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Parties prepping to spin stimulus' effects

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Democrats and Republicans, both eyeing mid-term U.S. elections next year, are putting the political spin on the $787 billion stimulus bill, party insiders said.

Gibbs says Obama still reaching out to GOP

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will keep reaching out to Republicans even though they did not widely support his economic stimulus plan, his spokesman said Sunday.
Gregg withdraws, says post not 'good fit'

Gregg withdraws, says post not 'good fit'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., citing "irresolvable conflicts" on the stimulus plan, withdrew his name from consideration as commerce secretary Thursday.

Policy review of Afghanistan to begin

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A senior fellow at the Brookings Institution will lead an interagency policy review of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, the White House said Tuesday.
Obama and Hannity may share a brew

Obama and Hannity may share a brew

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's top spokesman said the commander in chief is willing to share a beer with Sean Hannity -- provided the Fox News host is buying.

Obama offers prayers, help to Australia

MELBOURNE, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama offered to provide assistance to Australia to help with the brush fires that have killed 181 people, the White House said.
Obama likely to add stops on economy tour

Obama likely to add stops on economy tour

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama likely will add more stops on his tour of American cities to promote quick action on his economic stimulus package.

Obama takes stimulus plan on the road

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama will plead the case for his economic recovery plan on the road next week, with stops planned in Indiana and Florida, an official said.

Stimulus must do the job, Gibbs says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama wants a stimulus package that is large enough to address the depth of the U.S. economic downturn, the White House said Thursday.

Gibbs: Obama tone reflects economic worry

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has taken on a more forceful tone to stress the economic malaise, not to reinforce who won in November, the White House said.

White House backs vetting, Gibbs says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama stands by his vetting process despite two nominees withdrawing their names because of tax issues, the White House said Tuesday.

Obama talks to Iraqi, S. Korean leaders

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama talked by phone with Iraqi and South Korean leaders Monday to burnish relations with the two countries, the White House said.

Obama to host 15 lawmakers for Super Bowl

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has invited 15 members of Congress to the White House to watch the Super Bowl, a spokesman said.

U.S. sending $20 million to Gaza

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The White House said Friday that the United States is sending more than $20 million in relief to Gaza.
White House won't endorse Wall St. pay cap

White House won't endorse Wall St. pay cap

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The White House Friday gave a tepid response to a new U.S. Senate bill that would cap the pay of some Wall Street executives at the same level as the president.

Obama, Hu discuss cooperation on phone

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama discussed the U.S.-Chinese relationship during a telephone call Friday with President Hu Jintao, the White House said.

Judge rejects delay in USS Cole case

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A military judge Thursday refused to delay proceedings against the accused mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen.
Obama to throw Super Bowl party

Obama to throw Super Bowl party

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is inviting a handful of Republicans and Democrats to the White House to watch the Super Bowl, a spokesman said.

Ethics policy, waivers questioned

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's pledge of high ethics came under fire Wednesday, as the White House defended the policy in the wake of two waivers being issued.

Gibbs: Reports of Afghan policy premature

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama is reviewing the U.S. policy in Afghanistan and hasn't adopted a more bellicose stance as reported, the White House said Wednesday.
Bailout fund usage to change, Gibbs says

Bailout fund usage to change, Gibbs says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The second chunk of the $700 billion OK'd to revitalize the U.S. economy will be used differently under President Barack Obama, the White House said Monday.

Obama address to Congress likely in Feb.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama will likely deliver an address to a joint session of Congress next month, a presidential spokesman says.

Gibbs fields his first news briefing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Questions about executive orders and the do-over of Barack Obama's swearing-in dominated White House spokesman Robert Gibbs' first news conference Thursday.

Obama's press secretary finds door barred

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Robert Gibbs, President Obama's press secretary, learned how tough transition in Washington can be Tuesday when he had trouble getting into the inauguration.

Perino thanks White House media

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- White House Press Secretary Dana Perino wished her successor her best Friday and asked the White House media corps to cut him some slack.
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