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House passes bill to speed construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

US lawmakers agreed to a bill that would speed construction of a Canada-US oil pipeline and circumvent the need for President Barack Obama’s approval for the $5 billion project. By a 241-175 vote, the House of Representatives passed the largely symbolic measure to end regulatory delays on the Keystone XL…

White House knew of IRS targeting of tea party groups in April

Wall Street Journal says counsel learned of targeting of conservative groups on 22 April, 18 days before president Barack Obama’s hopes of moving beyond the scandals that have dogged his administration were dashed on Monday, when it was disclosed that the White House had been informed last month about the…

White House releases Benghazi emails

The White House on Wednesday released 100 pages of emails designed to quell a furor about disputed talking points framed for top officials following the attack on the US mission in Benghazi. The release of the documents was an apparent attempt to defuse Republican complaints that the White House initially…

White House Spokesman Jay Carney: Demands to release Benghazi memos are ‘political’

In a twice-delayed press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that requests by House Republicans to release memos about the administration’s response to last year’s attacks on the U.S. consulate…  …

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…  …

Obama to announce nominees for commerce secretary and trade rep.

President Barack Obama will announce nominees for commerce secretary and US trade representative on Thursday, a White House official said. Penny Pritzker, an experienced and successful businesswoman, will be nominated as commerce secretary. She has worked in real estate, hospitality, senior living, financial services and other industries, the official said.…

Rep. Paul Ryan: I’m ruling out thinking about 2016

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has ruled out seeking the White House in 2016 — at least for now. “I’m ruling out thinking about it right now,” he said in video uploaded to YouTube by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. “I really don’t think it is in my interest…

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…

Stock market shudders after false AP report of White House bombing

A fake post on Twitter by the Associated Press resulted in a 128-point drop in the stock market on Tuesday, USA Today reported. At 1:07 p.m., the AP’s Twitter account posted a fake “breaking news update” that read, “Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” AP…

WATCH LIVE: White House makes a statement on the suspicious package sent to Obama

Watch the White House’s daily press briefing, where spokesman Jay Carney is expected to discuss the suspicious package sent to the president, courtesy of NBC News, below:…

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