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Samsung 'selfie' flap now in hands of lawyers: White House

The controversy over a "selfie" photo of President Barack Obama and baseball star David Ortiz now is in the hands of attorneys, a White House official said on Sunday. The White House last week warned Samsung against using the president's likeness for commercial gain, after Ortiz used one of its cell phones to snap a picture of himself and the US president. The picture showed a beaming Obama alongside Ortiz, holding a Red Sox jersey presented by the team.

'Obamacare' sign-ups top 6 million: White House

More than six million Americans had registered for health insurance under US President Barack Obama's reform by Thursday, fewer than initially hoped but in line with revised projections. Obama announced the numbers in a telephone call from Italy to health care officials and volunteers, the White House said, marking a surge in enrollments before a March 31 deadline.

Obama invites pope to White House

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and invited the pontiff to visit the White House. Obama made the spontaneous invitation as he was giving Francis a symbolic gift of seeds from the White House garden after 50 minutes of private talks in the pope's library. "If you have a chance, you can come to the White House and you can see the garden," Obama said to the pope as he was explaining the gift in the presence of reporters.

White House foresees steady growth, falling deficit

The White House projected a steady fall in the US deficit over the next decade while the economy grows moderately, as it released its budget for the 2015 fiscal year on Tuesday. President Barack Obama's team foresees the American economy growing by 3.1 percent this year and by 3.4 percent the next, with inflation remaining under control, rising to only 2.0 percent in 2015. "Building on the progress already made, the budget's deficit reduction measures are more than enough to achieve the key fiscal goal of stabilizing the debt as a share of GDP," the document said.

White House defends decision to prevent media from covering Obama meeting with Dalai Lama

WASHINGTON - The White House defended its decision Friday to bar reporters and photojournalists from a meeting between President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, while acknowledging the news media's legitimate interest in covering the two leaders' encounter.

White House hits back at Republicans on immigration 'trust'

The White House Friday hit back at Republican claims that a long delayed overhaul of America's immigration system is stalled because President Barack Obama cannot be trusted to carry it out. Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday poured cold water on hopes that an immigration bill could finally pass this year, saying that his restive conservative caucus did not have confidence the president would implement any legislation.

White House hits back at Republicans on immigration 'trust'

The White House Friday hit back at Republican claims that a long delayed overhaul of America's immigration system is stalled because President Barack Obama cannot be trusted to carry it out. Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday poured cold water on hopes that an immigration bill could finally pass this year, saying that his restive conservative caucus did not have confidence the president would implement any legislation.

White House refutes CBO finding that Obamacare to reduce jobs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday refuted arguments that Obamacare reforms will hurt jobs, and said a new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds the reforms will spur hiring during the 2014-2016 period. "Claims that the Affordable Care Act hurts jobs are simply belied by the facts in the CBO report," the White House said in a statement about the report, contradicting assessments that said the CBO showed reforms will result in a cut to hours. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

White House: Obama hopes to meet pope in 'near future'

President Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis "in the near future," the White House said on Tuesday, although it did not specify a date for the encounter. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president "looks forward" to the meeting with the pontiff, of whom he has spoken with admiration. col-dc/jm

White House: Obama hopes to meet pope in 'near future'

President Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis "in the near future," the White House said on Tuesday, although it did not specify a date for the encounter. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president "looks forward" to the meeting with the pontiff, of whom he has spoken with admiration. col-dc/jm
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