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Susan Crabtree was a reporter for The Washington Times.

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**FILE** President Obama discusses defense strategic guidance at the Pentagon in Washington on  Jan. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

White House asks GOP for compromise on budget deal

The Obama administration said Sunday that it is searching for rank-and-file Republicans willing to work with the president on a budget deal who "don't think compromise is a dirty word." Published April 7, 2013

President Obama speaks during his meeting with the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board at the White House with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett seated behind him. The corruption trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich - for purportedly trying to sell Mr. Obama's Senate seat - is a distant but unwelcome headache for the White House.

Jarrett: 'Insulting' to call White House a boys' club

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett on Wednesday disputed the notion that the President Obama operates a tight-knit boys' club of top advisers and aides and bemoaned the hardball politics of Washington, D.C., saying Chicago politics are "child's play" in comparison. Published April 3, 2013

** FILE ** White House spokesman Jay Carney answers questions during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on April 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

White House hails signs of progress on immigration

The White House on Monday hailed signs of progress from the so-called Gang of Eight senators working on the bipartisan immigration reform bill, but declined to weigh in on any specifics of the deal until it's officially announced. Published April 1, 2013

President Obama urges Congress to take action on measures to protect children from gun violence on Thursday, March 28, 2013, while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Standing with Mr. Obama are Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) and, according to the White House, law enforcement officials, victims of gun violence and others, whom the White House did not want to name. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama steps up pressure to pass gun measures

With polls showing waning support for new gun control measures, President Obama delivered an emotional and forceful plea aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Congress to pass a broad bill more than 100 days after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Published March 28, 2013

Deputy White House spokesman Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on March 27, 2013. (Associated Press)

White House 'closely monitoring' Gitmo hunger strikes

President Obama's spokesman said the White House is closely watching a hunger strike by terrorist detainees at the facility at Guantanamo Bay and remains committed to closing the prison. Published March 27, 2013

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, center, reacts after President Barack Obama signed legislation under the Antiquities Act designating five new National Monuments, Monday, March 25, 2013, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. From left are, Samuel Gomez, War Chief, Taos Pueblo, Biden, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP questions Obama's expansion of national parks

Republicans are raising questions about the timing and costs of President Obama's decision to bypass Congress and designate five additional national monuments, coming as it does amid dire warnings of the most recent round of budget cuts, including the National Park Service. Published March 25, 2013

President Obama and Jordan King Abdullah II shake hands following their joint new conference at the King's Palace in Amman, Jordan, on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama pledges $200M to Jordan for Syrian refugees

President Obama met with King Abdullah II and his son, Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, in Jordan Friday and afterward immediately announced he would seek $200 million in additional U.S. aid to help care for Syrian refugees flooding into the country. Published March 22, 2013

President Obama meets with Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

Despite sequester, Obama to designate five national monuments

Even as President Obama highlights impending cuts to national parks because of the sequester, he plans to use his power as president to designate five new national monuments Monday, according to an administration official. Published March 22, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama vows 'never again' at Israeli Holocaust memorial

As President Obama wrapped up his three-day visit to Israel Friday, he spent some solemn moments at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, relighting the eternal flame there, laying a wreath and vowing to fight anti-Semitism and racism of all kinds. Published March 22, 2013

Obama heckler demands Pollard release

President Obama was heckled Thursday during a speech to an audience that included scores of university students in Jerusalem. Published March 21, 2013

Israel's Peres says he trusts Obama on Iran policy

With President Obama standing at his side, Israeli President Peres played down any differences between the two countries on the U.S. approach to preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, saying he trusts his policy, as well as his vision for the Middle East. Published March 20, 2013

In this citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian citizens inspect houses that were destroyed from a Syrian forces airstrike, at al-Marjeh neighborhood, in Aleppo, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

McCain to Obama: Follow through on threats to Syria's Assad

Two key Republican senators called on President Obama on Tuesday to follow through on his threats to Syrian President Bashar Assad if reports that the embattled Syrian leader may have used chemical weapons against rebel forces are substantiated. Published March 19, 2013

**FILE** President Obama discusses defense strategic guidance at the Pentagon in Washington on  Jan. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama continues video outreach effort to Iran

President Obama is continuing his efforts to relate to the Iranian people and their leaders on their own terms by sending out an outreach video extending them best wishes for a new spring and the Persian New Year. Published March 18, 2013

**FILE** President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor secretary. (Associated Press)

Vitter pledges to block Perez nomination

President Obama on Monday nominated civil rights attorney Thomas E. Perez to be the next labor secretary, immediately drawing Republican opposition and another contentious confirmation fight on Capitol Hill. Published March 18, 2013