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November 9, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Three days after his reelection, President Obama said he was ready to reach a long-delayed budget deal with Republican congressional leaders, but reiterated that the wealthy must pay more in taxes, a stance he argued was validated by voters. "This was a central question during the election," Obama said. "It was debated over and over again. And on Tuesday night, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach. " Obama struck a conciliatory tone in his appearance Friday in the White House's East Room, saying that he was ready to start building consensus and that he would meet with congressional leaders next week.
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WORLD
April 11, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will not issue a diplomatic visa to Iran's new ambassador to the United Nations, the White House said Friday, complicating efforts to improve relations between the two countries. The administration opposes the selection of veteran diplomat Hamid Aboutalebi because of his ties to the student group that took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 American hostages in 1979. Earlier this week, the White House said Aboutalebi's appointment was " not viable . " In a rare bipartisan vote Thursday, the House approved a measure designed to bar Aboutalebi's entry to the country.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Did Jay-Z and Beyonce really get White House clearance to go to Cuba, as Hova rapped in his "Open Letter" that dropped last week, shortly after the trip raised some official eyebrows? White House spokesman Jay Carney said no, and now we have the answer straight from President Obama's mouth. And it's still, well, "no. " "I done turned Havana into Atlanta ... ," Jay-Z raps in the track. "Boy from the hood, but got White House clearance ... " However, the leader of the free world apparently has a few things on his plate other than helping megastars plan an anniversary trip.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON-- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watched their income fall and their federal tax rate go up in 2013, according to IRS returns released Friday by the White House. In a joint filing, the couple reported an adjusted gross income of $481,098, down $127,500 from 2012. The Obamas have seen a steady drop in income during their White House years, largely a result of slowing book sales for the couple. Both have published best-sellers. The Obamas paid $98,169 in federal taxes, down from $112,214 in 2012.
NEWS
May 4, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Suffice it to say, Sarah Palin does not agree with President Obama's decision to keep graphic photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse from the eyes of the world. The possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate tweeted her displeasure almost as soon as the announcement came earlier Wednesday from the White House. Photos: Osama bin Laden dead "Show photo as warning to others seeking America's destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it's part of the mission," Palin wrote.
NEWS
April 5, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
As Augusta National faces new questions about its lack of female membership, the White House said Thursday that President Obama believes women should be admitted. "It's obviously up to the club to decide. But his personal opinion is that women should be admitted to the club," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at his daily briefing. Driving the renewed attention to the renowned golf club's membership profile was the elevation of Virginia Rometty to chief executive of IBM, a title sponsor of the Masters tournament.
NEWS
June 30, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
President Obama, who has pushed the envelope in using social media, will hold a town hall-style event on Twitter, the White House announced Thursday. The event, to focus on the economy and jobs, will be held at 2 p.m. EDT on July 6, spokesman Jay Carney announced at his televised briefing. Questions for the event will be marked with the hashtag followed by “AskObama” (#AskObama). A video feed of the president’s answers will be streamed online. The White House said Twitter staffers will sort the questions and winnow down the queries to representational choices, Carney said.
NEWS
April 18, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
It's not another commission, the White House has said. But Vice President Biden will host a May 5 -- Cinco de Mayo, if you will -- meeting with lawmakers from both parties at Blair House to begin working on a deficit reduction plan, the White House announced Monday afternoon. President Obama had said in his speech last Wednesday that Biden, a 36-year veteran of the Senate, would be heading up talks with legislative leaders when Congress returns from its spring recess. "The reality is that for anything to pass Congress, you need 60 votes in the Senate and 218 votes in the House.
