White House

  • newswrap
    September 10, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the Russian Navy test-launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can hold 10 nuclear warheads. Meanwhile, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko told his cabinet that the majority of Russian forces have left eastern Ukraine. Also, monsoon floodwaters have engulfed towns in the Kashmir region of the northern Himalayas. Continue reading

  • isspeech
    September 10, 2014  

    President Obama spent the last hours before his prime-time national address to rally congressional and overseas support for his plan against the Islamic State. The president is expected to lay out an expanded air campaign in Iraq and to add strikes in Syria. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • President Obama met with congressional leaders on Tuesday to request "buy-in" for his expanded military campaign against the Islamic State Group. Photo by T.J. Kirkpactrick/Bloomberg
    September 9, 2014  

    President Obama has consulted key lawmakers on his strategy against the Islamic State group and polls show the American public supports action. But the president has not sought formal congressional approval for an expanded military campaign. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., join Gwen Ifill to offer their views on the possible mission against the militant group. Continue reading

  • Immigrant rights activists shout slogans in front of the White House on August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Associated Press reports that the Obama administration's been sharply cutting the number of deportations since at least 2007. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
    September 8, 2014  

    President Obama’s decision to delay action on immigration reform has been criticized as a purely political move ahead of November midterm elections. But with critics on both sides of the aisle, is his move more likely to help or hurt? Jeffrey Brown discusses the possibilities and the backlash with Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Roberto Suro of the University of Southern California. Continue reading

  • immigration1
    September 8, 2014  

    President Obama is delaying any executive action on immigration reform until after the midterm elections in November. While both Republicans and Democrats criticized the decision, the Obama administration renewed its request for $1.2 billion to deal with the influx of unaccompanied immigrant minors from the southern border. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    August 28, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Islamic State militants reportedly executed more that 150 Syrian soldiers taken during recent fighting. Meanwhile, President Obama tamped down expectations for military action in Syria, saying the U.S. priority is to fight Islamic State in Iraq. Also, JPMorgan Chase is investigating a possible cyberattack, the scope of which is unclear. Continue reading

  • Immigrant rights activists shout slogans in front of the White House on August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Associated Press reports that the Obama administration's been sharply cutting the number of deportations since at least 2007. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
    August 28, 2014   BY  

    “The question is how broadly can the president extend the categories and still stay on the side of spectrum of ensuring the laws are faithfully executed?” said Cristina Rodriguez, who left the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2013 to teach at Yale Law School. Continue reading

  • iraq1
    August 27, 2014  

    After 100 airstrikes against the Islamic State in northern Iraq, U.S. officials are discussing the option to expand the mission into Syria. The Pentagon has already begun surveillance flights above the region in preparation, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not confirm any further decisions. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner has the report. Continue reading

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey at a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 21. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
    August 25, 2014  

    Islamic State fighters captured the last major military base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, bolstering its influence in the already unstable region. The U.S. kept up airstrikes against the group over the weekend, amid growing talk of an expanding ai campaign into Syria. Jeffrey Brown gets analysis on the threat from retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor and Stephen Walt of Harvard University. Continue reading

  • brady
    August 4, 2014  

    James Brady, the White House press secretary who became a gun control activist after being wounded in a Reagan assassination attempt, has died at the age of 73. Judy Woodruff remembers him with another former White House press secretary, Joe Lockhart, as well as writer and Brady biographer Mollie Dickenson. Continue reading