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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 22, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julia Roberts on grief Julia Roberts , 46, is eloquent on her grief following the February death of her half-sister, Nancy Motes , of a drug overdose. "It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead," Roberts tells the Wall Street Journal Magazine in her first public chat about Motes' death. Motes was the child of Roberts' mother Betty Lou 's second marriage, to Michael Motes . Roberts continues, "But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Mister Mann Frisby, For the Daily News
* IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE: WOMEN OF SOUL. 9 p.m. Monday, WHYY12. WASHINGTON, D.C. - On a blustery March morning, the heat was turned way up inside the White House as first lady Michelle Obama welcomed more than 120 students (including 20 from Olney Charter High) to celebrate "Women of Soul. " First came an interactive student workshop in the State Dining Room - "I'm Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul. " That evening, some major figures in that history strutted their soulful stuff at a concert that was filmed to air Monday night.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Spend a few hours with Helen Gym, Philadelphia's famously feisty community organizer, and you see a rabble-rouser on the run, dashing from a TEDx talk rehearsal at Temple University to a rally for public education, where she revved up the crowd. Gym speaks "truth to power," said State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.), who introduced her at the rally Thursday after first teasing her for "troublemaking. " At a White House ceremony Monday, Gym, 45, a cofounder of Parents United for Public Education, a parent-led school watchdog group; and a board member of Asian Americans United, which advocates for ethnic diversity, will add another label to her brand: Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change.
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) led the House charge this week to repeal a measure that would slow annual pension increases for military retirees, urging Congress to keep promises to veterans. His plan sailed through the House and Senate on Tuesday and Wednesday. "We, as Americans and as lawmakers, are forever in debt to the dedication of our military men and women, who bore the pain of battle," Fitzpatrick, of Bucks County, said on the House floor. His measure would preserve existing pension benefits and replace about $6 billion of savings by extending some of the across-the-board "sequester" budget cuts into 2024.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The calls started early Monday. The White House got one. So did Nancy Pelosi. And South Jersey political power George Norcross. After 23 years in the House, Rep. Rob Andrews of Camden County was quitting - and fast - to join the Philadelphia law firm Dilworth Paxson. Andrews, 56, called it a "family decision" that would allow him to "serve as Dad. " He said the new job would help pay for his daughters' educations. He and his wife combined to make more than $500,000 in 2012, public records show.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2014 | The Inquirer staff
Justin, Justin, Justin The Bieb's nabes say they've got a new video of the 19-year-old pop star, but not exactly of the music variety. The L.A. Sheriff's Department says Justin Bieber is being investigated for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Could mean misdemeanor vandalism and assault crime charges. The neighbor, who was sitting on the balcony in the gated community with his daughter, says they videotaped the incident. In October, prosecutors declined to charge Bieber after a neighbor complained he drove recklessly through the area.
NEWS
January 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a part of West Philadelphia known mostly for hardship and hard tries. The infamous Lex Street massacre occurred there, when gunmen lined up 10 people in the dining room of a crack house and opened fire, killing seven in 2000. It also was the home turf of the late, fearless antidrug activist Herman Wrice, whom President George H.W. Bush called "the John Wayne of Philadelphia. " Now, government officials and community activists say this stricken stretch of the city has a chance to become known for something else: revival.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN When Salima Mostafa received word this year of her acceptance into the White House internship program, she knew it was an opportunity she had to take, if she could. It was a big moment - for her, her immigrant family, and Rutgers University-Camden. Mostafa, a first-generation college student who had holed up in her room each night for four years and consistently maxed out her course load, was about to graduate cum laude and was preparing to take medical school entrance exams.
SPORTS
November 6, 2013
Flyers goalie Ray Emery was excused from practice Monday for a good reason: He was invited to the White House. Emery went 17-1 last season with Chicago, and he and his former teammates were honored at the White House for winning the Stanley Cup. President Obama welcomed his hometown Blackhawks. "This team is a great example of what Chicago is all about," Obama said. Emery called the White House trip "pretty cool. It was definitely exciting. " He said he got a chance to shake Obama's hand, and called him an inspirational figure for being the first African American president.
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