The White House (CNN) - President Obama endorsed his administration’s decision to keep in place age restrictions on the purchase of Plan B, the so-called "morning after pill", without a prescription.
"I did not get involved in the process," Obama said when asked if he personally intervened in the matter. "This was a decision that was made by Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of HHS."FULL STORY
(CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama began his push for renewed engagement with Asia, seeking to highlight domestic jobs that increased exports to the region would create.
Obama is using the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit - hosted by the U.S. for the first time since the Clinton administration - as a kickoff for a new era in foreign policy focusing on the region.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are hosting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and his wife, Diana, for dinner tonight.
It may seem like an unusual double date. Cantor has often been a thorn in the White House's side, pulling out of "the Biden talks" on deficit reduction in June to leave negotiations on raising the debt ceiling to President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. Those negotiations ultimately failed to reach a "grand bargain" to reduce the deficit by several trillion dollars over ten years.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The White House and Senate Democrats have agreed to push the effective date of a proposed "millionaire's surtax" back a year to January 2013 and to slightly raise the rate, White House and congressional sources told CNN on Wednesday.
A 5% surtax on Americans earning $1 million or more per year - proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, as a means of funding President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill - had been planned to take effect in January 2012. Under the new agreement, the surtax would be 5.6%, a Senate Democratic leadership aide told CNN.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - White House Deputy Communications Director Jen Psaki, a longtime aide to President Obama, is leaving the administration to run the Washington, DC office of Global Strategy Group, a New York-based consulting firm that specializes in strategic communications and polling, including work with many prominent Democratic political candidates and financial clients.
The well-liked redhead – currently the top female aide in the Obama press shop – has clocked four years working in the White House and, before that, the presidential campaign. She’s also worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of House Democrats, as well as for the successful re-election bids of Iowa's Governor Tom Vilsack (now the Secretary of Agriculture) and Sen. Tom Harkin.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The White House is promising President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress will finish up before 8:30 p.m. ET next Thursday, ahead of kickoff time in the NFL season opener between the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.
"I can assure all you football fans he will be completed by kick-off," Carney said during his Thursday briefing to reporters.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama is rolling through the Midwest this week on a three-state, campaign-style swing in a brand new, sleek, black, armored bus. It's pretty flashy – no, seriously, it is, as in it has flashing lights like a police vehicle, which were on as the president rolled into his stop in Cannon Falls, Minn. on Monday.
The bus is one of two the Secret Service bought recently (one in April, one in June) to move "protectees" – President Obama, Vice President Biden, the First Lady and, soon, the Republican presidential nominee, as well as others.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called Monday for political will from both parties to fix what he described as the country's "imminently solvable" economic problems in the wake of last week's downgrade of its credit rating by Standard & Poor's.
In remarks to reporters that were added to his daily schedule, Obama noted the downgrade from AAA to AA+ announced Friday occurred because "they doubted our political system's ability to act" following the grueling negotiations with congressional leaders that preceded last week's agreement on a debt ceiling increase.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will make a statement to reporters Monday about the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and the loss of U.S. service members, including 22 Navy SEALs, killed in Afghanistan over the weekend, a White House official said.
The comments are scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at the White House.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama is now supporting the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the ban on same sex marriage President Clinton signed into law in 1996.
"He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act ... which would take DOMA off the books once and for all," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at yesterday's briefing. "This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples."FULL STORY