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Politicians Prepare for Long Haul After Automatic Spending Cuts

Politicians Prepare for Long Haul After Automatic Spending Cuts

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House and congressional leaders are giving no indication that the $85 billion in mandatory across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester will be lifted any time soon.Two days have pass…

Obama’s Weekly Address: Yet Another Call For Compromise On The Sequester

Obama’s Weekly Address: Yet Another Call For Compromise On The Sequester

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The morning after $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts kicked in, President Obama is calling once more for lawmakers to compromise to halt the damaging impact the sequester will have on t…

President Obama Explains Legal Argument for Same-Sex Marriage

President Obama Explains Legal Argument for Same-Sex Marriage

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama strongly suggested Friday that his interpretation of the Constitution does support a fundamental right to same-sex marriage, even if he didn’t put that argument in writing before the Supre…

Obama’s “Jedi Mind Meld” a Sci Fi Faux Pas

Obama’s “Jedi Mind Meld” a Sci Fi Faux Pas

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — It had no real bearing on his press conference about the very serious matter of the U.S. deficit and the upcoming sequester, but the President showed himself to be neither committed Trekkie nor St…

Obama, Republican Leaders to Meet as Sequester Cuts Look Likely

Obama, Republican Leaders to Meet as Sequester Cuts Look Likely

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The budget ax is about to fall, and there’s little lawmakers in Washington are doing to stop it.Despite a parade of dire warnings from the White House, an $85 billion package of deep automatic spending cuts a…

When Does the Sequester Go into Effect?

When Does the Sequester Go into Effect?

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It had been widely assumed that the dreaded across-the-board spending cuts would go into effect at midnight on Thursday, as the calendar turns to March 1.  But that is not the case.
By law, President Obama must iss…

Obama Backs Off Warnings About Sequester

Obama Backs Off Warnings About Sequester

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — After weeks of outlining the dire consequences of the looming across-the-board spending cuts, President Obama on Wednesday night softened his warnings, saying the sequester is “not a cliff, but it is a tumbl…

Obama to Meet with Congressional Leaders After Sequester

Obama to Meet with Congressional Leaders After Sequester

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — They are finally going to have a meeting.A congressional source with direct knowledge of the plans tells ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that the top four congressional leaders — Speaker of the House John Boehner, …

Poll: On the Brink of Sequester, More Damage for GOP than Obama

Poll: On the Brink of Sequester, More Damage for GOP than Obama

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Most Americans think both President Obama and the Republicans in Congress are mishandling government spending — but, on the brink of across-the-board budget cuts, it’s the GOP that receives disproportio…

Poll: On the Brink of Sequester, More Damage for GOP than Obama

Poll: On the Brink of Sequester, More Damage for GOP than Obama

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Most Americans think both President Obama and the Republicans in Congress are mishandling government spending — but, on the brink of across-the-board budget cuts, it’s the GOP that receives disproportio…

Sens. McCain, Graham: Obama Committed to Immigration Reform

Sens. McCain, Graham: Obama Committed to Immigration Reform

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Republican senators struck an optimistic tone on Tuesday following a meeting with President Obama, expressing confidence he’s committed to passing a comprehensive immigration reform.The president sat down with John McCain (Ariz….

Sens. McCain, Graham to Meet with Obama on Immigration

Sens. McCain, Graham to Meet with Obama on Immigration

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Tuesday will meet with the two top Republicans who are leading the Senate effort to draft comprehensive immigration reform legislation.Obama will sit down at the White House Tuesday afterno…

Obama Hosts Governors for Annual Gala Dinner

Obama Hosts Governors for Annual Gala Dinner

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The National Governors Association’s winter meeting is under way in the nation’s capital and on Sunday night, the state executives descended on the White House for their annual black-tie dinner.Pr…

Obama’s Weekly Address: Urging Congress to Stop the Sequester

Obama’s Weekly Address: Urging Congress to Stop the Sequester

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — In recent days, Obama administration officials have warned of the devastating things that will happen if upcoming spending cuts go into effect.  Now in his weekly address, President Obama urg…

‘Hope Springs Eternal’ for Obama on Budget Cuts

‘Hope Springs Eternal’ for Obama on Budget Cuts

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — With one week to go until sweeping budget cuts kick in, President Obama on Friday said avoiding the so-called sequester is a “no-brainer” and that lawmakers still have the “oppor…

Obama Reaches Out to GOP Leaders in Effort to Stave Off Sequester

Obama Reaches Out to GOP Leaders in Effort to Stave Off Sequester

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House is hoping good conversations will lead to good results as the administration steps up efforts to avoid deep automatic spending cuts a week from Friday that could waylay the economic recovery.Up …

Kid President Kicks Off Official Easter Egg Roll

Kid President Kicks Off Official Easter Egg Roll

The White House / Soul Pancake(WASHINGTON) — The real president enlisted the help of “Kid President” Thursday as he kicked off the 2013 lottery for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Making his Kid President debut, President Obama sent a special …

Obama Thanks Jimmy Carter’s Grandson for ’47 Percent’ Tape

Obama Thanks Jimmy Carter’s Grandson for ’47 Percent’ Tape

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has finally thanked Jimmy Carter’s grandson for helping him win the 2012 presidential election.It was James Carter, grandson of the former president, who brought the now-famous “4…

Obama Confident Immigration Reform Will Pass Despite Leaked Plan

Obama Confident Immigration Reform Will Pass Despite Leaked Plan

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama insisted on Wednesday that Congress will pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, saying that a leaked copy of a White House proposal that irked Republicans working on a bipartisan bill won’t j…

Obama on Tiger Woods: ‘He’s on Another Planet’

Obama on Tiger Woods: ‘He’s on Another Planet’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Wednesday said his 18 holes with Tiger Woods over the weekend felt like no big deal.“I don’t think either of us was nervous,” Obama told San Francisco ABC News…

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