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Obama's schedule for Friday, Jan. 20

Obama's schedule for Friday, Jan. 20

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- President Obama meets Friday with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office, the White House schedule said.

Political battles resume over Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Republicans aren't taking "any options off the table" when investigating why the White House denied a permit for Keystone XL, a lawmaker said.
Obama order eases tourism red tape

Obama order eases tourism red tape

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- President Obama signed an order Thursday to ease red tape for foreign travelers wanting to visit the United States, saying he wanted America to be No. 1.
4.5M sign Google SOPA petition

4.5M sign Google SOPA petition

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Internet search giant Google says more than 4.5 million people signed its petition against the anti-piracy laws being considered by Congress.

TransCanada shrugs off Keystone XL denial

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Canadian pipeline company TransCanada said it would reapply for a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline following a White House denial.

Most tell API they favor domestic energy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Most Americans asked told pollsters representing an energy trade group that domestic oil and gas production would help the U.S. economy, the API said.
Canada looks to Asia post-Keystone

Canada looks to Asia post-Keystone

OTTAWA, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Canada sees the planned Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline as a national priority after Washington shot down a rival project, a resource minister said.

Fear U.S. may miss Afghan peace chance

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The White House may miss a historic chance for Afghan peace by delaying a prisoner release after a Taliban offer to open talks, Western Afghan specialists say.
Two U.S. senators rethink their SOPA support

Two U.S. senators rethink their SOPA support

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Two Republican senators dropped their support Wednesday for bills aimed at curbing piracy on the Internet, saying the bills are badly designed.
Obama rejects Keystone pipeline

Obama rejects Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- President Obama rejected TransCanada Corp.'s application for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said Wednesday.
Diplomat sees Taliban offer as game change

Diplomat sees Taliban offer as game change

LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A former U.N. envoy to Afghanistan says the Taliban's offer to open talks with the international community could mean a cease-fire in 2012.
Romney efforts to empathize rivals' fodder

Romney efforts to empathize rivals' fodder

FLORENCE, S.C., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney's awkward attempts to show empathy for common folks are fodder for his critics, a Romney-watcher says.
Four Occupiers arrested in D.C. protests

Four Occupiers arrested in D.C. protests

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Occupy movement protesters marched on Washington, choked congressional offices and tossed what may have been a smoke bomb at the White House, police said.
Hastings: Obama fudging energy figures

Hastings: Obama fudging energy figures

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A House Republican leader accused the White House of employing fuzzy math when trumpeting the president's domestic energy agenda.
Iranian company to ship toy drone to Obama

Iranian company to ship toy drone to Obama

TEHRAN, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A non-profit company in Iran said it plans to send U.S. President Barack Obama miniature toy drones as a gift.
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U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak stand during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 13, 2011. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the president of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban,[1] and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical style. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades that were meant to conceal stables and storage.[2] In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Reconstruction began almost immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed house in October 1817. Construction continued with the addition of the South Portico in 1824 and the North in 1829. Because of crowding within the executive mansion itself, President Theodore Roosevelt had all work offices relocated to the newly constructed West Wing in 1901. Eight years later, President William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing and created the first Oval Office which was eventually moved as the section was expanded. The third-floor attic was converted to living quarters in 1927 by augmenting the existing hip roof with long shed dormers. A newly constructed East Wing was used as a reception area for social events; Jefferson's colonnades connected the new wings. East Wing alterations were completed in 1946, creating additional office space. By 1948, the house's load-bearing exterior walls and internal wood beams were found to be close to failure. Under Harry S. Truman, the interior rooms were completely dismantled and a new internal load-bearing steel frame constructed inside the walls. Once this work was completed, the interior rooms were rebuilt. Today, the White House Complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, East Wing, and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which houses the executive offices of the President and Vice President. The White House is made up of six stories—the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as well as a two-story basement. The term White House is regularly used as a metonym for the Executive Office of the President of the United States and for the president's administration and advisers in general. The property is a National Heritage Site owned by the National Park Service and is part of the President's Park. In 2007, it was ranked second on the American Institute of Architects list of "America's Favorite Architecture".

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