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Obama Announces Initiative to Map the Human Brain

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced an ambitious multidisciplinary program to create a map of the human brain that could help cure diseases such as Alzheimer's and epilepsy. continue reading »

Nominate a Hero in Your Community for the Citizens Medal

Each year President Obama honors a handful of extraordinary Americans with the Citizens Medal, one of our nation's highest civilian honors. The Citizens Medal recognizes Americans for exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs -- people who feed the needy, who take care of our veterans, or who support our children. continue reading »

Obama’s Plans to Rebuild America Begin With Job Creation in Miami

President Barack Obama announced here Friday a public-private program of infrastructure to "rebuild" the United States and create jobs. continue reading »

Pres. Obama Will Visit Mexico, Costa Rica in May

President Barack Obama will travel to Mexico and Costa Rica during the first week of May as part of his efforts to strengthen the already-deep ties Washington shares with continue reading »

Obama Considers Thomas Perez for Labor Secretary Position

U.S. President Barack Obama is considering the Hispanic Thomas Perez, now assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, as the next secretary of labor, administration sources said. continue reading »

White House Regrets Canceling Guided Tours Due to Cutbacks

The White House regretted having to cancel the public's access to guided tours of the presidential mansion due to the $85 billion in cutbacks that took effect last week as part of the so-called sequester, and blamed it on Congress. continue reading »

Obama Reluctantly Orders $85 bn in Budget Cuts

U.S. President Barack Obama reluctantly ordered the launch of $85 billion in budget cuts over the remainder of fiscal year 2013 after efforts by the White House and Congress to avert them failed. continue reading »

Obama to Urge Supreme Court to Support Same Sex Marriage in California

President Barack Obama's administration will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California's Proposition 8, which barred new same-sex unions in the Golden State, NBC and CNN said Thursday. continue reading »

Obama Administration Looks to Make Law Banning Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

The government of President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to find unconstitutional the federal law that defines marriage as "the union of one man and one woman" when it rules on the issue next June. continue reading »

Obama Stresses Automatic Budget Cuts Will Threaten Economy

President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday of danger for the U.S. economy if Congress doesn't act to stop the so-called budget sequester: a set of spending cuts set to take effect March 1. continue reading »

Barack Obama Honors Teachers Killed in Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

U.S. President Barack Obama awarded posthumously on Friday Presidential Citizens Medals to the six educators who died along with 20 of their students in the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. continue reading »

Barack and Michelle Celebrated Valentine’s Day at Jose Andres’ Minibar

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, celebrated Valentine's Day here in style with a dinner at acclaimed Spanish chef Jose Andres' MiniBar restaurant. continue reading »

Senate Committee Approves Hagel for Defense Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as the country's new defense secretary. continue reading »

Mexican Left Calls on Obama to Stop Deportations

Mexico's left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, called on U.S. President Barack Obama's administration to halt raids and deportations while an immigration overhaul plan that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented migrants "is debated and approved." continue reading »

Rumors of Second Oval Office are False, Says White House

The White House on Wednesday denied building a second Oval Office for President Barack Obama to work in pending the completion of renovations at the executive mansion. continue reading »

Senate Committee Postpones Defense Secretary Vote

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday postponed the vote on confirming Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary to allow more time for his nomination to be reviewed. continue reading »

More Americans Supporting Obama and Immigration Reform

A growing number of Americans support President Barack Obama's stance on illegal immigration, and there is better support than in the past for the idea of offering citizenship to immigrants who meet certain requirements and for increasing border monitoring, according to a national survey released Wednesday. continue reading »

White House Honors 23 Scientists with National Medal

U.S. President Barack Obama honored the work of 23 scientists and researchers in technology and innovation who in many cases started from scratch, but thanks to their enormous talent, surpassed all expectations. continue reading »

Hillary Clinton Steps Down as Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton formally stepped down as U.S. secretary of state on Friday with a letter to President Barack Obama and an emotional farewell address to the department she has run for four years. continue reading »

Senate Confirms John Kerry Nomination for Secretary of State

Sen John Kerry will succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of state after being confirmed Tuesday in a Senate vote. The Massachusetts Democrat, nominated by President Barack Obama in mid-December, was confirmed by a vote of 94-3. continue reading »