NEWS
October 29, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
ORLANDO, Fla. _ With weather worsening in Washington, President Obama will skip a Monday morning rally with former President Bill Clinton, opting to return to Washington early to keep tabs on Hurricane Sandy. White House spokesman Jay Carney announced the schedule change Monday, blaming "deteriorating weather" in Washington. He said the president would return to "monitor the preparations for and response" for the storm. Obama is determined to manage the federal response to the storm from the White House, rather than the campaign trail.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
To no surprise, among the throng of basketball fans enamored by the Knicks' Jeremy Lin is the one in the White House. President Obama was talking about the NBA's newest sensation on Marine One Wednesday morning, his spokesman Jay Carney confirmed, after the Knicks point guard led his team to another victory Tuesday night on a last-second three-pointer. Carney said the president, like the rest of Americans and much of the Chinese, is taken by the story. "It's just a great story and the president was saying as much this morning.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has told Iran that its nominee for ambassador to the United Nations is “not viable," but the White House did not outline steps it might take to derail the potential appointment. Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said President Obama has serious concerns about Tehran's choice of Hamid Aboutalebi, who has acknowledged that he was a member of the student group that led the 1979 armed takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Carney did not say if what he described as "diplomatic jargon" meant the State Department would refuse to grant a visa to Aboutalebi.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will ask Congress for $1 billion to create a "climate resilience fund" to pay for research, preparation and infrastructure aimed at dealing with the extreme weather and new conditions associated with shifts in the weather. Obama will include the fund in his 2015 budget proposal, due out next month, and plans to discuss the idea during a visit to drought-stricken California on Friday, the White House said. Like much of his budget plan, though, the president's request is likely to meet resistance among Republicans in Congress.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Keen to not let a rare legislative accomplishment go unnoticed, President Obama jetted to an agricultural research hub in Michigan on Friday to sign into law a long-delayed farm bill and tout the importance of rural America to the economy. In his brief trip to Michigan State University, Obama cited the bill as a victory for his economic agenda and a hopeful sign that he could “break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven, partisan decision-making.” His message, however, was undermined by the release of a weak jobs report as he left for the state Friday morning, as well as the decision by Republican lawmakers to snub the president.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Keen not to let a rare legislative accomplishment go unnoticed, President Obama jetted to an agricultural research hub here Friday to sign into law a long-delayed farm bill and tout the importance of rural America to the economy. In a brief trip to Michigan State University, Obama cited the bill as a victory for his economic agenda and a hopeful sign he could "break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven, partisan decision-making. " His message, however, was undermined by the release of a weak jobs report and a snub from Republican lawmakers who were invited to the unusual outside-Washington signing ceremony but did not attend.
NATIONAL
January 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - A year ago, when President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech before Congress and imagined providing preschool for all 4-year-olds, he followed his expansive vision with a bit of candor. "That's something we should be able to do," he said. The president's tone - more aspirational than expectant - was a nod to the reality of this annual Washington ritual. Little of what the president proposes in his most high-profile speech of the year is likely to get done, at least not any time soon.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- A presidential task force has urged the White House to adopt significant new curbs on the National Security Agency, including that the spy agency stop bulk collection of domestic telephone records and that the U.S. consider “no spying agreements” with close allies overseas. The five-member panel said their 46 recommendations were designed to add transparency, accountability and oversight over the NSA, a secretive electronic spying agency that has operated in the shadows even as its ability to intercept Internet traffic and eavesdrop on other communications has burgeoned in recent years.
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
The White House apologized Tuesday for the apparent mishandling of Muslim holy books at a military base in Afghanistan, calling the episode a "deeply unfortunate incident. " "It does not represent the views of our military," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. "And it certainly does not represent the conduct of our men and women in uniform or our general respect for the religious practices and beliefs of the Afghan people. " U.S. officials are trying to limit the fallout from news that the books, including Korans, were being burned inside the base.
NEWS
December 3, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama and his allies will try Tuesday to revive the stalled promotional campaign for the new health insurance marketplaces, aiming to boost enrollment before the Dec. 23 deadline. Obama will kick off the push with a statement at the White House, where he'll be joined by people who have "personally benefited from the healthcare law," according to a White House official who required anonymity to discuss the president's message. The stagecraft and messaging are the sort of event the White House had planned to put on repeatedly throughout the fall.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - The president plans to buy new health insurance through the online marketplace created by his signature healthcare law, a spokesman said Monday, confirming a promise the White House made nearly three years ago as it fought to push the legislation through Congress. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that he did “not have any update” on the president's plans to enroll but suggested Obama was among the many Americans who are taking their time signing up for a new insurance plan.
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