Dec 12, 2012 3:38pm

Fiscal Cliff Negotiations and Drones — Today’s Q’s for O’s WH – 12/12/12

TAPPER: A White House official told me that in his counteroffer yesterday, Speaker Boehner asked for — one of — part of his proposal was a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts for the top-two brackets — for all the Bush tax cuts, but… Read More »

Dec 11, 2012 5:53pm

Michelle Obama Collects Toys for Tots With Marine Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. — First lady Michelle Obama volunteered with the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign today, continuing a tradition she’s made with the organization each year since entering the White House. Toys for Tots is a volunteer organization that collects gifts for needy children…. Read More »

Dec 11, 2012 5:47pm

White House Asks GOP: Where Are Your Specifics?

The White House today pushed back against House Speaker John Boehner’s demand that President Obama outline spending cuts, insisting that he has offered specific cuts he’s willing to make to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff” and urging Republicans to do the same. “There is… Read More »

Dec 11, 2012 3:40pm

Medicaid Cuts and Corporate Donations to the Inaugural — Today’s Qs for O’s WH — 12/11/12

ASSOCIATED PRESS: One of the items in that book that you just showed us includes some Medicaid adjustments that presumably are part of this — part of the president’s offer. But there were reports yesterday that HHS is backing off some of these Medicaid changes… Read More »

Dec 11, 2012 12:24pm

Treasury Sells Final AIG Shares For $22.7B Total Profit

The Treasury Department today announced it has sold its remaining shares of American International Group, bringing the U.S. bailout profit to $22.7 billion and concluding the largest government assistance package of the financial crisis. Four years after taxpayer support saved the insurance giant from the… Read More »

Dec 11, 2012 8:05am

The Devil Wears an Ambassadorship? The Real Issue Behind the Possible Wintour Pick

Beyond the kerfuffle over publishing and fashion magnate Anna Wintour’s suitability for a diplomatic post is the larger issue: money. Wintour’s fundraising for President Obama’s reelection campaign is really the only reason we’re having this discussion. She has raised millions of dollars for the president’s… Read More »

Dec 10, 2012 11:04am

Obama Meets Psy Amid Flap Over Rapper’s Anti-U.S. Lyrics

President Obama met and shook hands with South Korean Internet sensation Psy at a holiday concert in Washington Sunday night, amid the controversy surrounding the rapper’s 2004 anti-American comments calling for the killing of “Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives.” Psy, whose hit, “Gangnam… Read More »

Dec 10, 2012 10:50am

Obama Visits Detroit Truck Maker as ‘Cliff’ Looms

Updated at 3:46 p.m. ET; Original Post at 10:50 a.m. DETROIT – If President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are making any progress towards a “fiscal cliff” deal, Obama didn’t hint at it today during his campaign-style stop in suburban Detroit. “If Congress doesn’t… Read More »

Dec 9, 2012 9:39pm

Obamas Attend Annual ‘Christmas in Washington’ Charity Concert

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama and his family participated in the 31st annual “Christmas in Washington” charity concert today. Featuring performances including Motown icon Diana Ross and the Naval Academy Glee Club, the event’s proceeds are donated to a leading children’s hospital. “Tonight is… Read More »

Dec 8, 2012 4:14pm

Obama Inauguration’s Big Donor Packages Previewed

The biggest donors to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration have been notified on what benefits will be available to them during that day’s festivities. Corporations and other organizations that donate in the highest bracket — $1 million — will have access to a children’s concert,… Read More »