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May 15, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Facing questions about the Justice Department's secret seizure of reporters' phone records, the White House says that it will renew its push for legislation that would offer federal protections to journalists and their sources. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that the White House had asked Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to reintroduce the so-called media shield bill, which would in some cases prevent reporters from being compelled to name confidential sources.
May 14, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's spokesman says he is “confident” that no one at the White House knew the IRS was targeting conservative groups until White House lawyers were told of an internal review several weeks ago. “I can tell you that I am not aware of anyone here knowing about it,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said at a news briefing Tuesday. Carney was bombarded with questions about the unfolding scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, a federal agency in the Treasury Department that has few political appointees.
May 13, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama tried to dismiss a brewing controversy over the White House handling of the terrorist attack on Benghazi as a “sideshow” and accused critics of using an attack that killed four Americans for political gain. “We dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus,” Obama said Monday at a brief news conference. “What happened was tragic. It was carried out by extremists inside of Libya. We are out there trying to hunt down the folks who carried this out, and we're trying to make sure that we fix the system so that it doesn't happen again.” Obama's remarks came as the White House tried to contain fallout from the disclosure of internal emails discussing what to tell the public in the days after the attack.
April 26, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Seeking to end flight delays that jammed airports nationwide, the House approved legislation Friday that will stop the furlough of air-traffic controllers, sending the bill to President Obama. Final passage of the quickly arranged stopgap measure came as lawmakers were boarding their own flights out of Washington for a weeklong recess. The House overwhelmingly approved the bill, 361-41, but not without a round of political finger-pointing over who is to blame for the across-the-board sequester cuts that furloughed air-traffic controllers and caused hours-long flight delays this week, angering travelers across the country.
April 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Investigators say there are no signs of a link between the Boston Marathon bombings and potentially poisonous letters sent to the President Obama and a U.S. senator. An FBI statement issued Wednesday said the investigation into the letters continues and more may be received. One letter was addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the other to the president. Both were detected Tuesday at off-site mail-screening centers and did not reach the White House or the Capitol.  The letter addressed to Obama contained a “granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin,” a toxin that can be deadly even in small amounts, the FBI statement said.
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.
April 11, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jay-Z is none too pleased with lawmakers questioning the validity of his and Beyonce's recent trip to Cuba, and he's rapping all about it in a new track called "Open Letter," released Thursday. Travel to Cuba for the sake of tourism is prohibited under U.S. law and naysayers openly questioned the power couple's April 4 visit for their fifth wedding anniversary.  On Monday, the U.S. Treasury addressed Florida lawmakers who questioned the validity of the trip and confirmed that the Office of Foreign Assets Control had approved the excursion with "people-to-people" licenses for educational exchange.
April 2, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
It was a sad moment for many Republicans during the 2008 presidential contest when Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to let his staff use the fiery left-wing sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Yoking Obama to his Chicago pastor's unforgiving views on American imperialism and racism was so tempting that four years later, a Republican strategist came up with a plan to use the material against Obama “to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do.”  The plan, criticized as blatantly racist, was scuttled and the strategist later apologized.
March 12, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - President Obama's public push to restore relations with his congressional colleagues entered its second stage - the luncheon phase -   Tuesday, when he conferred with Senate Democrats for the first of four midday meetings on Capitol Hill this week. Obama gathered with his allies for more than an hour at their weekly, closed-door strategy session at the Capitol. Top on the president's agenda is his effort to resolve the budget fight with congressional Republicans, as well as efforts to pass immigration reform and gun control.
March 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- President Obama appears to be trying to thaw chilly relations with lawmakers as he pushed through the latest budget battle while moving on to other parts of his second-term agenda. Obama will head to Capitol Hill next week to visit Republican senators behind closed doors at their weekly luncheon, the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday. The president also has invited GOP senators to dinner this week, according to senators.
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