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  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when...

  • Six points on Alan Gross, ‘normalization’ of U.S.-Cuba relations and the American spy flying under the radar

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    The news this morning about the massive thaw in diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana was so sudden and flooring that we really won't know for months or years to come what the impact will be—most importantly, what the impact will be for the millions of Cubans who have...

  • CIA chief admits agency used ‘abhorrent’ methods on detainees

    1 week ago

    CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday some agency officers used "abhorrent" methods on detainees captured following the Sept. 11 attacks and said it was "unknowable" whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques yielded useful intelligence.

    With his agency under fire...

  • White House recognizes “Everybody Dance” arts program

    November 11, 2014 | 9:24 am

    The White House honored the L.A. based arts program "Everybody Dance" yesterday with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation's highest honor in that category. First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award to "Everybody Dance" founder Liza Bercovici, who...

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  • Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

    November 5, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.

    The Republican...

  • White House derides report of no Rice-Dermer meetings

    November 4, 2014 | 11:48 am

    The White House denied an Israeli newspaper report suggesting that U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Ron Dermer, have never met.

    “Ambassador Rice and Ambassador Dermer have met multiple times before last week,” Rice’s spokesman, Alistair...

  • Do Israelis think Netanyahu is ‘chickenshit’? Maybe, but they like him that way

    October 31, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    An anonymous White House staffer apparently isn’t the only one who thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is shy about taking chances.

    A piece this week in  The Atlantic magazine by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg ignited a firestorm with its revelation that an Obama administration official had...

  • Obama says Canada shootings tragic, offers assistance

    October 22, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    President Barack Obama called the shootings in Ottawa on Wednesday "tragic" and said they reinforced the need for vigilance against acts of violence and terrorism.

    U.S. officials said there was no specific indication of a similar attack in the United States, but reinforced...

  • White House rejects Netanyahu’s criticism with withering response

    October 6, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    The White House rejected criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a withering response on Monday, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge how much help the United States has been to Israel over the years.

    A long-time split between President Barack Obama and...

  • White House intruder allegedly had 800 rounds of ammunition in car

    September 23, 2014 | 11:45 am

    A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map on which the executive mansion was marked, a federal prosecutor said on Monday....

  • Part of White House evacuated; Obama not present, witnesses say

    September 19, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    White House staff and reporters were evacuated on Friday night by the Secret Service because an intruder was spotted running on the grounds of the complex shortly after President Barack Obama had left the building, witnesses said.

    Obama had just left aboard the Marine One...

  • U.S. put more scrutiny on arms transfers to Israel during Gaza crisis

    August 15, 2014 | 11:05 am

    The Obama administration, which urged Israel do more to prevent civilian casualties in its conflict with Hamas militants, placed U.S. arms shipments to Israel under greater scrutiny during the Gaza crisis, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

    After more than a month of...

  • Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

    July 29, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

    The United States and the European Union, in a carefully...

  • U.S. condemns rocket fire against Israel

    July 8, 2014 | 10:41 am

    The White House condemned rocket attacks against Israel that reached as far as Tel Aviv and expressed support for Israel's right to defend itself on Tuesday.

    "We strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire inside of Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations in Gaza," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing. "No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel's right to defend itself against these vicious attacks."

    Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Doina Chiacu

  • Kerry condemns murder of Palestinian teen

    July 2, 2014 | 10:11 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the murder of a Palestinian teen from eastern Jerusalem.

    Kerry in a statement issued Wednesday condemned “in the strongest possible terms the despicable and senseless abduction and murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. It is sickening...

  • White House: U.S. federal system can handle Benghazi suspect

    June 17, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    The White House said on Tuesday the U.S. criminal justice system could prosecute the captured suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and that he would be questioned for intelligence.

    The comments came in response to criticism...

  • Hillary’s choice: Clinton seeks to differentiate herself from Obama on Mideast

    May 20, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    A month before her foreign policy autobiography, “Hard Choices,” hits the bookstores, Hillary Rodham Clinton made an easy choice: She pitched her diplomatic credentials to a friendly Jewish audience.

