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As my companion and I passed through security on a gorgeous Washington afternoon Friday, invited by President Barack Obama to join hundreds of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks at the White House for a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month, I couldn't help but reflect back.

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A brief history of presidential petsupdated: Tue May 15 2012 11:29:00

There's a long history of presidential pets in the White House and with reason. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

Coming soon: A young mother in the Oval Office?updated: Sat May 12 2012 10:32:00

The first woman elected to the White House will answer to many names -- Madam President, ma'am, and, most likely, Mom. That's something I like to think about on Mother's Day.

NBC orders White House comedy from 'Book of Mormon' star Josh Gadupdated: Tue May 08 2012 10:30:00

NBC is going to the White House for laughs this fall.

Senate GOP vows to block White House student loan billupdated: Mon May 07 2012 19:58:00

Senate Republicans will block Democrats from taking up a White House-backed bill to cap rates on some student loans unless Democrats allow a vote on a GOP alternative, the second-ranking Senate Republican said Monday.

Rules 'holdup' puzzles food industry and food-safety advocatesupdated: Thu May 03 2012 19:42:00

Most of the provisions in a landmark food safety law which passed 16 months ago still haven't gone into effect and are stuck in a rule-making process at the White House, four months overdue.

How to sneak a president into a war zoneupdated: Wed May 02 2012 12:08:00

CNN's John King recounts his first experience on a secret trip to a war zone.

GOP senator asks if White House is linked to Secret Service scandalupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 05:38:00

The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the U.S. Secret Service about the potential involvement of White House staff in the prostitution scandal in Colombia.

White House turns over 432 pages of documents in Solyndra inquiryupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 19:39:00

The Obama administration turned over 432 pages of e-mail communications and other documents Friday to congressional Republicans investigating the collapse of the solar energy firm Solyndra, the White House said.

White House, Republicans talk compromiseupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:37:00

Republican leaders and the White House sent signals Wednesday of possible detente on jobs and energy legislation, but they offered few specifics and congressional Democrats questioned whether any progress would ensue.

White House salutes war vets at dinnerupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:29:00

President Obama honored Iraq veterans during a formal dinner. A cross section of vets were invited to the White House.

Will White House tap oil reserves?updated: Mon Feb 27 2012 16:13:00

President Obama is facing pressure to tap the nation's oil reserves. CNN discusses what that would mean for gas prices.

CNNMoney: White House pushes online privacy bill of rightsupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 11:43:00

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new online bill of rights intended to protect consumers' privacy when they surf the Web.

CNNMoney: White House predicts 2 million more jobs in 2012updated: Fri Feb 17 2012 16:41:00

The United States economy is on the road to recovery, the White House said Friday, with stronger job growth expected this year.

West wants a 'conservative renaissance'updated: Fri Feb 10 2012 21:56:00

Rep. Allen West says voters need continue to "restore conservatism" to Washington.

Bishops should accept their victoryupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 16:24:00

After weeks of tangling over new Health and Human Services guidelines requiring contraception services in new health insurance plans, the White House has offered what it describes as a "common sense accommodation." It is aimed at ending the confrontation between the Obama administration and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Contraception controversy consumes D.C., campaignupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 07:24:00

Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women -- one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.

Ten states will get 'No child' exemptionupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 05:24:00

President Obama announces 10 states will be exempt from "No Child Left Behind" rules in exchange for new reforms.

Audit of energy loans coming out soon updated: Thu Feb 02 2012 18:00:00

The White House is studying an audit of $35.9 billion in Department of Energy loans to clean-energy companies, and plans to release it by the end of next week, a spokesman said Thursday.

Being ex-president can be lucrative gigupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 22:16:00

Being president pays; $400,000 a year, in fact.

It pays to be presidentupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 22:16:00

CNN's Brianna Keilar reports on the intersection of money and the highest office in the land.

Star goalie snubs White Houseupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 06:16:00

Opposed to what he called the "out of control" growth of the federal government, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas declined an invitation to join his teammates at the White House on Monday.

'Smoking object' tossed at the White Houseupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 05:32:00

A "smoking object" was thrown over the White House fence late Tuesday, and authorities have closed the north gate of the residence while the object is investigated, U.S. Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said.

CNNMoney: Wikipedia, Reddit plan blackout in SOPA protestupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 09:22:00

A handful of large websites will go dark on Wednesday to protest an anti-piracy bill that critics say will wreck the Internet as we know it.

Online piracy bill debateupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 09:52:00

Declan McCullagh of CNET discusses how an online piracy bill could affect the internet.

White House blasts Internet piracy billsupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 09:52:00

The Obama administration said over the weekend that it would not support legislation mandating changes to Internet infrastructure to fight online copyright and trademark infringement.

