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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 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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July 20, 2015

At White House Celebration of Disability Law, Obama Leaves Treaty Aside

Dole has made repeated appearances to advocate for the disability treaty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dole has made repeated appearances to advocate for the disability treaty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When President Barack Obama hailed the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, he didn’t make mention of a treaty on disabilities that’s been stymied in the Senate.

Both former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., were in attendance at the White House event Monday. Both longtime senators played key roles in the enactment of the landmark ADA a quarter century ago, and both advocated for Senate concurrence in the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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February 23, 2015

Warren Joining Obama for Retirement Security Push

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Perez says the retirement security announcement is part of Obama’s longtime focus on consumer financial protections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama will be making a public push to strengthen the regulation of financial advisers who provide advice about saving for retirement.

The two Senate Democrats with perhaps the most star power, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, will join the president for the rollout of the proposal at an event hosted by the AARP. Monday’s event also will feature Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that Warren advocated for creating, along with Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.

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January 20, 2015

Obama Challenges New GOP Congress in State of the Union (Updated)

Updated 11:59 p.m. | A president energized by an improving economy challenged the new Republican Congress in his 2015 State of the Union address to focus on the middle class and find a bipartisan path forward — while vowing to veto efforts to undo his actions on immigration, climate or health care.

(Read the speech as prepared for delivery here. And watch the live stream.)

President Barack Obama declared his policies to be working — doing a victory lap on slashed deficits, lower gas prices and a shrinking unemployment rate.

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Excerpts From Obama’s State of the Union Address

(Larry Downing/Reuters File Photo)

(Larry Downing/Reuters File Photo)

The following is a transcript of excerpts of President Barack Obama’s Jan. 20 State of the Union address:

“We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.

But tonight, we turn the page.” Full story

January 3, 2015

Obama to Tout Economic Policy Ahead of State of the Union Address

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama isn’t waiting for the State of the Union to outline some of the policy proposals in it, seizing on recent good economic news.

The day after Congress convenes Tuesday, Obama’s hitting the road. He is scheduled to travel to Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee over the course of the week, touting progress on the economy and outlining pocketbook issues like the cost of a higher education and home ownership.

“The proposals announced next week will be a mix of executive actions and legislative proposals. The President is eager to get to work, and looks forward to working with the new Congress on policies that will make sure middle class Americans are sharing in the economic recovery,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement. “There are a number of issues we could make progress on, but the President is clear that he will not let this Congress undo important protections gained — particularly in areas of health care, Wall Street reform and the environment.” Full story

December 17, 2014

Obama Issues Rare Pardons, With More to Come

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama granted clemency to 20 people Wednesday in a relatively rare show of leniency from him — with the administration promising more to come.

Obama cut short prison times for eight people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and vacated the convictions of 12 others, the White House announced.

The commutations are the result of an April 23 initiative by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole with the direction of President Obama encouraging qualified inmates to petition for clemency. Full story

By Clark Mindock Posted at 9:43 p.m.
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December 11, 2014

Obama Backs Cromnibus

President Barack Obama would sign the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus,” with the White House urging Democrats to help put the bill over the top with passage of the bill in doubt later this afternoon.

The rule for the bill passed narrowly 214-212 earlier Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the president’s support Thursday afternoon, saying the 1,600-page bill represented a compromise and included items the president did not support on campaign finance and regulating banks involvement in derivatives. Full story

October 22, 2014

Is Obama About to Evolve on Marijuana?

Legalization of Pot

Holder told CNN he was “cautiously optimistic” about the Colorado and Washington’s legalization of marijuana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:26 p.m. | No, President Barack Obama isn’t about to evolve his stance on marijuana. At least not today, according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at Wednesday’s briefing.

CQ Roll Call asked him about two recent developments — Attorney General Eric Holder telling CNN that he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, and the hiring of ACLU lawyer Vanita Gupta, an advocate of legalizing marijuana and leading drug war critic, to head the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.

“Should we take these as signals that the president is himself continuing to evolve on this issue?” Earnest was asked.

“No,” Earnest said. Full story

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