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Jay Carney tries to keep hope alive on guns

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

One in an occasional series of observational pieces keyed off the White House daily briefing.

The rest of Washington might have already declared a bipartisan gun control measure dead, but don't tell that to White House press secretary Jay Carney.

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Dan Pfeiffer: "When it matters most"

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

This afternoon, Dan Pfeiffer sent the message below to the White House email list asking people to pledge to speak out in favor of reducing gun violence. If you didn't get the email, be sure to sign up.

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Why Obama’s chief of staff is anti-Blackberry, iPhone

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was hit last week with two lengthy, insidery — and quite favorable — reviews of his tenure after 10 weeks on the job.

The pieces, by Buzzfeed and by Bloomberg, conclude he’s a driven, indefatigable and no-nonsense head of White House operations.

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Rand Paul says he’s considering a 2016 presidential bid

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said mulling a 2016 White House run gives him a “larger microphone” to spread his libertarian brand of politics, telling reporters he won’t make a final decision on a presidential bid until sometime next year.

White House issues plan for managing nation’s ocean waters

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

The White House on Tuesday issued its final plan for managing the nation’s ocean waters, outlining a strategy intended to coordinate the work of more than two dozen agencies and reconcile competing interests, including fishing, offshore energy exploration and recreational activities.

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White House Hangout: Vice President Biden and Mayors Discuss Reducing Gun Violence

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

This week, Vice President Biden will host a virtual conversation with mayors around the country to discuss commonsense steps to reduce gun violence. Mayors know first hand the impact of gun violence on communities across the country – and they've come together to demand action.

On Wednesday, April 17th, at 2:45 p.m. EDT, the Vice President and mayors will discuss how we can protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence. We hope you'll tune in.

During the Google+ Hangout, Vice President Biden will be joined by:

  • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, IN
  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD
  • Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Oak Creek, WI

Watch the hangout with Vice President Biden and mayors live on Wednesday, April 17th, at 2:45 p.m. EDT on WhiteHouse.gov, or tune in to the White House's Google+ page or YouTube channel.

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Obama meets with Emirati prince, first in a series of meetings with Mideast leaders

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

President Obama has held the first in a series of White House meetings with Mideast leaders.

President Obama: "The American People Refuse to be Terrorized"

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
President Obama Delivers a Statement on the bombs in Boston, April 16, 2013

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the explosions that occurred in Boston, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 16, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a briefing from FBI Director Mueller, Attorney General Holder, Secretary Napolitano, and homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco, President Obama went to the Brady Press Briefing Room to update Americans on developments in Boston, following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. 

"We continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate law enforcement resources to protect our citizens, and to investigate and to respond to this attack," the President said in a televised address. "Obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families, and the city of Boston. We know that two explosions gravely wounded dozens of Americans, and took the lives of others, including a 8-year-old boy.

"This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism.  Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual."

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White House finalizes national ocean policy

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

The White House on Tuesday issued its final plan for managing the nation's oceans, outlining a strategy that aims to coordinate the work of more than two dozen agencies and reconcile competing interests including fishing, offshore energy exploration and recreational activities.

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Park of the Republic of Korea to the White House

Monday, April 15th, 2013

President Obama will welcome President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea to the White House on May 7.  As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-ROK alliance this year, President Park’s visit will highlight the growth, breadth, depth and strength of our alliance, our increased global cooperation, the deep economic ties between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Korean people. 

President Obama and President Park will also discuss a broad range of economic and security issues, including continued cooperation on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and countering the North Korean threat.  They will also review the progress made in strengthening our economic ties and in enhancing and modernizing bilateral security cooperation.

President Park’s visit underscores the importance of the U.S.-ROK alliance as a linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia Pacific region, and of the central role of alliances in the President’s Asia-Pacific rebalancing effort.

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