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White House rejects calls to boycott Winter Olympics over LGBT persecution

The White House shot down calls for a US boycott of the Sochi winter Olympics on Thursday as it tried to draw a line under recent disputes with Russia ahead of ministerial talks scheduled in Washington. Amid concerns that this week’s decision to cancel a planned presidential summit had set…

White House: U.S. will be ‘willing partner’ if Iran’s new president halts nuclear program

The inauguration of the new president of Iran, Hasan Rouhani, presents “an opportunity” for Tehran to resolve concerns over its nuclear programme and better engage with the West, the Obama administration said on Sunday. In a statement marking the formal handing over of power to the moderate cleric from his…

Obama won’t pick Fed chair until fall: White House

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House moved on Friday to damp down speculation about President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Federal Reserve when Ben Bernanke’s term expires, saying no decision has been made and no announcement is likely until the fall. Bernanke’s second four-year term as…

StopBeef.com — the matchmaking app for New Orleans’ murder mediators — to receive White House honor

Skip Nicholas owns a fried chicken restaurant and a car wash, and was one of the rappers behind the Southern hit “Nolia Clap.” That makes him a legitimate local celebrity. And his celebrity-dom has made him a conflict…  …

Long-time White House reporter Helen Thomas dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who reported on every U.S. president since John Kennedy, died on Saturday at the age of 92, The Gridiron Club and Foundation said. Thomas, who worked the White House beat for 49 years for United Press International and Hearst newspapers, died…

Watch live: George H.W. Bush returns to White House

President Barack Obama welcomes former President George H. W. Bush to the White House to honor service volunteers with Points of Light, Bush’s nonprofit organization. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on July 15.…

Twitter lawyer appointed to top White House aide job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has appointed Twitter lawyer Nicole Wong to a new senior advisory position to focus on internet and privacy policy, a White House official said on Thursday. Wong will work with federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and will join the White House as Obama…

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…

Republicans accuse Eric Holder of misleading Congress over leak investigations

Eric Holder has been accused of misleading Congress over his involvement in aggressively investigating journalists for security leaks, forcing the White House to repeatedly defend its embattled attorney general. Republican critics seized on fresh information about attempts to obtain classified emails sent to a Fox News journalist in 2010 and…

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