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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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January 7, 2016
MARYLAND Judge: Baltimore officer must testify A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday that a police officer facing charges related to the death of Freddie Gray must testify against a fellow officer, an unprecedented move that means the officer could face jail if he refuses. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled that William Porter, whose trial ended in a mistrial last month, can be compelled to take the stand in the trial of wagon driver Caesar Goodson. Goodson is facing the most serious charge of the six officers charged in the case: second-degree murder, in addition to manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
NEWS
December 22, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
Spirits ran high on the bus trip Saturday morning that took Cherokee High School's Concert Choir southward to a most auspicious gig indeed - performing during the holiday season tour at the White House that afternoon. There was excitement in the seats. The 34-student choir from Marlton broke into their own version of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" as their coach powered along. At 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., they were shown into a dressing room with photographs of luminaries like Yo-Yo Ma (Ooh!
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nurtured by a third-generation Montgomery County Christmas tree farm, a Fraser fir measuring 18 1/2 feet tall and 11 feet wide will reach national heights Friday when it is delivered to the White House. Brothers Jay and Glenn Bustard, along with their mother, Virginia, are scheduled to present the tree - this year's official White House Christmas tree - to First Lady Michelle Obama at 11 a.m. It will be on display in the Blue Room. Planted in 2001 at one of Bustard's Christmas Trees' farms, in Lehighton, Carbon County, the Fraser fir was cut down Monday.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2015
As you ponder whether to serve a 15-pound turkey or a 20-pounder for Thanksgiving, brothers Jay and Glenn Bustard are already preparing for Christmas - in 2022. The Bustards are third-generation Christmas tree growers. What they plant as a seedling today takes a good seven years to mature into a respectable 7-footer. Optimists that they are, even they couldn't imagine that a Fraser fir planted in 2001 at their farm in Lehighton, Carbon County, would sprout to a national standout.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2015 | Jenny DeHuff, Daily News
It's been out only since Oct. 6, but already the evocative story of Philly LGBT-rights activist Mark Segal is getting a second printing. And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality , released this month by OpenLens, is the nation's first LGBT memoir, according to Segal, founder and publisher of Philadelphia Gay News . It describes his experiences as one of the leaders of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Youth, organizations...
NEWS
October 3, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Bills sponsored by two Pennsylvania Republicans that seek to derail the international nuclear deal with Iran unless the country pays $43.5 billion it owes U.S. victims of terrorism moved ahead in the House and the Senate on Thursday despite a veto threat from the White House. The measure, led by Rep. Pat Meehan of Delaware County, passed the House in a largely party-line vote. His plan would bar President Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran until it pays restitution for terrorism it sponsored.
NEWS
September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - What a way to start. If the White House welcome of Pope Francis was any indication of what's coming in the next few days (including, of course, in Philadelphia), the pontiff's visit to America promises to be immensely impressive. At the "People's House," on a flawless first day of fall, all stops were pulled for the "People's Pope. " Under a brilliant morning sky at a ceremony yesterday including military bands and welcoming remarks by President Obama, some 11,000 invited and ticketed guests enthusiastically embraced His Holiness and his message.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Pope Francis stepped into some of America's most contested debates Wednesday, beginning his highly anticipated tour with a call for action on climate change and sympathy for immigrants. Seizing an international spotlight, the 78-year-old pontiff drew tens of thousands of cheering supporters and onlookers, some of whom began gathering before dawn, and quickly made clear he had messages to deliver in his first visit to the United States. Minutes after arriving at the White House, the pope appeared with President Obama in front of a crowd of about 11,000 on the South Lawn, and drew some of his loudest cheers by urging more care for what he called "our common home.
NEWS
September 24, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Pope Francis arrived in the United States for his first-ever visit Tuesday afternoon, starting a whirlwind, six-day visit that will take him to Washington, New York, and Philadelphia - where he will deliver highly anticipated speeches to Congress, at the United Nations, and at Independence Hall. After his Alitalia Airbus A330-200, "Shepherd One," landed, the pope was greeted under overcast skies by President Obama and his wife, Michelle; their daughters, Malia and Sasha; Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson; Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill; and their granddaughters, Finnegan and Maisy.
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