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Obama chastises ‘grandstanding’ Republicans: ‘Think about who you’re hurting’

President Barack Obama challenged Republicans on Friday to drop what he described as their attempts at political theatre and avoid instigating a shuttering of government operations. “To any Republican in Congress who’s currently watching, I’d encourage you to think about who you’re hurting,” Obama said in a statement at the…

U.S. adds 14 new nations to list of backers on Syria

The White House on Monday said an additional 14 nations had signed up to a list of countries supporting a “strong international response” to what it says is Syria’s use of chemical weapons. The statement was put together at the G20 summit in Russia last week, and originally included 10…

White House: ‘Difficult to imagine’ authorities demanding destruction of hard drives

The White House distanced itself from Britain’s handling of the leaked NSA documents when representatives said it would be difficult to imagine the US authorities following the example of Whitehall in demanding the destruction of media hard drives. As a former lord chancellor said the Metropolitan police had no legal…

The White House is finally installing solar panels

The White House is going green. Solar panels are being installed on parts of the residence, a US official said Thursday — making good on a pledge that dates back to 2010. With President Barack Obama and his family vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard for a week, workers equipped with cranes…

Daily Caller sends 16-year-old intern to question the White House

A conservative publication sent a high school junior to the White House briefing on Wednesday. Gabe Finger, a 16-year-old intern at The Daily Caller, asked White House spokesman Jay Carney if President Barack Obama was providing protection to George Zimmerman and his family. Carney informed the boy that such protection…

Obama fails to use National Environmental Policy Act despite calls for climate change action

By Patrick Rucker and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has vowed to tackle climate change in his second term, but so far has not acted to strengthen a tool that does not require backing from Congress – the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA, a statute that dates…

U.S. to provide ‘direct military support’ to Syrian rebels

By Matt Spetalnick and Erika Solomon WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has authorized sending U.S. weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, a U.S. official said on Thursday after the White House said it has proof the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against opposition forces fighting to…

Obama’s approval rating up despite scandals

President Barack Obama was riding high in a new opinion poll released on Sunday showing that 53 percent of Americans approve of the way he’s doing his job, despite a flurry of recent scandals. The survey of 923 adults by CNN and the ORC International polling organization found that 45…

Chinese netizens inundate White House ‘We the People’ website with mock petitions

Can Washington cancel my school exam? What flavor tofu is best? Chinese internet users ask the White House to weigh in on the important issues of the day. Benjamin Carlson HONG KONG — A little democracy has gone straight to Chinese netizens’ heads. After discovering the White House’s “We the People…  …

White House: ‘All options on the table’ in Syria

A senior US administration official said Thursday that “all options are on the table” if it is confirmed that Syria has used chemical weapons against opposition forces. The White House said earlier in the day that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against rebel fighters on a “small scale,” but…

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