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July 28, 1986
Apparently even the law is no obstacle when the Reagan administration wants to help the Teamsters Union - the only major labor union to support Ronald Reagan's candidacy in 1980 and again in 1984. Federal law requires the government to remain neutral in contests between unions for the right to represent workers. That, however, didn't stop the White House last fall from helping the Teamsters win a close election to represent civilian employees at Fort Sill, Okla. Mitchell Daniels, political director for the White House, personally arranged for the Army to help the Teamsters.
NEWS
August 7, 1988 | Inquirer Washington Bureau
Tourist alert: If you're planning to say "cheese" in front of the White House this summer, forget it. Not only is the presidential mansion draped in plastic cloth, suggesting a creation by wrap-artist Christo, but also an 8-foot-high gray plywood fence obscures much of what is left of the view from Pennsylvania Avenue. Contractors are stripping the White House of 30-odd coats of paint it has accumulated since 1797. The porous Aquia Creek sandstone has been painted periodically since it was initially whitewashed, each coat on top of the other.
NEWS
January 28, 2000 | PHOTO CAPTION ASSOCIATED PRESS
Hot! Hot! Hot! there's more to running for president then just debating policy - you even have to do some very silly things. In the first installment of our weekly series, we find Al "What's it going to take to make me an Alpha Male?" Gore contributing to an Iowa potluck supper.
LIVING
July 13, 1986 | By Gary Haynes, Inquirer Graphic Arts Director
One of the most romanticized jobs in news photography is the assignment to cover the White House. As is sometimes the case, however, the romance differs from the reality. For reasons of security and politics, few unguarded moments of a President or his family are ever recorded on film. Almost all the pictures result from situations that are stage-managed and stopwatch-timed. Photographers have never had unlimited access to the President, but in recent years the proliferation of White House photographers, representing newspapers, magazines, television networks and independent stations as well as the photographers on the White House staff, has made shooting more difficult, even when the White House cooperates with a few minutes of the President's time.
NEWS
December 26, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
President Clinton and his family celebrated Christmas in the White House yesterday, with the President giving his wife a book that takes a nostalgic look at baseball, a spokesman said yesterday. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a longtime Chicago Cubs fan, received the gift of Mudville Diaries, a book of baseball memories collected by Mike Schacht, said the spokesman, Josh Silverman. Details of other gifts were not immediately available so as not to intrude on the Clintons' privacy, Silverman said.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Jerry Markon and Peter Wallsten, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The White House and the nation's most prominent charities are embroiled in a tense, behind-the-scenes debate over President Obama's push to scale back the nearly century-old tax deduction on donations that the charities say is crucial for their financial health. In a series of recent meetings and calls, top White House aides have pressed nonprofit groups to line up behind the president's plan for reducing the federal deficit and averting the year-end fiscal cliff, according to people familiar with the talks.
NEWS
December 24, 2009 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
Three things to keep in mind should I ever be invited back to a White House holiday party: Uttering "Salahi" in line is like saying "bomb" on an airplane; know how to address the first lady before you're in the room with her; and don't blink - you won't get a second picture for a Christmas photo with the commander in chief. Last week, my wife and I arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. about 15 minutes before a party's scheduled 7 p.m. start time. That commencement hour was the first difference we noted when comparing the current occupants to their predecessors - the Bushes' started, and ended earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2000 | By Henri Sault, FOR THE INQUIRER
The mint will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the completion of the White House with a medal to be issued this winter. It will depict the building within a wreath topped by a banner with the dates 1800-2000. The reverse will carry portraits of John and Abigail Adams, the first presidential couple to live in the building. Their cameo portraits, with more garlands under them, will give the medal an old-fashioned charm. With the date 1800 prominently placed on the reverse, it will make it essential for the medal to appear before the end of December.
