may have led to the tragic shooting in Tucson.

In one of the most surreal moments I have ever seen in nearly seven years covering the beat, Andrei Sitov of the Itar-Tass News Agency pressed Gibbs at his daily briefing about whether "the quote, unquote 'freedom' of a deranged mind to react in a violent way is also American" like the freedom of speech and the right to assembly.
FULL POST


Filed under: Robert Gibbs • White House
Obama to travel to Tucson Wednesday in wake of weekend rampage
January 10th, 2011
08:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to travel to Tucson Wednesday in wake of weekend rampage

(CNN)–President Barack Obama will travel to Arizona on Wednesday in the wake of the weekend shooting there that left six people dead and 14 wounded, including a member of Congress, two senior administration officials told CNN Monday.

The president will likely attend a memorial service and visit with victims' families in Tucson, the sources said. He has already spoken to many of the family members by phone.

FULL STORY

Filed under: Arizona • President Obama
January 10th, 2011
02:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Former Hill staffer, wife of White House aide, dies in burning car

Washington (CNN) - Lobbyist and former Congressional aide Ashley Turton, wife of a top White House staffer, was killed Monday in an early morning fire in her garage, according to sources familiar with the still-unfolding investigation.

D.C. Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer would not confirm the identity of the victim but said the first emergency calls came in around 5 a.m. ET. He said "the main theory now is that this was a crash event and then a fire" in the garage adjacent to Turton's home on Capitol Hill.
FULL POST


Filed under: Capitol Hill
Obama speaks with Giffords' husband, briefed Sunday morning
President Barack Obama talks with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on his cell phone Saturday
January 9th, 2011
11:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama speaks with Giffords' husband, briefed Sunday morning

(CNN) - President Obama spoke by phone late Saturday to Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured in a mass shooting, a senior White House official said.

The official told CNN that Obama "expressed his deep concern and full support" for the family in the wake of the tragedy.

FULL STORY

Filed under: Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords • President Obama
Dole back in hospital with fever
January 8th, 2011
09:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Dole back in hospital with fever

Washington (CNN) - Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was in and out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier this week because of an elevated temperature, but the former lawmaker disclosed Saturday that he has now been admitted to the hospital yet again after the fever returned.

In a written statement obtained by CNN, the 87-year-old Dole revealed that he was admitted to Walter Reed on Tuesday because of the initial fever.
FULL POST


Filed under: Bob Dole
Daley moving quickly to take power at White House
January 6th, 2011
06:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Daley moving quickly to take power at White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New White House Chief of Staff William Daley will be on the job before the State of the Union, according to senior administration officials, and there are early signs he also will be bringing in some of his own senior aides.
The decision is leaving some current White House staffers feeling uneasy about where they will fit in the flow chart.

Several Democratic sources said Daley is planning to bring along to the White House at least some close allies, people who date back to his time as commerce secretary during the Clinton administration as well as other stops in his impressive resume.
FULL POST


Filed under: White House • William Daley
Volcker stepping down from White House advisory post
January 6th, 2011
09:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Volcker stepping down from White House advisory post

(CNN) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is stepping down as chairman of President Obama's outside economic advisory panel, according to Democratic sources familiar with the move, as the reshuffling of the White House's economic team continues.

The announcement comes as senior officials say Obama is expected on Friday to make a much more substantial move by officially naming Gene Sperling to replace Larry Summers as the chairman of the National Economic Council, the key policymaking office inside the White House.
FULL POST


Filed under: Obama administration • Paul Volcker
BREAKING: William Daley at White House
January 5th, 2011
04:54 PM ET
4 years ago

BREAKING: William Daley at White House

Washington (CNN) - Two senior Democratic officials say William Daley was at the White House Wednesday meeting with President Obama and other officials. Officials said there has been no job offer but that Daley is emerging as the leading contender to be next White House chief of staff.


Filed under: White House • William Daley
Obama signs 9/11 health bill
January 2nd, 2011
03:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama signs 9/11 health bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama signed the 9/11 health bill into law in Hawaii on Sunday, White House spokesman Bill Burton said.

Obama signed the bill during his Hawaiian vacation. No signing ceremony was held.

The bill made a long journey in order to get signed. A printed copy of the bill flew with a White House staffer from Washington to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, so Obama could sign it from his vacation rental in Kailua.

FULL STORY

Filed under: 9/11 • Health care • President Obama
Threats follow White House to Hawaii
December 29th, 2010
07:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Threats follow White House to Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) – Every day before 8 a.m. Hawaiian time, President Obama gets an extensive briefing about all of the national security threats that have been bubbling around the world overnight while he's been vacationing.

An intelligence official heads over to Obama's vacation rental to deliver the Presidential Daily Brief, the very same classified briefing he receives every day back at the White House, and then a series of White House staffers provide him with extra information throughout the day via secure telephone, video and email lines.

FULL STORY

Filed under: President Obama • White House
« older posts
newer posts »