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White House: Cut Carbon Now, or Pay $150B a Year Later

Climate change costs could jump 40% each decade

(Newser) - When it comes to climate change, the United States can pay to cut carbon emissions now, or we can pay about $150 billion a year down the road as costs soar by about 40% a decade, according to a White House Council of Economic Advisers analysis out today, as per... More »

What Obama's Phone Calls Reveal

He's been talking a lot, but mostly to allies

(Newser) - As international crises pile up, President Obama has been spending a lot of time on the phone: White House records show that the president has made more calls to world leaders this month than in any other month except November 2012, when he was returning calls of congratulations on his... More »

Boehner to WH: Stop Saying I Want Impeachment

Lawsuit filed by House speaker will motivate GOP to go after prez, says Obama aide

(Newser) - There’s nothing to suggest that John Boehner has changed his mind since the last time he said he doesn’t want to impeach the president—but that didn’t stop a senior White House aide this morning from saying he thinks the door for Republicans to make that happen... More »

Medal of Honor Recipient Visits NYSE, Breaks Gavel

Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts helped close down the exchange with a bang

(Newser) - On Monday, former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts walked up to President Obama, shook his hand, and humbly accepted his Medal of Honor . Obama might have gotten off lightly because yesterday Pitts used that same hand to close the New York Stock Exchange with its ceremonial gavel, and the gavel... More »

Obama Needs a New 'Team of Rivals'

White House can't be 'echo chamber for the president’s views': Fred Hiatt

(Newser) - When President Obama first took office, he was wise to install a " team of rivals ," from Hillary Clinton to Bush-era defense secretary Robert Gates, who ensured his views would be challenged. But his second-term staff appears to be more a "team of loyalists," writes Fred Hiatt... More »

White House Seeks Tougher Rules on Child Migrants

Central Americans could quickly be sent home

(Newser) - Amid an influx of child migrants , many from Central America, President Obama is calling on Congress to change the rules on how their cases are handled—and it looks like his proposals will make it harder for the kids to stay. As it currently stands, children from countries that don'... More »

Boehner: I'm Going to Sue Obama

House Republicans say president has abused his executive authority

(Newser) - John Boehner thinks President Obama has abused his executive authority so much that he plans to sue the White House, reports Fox News . Asked today whether he intended to pursue such a lawsuit, as has been rumored, the House speaker responded, "I am." He added, "This is... More »

Jay Carney Leaving White House

President's chief spokesperson is stepping down

(Newser) - President Obama had a second high-profile departure to announce today: Press secretary Jay Carney is resigning, reports the Washington Post . Obama called Carney one of his closest friends and advisers, notes NBC News . "Today the flak jacket is officially passed to a new generation," he said, referring to... More »

White House Accidentally Outs Kabul CIA Chief

Name included in list of officials for Obama visit

(Newser) - The identity of the highest-ranking CIA agent in Afghanistan was leaked to the media this weekend—by the White House itself. The error occurred in a list of top officials who were joining President Obama during his visit to Kabul yesterday. The military gave the list to the White House... More »

White House Has Another Security Lockdown

2 people throw packages over fence

(Newser) - For the second time in three days, the White House has had to go into lockdown mode because of a security scare, reports USA Today . This afternoon's occurred when two people threw packages over the White House fence—one on the north lawn and one on the south lawn,... More »

Driver Who Caused White House Scare Was 'Confused'

IRS employee says he blundered into motorcade

(Newser) - A wrong turn that caused national news: The driver who caused a White House security scare by following a motorcade carrying President Obama's daughters into a restricted area was apparently just confused, authorities say. Mathew Goldstein—an IRS IT specialist described by a friend as "brilliant but absent-minded"... More »

White House Locked Down After Car Follows Motorcade

Driver arrested in restricted area

(Newser) - The White House was briefly locked down yesterday after a car followed a motorcade carrying President Obama's daughters into a restricted area. It was stopped just feet away from the White House's northwest gate and the driver was arrested and charged with unlawful entry, reports the AP . The... More »

White House Report: Climate Change Is Here, and It's Dire

National Climate Assessment paints picture of increasingly severe weather

(Newser) - Americans are already experiencing the harmful effects of climate change, and those effects will get worse unless something is done, according to a new National Climate Assessment issued today. The report cites increased instances of extreme weather, droughts, and heat waves as evidence of climate change's impact, and presents... More »

White House Tells Colleges How to Deal With Rape

Task force presents university guidelines, launches website

(Newser) - The White House has pulled together its two cents on how US colleges should step up their fight against rape, with an Obama administration task force yesterday issuing guidelines for action. Among them: survey students anonymously on sexual assault, do a better job of keeping reported assaults confidential, and teach... More »

Mr. President, Refusing to Pay Your Interns Is Elitist

Obama should 'lead by example' here, writes essayist

(Newser) - President Obama is raising the minimum wage for many federal employees, but Stephen Lurie wonders in the Washington Post why he continues to keep White House internships unpaid. To those who argue that these young workers get an invaluable experience that goes beyond money, Lurie poses a question: Who can... More »

Environmentalists Happy as White House Delays Keystone Decision

It will likely wait until after the midterm elections

(Newser) - The White House was supposed to wrap up its review of the proposed Keystone oil pipeline in another two weeks. But in a surprise move today, the administration announced that the review would be extended indefinitely—and probably until after the November elections, reports the Wall Street Journal . The White... More »

Feds: Con Sent Obama Threat to Wrong Address

Pennsylvania inmate charged with botched threat

(Newser) - President Obama might currently have one of the better-known addresses in America, but that piece of trivia was apparently lost on the Pennsylvania inmate charged with trying to send him a threat. Joseph Savage gets his latest day in court today, and prosecutors allege that, while cooling his heels in... More »

Heiress Designer of White House Gardens Dies at 103

Rachel 'Bunny' Mellon was art patron, friend of Kennedys

(Newser) - Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, the "fresh-faced, slender, ebullient ... dazzling" heiress who redesigned the White House Rose Garden, has died at age 103 at her Virginia home, the New York Times reports. A friend to presidents and monarchs, Mellon was heir to the Listerine fortune; she was also known for... More »

Analysis: Obama's Transparency Push a Flop

Feds cited national security to withhold information a record 8,496 times

(Newser) - The Obama administration pledged to boost transparency in the White House from the get-go, but it hasn't exactly been a promise kept. In virtually every category, the government's efforts to be more open about its activities in 2013 were their worst since Barack Obama first took office, the... More »

People Can Keep Health Plans 2 More Years

White House announces extension on ObamaCare rule

(Newser) - Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration today announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don't meet requirements of the new health care law. The decision helps defuse a political problem for Democrats in tough re-election battles this fall, especially for senators who... More »

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