President Obama Meets with the Business Roundtable

President Barack Obama delivers remarks and participates in a Q&A with Business Roundtable members at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Today President Obama spoke to members of the Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs of the country’s leading companies. “I’m … [Read more...]

White House official says Yellen front-runner for Fed chair

A White House official said on Wednesday that Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen was front-runner for the top job at the U.S. central bank when Ben Bernanke steps down, a shift in strategy after former ... … [Read more...]

Make healthy food cool to kids, Michelle Obama asks TV executives

First Lady Michelle Obama asked television and food company executives at a White House gathering on Wednesday to sell youngsters on healthy food with the pitch: "If anyone can make our kids eat their ... … [Read more...]

Michelle Obama Calls on Media Companies to Limit Junk Food Ads

First lady Michelle Obama used the bully pulpit of a White House event on Wednesday to urge media companies to curb junk food ads  and to restrict kids’ TV characters from appearing in spots for unhealthy products. Obama convened an event of media and entertainment executives, food industry representatives and public interest group leaders to... Read more » … [Read more...]

Biden visits patients wounded in Navy Yard rampage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Vice President Joe Biden is visiting patients injured Monday in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. … [Read more...]

White House vows to veto Republican bill to cut food stamps

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday threatened to veto a Republican-written bill nearing a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that would cut food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over a decade and end benefits for an estimated 4 million people. Representatives are likely to vote on the bill on Thursday. A close vote is expected. The White House threat … [Read more...]

Navy Yard weapon exempted under proposed ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The shotgun used by the Navy Yard shooter is identified by name as a firearm that would not be covered under a proposed weapons ban supported by the White House. … [Read more...]

White House pushing health care security measures

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration announced a high-level effort to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of the information submitted under the new health care law, hoping to blunt complaints from Republican opponents that enough isn't being done to protect consumer data. … [Read more...]

Man acknowledges shooting at White House in 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Idaho man is facing at least 10 years in prison after acknowledging that he shot an assault rifle at the White House two years ago. … [Read more...]

News Summary: White House defends power plant rule

COAL'S FUTURE: President Barack Obama's top energy and environmental officials say there is a future for coal, despite a pending regulation aimed at limiting global warming pollution from new power plants ... … [Read more...]

News Summary: White House pushing health security

THE NEWS: The Obama administration plans to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of personal information submitted under the health care law, hoping to blunt complaints that enough isn't being ... … [Read more...]

United Nations Releases Report on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Ed. Note: This is adapted from DipNote, the official blog of the U.S. Department of State. You can see the original post here. … [Read more...]

Taking Action to Eradicate Modern-day Slavery

Last year, President Obama articulated an ambitious and multifaceted agenda to combat human trafficking in his speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. This week, the Administration took two important steps to advance that agenda. … [Read more...]

Obama tells Rouhani he sees a way to resolve nuclear issue – White House

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has told Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in an exchange of letters that the United States is ready to resolve its nuclear dispute with Iran in a way that allows Tehran to show it is not trying to build weapons, the White House said on Wednesday. "In his letter the president indicated that the U.S. is ready to resolve the nuclear … [Read more...]

Schumer says Obama should nominate Yellen as Fed chair

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Charles Schumer on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen as the next chief of the U.S. central bank. Speaking at a news conference, Schumer, a New York Democrat who serves on the Senate Banking Committee, said that he had previously supported either Yellen or former White House adviser Lawrence Summers … [Read more...]

White House counsel Ruemmler to step down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that Kathryn Ruemmler, the president's chief legal counsel, would step down at the end of the year. White House spokesman Jay Carney would not comment on whether a successor has been identified. (Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; editing by Christopher Wilson) … [Read more...]

Government Shutdown Risk is Real As Republican Minority ‘Blackmails’ the House: Holtz-Eakin

Here we go again. Another big budget battle is brewing on Capitol Hill and the possibility of another shutdown of the federal government becomes more real every day. Republicans are threatening to stop funding the government–by not raising the debt limit–if they can’t simultaneously defund Obamacare. Congressional Democrats and the White House are refusing to [...] … [Read more...]

White House counsel leaving for private practice

President Barack Obama's White House attorney plans to leave for private practice by the end of the year. White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has worked for the Obama administration since the first day. ... … [Read more...]