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Did Obama Donate 5 Percent of His Salary?

It’s still not clear. Despite repeated requests by the Washington Free Beacon for an answer, the White House has refused to say whether President Obama took, as promised, a five percent pay cut in solidarity with federal employees furloughed as a result of the sequester last year. According to the New York Times, Obama, who makes $400,000 a year, was to write a check for

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White House Tours to Resume

From the White House this afternoon: The White House is pleased to announce the resumption of a limited schedule of East Wing and Executive Residence tours, beginning on November 5th. Additionally, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on October 26th and 27th. Members of the public interested in scheduling a tour of the East Wing and Executive Residence should

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Obamas to Host Third Command Concert Since Sequester

President and Mrs. Obama Monday night will host their third “command performance” since the sequester began in March, grooving in the East Room to the sounds of Hispanic music. Among the stars who will appear to serenade the first couple are Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Raul Malo, Prince Royce, Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solis. While workers are being furloughed

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Still No WH Tours, but Parade of Special Visitors Continues

The White House continues to bar average Americans from touring “The People House” but nevertheless lavishes spending on all sorts of special invitees – from diners at last week’s Iftar dinner breaking the Muslim fast to sports teams and foreign diplomats. Soon after the outcry over the cancellation of tours due to the sequester, the White House promised to see what could be done to

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Obamas to Toast Political Backer Carole King in East Room

The White House East Room continues to be a sequester-free zone, as President and Mrs. Obama will be given yet another command performance there Wednesday, this one honoring the music of one of their major political supporters, Carole King. King campaigned for Obama in 2008 and again in 2012. In October 2012 she was the feature attraction at a fundraiser for the president in Massachusetts,

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Obamacare Workers Avoid Furloughs

Well, air traffic controllers may be getting furloughed, but the administration wants to make sure Obamacare gets a safe landing, as worker bees implementing the health care law won’t be forced to take unpaid days off. According to The Hill, while furloughs go into effect throughout the federal workforce, the worst the office doing Obamacare can expect is that it can’t hire new people if

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White House Aides to Begin Furloughs May 1

All White House officials will be subject to furloughs beginning with the May 1st pay period, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today. “Everyone in the White House office will be affected,” Carney said. But he suggested that senior officials might have it worse. According to Carney, so-called “commissioned officers,” including him, are not permitted to take leave and will therefore receive a dock

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Video || Memphis Soul at the White House

Here are some outtakes from last night’s bash. All performances were official certified by the Obamas as 99 and 44/100 percent sequester-free. The White House thanks you, the taxpayer, for your contribution to this event.

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Blue Angels Grounded for the Rest of the Year

The party rolls on at the White House, but not for those who had hoped to view Navy’s daredevil Blue Angels flying squadron, which has been forced by the sequester to cancel all of its remaining performances for the rest of the year, the Navy announced Tuesday. The Blues were scheduled to fly 32 more shows this year, though some had already been nixed as

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Tonight Marks Tenth “Command Performance” for the Obamas

Tonight’s special White House “celebration” of Memphis soul music marks the tenth time President and Mrs. Obama have been treated to an exclusive East Room “command performance” of American music featuring major stars, past and present. While the performances are televised and celebrate the nation’s culture, some may wonder whether during an era of soaring deficits it is wise to stage what are also in

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More Sequester-Immune Golf

President Obama today played golf for the second week in a row. It looks like, despite the sequester, this is going to be a banner year – it’s already his seventh time playing and we’re barely into spring. Today’s outing, the 118th of his presidency, included three White House staffers – Marvin Nicholson, Joe Paulsen and Michael Brush.

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Carney Accuses Ed Henry of “Editorializing”

The White House habit of attacking the press, which America finally became familiar with after Bob Woodward complained about it a few weeks ago, was on full display in the briefing room Tuesday as Press Secretary Jay Carney incorrectly accused Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry of editorializing. Henry asked Carney a question about a decision within the Department of Homeland Security to postpone

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