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President Obama to speak on Egypt

President Barack Obama will take a break from his vacation on Martha's Vineyard to deliver a statement on the situation in Egypt, the White House says.

WH spokesman decries Missouri rodeo clown

White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he doesn't know if President Obama has expressed an opinion on the Missouri rodeo show clown who sparked controversy over the weekend by donning an Obama mask. But Earnest -- who grew...

White House condemns violence in Egypt

The White House said Wednesday it "strongly condemns" the Egyptian military's lethal decision to lay seige to sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and that it "strongly opposes" a return to emergency law the military has imposed. At...

President Obama to honor Miami Dolphin's 1972 team and its "perfect season"

President Obama will honor the 1972 Miami Dolphins -- the team that went undefeated in the regular season (17 to 0) and then won the Super Bowl -- at the White House next Tuesday. The ceremony will be the first...

President Obama to pitch economy on a bus trip

President Barack Obama will head back on the road next week as part of his effort to shape the debate over the economy. Obama is scheduled to kick off a two-day bus trip through New York and Pennsylvania, the White...

Obama creates task force to review spying programs

President Barack Obama on Monday officially created a task force of outside experts to examine the federal government's suveillance programs. "Recent years have brought unprecedented and rapid advancements in communications technologies, particularly with respect to global telecommunications," Obama wrote. "These...

Biden Iowa appearance sparking 2016 talk

Vice President Joe Biden heads to Iowa next month for a trip that's sparking more speculation about his 2016 presidential prospects. The White House says Biden accepted U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's invitation to attend his steak fry in September and...

DNC hires former Clinton alum, Democratic consultant

The Democratic National Committee has tapped longtime Democratic consultant Mo Elleithee to be its next communications director. Elleithee is taking a leave of absence from his firm, rom his firm, Hilltop Public Solutions. "I’m eager to join Chair Debbie Wasserman...

It's the law now _ student loans tied to market interest rates

President Obama today signed the legislation that will link student loan interest rates to the market. It brings most rates down this year from what they've been in recent years, but the rates are expected to go up in the...

White House condemns Russian anti-gay law, but isn't talking skipping Olympics

Press Secretary Jay Carney says President Obama "absolutely opposes" the Russian law that bans pro-gay symbols-- such as rainbow flags -- but said he expects Russia to make certain the law doesn't hamper the upcoming Olympics in Sochi. "It is...

President Obama to hold press conference

President Obama waved off a flurry of queries from reporters Thursday to announce that he'll hold take questions on Friday. "Guys, I'm going to be having a press conference tomorrow, so why don't you ask that question tomorrow?" Obama said...

Oprah, Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynn to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are among 16 individuals President Barack Obama has named as recipients of the President Medal of Freedom. The medal is the nation's highest civilian honor --- presented to individuals who have made "especially meritorious contributions"...

White House defends Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacation

President Obama will head for vacation Saturday on Martha's Vineyard -- where Press Secretary Jay Carney said he hopes to spend time with family. But, first, Carney joked to reporters, "He's going to make a Fed chairman decision and then...

President Obama to sign student loan bill on Friday

President Obama will use his last day at the White House before a Martha's Vineyard vacation to sign a law that cuts student loan interest rates. The legislation, which cleared the House last Wednesday, bases rates on the market and...

Putin gets a cold shoulder, Greece gets a meeting in the Oval

President Barack Obama -- who Wednesday delivered a sharp rebuke to Vladimir Putin by rejecting the Russian president's invite for a tete-a-tete in Moscow -- today will meet in the Oval with Greece's Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras. The White House...

Amid embassy closures, Obama vows the US will "never retreat"

President Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. won't retreat from the global stage -- even as a terror alert has prompted the shuttering of nearly two dozen diplomatic posts. Thanking troops at Camp Pendleton in California for their service in...

Obama dines in LA with Dreamworks honcho

President Obama dined Tuesday night in Los Angeles with his "longtime friend, Jeffrey Katzenberg," the CEO of the animation studio DreamWorks, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. The two dined alone at POTUS's hotel, the Hilton Woodland Hills. Carney didn't...

White House announces more aid to Syria

President Obama issued a statement marking the end of Ramadan and announcing that the U.S. is sending an additional $195 million in food and other humanitarian aid to help Syrians displaced from their homes. "Many of us have had the...

White House notes 15th anniversary of African embassy attacks

President Obama today marked the 15th anniversary of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks against U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, saying the U.S. continues "to stand with our East African partners to bring terrorists to justice and will carry on our...

Romney: 'Exercise great care' when talking of government shutdown

Mitt Romney doesn't like the idea of a government shutdown fueled by Republican eagerness to cut off funding for the 2010 health care law. Some Republicans have urged such a step, though others are discouraging it. Romney put himself in...

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