    Clinton’s speech to the American Jewish Committee on May 14 was meant to send a...

  • White House official: We will work with Palestinian unity government

    May 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

    A senior official in the White House said the United States would cooperate with a soon-to-be-formed Palestinian unity government, despite Israeli opposition.

    A unity government is set to be established within a week by Fatah, which controls the West Bank’s Palestinian areas, and...

  • Rice, U.S. delegation meet with Israeli officials in Jerusalem

    May 8, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice and a delegation of U.S. officials met with senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem to discuss bilateral and regional security issues.

    The meeting Thursday was part of the regular U.S.-Israel Consultative Group meetings.

    The U.S....

  • Regrets? She’s had a few, Lewinsky says of Clinton scandal

    May 6, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    Monica Lewinsky, the onetime White House intern whose 1990s affair with Bill Clinton nearly brought down his presidency, broke a long silence on Tuesday, saying she regretted what happened.

    Writing in Vanity Fair magazine, Lewinsky, 40, said it was time to stop "tiptoeing around...

  • Israel scraps Palestinian prisoner release, White House says Israeli delay creates challenges

    April 3, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Israel has called off a planned release of Palestinian prisoners meant to advance peacemaking and called for the U.S.-sponsored negotiations to be reviewed, an official briefed on the talks said on Thursday.

    The official, who declined to be identified, said Israeli negotiators...

  • Netanyahu to Obama: Israel cannot allow nuclear Iran

    March 3, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Obama that Israel cannot let Iran get a nuclear bomb and said an end to uranium enrichment is an Israeli demand of any agreement with Iran.

    “If Iran is prevented from enriching uranium and dismantles fully its military nuclear...

  • Amid Ukraine crisis, Obama meets Netanyahu on Mideast peace, Iran

    March 3, 2014 | 11:13 am

    Even as he grappled with the Ukraine crisis, President Barack Obama turned to White House talks on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to nudge him forward in Middle East peace efforts and ease his suspicions about diplomacy with Iran.

    With time running...

  • Report: Abbas to receive White House invite

    February 24, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas could be invited for a visit to the White House in the near future, the P.A.’s chief negotiator reportedly told a local radio station.

    Saeb Erekat told the Voice of Palestine radio, however, that a date has not been set for an Abbas...

  • AIPAC’s tough sanctions choice

    January 23, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    In previous AIPAC versus White House dustups, the pro-Israel lobbying group’s strategy was to speak softly and let Congress carry the big stick.

    But in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s face-off with the Obama administration over new Iran sanctions, congressional...

  • Iran sanctions have majority backing in Senate, but not enough to override veto

    January 10, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    More than half the United States Senate has signed on to a bill that would intensify sanctions against Iran. But in a sign of the so-far successful effort by the White House to keep the bill from reaching a veto-busting 67 supporters, only 16 Democrats are on board.

    The number of...

  • Chanukah at the White House

    By Rob Eshman

    December 6, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    My new favorite way to celebrate Chanukah is lighting candles with Barack Obama.

    The White House Chanukah Party was held Dec 5, a day after Chanukah.  It was my first time attending the annual event, which President George W. Bush began in 2001.  I don’t expect it’s one of those...

  • White House: Final deal could include enrichment

    December 3, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    A final deal with Iran could include a capacity for uranium enrichment, the White House said.

    “We are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program in the end state, but only because the Iranians have indicated for the first time in a public document that they are...

  • White House talks Iran deal with Jewish groups

    November 26, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    The White House held at least two phone calls with Jewish leaders to explain aspects of the interim sanctions-for-nuclear-rollbacks deal between Iran and major powers.

    Among the speakers on the conference calls Monday with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish...

  • White House: Israel’s all-or-nothing proposal on Iran would lead to war

    November 21, 2013 | 11:03 am

    Israel’s proposal that Iran totally dismantle its nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief would likely lead to war, a top White House official said.

    The official, in a conference call Wednesday with think tanks and advocacy groups sympathetic to the Obama...

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