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April 28, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
The White House says U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah did not have permission to use President Obama's voice in a campaign robocall that some voters received Tuesday. Fattah's primary day robocall to Democratic voters in the Second Congressional District has City Councilwoman Cindy Bass saying, "Listen to what President Obama has to say about Chaka Fattah. " What follows appears to be from a tape of Obama speaking in September 2013 to the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, according to a transcript of that speech on the White House website.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Jeremy Roebuck, and Claudia Vargas, STAFF WRITERS
Chaka Fattah, a fixture in Philadelphia politics for three decades, was ousted from the Second Congressional District seat by State Rep. Dwight Evans in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Fattah's fall came 20 days before the start of his federal criminal trial, an impending peril he tried to downplay as he campaigned for a 12th term. Fattah conceded just after 10 p.m. He stuck to the twin themes of his campaign - his long record of bringing resources to the district, and his complaint that the media did not give those accomplishments attention.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Solomon Jones
THE LEVEL of animosity that has developed around this presidential election is troubling, but it is not unexpected. We should have known there would be backlash after the election in 2008 of the first black president. We should have foreseen Republican efforts to benefit from racist resentment of Barack Obama. But I don't think we could have predicted the anger on the left; a resentment born of the idealistic belief that America's conservatism could be reversed in less than a decade.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 GOP no closer to reclaiming White House After the Republican Party lost the last two presidential elections, it was decided that changes needed to be made. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said we need a candidate who can get the minority vote. I assumed that meant blacks, Latinos, women, and gays. The GOP has had nearly eight years to select a candidate or candidates to groom to avoid the mistakes of the past. Instead, we have Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich.
NEWS
April 20, 2016
By Martha Burk Years before the 2016 presidential campaign got underway, pundits and the public alike were debating "Clinton fatigue" and "Bush fatigue. " In 2007, the Wall Street Journal even invented "Clinton Book Fatigue" to go along with the regular variety. The updated version from Keep the Promise I, a PAC backing Ted Cruz, debuted in a video in August. It depicted a hospital ward full of barely alive patients suffering from Clinton Fatigue. Prominent Republican senators and former GOP Chairman Haley Barbour publicly agonized over Jeb Bush's last name as a negative as far back as 2013.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
President Obama on Tuesday designated the former headquarters of the National Woman's Party, founded by Mount Laurel native Alice Paul in 1917, as a national monument. The three-story brick house in Washington will be renamed the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in honor of Paul and Alva Belmont, a suffragist and benefactor whose donations helped the party purchase the building in 1929. Obama took the action on "Equal Pay Day," which marks the length of time women must work into a new year to make the same amount on average that men made in the previous year.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
Of all the attention he had received since knocking down the game-winning shot against North Carolina that gave Villanova the national championship, Kris Jenkins thought the highlight was an appearance on the Mike and Mike morning show Tuesday on ESPN Radio. But when Jay Wright told him that President Obama had called him "pretty cool" during the chief executive's telephone conversation Wednesday with the Wildcats' coach, everything else dropped to second place or lower. "That's cool.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 53-year-old Philadelphia man is among the 61 drug offenders whose sentences were commuted by President Obama on Wednesday. Vernon Harris was serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in October 1995 to one count each of possession of crack cocaine, carrying or using a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Before 1995, Harris had three convictions for felony drug-trafficking offenses. In the case that sent him to prison for life, Harris sold cocaine to undercover officers, and that led to a raid at his home, where officer found drugs, a large amount of money, and a .25-caliber pistol.
NEWS
March 1, 2016
Beyonce's black is showing ... and so is President Obama's. That may come as a shocker to some folks - hence the hilarious Saturday Night Live skit earlier this month parodying America's surprise at seeing the blonde-tressed singer showcase her African American roots during her controversial halftime at the Super Bowl . You may recall how she purportedly paid homage to the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. Hot-sauce-in-her-bag swag,...
NEWS
February 21, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham and Susan Snyder, STAFF WRITERS
For as long as principal James Williams can remember, the freshman class at Kensington Health Sciences Academy has struggled with showing up to school every day. That is, until two weeks ago, when the school joined a White House initiative aimed at addressing chronic absenteeism in schools in 10 cities around the United States. Freshmen were once the school's worst-attending class, but 90 percent of the class showed up to school Thursday, besting the school average of 83 percent attendance.
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