April 14th, 2014
12:15 PM ET
4 days ago

Obama marks Holy Week, reflects on Kansas shooting

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama took time on Monday at a Holy Week prayer breakfast to reflect on the deadly shooting outside a Jewish community center in Kansas.

He noted the religious timing of the violence in Overland Park where a man with a long history of spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric is suspected of killing three people, including a boy and his grandfather.
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President Obama pushes for equal pay for women
Obama speaks during his visit to Valencia College in Orlando on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Obama is visiting the school to highlight women's economic issues. (AP Images)
March 20th, 2014
05:25 PM ET
4 weeks ago

President Obama pushes for equal pay for women

Orlando, Florida (CNN) – President Barack Obama's latest push in his much touted "Year of Action" is to help women get on an equal playing field with men.

Obama, speaking Thursday to a group of students and staff at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, discussed his plan to give women more access to higher education and skills for the workforce.

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March 18th, 2014
07:48 PM ET
4 weeks ago

First lady's official trip to China will stay away from politics

Washington (CNN)-First Lady Michelle Obama's trip to China this week will focus on broadening ties between the U.S. and China and will avoid discussions of any political differences.

Mrs. Obama will depart Wednesday on her week-long trip where she will visit three cities and speak to students at several schools about the importance of education and youth empowerment in their communities.

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February 27th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
2 months ago

Nutrition labels to get makeover for first time in 20 years

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is hoping to make healthy eating easier for Americans by announcing a makeover for all nutrition labels on pre-packaged foods.

The Food and Drug Administration’s proposed new rules would be the first upgrade in 20 years and would include changing the serving size and updating the recommended daily guidelines for various nutrients.

The guidelines will be announced on Thursday by first lady Michelle Obama in an event at the White House.

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Jay Carney is clean-shaven
January 24th, 2014
01:21 PM ET
3 months ago

Jay Carney is clean-shaven

Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney emerged in the daily press briefing Friday with a fresh look: His recent beard was gone.

"The time had come to shave. Here I am, the old me," Carney said to amused reporters.
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White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union
January 23rd, 2014
01:10 PM ET
3 months ago

White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – Just days before President Barack Obama gives his annual State of the Union address, the White House is offering a rare look at the preparations for the speech.

The President's chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, used the White House's Instagram account on Wednesday to release several pictures of the process that goes into writing the speech. Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett continued the behind-the-scenes look on Thursday with pictures listed under #InsideSOTU on Instagram as well as Twitter.

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Obama, Maria Shriver to talk women’s poverty issues
January 13th, 2014
08:01 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama, Maria Shriver to talk women’s poverty issues

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will on Tuesday discuss a topic he is familiar with from his childhood – American women living in economic insecurity and trying to be breadwinners and caregivers at the same time.

Raised by a single mother who was described as someone who struggled to pay the bills, Obama on Tuesday will meet with Maria Shriver, who is reporting on some 42 million women who she says live “one single incident – a doctor's bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-down car – away from economic ruin."

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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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The first family's European vacation
June 14th, 2013
03:49 PM ET
10 months ago

The first family's European vacation

White House (CNN) - President Barack Obama's family will start their summer vacation with a trip to Europe, joining him as he travels to the United Kingdom and Germany next week, the White House announced on Friday.

First lady Michelle Obama and first daughters Malia and Sasha will start their three-day tour by attending the president's speech to local students in Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
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Filed under: Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Sasha Obama
Obama will give up portion of his salary
April 3rd, 2013
03:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama will give up portion of his salary

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will put 5% of his paycheck back into the federal government's coffers in a show of unity with furloughed federal workers, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Obama, whose $400,000 annual salary is set in law and can't officially be changed, will write a check made out to the U.S. treasury every month beginning in April. Since the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts went into effect March 1, his payment for last month will be paid retroactively.
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