February 14th, 2012
05:08 PM ET

VP Biden offers reporters some Valentine's advice

Vice President Joe Biden just made a brief, unplanned visit to the White House press briefing room with his youngest sister-in-law Kim Snow and her husband Jimmy. Talking to a few reporters, Biden jokingly offered some marital advice for Valentine’s Day.

“Every man should marry into a family with 5 sisters,” Biden said. “One of them always loves you. Not the same one, but one of them.”

Biden joked that Kim was visiting the briefing room to make an announcement.

“I’m her favorite brother in law,” the vice president said.

February 14th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Obama treads lightly in Oval Office statement with Xi

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama welcomed China's presumptive premier at the White House Tuesday but also set the tone for future relations between the two world powers.

Obama said that with China's meteoric rise as an economic powerhouse came a responsibility to ensure balanced trade flows. He also raised the delicate issue of human rights as a critical area of concern for the United States.

"We've tried to emphasize that because of China's extraordinary development over the last two decades, that with expanding power and prosperity also comes increased responsibilities," Obama said after an Oval Office meting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

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Topics: China • President Obama
February 14th, 2012
12:47 PM ET

Obama pushes payroll tax cut, again

It was deja vu all over again at the White House. President Obama, flanked by Americans who had responded to the White House's #40dollars twitter campaign, put heat on Congress to extend the payroll tax cut for the remainder of the year.

If you think the event looked familiar, it did. The president held a nearly identical event two months ago when Congress was last debating extending the tax cut.

CNN's Alan Silverleib has the report from today:

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama stepped up his push Tuesday to get Congress to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, arguing that a failure to do so could derail the economic recovery.

"This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class," Obama said at the White House. "The last thing we need is for Washington to stand in the way of America's comeback."

The president urged the public to pressure members of Congress not to "let up until this thing gets done." This is "the least of what we should be doing for working Americans," he said.

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Topics: President Obama • The News
Morning Briefing: February 14
February 14th, 2012
07:48 AM ET

Morning Briefing: February 14

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

PR team at White House brings back #40dollars [POLITICO]

As GOP agrees to payroll extension [WashPost]

Military cuts, takes hikes central to Obama budget [NYTimes]

The tax increases are a non-starter, GOP says [WSJ]

GOP beats back Obama’s claims of budget savings [NYTimes]

Though the contraception issue was so last week, think again [POLITICO]

POTUS' Day Ahead: A visitor from China
February 14th, 2012
07:39 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: A visitor from China

All eyes will be on President Obama as he and Vice President Biden greet Chinese VP Xi Jinping today in the Oval Office.  Jinping  will become president next year and it's the first time the two men have sat down in such a high profile setting.  It also comes only a few months after president Obama's swing through Asia last November, when he vowed the United States would not tolerate unfair trade practices from China.

The two men's prepared statements are expected to be cordial, but in meetings like this it's often what's not said that makes news.

Full schedule after the jump:

Topics: Daily Schedule