January 7th, 2011
08:01 PM ET

1600 week in review

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The West Wing looks a lot different than it did when President Obama finished his vacation in Hawaii on Monday. Here is a look back at a very busy week of change at the White House.

January 7th, 2011
06:22 PM ET

Obama signs bill with "dangerous" provisions

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama signed a defense spending bill into law Friday, and said he would work to repeal provisions making it harder to close the prison.

H.R. 6523, which authorizes the funding for all military activities of the United States for fiscal year 2011, includes a provision that bars the use of funds, authorized by the law, for use in the transfer of detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay into the United States. In a written statement after signing the bill into law, Obama called the provision “a dangerous and unprecedented challenge to critical executive branch authority to determine when and where to prosecute Guantanamo detainees, based on the facts and the circumstances of each case and our national security interests.”

Obama said the option to try terrorists in federal court was necessary to preserve, and any attempt to take it away “undermines our Nation’s counterterrorism efforts and has the potential to harm our national security.”

Topics: Guantanamo • President Obama
Obama: We're digging out of a hole
January 7th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Obama: We're digging out of a hole

By CNN Wires Staff
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced several new members of his economic team Friday as the administration trumpeted a falling unemployment rate.

The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in December, while the unemployment rate fell from 9.8% to 9.4%.
"The trend is clear." Obama said at a Maryland manufacturing facility. "The pace of hiring is beginning to pick up."
Obama noted that there have now been 12 months of private-sector job growth for the first time since 2006.


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More White House Announcements....
January 7th, 2011
05:38 PM ET

More White House Announcements....

On Friday President Obama announced that Gene Sperling, a familiar face from the Clinton administration, will be returning to the White House as Director of the National Economic Council.  The president made the announcement at the Thompson Creek Window Company, a business that has managed to expand and grow over the last year, despite recession woes. 

Also new to this White House team? Jason Furman (Assistant to the President for Economic Policy), Katharine Abraham (Member of the Council of Economic Advisers) and Heather Higginbottom (Deputy Director of OMB).  All four are pictures here.

Topics: Gene Sperling
January 7th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Friday, January 7, 2011

WHITE HOUSE (CNN)- Good morning from the White House unit and TGIF!

Today, the big focus of the White House is the economy and the job numbers. President Obama will trek over to Landover, Maryland to tour the Thompson Creek Window Company. While there, he's expected to make remarks about the latest unemployment numbers and also to announce several economic personnel changes. The biggest name will be Gene Sperling who will be the new Director of the National Economic Council. He's replacing Larry Summers who announced last fall that he would be leaving to return to Harvard University. Also expected to be announced will be Jason Furman who will be the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; Katharine Abraham who will be a member of the Council of Economic Advisers; and Heather Higginbottom who will the Deputy Director of the OMB.  FULL POST