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July 22, 2015

Obama ‘Will Veto’ Defense Bill Over Guantanamo (Video)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“The president will veto it.”

Those words aren’t spoken very often in just that way from the podium in the White House briefing room, but they were today by Press Secretary Josh Earnest. This time, the message seems to be that the president really, finally does mean business when it comes to closing the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base. Full story

July 14, 2015

Obama’s Remarks on Iran Nuclear Deal (Transcript)

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Obama said he would veto any attempt to undo the deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday international negotiators led by the United States have reached a deal with Iran to limit that country’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions on the Islamic republic. Full story

July 1, 2015

Jumpers Beware: White House Fence Is a Lot Spikier

Contract workers install security spikes atop the fence in front of the White House along Pennsylyvania Avenue in Washington on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The temprary spikes are to help deter fence jumpers at the White House until a more permanent solution can be installed. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)Contract workers install security spikes atop the fence in front of the White House along Pennsylyvania Avenue in Washington on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The temprary spikes are to help deter fence jumpers at the White House until a more permanent solution can be installed. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Workers install security spikes atop the White House fence Wednesday. The temporary spikes are to help deter fence jumpers until a more permanent solution can be installed. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the nation on a high terror alert three days before the July 4 holiday weekend, security is being tightened just about everywhere — including at the two symbolic buildings at opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

On Wednesday, workers were installing nasty-looking extra rows of sharp metal spikes atop the fence at the White House, where the Secret Service has had a problem in recent months with jumpers. Full story

June 26, 2015

Transcript: Obama Delivers Eulogy for Clementa Pinckney

Here’s the full CQ Roll Call transcript of President Barack Obama’s Eulogy for State Senator Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, S.C.: Full story

May 12, 2015

Obama Tries to Revive Fast-Track Trade Bill After ‘SNAFU’ (Updated) (Video)

Schumer's currency enforcement would come first in a new offer to revive Obama's trade agenda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Schumer’s currency enforcement measure would come first in a new offer to revive Obama’s trade agenda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 7:52 p.m. | President Barack Obama — and Senate Democratic leaders — are working to resurrect his trade agenda, according to aides on the Hill and in the administration.

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April 28, 2015

Obama Condemns Baltimore Riots, Urges Political Action

 Looters smashed a hole in the wall from a laundromat to a hardware store, and Kim Le joined a neighborhood clean up crew to help out the morning after citywide riots. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Looters smashed a hole in the wall from a laundromat to a hardware store during citywide riots, and Kim Le joined a neighborhood clean-up crew to help out Tuesday morning. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned rioters in Baltimore as criminals, but urged a broader political mobilization to improve urban communities where poverty, drugs, a lack of education and a lack of fathers lead to a combustible mix. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 2:19 p.m.
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April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio’s Opening Speech Had a Goof (Updated)

Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the International Association of Fire Fighters Presidential Forum at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 10, 2015. The day featured addresses by potential presidential candidates. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio speaks during the International Association of Fire Fighters Presidential Forum at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated April 14, 11:00 a.m. | Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign announcement speech included inspirational parts of his life story, the outline of a governing agenda and one flat-out error that appears to be a clumsy Prince reference. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 10:09 p.m.
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March 20, 2015

Netanyahu Call Failed to Satisfy Obama

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama’s call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday failed to end Obama’s concerns about Netanyahu’s pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the conflict with Palestinians.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said again on Friday the White House is reconsidering how it acts in the United Nations and elsewhere in light of Netanyahu’s pre-election comments, and Earnest wasn’t about to grant a mulligan after Netanyahu said in a round of interviews Thursday that he actually does want a two-state solution.

Asked why not just take Netanyahu at his (latest) word, Earnest quipped, “Well, I guess the question is which one? … He was quite clear that he did not envision a scenario where a two — a Palestinian state would be established while he was the prime minister of Israel.”

Earnest also shrugged off Speaker John A. Boehner’s planned trip to Israel.

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By Steven Dennis Posted at 2:11 p.m.
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February 19, 2015

Jen Psaki Back to White House

Psaki outside her office in 2011, when she was the senior vice president and managing director of Global Strategy Group. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Psaki outside her office in 2011, when she was the senior vice president and managing director of Global Strategy Group. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jen Psaki’s heading back to the West Wing.

Replacing Jennifer Palmieri, who is reportedly heading to the nascent Hillary Clinton campaign, the current State Department spokeswoman is no stranger to President Barack Obama, the White House press corps or Capitol Hill. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 12:06 p.m.
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January 27, 2015

Score One for Norquist, GOP on 529 College Savings Accounts

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Norquist got what he wanted Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Somewhere, Grover Norquist is happily tweeting over his latest victory.

The anti-tax president of Americans for Tax Reform had been waging war on President Barack Obama’s latest plan to tax 529 college savings accounts as part of his larger proposal to restructure and increase college aid. Full story

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