President awards purple hearts
March 2nd, 2012
03:32 PM ET

President awards purple hearts

President Obama stopped by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit with wounded service members on Friday.  The president awarded 8 purple hearts during his visit with 27 wounded warriors  – 11 Soldiers, 14 Marines, 1 Sailor and 1 NATO Forces member.  26 of the service members were injured in Afghanistan and 1 in Iraq.

Topics: Military • President Obama • The Buzz
March 2nd, 2012
02:33 PM ET

Obama calls student in middle of contraception controversy

President Barack Obama called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke Friday to offer support after she came  under attack by Rush Limbaugh following her testimony to a House panel in support of access to contraceptives.

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Obama: I'm not bluffing on Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inspects centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear site
March 2nd, 2012
12:51 PM ET

Obama: I'm not bluffing on Iran

President Barack Obama says he isn't bluffing when he says Iran shouldn't have a nuclear weapon, but he cautions against a premature Israeli strike against the Islamic republic.

"At a time when there is not a lot of sympathy for Iran and its only real ally, (Syria,) is on the ropes, do we want a distraction in which suddenly Iran can portray itself as a victim?" he said this week in an interview with the Atlantic.

Obama, who will be meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, said a permanent solution is necessary.

Read more about his comments here.

Topics: Iran • Israel • President Obama • The News
Obama on the great outdoors
March 2nd, 2012
11:42 AM ET

Obama on the great outdoors

When President Obama usually goes to the Interior Department it’s to play basketball with his daughters. (Yes, for some reason Interior has a basketball court) But today he is heading that direction for business, to speak to the White House Conference on Conservation.

According to a White House official the president “will highlight the administration’s impressive record of taking steps to invest in our public lands, create jobs, and support local economies. “

The conference is aimed at spotlighting community-driven conservation efforts and how to continue their growth. It will bring together a mix of outdoorsmen, local governments, conservationists, recreationalist and small business owners to talk about conservation projects and how they can help local economies.

The effort is part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoor Initiative which he launched in April 2011. It supports locally led conservation projects across the country and according to the group’s website, the “opening up recreational access to lands and waters, supporting the creation of urban parks and trails, increasing youth employment in conservation jobs.”

Other participants in today’s conference include:

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Jim Faulstich, a rancher from South Dakota

Juan Quezada, a Park Guide at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California

Frances G. Charles, Tribal Chairwoman from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington

Marjorie Jackson, Executive Director of the Elizabeth River Project in Virginia

Topics: Environment
Morning Briefing March 2
March 2nd, 2012
08:10 AM ET

Morning Briefing March 2

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

*Netanyahu and Obama play high-stakes poker over Iran (Haaretz)

Red Cross poised to enter Bab Amr overrun by Syrian forces   (Washpost)

*  Putin's hold on levers of power seen in rallies   (Washingtontimes)

Campaigns can push mega-donors pet causes  (Politico)

*Liberal money at a crossroads (Politico)

POTUS' schedule Friday March 2, 2012
March 2nd, 2012
07:42 AM ET

POTUS' schedule Friday March 2, 2012

President Obama finishes up the work week with a visit to Walter Reed National Military Center to visit wounded servicemen. Earlier in the week he honored members of the military for their service in Iraq with a formal dinner at the White House and tomorrow, he’ll be visiting with wounded soldiers, quite possibly visiting with some who were injured in recent violence in Afghanistan. Tomorrow’s visit, like nearly all before (in his administration and George W. Bush’s administration) will be closed to the press.

The only other appearance on the president’s schedule is an event at the Department of the Interior about conservation.

full schedule after the jump


Topics: Daily Schedule • Military