First Family watches World Cup final
Photo: Pete Souza/White House
July 17th, 2011
05:41 PM ET

First Family watches World Cup final

The White House released this photo of the First Family watching the women's World Cup final on Sunday in the Treaty Room office in the White House residence.

Topics: The Family
July 17th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Obama to nominate new consumer bureau head: Richard Cordray

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the White House said Sunday.

The announcement means Obama has passed over Elizabeth Warren, the firebrand law professor who envisioned the bureau.

If confirmed, Cordray's pick sets up formal leadership for the bureau created under the Wall Street reform bill passed last year. However, many Senate Republicans have vowed to block any nominee to head the bureau, which they argue lacks transparency and accountability.

Warren was staunchly opposed by many business interests as well as members of Congress, and in an approaching election year, it was never clear if Obama would have chosen her for the post.

Topics: Economy • Fiscal Reform • President Obama
First Family heads to church
The Obamas walk through Lafayette Park on their way to church. Photo: Khalil Abdallah/CNN
July 17th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

First Family heads to church

While he continues to push for a deal on raising the federal debt limit, President Obama and his family made the short walk from the White House to St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington on Sunday.

A White House official tells CNN President Obama and the First Family have worshiped many times over the course of the Administration, including at 19th Street Baptist Church, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, the Washington National Cathedral, multiple times at St. John's Episcopal Church, and Evergreen Chapel at Camp David. Obama has said in the past that he does not make it a habit of attending church in public because of the inconvenince his presence adds with all the extra security.

As the family walked through Lafayette Park on their return to the White House, the president was asked whether he planned to watch the United States women's soccer team play Japan in the World Cup final Sunday afternoon. "Absolutely," he said. "Go U.S.A."

Topics: President Obama • The Family