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  • Why Obama issues empty veto threats

    White House officials say the administration should explain where the president stands on legislation, even if it has no chance of passing.

  • Unlike Kerry, White House says U.S. and the Islamic State are 'at war'

    The White House on Friday said the U.S. is engaged in war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a day after Secretary of State John Kerry refused to use that terminology.

  • Obama travels for briefings on Ebola, Islamic State

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest Friday said Obama would travel to Atlanta Tuesday for a briefing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on both Ebola and a respiratory virus in the Midwest.

  • Obama administration sanctions Russia's largest bank

    The Obama administration Friday announced new penalties against Russia's largest bank and expanded sanctions on the nation's energy and defense sectors, pledging additional economic punishment if Russian President Vladimir Putin continues his incursions in Ukraine.

  • Push against Islamic State blurs spending message

    In going after the Islamic State, the president has abandoned talk of limiting such investments in favor of asking lawmakers for what critics call a blank check to fight counterterrorism battles.

  • Obama: U.S. placing tougher sanctions on Russia

    President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. would "intensify" sanctions against Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors, as western powers ratchet up their showdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his incursions in Ukraine.

  • Obama on Sept. 11: 'America endures'

    "Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud," Obama said from the Pentagon, marking the attack on the nation's defense headquarters.

  • This time, Obama didn't ask for permission on airstrikes

    One year after he abandoned a bid for congressional approval of Syrian airstrikes, President Obama saved himself from another rebuke in an address to the nation Wednesday.

  • White House threatens veto of GOP Obamacare bill

    According to the White House, the GOP bill "would allow insurers to deploy practices such as charging businesses more when a worker has a pre‑existing condition or when it has more workers who are women than men.”

  • Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State

    The move downplays the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan ahead of his prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night.

  • White House 'heartened' by likely extension for Export-Import Bank

    "This is not a controversial position," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, noting that President Ronald Reagan signed an extension for the Export-Import Bank. "This is a position that is espoused by the Chamber of Commerce."

  • Obama to give address on Islamic State at 9 p.m. Wednesday from White House

    The president will "discuss with the American people the threat posed by [the Islamic State] and to lay out the United States' strategy for degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

  • After immigration delay, Obama has little reason not to go big

    Aside from Republican disdain, the president now has little reason left to avoid the type of sweeping executive action long demanded by his progressive base.

  • White House on Ray Rice: Violence must be 'combated'

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest would not specifically endorse the Ravens' personnel move but said that President Obama would continue to use the powers of his office to condemn violence against women.

  • Obama willing to take 'political heat' for immigration delay, White House says

    "The president is willing to take a little political heat," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, "in order to ensure that the policy he puts forward is one that can be sustained."



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