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August 31, 2015

August 30, 2015

Boehner’s Latest Fight With Obama? Renaming Mount McKinley

(Mandel Ngan/AFP File Photo)

Ohio lawmakers like Boehner have criticized the name change to Denali. (Mandel Ngan/AFP File Photo)

For many in the state of Alaska, Sunday was a day for rejoicing. But for Ohioans such as Speaker John A. Boehner, that was not the case.

The White House revealed Sunday President Barack Obama would be announcing the renaming of the mountain long known as Mount McKinley in honor of President William McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell formally signed an order regarding the designation on Friday.

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August 28, 2015

White House Slams ‘Pro-War Rally’ Featuring Trump, Cruz (Video)

UNITED STATES - JUNE 23: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters after voting against cloture on the Trade Promotion Authority bill, June 23, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz plans an anti-Iran nuclear deal rally next month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the event Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and businessman Donald Trump plan to attend outside the Capitol next month is “pro-war.”

Earnest said the gathering in opposition to the international nuclear agreement with Iran will be “a big pro-war rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.”

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August 27, 2015

Obama to Highlight Post-Katrina Progress in New Orleans

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Obama plans to praise the resiliency of New Orleans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“What started out as a natural disaster became a manmade one — a failure of government to look out for its own citizens.”

That’s how President Barack Obama plans to sum up the tragedy that took place when Hurricane Katrina hit along the Gulf Coast a decade ago, devastation that became part of the public consciousness, especially in New Orleans where he will be speaking.

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August 26, 2015

Obama Won’t Be Pushing Second Amendment Rollback After Latest Shooting

Obama waves to the media as Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny look on at the base of the House steps following the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House said Obama believes gun violence can be addressed without rolling back the Second Amendment (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After Wednesday’s shooting during a local television news live shot in Virginia, the White House said President Barack Obama is continuing to call for new gun safety laws.

But White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama won’t be following the lead of some Republicans who want to address immigration by changing the Fourteenth Amendment with a call to curtail the Second Amendment.

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August 25, 2015

Obama, Reid and ‘the Crazies’

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

We might never know exactly who President Barack Obama had on his mind when he called people “crazies” Monday night.

But he sure had plenty to talk about when traveling in the motorcade with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas to a high-dollar fundraiser for state Democrats and Reid’s hand-picked successor, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

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White House Fence Jumper Killed at PA Courthouse

Contract workers installed security spikes atop the fence in front of the White House in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Contract workers installed security spikes atop the fence in front of the White House in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A man who jumped the White House wall in March was shot and killed in a Pennsylvania courthouse Tuesday after allegedly attacking a deputy sheriff with a knife.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:50 a.m. inside the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester, Pa. District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon that Curtis Smith, 34, of Coatesville, Pa., “came directly into the Justice Center, pulled out a knife, and attacked a deputy sheriff, slashing him.” Full story

August 20, 2015

Jimmy Carter Talks Brain Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

Former President Jimmy Carter said he’s at ease despite having cancer in four parts of his brain and his expectation that additional cancers will show up in his body.

“I’ve had a wonderful life,” Carter said, adding that he’s thankful for his deep religious faith and remains hopeful. His first brain treatment is this afternoon. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 10:32 a.m.

August 18, 2015

Rubiocare Would Upend Traditional Health Insurance

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Rubio throws a football with children during a Family Night event at Dean Park in Ankeny, Iowa, Monday. He’s pitching a new health plan. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposed health care alternative would dramatically alter the health insurance landscape in America — well beyond repealing Obamacare.

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August 7, 2015

White House: Up to Senate Democrats Whether to Dump Chuck Schumer

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Schumer defied the White House Thursday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A day after a posse of former White House aides torched Sen. Charles E. Schumer over his rejection of the Iran deal, Press Secretary Josh Earnest politely but firmly knocked the senior senator from New York.

Earnest wouldn’t go so far as ex-aides Dan Pfeiffer, Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau in questioning Schumer’s ability to lead Democrats, but he left the door open to dumping Schumer, the heir apparent to Minority Leader Harry Reid, from the top of the Democratic ranks. Full story

July 30, 2015

Obama’s Late Night Lobbying on Iran Deal

President Barack Obama has been working late to ensure he gets to votes on the Iran deal.

Not only did the president meet with House Democrats Wednesday, a group of about two dozen returned to the White House that night after House votes and met with Obama for a couple of hours, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

That’s not typical for Obama.

“Spending time with individual members of Congress and answering their questions directly, again, I think it’s an indication that the president feels a personal responsibility to engage with members of Congress who are keeping an open mind and evaluating this agreement, and I would expect that the president will continue to have … many other conversations like that over the next several weeks,” Earnest said.

Per Earnest, the arguments he’s been making to Democrats are the same he’s been making publicly: that killing the deal makes war more likely, that Iran will get sanctions relief anyway because the rest of the world will not continue them, and the United States, not Iran, will be the one that will be isolated.

The efforts appear to be paying off.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters she’s heard “widely” from Democrats that they would vote to sustain the president’s veto of an expected disapproval resolution.

Matt Fuller contributed to this report.


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