St. Louis Cardinals to visit White Houseupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 19:10:00

The St. Louis Cardinals will visit the White House on January 17 to commemorate their victory in the 2011 World Series.

CNNMoney: White House to propose raise for federal workersupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 13:05:00

The federal worker pay freeze might be over.

White House asks what $40 dollars means to you updated: Wed Dec 21 2011 09:51:00

What does $40 per paycheck mean for you and your family?

White House happy with payroll tax talksupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 23:23:00

Press Secretary Jay Carney says the administration is optimistic about the passage of the payroll tax cut extension.

White House drops veto threat on defense billupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 05:38:00

The White House lifted a veto threat against a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill on Wednesday after legislators made changes in language involving detainees.

White House: Confident about payroll taxupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 05:27:00

Jay Carney said that President Obama will insist Congress remain in session until the payroll tax cut is extended.

White House shooting suspect faces attempted assassination chargeupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 13:53:00

An Idaho man who acquaintances say called President Barack Obama "the anti-Christ" was charged Thursday with trying to assassinate him in a shooting incident outside the White House, federal authorities said.

White House shooter suspect in custodyupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 13:53:00

Two bullets found on south side of the White House, and a suspect is in custody. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

White House shooting suspect chargedupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 17:07:00

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is charged with attempted assassination after allegedly firing shots at the White House.

Man arrested in White House shooting probeupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 07:06:00

An Idaho man wanted in connection with a White House shooting incident was arrested Wednesday in western Pennsylvania, police and the U.S. Secret Service announced.

Gunshots reported a few blocks from White Houseupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 23:06:00

Shots were reported fired Friday night between the White House and the Washington Monument, setting off a flurry of law enforcement activity, a U.S. Park Police spokesman said.

White House turns over e-mails related to Solyndra loanupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 20:02:00

The White House on Friday turned over internal e-mails demanded under subpoena by a House panel investigating the collapse of Solyndra, but stopped short of releasing the full cache sought by the Energy and Commerce Committee, officials said.

White House agrees to turn over some Solyndra documentsupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 06:04:00

The White House agreed Thursday to turn over some documents demanded under subpoena by a House panel investigating the collapse of solar energy firm Solyndra, Republican investigators said.

Solyndra emails cause political uproarupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 06:04:00

A call for more Solyndra-related emails from the White House are causing political anger on both sides of the aisle.

Critics say e-mails contradict White House on Solyndraupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 17:53:00

Congressional Republicans investigating the collapse of solar energy firm Solyndra said Wednesday they have documents contradicting an administration claim that the case was not discussed at White House meetings involving a key investor and fundraiser for President Barack Obama.

White House: No contact with aliens, but we're lookingupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 03:03:00

The White House position on extraterrestrials is now clear: aliens haven't contacted Earth, but that doesn't mean the U.S. government isn't looking for them.

Official: Duties change for top Obama aide Daleyupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 00:58:00

A senior administration official disputed a Wall Street Journal story that said Bill Daley, the White House chief of staff, was turning over day-to-day management of the West Wing.

Protesters encircle White House grounds, demanding halt to huge pipeline project updated: Sun Nov 06 2011 19:45:00

Thousands of protesters held hands and encircled the White House grounds on Sunday, demanding President Barack Obama reject a proposed oil pipeline that would stretch between Canada and Texas.

White House counsel slams House panel's Solyndra subpoenaupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 20:47:00

The White House counsel refused Friday to comply with a subpoena as issued by a House panel regarding the failed solar energy company Solyndra, saying that the initiative "was driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation."

GOP suggests Solyndra cover upupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 15:58:00

GOP lawmakers had a lot to say during a hearing for the solar energy company Solyndra. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports.

White House to face subpoenas on Solyndraupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 15:58:00

A House panel voted Thursday to subpoena the White House for documents related to the solar energy company Solyndra.

Obama uses executive orders as a political toolupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 06:15:00

President Barack Obama is crafting his own laws of political physics these days, insisting that inaction by a divided Congress requires White House action in order to get something done.

White House reaches out to local mediaupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 06:15:00

A media blitz for the White House as President Obama takes his message to local TV viewers. Brianna Keilar reports.

Washington-area kids brave soggy weather for White House tricks and treatsupdated: Sat Oct 29 2011 19:16:00

Some children in Washington braved cold and soggy weather Saturday for an early Halloween treat -- a brief visit to the White House.

Congress to subpoena the White Houseupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 21:22:00

Chairman Cliff Stearns tells CNN's John King the committee will subpoena the White House for Solyndra documents.

