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White House says Jay-Z’s Cuba rap just a ‘song’

President Barack Obama did not personally approve Beyonce and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba, the White House said Thursday, after the US rapper released a single online slamming criticism of their travels. In “Open Letter,” Jay-Z — who with Beyonce worked to raise funds for Obama’s re-election campaign last year —…

Watch live: Obamas host White House Easter Egg Roll

The White House Easter Egg Roll takes place with people joining the first family on the South Lawn. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on April 1. Watch the White House live stream, broadcast on April 1. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

Watch live: Obama hosts Mothers Against Violence at White House

President Obama hosts an event at the White House urging Congress to take action to reduce gun violence. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on March 28. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Michele Bachmann repeatedly dodges questions after being chased down by CNN reporter

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota on Tuesday refused to answer questions about a recent speech she gave at a conservative conference. Bachmann claimed at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Saturday that Obama was living in opulence at the White House. She alleged the President was enjoying an excess…

White House says ‘no more tours’ until Congress agrees to end sequester

This afternoon, Roll Call reported that the White House will no longer be giving tours to the public due to budget cuts that resulted from the sequester. White House officials said they’re cancelling tours due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration. White House Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.,…

Obama confident Republicans will cave on budget cuts

AFP – As the blame game over a stinging package of deficit-reducing spending cuts grinds on, the White House said Sunday that as voters start to feel the pain, Republicans will pivot and seek compromise. But the Republicans did not sound like they were in a mood to budge. The…

Bob Woodward and the White House argue over the sequester

Why are Bob Woodward and the White House arguing over the sequester? The blame-game over who’s responsible for the “sequester” and its automatic spending cuts – which everyone agrees is a terrible way to run Washington’s business – finds journalistic icon and Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward at the center…

Obama taps ‘Kid President’ to announce White House Easter egg roll

In an Easter-themed video published Thursday on YouTube, none other than President Barack Obama reaches out to “Kid President,” the star of an increasingly popular video series, to help him announce the 2013 White House Easter egg roll. “Kid President” is actually a 9-year-old kid named Bobby who has a…

Conan to host White House Correspondent’s Association dinner

Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien will host the 2013 White House Correspondent’s Association dinner, according to an announcement published Wednesday morning by association president Ed Henry. O’Brien, who previously hosted the 1995 correspondent’s dinner, has made political humor a staple of his late night show on TBS. He’s…

White House blasts Sen. Graham for threatening to block key nominees

The White House said Monday a top Republican was harming national security by delaying confirmation of new Pentagon and CIA chiefs in a row over the US consulate attack in Benghazi. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham warned Sunday he would block Chuck Hagel’s Senate confirmation as defense secretary and John Brennan’s…

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