White House hires first openly transgender staffer

Aug 20, 2015

White House hires first openly transgender staffer

The White House has hired its first openly transgender employee, according to a U.S. official, winning praise from activists for President Barack Obama’s support for lesbian, gay and transgender people. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, 28, a longtime advocate for transgender rights, will be an outreach and ...

Aug 15, 2015

U.S. welcomes Abe statement; papers critical

The White House welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement Friday expressing remorse over the country’s wartime actions, but influential U.S. news outlets criticized Abe for failing to apologize in his own words. “We welcome Prime Minister Abe’s expression of deep remorse for the suffering ...

White House sounds cautious tone on possible Obama Hiroshima visit

Aug 7, 2015

White House sounds cautious tone on possible Obama Hiroshima visit

The White House sounded cautious Thursday about the possibility of President Barack Obama visiting Hiroshima or Nagasaki, the Japanese cities attacked with atomic bombs in World War II, during his tenure. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters that he does not ...

Obama enters Twitter age, opens @POTUS account

May 19, 2015

Obama enters Twitter age, opens @POTUS account

President Barack Obama is embracing short-form communication. Twitter has a new @POTUS account. For years, White House officials have used Twitter to communicate White House policy and occasional personal observations. But Obama himself pretty much stayed out of the social media fray. No longer. ...

Second layer of steel spikes to be added to White House fence

May 8, 2015

Second layer of steel spikes to be added to White House fence

The U.S. Secret Service is adding a second layer of steel spikes to the top of the White House fence to keep would-be intruders at bay, according to a proposal approved Thursday by the National Capitol Planning Commission. The steel “pencil point” spikes will ...