White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 18, 2014, where he presented the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team. The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By: Darlene Superville, AP WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense … [Read more...]

President Obama Offers Easter and Passover Greetings

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Source: WhiteHouse.gov THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2014 Statement by the President on Easter Weekend This weekend, Michelle and I join our fellow Christians in marking Good Friday and celebrating Easter. We will reflect on the sacrifice … [Read more...]

ACA Sign Ups Exceed 7 Million

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By: April Ryan, aprildryan.com ACA Sources say White House Technology Director Todd Park announced this morning at 12:01am at QSSI the ACA numbers surpassed 7 million. More details to follow. … [Read more...]

Congresswoman Lee Responds to Rep. Ryan’s Racially Charged Comments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2014 Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement today in response to Rep. Paul Ryan’s offensive and racially charged remarks about American poverty: Rep. Ryan’s Remarks: “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner … [Read more...]

First lady to students: Apply for federal aid

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, during a workshop to help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Mrs. Obama told students that filling out the FAFSA is a pivotal step toward finishing their education beyond high school. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By: Darlene Superville, AP ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Michelle Obama has a message for students considering college: File for federal financial aid. The first lady said Wednesday that filing the form is an important first step for students who want to finish their education but that too many of … [Read more...]

Call to Action to Give Long-Term Unemployed a Shot

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Source: Whitehouse.gov On Friday morning, the President will convene a meeting with the Vice President and CEOs of some of the nation’s largest public and private businesses to continue the Administration’s efforts to give the long-term unemployed a fair shot at getting back to work. In his State … [Read more...]

State of the Union Preview 2014

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By: April Ryan, aprildryan.com | AURN The themes for the 2014 State of the Union are “opportunity, action and optimism” according to Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama. A large part of the State of the Union is driven by the voices that come into the White House to include … [Read more...]

The MLK National Holiday

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By: April Ryan, AURN Today marks the federal holiday celebrating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. April Ryan reports. Listen:  More news and information at AURN.com. … [Read more...]

First lady hits the half-century mark on Friday

FILE - In this May 28, 2013 file photo, First lady Michelle Obama joins school children from Long Beach Island Grade School in Ship Bottom, N.J., from left, and second from left: Jordan Leeds, age 11, Joshua Styler-Tracy, age 11, and Madisyn Goias, age 10, to harvest the summer crop from the White House kitchen garden, at the White House in Washington. Nearing a milestone birthday, Michelle Obama describes herself as “50 and fabulous.” She’s celebrating already and a big birthday bash is in the works. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

By: Darlene Superville, AP WASHINGTON (AP) — Approaching a milestone birthday, Michelle Obama exuberantly describes herself as "50 and fabulous." She's celebrating already and a big birthday blowout is in the works for this weekend at the White House. The nation's first lady hits the … [Read more...]

Back to Business

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By: April Ryan It is a gloomy, rainy and cold day in Washington, with the President back at the White House with not a lot on his public schedule and the First Lady staying behind for a few days in Hawaii for an early start to her birthday celebration.  First Lady Michelle Obama turns 50 January … [Read more...]