White House to jump-start Guinness World Records attemptupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 08:41:00

First lady Michelle Obama takes to the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday to break a sweat with schoolkids as they join in an attempt to break the Guinness World Records for the most people doing jumping jacks over a 24-hour period.

CNNMoney: White House crasher auctions wedding ringupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 15:28:00

Out of sight out of mind? That's what Tareq Salahi hopes will happen after selling the bulk of his and his wife's personal possessions this weekend.

Deal pushes 'millionaire's surtax' plan back to 2013updated: Wed Oct 05 2011 21:50:00

The White House and Senate Democrats have agreed to push the effective date of a proposed "millionaire's surtax" back a year to January 2013 and to slightly raise the rate, White House and congressional sources told CNN on Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Postal workers rally to fight layoffsupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 16:02:00

Postal worker unions organized 492 rallies across the nation on Tuesday afternoon intended to convince lawmakers to save the U.S. Postal Service, without layoffs and cutbacks.

Da Bears: Super Bowl XX champs to visit White House, 25 years lateupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 20:26:00

The Super Bowl XX champions Chicago Bears -- regarded as one of the most colorful teams in NFL history with players nicknamed "The Fridge," "Da Coach," "Sweetness," and a punk quarterback -- has been invited to the White House next month to make up for a visit that was canceled 25 years ago, a White House official told CNN Thursday.

Male suspect in custody after jumping White House fenceupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 21:25:00

A male suspect wearing a backpack scaled the White House fence Tuesday and "took off at a full sprint," but was chased down and arrested, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said.

CNNMoney: To save postal jobs, end Saturday mail - White Houseupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 10:02:00

President Obama on Monday unveiled a plan to save the U.S. Postal Service and its employees from insolvency -- a plan that includes the possible end of Saturday mail service.

Obama to propose new tax rate for millionairesupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 12:08:00

The White House will propose a new tax rate for people earning more than $1 million a year to ensure that they pay at least the same percentage of their earnings in taxes as middle-income Americans, administration and White House officials told CNN on Sunday.

Carville to White House: Panicupdated: Sun Sep 18 2011 11:05:00

In a CNN.com article, James Carville warns the White House that the president's approach isn't working.

CNNMoney: White House fights waste, as Labor Department loses $19 billionupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 12:00:00

The Obama administration said Wednesday it was cracking down on waste and fraud in Medicaid and unemployment, in an effort that should save taxpayers billions of dollars.

Cain: 'America's too uptight!'updated: Wed Sep 14 2011 20:03:00

When the Republican candidates were asked what they would bring to the White House if elected, Georgia businessman Herman Cain set himself apart from the career politicians on the stage with him by replying: "I would bring a sense of humor to the White House, because America's too uptight!"

10 years after 9/11, revive America's spiritupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 19:31:00

About 8 o'clock on the night of September 11, 2001, President Bush's staff received word. The president had returned to Washington. The White House had reopened.

America's glory in a civil rights paintingupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 07:02:00

This summer there hangs in the White House, in a hallway outside the Oval Office, one of the greatest American paintings by one of the greatest American artists.

White House diverts Marine One, raises questionsupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 20:34:00

President Barack Obama left for Camp David on Marine One Friday but, in a twist that has left some White House reporters scratching their heads, he apparently arrived at the presidential retreat by car.

CNNMoney: White House: Slower jobs recovery aheadupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 09:42:00

Like most economists, the White House's budget experts have grown less optimistic about economic growth and jobs, having been sobered by recent developments such as the debt crisis in Europe and continued troubles in housing.

Source: Pataki decides against White House runupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 14:40:00

Former New York Gov. George Pataki will not run for the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to him told CNN.

Man detained after jumping White House fenceupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 21:40:00

A man who jumped the White House fence on Tuesday was apprehended by uniformed Secret Service officers who approached him with guns drawn.

White House fence jumper arrested on airupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 21:40:00

CNN's John King is interrupted on his live show when the Secret Service arrests a man for jumping the White House fence.

Veterans groups summoned to White House on debt ceiling impactupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 11:17:00

Veterans advocacy groups have been called to the White House for a late afternoon meeting Tuesday to be briefed by Obama administration officials on the impact to veterans if Congress does not pass legislation raising the debt ceiling.

CNNMoney: White House battle vs. red tape continuesupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 19:31:00

In a nod to Big Business, President Obama on Monday issued an executive order asking independent agencies to rid their books of old and outdated regulations.

Political leaders plan another day of deficit-reduction talksupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 12:51:00

A day after a 75-minute session, talks will resume Monday to try to reach a deficit-reduction deal and pave the way for a hike in the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, a White House spokesman said Sunday.

