“30 Rock” star visits CNN at the White House
April 5th, 2011
07:52 PM ET

“30 Rock” star visits CNN at the White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) -– The star of the hit television comedy “30 Rock” made a stop at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this afternoon.

Actor Alec Baldwin was at the White House for a meeting with staffers over funding for the arts. While on campus, he stopped by the CNN cameras to tape an interview with HLN’s Joy Behar Show which will air tonight.
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Topics: Alec Baldwin • The Buzz
Middle East peace meeting gets low billing at the White House
April 5th, 2011
07:23 PM ET

Middle East peace meeting gets low billing at the White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) – While the budget talks were high on President Obama’s agenda Tuesday, he had another relatively important meeting on his schedule at the White House.

Remember Middle East peace?

The president met with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the Oval Office followed by a working lunch in the Old Family Dining Room. Both events were out of the view of television cameras but that didn't keep the leaders from speaking to the press in other forums.
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President Obama wants to "friend" you
April 5th, 2011
04:03 PM ET

President Obama wants to "friend" you

(WASHINGTON) CNN - Taking his message directly to the people, specifically young people, President Obama is planning a "Facebook Live" town hall later this month. The event, tweeted by the White House Tuesday, says this is "not your average Facebook invite". (see page here) The president's official Facebook page touts the event as an opportunity "to connect with Americans across the country." This comes one day after Obama announced his plans to seek re-election on YouTube.

The virtual town hall is set for April 20th when the president will travel to Facebook headquarters in California to answer questions submitted on the event's "wall". The White House says the town hall will focus on the economy and the president will "discuss the tough choices we must all make to put our economy on a more responsible fiscal path, while still investing in the innovation economy that makes America more competitive."

Facebook will actually select the questions and stream the event live. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is expected to appear with the president.


Topics: President Obama • The News
President makes surprise appearance at briefing; lashes out over budget talks
April 5th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

President makes surprise appearance at briefing; lashes out over budget talks

Washington (CNN) – Taking questions from the White House press corp Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner will meet at 4 p.m. ET to discuss the budget and the looming government shutdown. If they can't reach an agreement, Obama said, he expects them to return to the White House on Wednesday for further talks.

The White House will put in "whatever resources are required in terms of time and energy" to reach an agreement, Obama said.

Obama said he could support one more short-term extension of federal funding to avert a partial government shutdown only if a deal is reached on spending for the rest of the current fiscal year, but a few more days are needed to get it passed through Congress.

He criticized Republicans for trying to use the budget talks to push unrelated priorities relating to issues such as abortion and environmental protection.

He also urged a greater spirit of compromise in the ongoing budget negotiations.

"What we can't do is have a 'my way or the highway' approach to this problem," he told reporters at the White House. "If we start applying that approach ... we're not going to get anything done this year."

House Speaker John Boehner said "there was no agreement reached," but that conversations will continue.

"We’re talking about real spending cuts, no smoke and mirrors," Boehner said at a press conference Tuesday. “I’m not gonna allow the senate nor the White House to put us in a box where we have to make a choice between two bad options."  (read more on cnn.com)


Topics: Congress • President Obama • The News
Federal agencies prepare for a government shutdown
April 5th, 2011
01:03 PM ET

Federal agencies prepare for a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the countdown to a government shutdown continues, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has sent notice to federal agencies to start preparing and sharing contingency plans if the government does shutdown come Friday.

In an email obtained by CNN, OMB Deputy Director for Management Jeffrey Zients tells agency officials that “given the realities of the calendar, good management requires that we continue contingency planning for an orderly shutdown should the negotiations not be completed” by Friday.  The memo was sent Monday afternoon to all Deputy Secretaries and Chiefs of Staff, according to a government official. 

While the details of such contingency plans remain unclear, Zients encourages agency officials in the memo to communicate with senior managers throughout each organization “on the logistical and managerial issues” related to a potential shutdown. “We know that the current uncertainty and threat of a shutdown is a tremendous burden on federal employees, and are very much aware that a shutdown – should it occur – would impose hardships on many employees,” writes Zients.  FULL POST


Topics: Congress • President Obama • The News
White House briefing time change
April 5th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

White House briefing time change

1:45PM           Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Originally scheduled for 3pm-in an unusual move the White House is moving the briefing to an earlier time. 


Topics: Briefing Room • The News
Did you know...?
April 5th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Did you know...?

A White House by any other name....

At various times in history, the White House has been known as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion." President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.

Source: White House.gov

White House making new efforts to prevent sexual violence on school campuses
April 5th, 2011
11:26 AM ET

White House making new efforts to prevent sexual violence on school campuses

By CNN White House Producer Becky Brittain

WASHINGTON (CNN) – “Rape is rape is rape,” declared Vice President Joe Biden Monday at the University of New Hampshire, “And the sooner universities make that clear, the sooner we'll begin to make progress on campuses,” he said, announcing new guidance that will go to all K-12 schools, colleges and universities to address the growing number of sexual assaults.

Ayanna Pressley attended the event – and praised Vice President Biden and the Obama administration for speaking out.

It’s an issue the Boston City Councilwoman knows all too well. Pressley, 37, was a victim of sexual assault while she was a 19-year old college student at Boston University. FULL POST

POTUS schedule Tuesday, April 5
April 5th, 2011
08:15 AM ET

POTUS schedule Tuesday, April 5

WASHINGTON (CNN) -    Closed press.  Those are the words listed after every presidential event today.    The president has a day packed with meetings on Libya, the budget, even a lunch with President Shimon Peres of Israel.  All closed press.  With any luck the congressional leaders will come to the stake out and talk about their budget meeting with the president.   Carney will brief on camera at 3pm.

The official White House schedule can be found after the jump

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Topics: Daily Schedule • White House