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First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations

First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) — It took 54 live Christmas trees, 175 pounds of gingerbread, and 85 volunteers from across the country to pull it off, but the holidays have finally arrived at the White House. First lady M…

White House Christmas Tree Arrives

White House Christmas Tree Arrives

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The official White House Christmas tree arrived on Friday, straight from a prize winning farm in the North Carolina mountains. First lady Michelle Obama welcomed the tree and its growers from Peak Farms in Ashe Cou…

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The Israel-Hamas cease-fire brokered by the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, and announced Wednesday is fragile, White House o…

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The Israel-Hamas cease-fire brokered by the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, and announced Wednesday is fragile, White House o…

PETA Asks Obama to Opt Out of Turkey Pardon

PETA Asks Obama to Opt Out of Turkey Pardon

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It’s a White House tradition with a century and a half of history behind it, but PETA is asking the White House to skip it this year.Wednesday President Obama is set to pardon two turkeys – Cobbler a…

Top Five Oddball Petitions on WhiteHouse.gov

Top Five Oddball Petitions on WhiteHouse.gov

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — This week states looking secede from the United States drew attention to the White House’s “We the People” website, where users can create petitions to reflect their interests and — if they …

Obama, GOP Leaders Hold Fiscal Summit at White House

Obama, GOP Leaders Hold Fiscal Summit at White House

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and top congressional leaders on Friday convened their first “fiscal cliff” summit, seeking to avert a package of sweeping tax hikes and deep spending cuts that will take effect in 46 days wit…

Republicans Press White House for Explanation on Benghazi Emails

Republicans Press White House for Explanation on Benghazi Emails

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Top congressional Republicans are pouncing on the email alerts sent to national security officials in real-time during the assault on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi last month, one of which suggested a known te…

White House Clarifies Biden’s Benghazi Embassy Security Comment

White House Clarifies Biden’s Benghazi Embassy Security Comment

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — Questions on Vice President Joe Biden’s comments about the Benghazi embassy attack in his debate last night, specifically that “we weren’t told they wanted more security there. We did not kno…

Some Administration Officials Had Early Concerns Benghazi Attack Was Act of Terrorism

Some Administration Officials Had Early Concerns Benghazi Attack Was Act of Terrorism

US Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcet(WASHINGTON) — Obama administration officials told ABC News they had early concerns the attack in Benghazi, Libya was the work of terrorists. Events were too uncertain, and suspicions had been aroused, off…

White House Denies IG’s Suggestion Advance Team Volunteer Was Involved in Colombia Scandal

White House Denies IG’s Suggestion Advance Team Volunteer Was Involved in Colombia Scandal

USSS(WASHINGTON) — The White House Friday rejected an inspector general’s suggestion that a White House Advance Staff volunteer may have been involved in the U.S. Secret Service scandal involving Colombian prostitutes.In a letter to Congress, Ch…

White House Asks YouTube to ‘Review’ Anti-Muslim Movie

White House Asks YouTube to ‘Review’ Anti-Muslim Movie

Stockbyte/Thinkstock/YouTube(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration has asked YouTube to review its posting of the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has provoked violent protests across the Middle East.“We reached out to …

White House Details Looming ‘Doomsday’ Budget Cuts

White House Details Looming ‘Doomsday’ Budget Cuts

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration Friday laid out on paper — 400 pages of it — the details of $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that would take effect at the end of the year unless Congress strikes a deal.  The p…

Obama Salutes US Olympic and Paralympic Teams at White House

Obama Salutes US Olympic and Paralympic Teams at White House

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama welcomed the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House Friday, telling them they are “a portrait of what this country is all about.”“You guys all find the strength to…

White House Downplays Leadership ‘Gaps’ in Debt Negotiations

White House Downplays Leadership ‘Gaps’ in Debt Negotiations

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The White House is seeking to downplay a report that “gaps” in President Obama’s leadership contributed to the failure of a “grand bargain” in the debt crisis negotia…

White House Misses Deadline Outlining Defense Cuts

White House Misses Deadline Outlining Defense Cuts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — White House officials Friday acknowledged that they had not met the deadline to outline how the president would make the defense cuts required by law because of the failure of the bipartisan, poorly-named Super-com…

White House Unveils Obama Beer Recipes

White House Unveils Obama Beer Recipes

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Ever since word got out that President Obama was brewing his own beer in the White House, people have been clamoring for a taste and the recipe.  Now the secret is out.     Und…

White House Disputes ‘Auto-Pen’ Used for Letters to Soldiers’ Grieving Families

White House Disputes ‘Auto-Pen’ Used for Letters to Soldiers’ Grieving Families

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The White House Thursday disputed the suggestion that the president had used an auto-pen to sign condolence letters to the families of Navy SEALs killed in a Chinook crash in Afghanistan last year…

White House Disputes ‘Auto-Pen’ Used for Letters to Soldiers’ Grieving Families

White House Disputes ‘Auto-Pen’ Used for Letters to Soldiers’ Grieving Families

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The White House Thursday disputed the suggestion that the president had used an auto-pen to sign condolence letters to the families of Navy SEALs killed in a Chinook crash in Afghanistan last year…

White House: CBO Report Shows ‘Urgent Need’ for Congressional Action

White House: CBO Report Shows ‘Urgent Need’ for Congressional Action

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The White House is pointing the finger at Republicans in Congress after the Congressional Budget Office warned that the looming “fiscal cliff” could push the economy into recession.Wednesday’s report…

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