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December 1, 2015

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October 18, 2015

Obama Touts Iran Deal ‘Adoption Day’

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Obama cheered the Iran deal’s “adoption day.”(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Iran nuclear deal has reached a new milestone — adoption day — and the White House is cheering.

“Today, Iran begins to take the steps necessary to implement its … commitments, including removing thousands of centrifuges and associated infrastructure, reducing its enriched uranium stockpile from approximately 12,000 kilograms to 300 kilograms, and removing the core of the Arak heavy-water reactor and filling it with concrete so that it cannot be used again, among other steps,” President Barack Obama said in a written statement Sunday afternoon. Full story

October 16, 2015

Obama Deflects Comment on Clinton, Biden

Clinton has come out against the TPP, Obama's signature trade deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Clinton has come out against the TPP, Obama’s signature trade deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama appeared irritated Friday when he was asked about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership — declining to comment on her flip-flop on an agreement she praised as his secretary of State.

“With respect to the trade and how Hillary views trade, I would have you direct questions to her,” Obama said at a joint press conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the East Room of the White House. “I mean, here is a general proposition, guys. During the course of what will be a long campaign, I probably won’t be commenting on every single utterance or decision that the various candidates make, because I think that it is natural and proper for candidates to run on their own vision and their own platform,” he said. Full story

Obama Pushes North Korea Nuclear Deal


Obama said Friday that he’s willing to talk as long as North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

After cutting deals with Cuba and Iran, President Barack Obama is talking up the idea of cutting a deal with North Korea.

On Friday, Obama offered up an Iran-style deal to eliminate Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. Full story

October 15, 2015

Obama to Keep Troops, Bases in Afghanistan (Video)

US soldiers part of NATO patrol during the final day of a month long anti-Taliban operation by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in various parts of eastern Nangarhar province,  at an Afghan National Army base in Khogyani district on August 30, 2015.  Afghan security forces launched a joint anti-militant operation in three districts, killing over 150 armed insurgents and wounding 112 others with 13 security personnel killed and three others were wounded in the past 30 days, Afghan National Army Commander Zaman Waziri said.  AFP PHOTO / Noorullah Shirzada         (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama announced that he would leave 3,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2016. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated 12:21 p.m. | The next president of the United States will inherit a substantial military presence in Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama announced Thursday he will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through most of next year and 5,500 at three bases after 2016. Full story

October 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton Would Let Colorado Keep Legal Marijuana

Hillary Clinton said the federal government should not interfere with Colorado's pot laws. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Clinton said the federal government should not interfere with Colorado’s pot laws. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton says the federal government should not prevent states such as Colorado from legalizing marijuana.

“I really believe it’s important that states like Colorado lead the way, so that we can learn what works and what doesn’t work,” she told KUSA-TV in Colorado. “And I would certainly not want the federal government to interfere with the legal decision made by the people of Colorado, and enforced by your elected officials, as to how you should be conducting this business that you have approved. So, no, I want to give you the space and I want other states to learn from you, what works and what doesn’t work.” Full story

White House Cheers Debate, but Disagrees With Clinton on TPP

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(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House cheered the Democrats who participated in Tuesday’s presidential debate, but noted its differences with Hillary Rodham Clinton on trade.

“It was encouraging to see Democratic candidates putting forward their own vision and values and priorities for the country, in large part vowing to build on the important progress that’s been made over the last seven years,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday at his daily press briefing. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 5:08 p.m.

October 13, 2015

Paul Ryan Is a Speaker White House Could Respect (Video)

Paul Ryan walks out of the Capitol Friday on his way home to Wisconsin. (CQ Roll Call)

Paul Ryan walks out of the Capitol Friday on his way home to Wisconsin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House may not join in on the long line of people begging Paul D. Ryan to take the speaker’s gavel, but that may just be to avoid tarnishing his image on the right. Full story

October 7, 2015

McCarthy’s Benghazi Gaffe Becomes All-Purpose White House, Hillary Clinton Defense (Video)

McCarthy's had better weeks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy’s had better weeks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When in doubt, talk up Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s epic Benghazi gaffe. That’s the plan of attack from the White House, the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign and Democrats on Capitol Hill, who clearly hope his remark will be the gift that keeps on giving.

The new plans for a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood? More politics like the Benghazi committee, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday. Full story

Hillary Clinton Opposes TPP ‘as of Today’ (Video) (Updated)

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Hillary Clinton said she’s not in favor of the TPP, based on what she knows today. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:31 p.m. | In a major break with President Barack Obama and her own past record, Hillary Rodham Clinton said she doesn’t support the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

“What I know about it, as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it,” Clinton told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff Wednesday. Full story

October 6, 2015

White House Offers RX for Gun Problem: Obamacare (Video)

Earnest commended Hillary's proposal, without endorsing it. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Earnest lauded Hillary’s proposal, without endorsing it. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest offered advice to Republican presidential candidates advocating more focus on mental health to stop gun crimes: Embrace Obamacare.

“If they say that they want to work with the administration on mental health care, and if that’s the real way that we’re going to stop … these heinous acts of gun violence, then I’ve got some good ideas about how they can do it,” Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing. Full story

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