Obama's Twitter town hall to focus on economy, jobsupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 07:36:00

President Barack Obama will answer questions about the economy and jobs Wednesday during his first Twitter town hall meeting.

CNNMoney: Debt deal: Brace for spending cutsupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 09:06:00

Huge spending cuts, and maybe some targeted tax hikes.

CNNMoney: 141 White House staffers make six figuresupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 18:22:00

One out of every three White House employees makes at least $100,000 a year, according to data released by the White House on Friday.

Debt talks: Both sides digging inupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 05:44:00

Democrats are still insisting any deal to raise the debt ceiling include revenue increases while Republicans maintain that cannot pass Congress, both Democratic and Republican sources familiar with the talks said Thursday.

Obama to meet Gabon leader at the White Houseupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 06:21:00

President Barack Obama will welcome his Gabonese counterpart to the White House on Thursday, a day after a visit with another African leader.

White House announces change in legal counsel's officeupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 11:26:00

White House Counsel Bob Bauer is leaving to return to private practice at the end of June, when current Principal Deputy Counsel to the President Kathryn Ruemmler will take his place, the White House said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Federal workers facing more cutsupdated: Tue May 17 2011 06:12:00

Already enduring a two-year pay freeze, federal workers are once again in the crosshairs of a plan designed to cut government spending.

We celebrated 'the death of my generation's face of terror'updated: Mon May 02 2011 18:27:00

Like many other college students at 10:15 on a Sunday night, I was cramming for my Monday morning exam as diligently as I could.

DC kitchen puts ex-convicts on path to White House Easter Egg Rollupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 00:22:00

For years, Jeff Ragsdale was in and out of jail, high on drugs and alcohol, and homeless.

Ex-cons pitch in for Easter Egg Rollupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 00:22:00

DC kitchen puts ex-convicts on path to helping make White House Easter Egg Roll possible.

White House to combat Rx drug abuseupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 16:55:00

The Obama administration is launching a new effort to combat prescription drug abuse.

White House launches effort to combat soaring prescription drug abuseupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 16:55:00

Prescription drug overdose is now the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, surpassing the number of people who overdosed during both the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and the black tar heroin epidemic of the 1970s combined, the Obama administration says.

CNNMoney: White House unveils 'receipt' for taxes you payupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 18:34:00

On the eve of tax day, the White House unveiled a new online tool that estimates how much of an individual's taxes pay for things such as war, NASA and the interest on the deficit.

Behind the scenes of the White House budget battleupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 06:59:00

In a town where politicians like to keep score, the White House isn't boasting about victory.

CNNMoney: Government shutdown: FAQsupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 19:13:00

If Congress fails to approve a spending bill by Friday, the federal government will shut down. And boy, things aren't looking good.

Washington, we're done with high schoolupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 14:56:00

If life (and politics) sometimes seems stuck in the ninth grade, the recent gyrations between the White House and congressional Republicans is a perfect case in point. The topic: averting a government shutdown. The meeting: on Capitol Hill between House GOPers and Senate Democrats.

Middle East protesters take turns at White Houseupdated: Sat Mar 26 2011 23:23:00

Groups cheering for or against the ongoing unrest in four Middle Eastern countries took to the streets outside the White House on Saturday.

Facebook rolls out anti-bullying tools with White House supportupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 19:11:00

Facebook announced two new safety features Thursday in conjunction with a White House summit on bullying.

Father fights bullying at White Houseupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 12:32:00

Kirk Smalley is going to the White House to fight bullying on behalf of his son who committed suicide in 2010.

CNNMoney: Government avoids shutdown; hard part still to comeupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 18:35:00

Congress passed a spending bill Wednesday that will keep the government open for another two weeks. That was the easy part.

Gap remains between the sexes when it comes to incomeupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 21:46:00

The earnings gap between men and women has narrowed, but a new White House report shows that on average women still only make about 75% as much as their male counterparts.

White House welcomes new spokesmanupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 09:42:00

At his first briefing, former journalist Jay Carney addresses his new role as White House Press Secretary.

People.com: Guess Who'll Be at the White House Super Bowl Partyupdated: Sat Feb 05 2011 17:49:00

Among the 100 invited guests on Sunday: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

Jay Carney named White House press secretaryupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 18:24:00

Vice President Joe Biden's communications director, Jay Carney, was named the new White House press secretary Thursday as part of a series of other big staff moves announced by new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

New White House Chief of Staffupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 20:01:00

William Daley was named the new White House Chief of Staff. Who is he? Dan Lothian reports.

Who will be White House Chief of Staff?updated: Wed Jan 05 2011 06:06:00

Commerce Secretary William Daley is reportedly one of the candidates to become the next White House Chief of Staff.

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