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

    2 days ago

    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

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  • 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...

  • Israeli healing

    November 4, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    In the “Lean Forward” advertisements on MSNBC, White House correspondent Chuck Todd speaks of the opportunity and responsibility he has because of his access to the inner world of Washington.  I feel the same about my visits to Israel as National President of Hadassah.  But the...

  • White House, amid heating tensions with Israel, to brief Jewish leaders on Iran

    October 29, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Amid an escalation of signals that the Obama and Netanyahu governments are parting ways on Iran strategy, the White House called in American Jewish leaders for a briefing on short notice.

    A small coterie of Jewish organizational leaders will meet Tuesday afternoon with top staff...

  • Obama to Congress: Talk tough on sanctions, but don’t do anything

    October 28, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    The Obama administration may be on a collision course with pro-Israel advocates over an intensified sanctions bill that the White House fears may scuttle negotiations to resolve the standoff over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.

    The American Israel Public Affairs...

  • White House presses Congress not to intensify sanctions

    October 24, 2013 | 10:17 am

    The Obama administration reportedly is asking Congress to delay passing new Iran sanctions.

    The National Security Council on Thursday hosted top staffers from congressional committees dealing with Iran sanctions at a White House briefing.

    According to BuzzFeed, the thrust of...

  • U.S. says open for Iran talks based on ‘mutual respect’

    September 20, 2013 | 4:16 pm

    The United States is ready to engage in talks "on the basis of mutual respect" with Iran about its disputed nuclear program as long as Tehran is willing to demonstrate that its program is for civilian purposes, the White House said on Friday.

    "We have had a number of engagements...

  • Obama to meet with Abbas, discuss Middle East peace at U.N.

    September 20, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    President Barack Obama will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday and will discuss the Middle East peace process during a speech that day to the United Nations General Assembly, the White House said on Friday.

  • Kerry makes forceful case for military action against Syria

    August 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

    The Obama administration made a forceful case for limited U.S. military action against Syria on Friday, releasing evidence the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against civilians multiple times in the past year and saying the "indiscriminate, inconceivable horror" could...

  • White House says it is undeniable that chemical weapons used in Syria

    August 26, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    The White House said on Monday that it is undeniable that chemical weapons were used in Syria and that there is little doubt that the Syrian government used them.

    President Barack Obama, said White House spokesman Jay Carney, is evaluating the appropriate response to the use of...

  • New Nixon tapes show more anti-Semitism

    August 22, 2013 | 5:35 pm

    President Richard Nixon is heard in the last set of his White House tapes making anti-Semitic statements in discussions with visitors to the Oval Office and by telephone.

    The 340 hours of tapes, which cover from April 9, 1973 to July 12, 1973, were released Wednesday by the Nixon...

  • U.S. Senate confirms Samantha Power as new U.N. ambassador

    August 1, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    Human rights advocate Samantha Power easily won U.S. Senate confirmation as President Barack Obama's next ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday.

    The Senate voted 87-10 in favor of Power, a former White House national security staffer and former journalist who won a...

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