April 30, 2013 At a White House news conference, the president was asked about Syria, the Boston Marathon bombings, new gun laws, the Guantanamo Bay detention center and other subjects. He made the case that despite some setbacks, he'll still get some important things done in his second term.
March 5, 2013 The White House was responding to an online petition signed by more than 114,000 people. The administration said Americans should also be able to unlock tablets.
February 28, 2013 The veteran Washington Post reporter says a White House aide threatened him over a story about President Obama's role in sequestration.
January 31, 2013 When the president told The New Republic that "we do skeet shooting all the time" at Camp David, some critics had their doubts. The Washington Post's Fact Checker says it's withholding opinion on the veracity of the claim. Now, Fox News says it has learned of at least two times Obama went shooting.
January 25, 2013 Top aide Denis McDonough is moving into the chief of staff's office. Justice Department official Lisa Monaco is taking on the counterterrorism post.
January 16, 2013 In order to get an official response to your petition on the White House's We the People platform, you now need at least 100,000 signatures. Recent high-profile petitions haven't been all that serious.
January 13, 2013 The White House rejects a petition asking the United States to build a Star Wars inspired Death Star by 2016. Among the reasons cited: government policy "does not support blowing up planets."
January 1, 2013 The compromise deal, which was approved by the Senate earlier Tuesday, stops large tax increases for 99 percent of Americans and delays massive spending cuts for two months. The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.
December 31, 2012 Vice President Joe Biden was meeting late Monday with Senate Democrats to brief them on a proposed deal to stop the sharp tax increases and spending cuts. The Senate may vote on the deal Monday night, but there will be no vote in the House until Tuesday at the earliest.
December 31, 2012 We the People is supposed to be an online way for the public to petition the president. It's being used by advocates to score political points. Media critic and blogger Jeff Jarvis says it's time to stop the stunts. So he has, of course, started a petition.
December 19, 2012 While negotiations go on behind the scenes, the two sides continue to talk in public about problems they have with each other's ideas.
November 7, 2012 Mitt Romney's White House run raised the profile of his Mormon faith, and made many fellow Mormons hope that misunderstandings of their faith could be dispelled. And, of course, there was pride in seeing one of their own come so close to the White House. Those hopes were dashed with his loss Tuesday.