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Obama to Make Gun Violence Recommendations Wednesday

Obama to Make Gun Violence Recommendations Wednesday

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesUPDATE: President Obama and Vice President Biden on Wednesday will roll out their priorities to curb gun violence, just over a month after the Newtown shooting.White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday, “They will be joine…

Republican Threatens to Impeach Obama in Anticipation of Gun Action

Republican Threatens to Impeach Obama in Anticipation of Gun Action

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A freshman congressman is already creating a stir on Capitol Hill by threatening President Obama with impeachment.With the president ready to mull over recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden about curbin…

President Obama Can’t Get a Republican Date

President Obama Can’t Get a Republican Date

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — It sounds like President Obama is getting lonely. And – surprise – Republicans aren’t keen on helping him out.Asked about the state of congressional relations at his news conference Monday, the pr…

Obama to Hold Final First-Term News Conference

Obama to Hold Final First-Term News Conference

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will hold the final news conference of his first term on Monday morning, the White House announced.The 11:40 a.m. news conference, six days before his inauguration, comes at a critical time.Vice Pre…

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Ending the War in Afghanistan

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Ending the War in Afghanistan

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In his weekly address, President Obama reprises the rosy message he delivered Friday on the war in Afghanistan: that the U.S. is achieving its primary objective and on-track to drawdown forces by the end of 2014….

Republicans to Press Benghazi Issue With National Security Nominees

Republicans to Press Benghazi Issue With National Security Nominees

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Making clear they are not relenting in trying to hold the Obama administration accountable for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, a trio of Republican senators said Friday they&rsq…

Inauguration Balls, Performers Revealed

Inauguration Balls, Performers Revealed

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Trevor Project(WASHINGTON) — Two inaugural balls will be held for President Obama on Jan. 21, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced on Friday.Both events will be held at the Walter E. Washington Conventi…

Lifetime Secret Service Protection Restored for Presidents Bush and Obama

Lifetime Secret Service Protection Restored for Presidents Bush and Obama

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — As a cost savings, Congress had ended lifetime security details for former presidents, cutting off Secret Service protection 10 years after a president leaves office. But in the post-9/11 world Congress…

Pastor Backs Out of Obama Inauguration over Previous Comments

Pastor Backs Out of Obama Inauguration over Previous Comments

VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony after criticism of his previous anti-gay com…

Obama Picks Lincoln, MLK Bibles for Inauguration

Obama Picks Lincoln, MLK Bibles for Inauguration

The Lincoln Bible. US Library of Congress(WASHINGTON) — On the day of the Inaugural ceremony, President Obama will take the oath of office on two historic Bibles — one that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and the other to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.The …

Obama to Name Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary

Obama to Name Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Thursday will name his current chief of staff, Jack Lew, to serve as the nation’s next treasury secretary, replacing Timothy Geithner, the White House announced.“Jack Lew will bring a…

Obama’s Cabinet Shuffle: Who Is Leaving, Who Was Asked to Stay

Obama’s Cabinet Shuffle: Who Is Leaving, Who Was Asked to Stay

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — With the departure of Hilda Solis at the Labor Department, we have now seen five members of the President Obama’s Cabinet announcing their intention to leave since the election: Secretary of State Hill…

Inauguration Lineup Includes Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor

Inauguration Lineup Includes Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In addition to the political crowd-planning that’s part of the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration, three musical stars will join the swearing-in ceremony in a couple weeks.Beyonce Kno…

Chuck Hagel, Obama Differ on Iran Sanctions

Chuck Hagel, Obama Differ on Iran Sanctions

Junko Kimura/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As has been well documented, not everyone is so pleased that President Obama nominated former Senate colleague Chuck Hagel, a Republican, as the next secretary of defense.Some of that has to do with Iran sanctio…

Obama, Karzai to Meet Friday on Afghan Transition

Obama, Karzai to Meet Friday on Afghan Transition

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will meet at the White House Friday to discuss the future of the U.S.-Afghan relationship as the Obama administration readies to draw down its remaining forces…

Poll: Public Lukewarm on Cliff Deal, But Obama Bests Boehner

Poll: Public Lukewarm on Cliff Deal, But Obama Bests Boehner

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Americans give a lukewarm response to last week’s agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, albeit with higher marks for the deal to President Obama than to House Speaker John Boehner. More people in this…

Pew Survey Gives Obama Win in ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Negotiations

Pew Survey Gives Obama Win in ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Negotiations

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Who won the great “fiscal cliff” compromise battle?By an overwhelming majority, 57 percent of respondents in a new Pew Research survey say the victor was President Obama, with 48 percent giving him high marks…

Oops: Ticketmaster Mixup Sells Out Obama Inaugural Ball

Oops: Ticketmaster Mixup Sells Out Obama Inaugural Ball

Behind the scenes at the 2009 Inaugural Ball. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — An inadvertent early sale of tickets to events surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration means some would-be attendees won’t …

Obama’s Hawaii Vacation by the Numbers

Obama’s Hawaii Vacation by the Numbers

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(HONOLULU) — President Obama departed Hawaii on Sunday morning for Washington, after spending nine days vacationing with family and friends in his native state.  Here’s a quick look at how he spent his vacation:

President Obama Nominates Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary

President Obama Nominates Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary

Junko Kimura/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama nominated former senator Chuck Hagel to be his next Secretary of Defense on Monday. Obama on Monday also named counterterrorism advisor John Brennan as the new CIA director to replace David Petra…

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