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White House press blasts Obama administration on access

White House reporters and photographers on Thursday accused top officials of deliberately blocking access to President Barack Obama and of substituting its own "visual press releases" for independent news coverage. In a letter to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) and other news organizations said the practice belied the administration's frequent claims to a new level of transparency.

Helen Thomas, longtime White House press corps dean, dies

Helen Thomas, the longtime dean of the White House press corps who covered US presidents from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, died Saturday. She was 92. Thomas "died Saturday morning at her Washington apartment after a long illness. She would have been 93 next month," the Gridiron Club said. Thomas was a former president and first female member of the club, a Washington journalistic institution. From her front row seat in the White House press room, Thomas was a formidable, sharp-tongued inquisitor of every US president since Kennedy.

U.S. budget cuts end White House tours, but not finger-pointing

* Tours suspended until further notice * Required by budget cuts - Obama spokesman * Tours of the Capitol will continue By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - The sixth-grade class at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, sent a message this week that was heard in the White House briefing room. "The White House is our house," the class said in a video posted on Facebook. "Please let us visit."

Media teed off at missing Obama's round with Tiger

White House correspondents on Sunday complained that political reporters were denied access to President Barack Obama on a weekend he played golf with superstar Tiger Woods. "Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend," said the association's president Ed Henry, of CNN television.

Media teed off at missing Obama's round with Tiger

White House correspondents on Sunday complained that political reporters were denied access to President Barack Obama on a weekend he played golf with superstar Tiger Woods. "Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend," said the association's president Ed Henry, of CNN television.

Media teed off at missing Obama's round with Tiger

White House correspondants on Sunday complained that political reporters were denied access to President Barack Obama on a weekend he played golf with superstar Tiger Woods. "Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend," said the association's president Ed Henry, of CNN television.

White House rejects 'replica' Oval Office story

The White House on Wednesday rejected reports that a replica Oval Office was being built for President Barack Obama to use during repairs of the iconic West Wing complex. Reports had said that Obama could be asked to move to the Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House by August, in the latest stage of a multi-year renovation effort. "I can say that specifically, reports about a replica Oval Office are false. And, you know, no one's moving from the West Wing ... no decisions about that have been made," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

White House rejects 'replica' Oval Office story

The White House on Wednesday rejected reports that a replica Oval Office was being built for President Barack Obama to use during repairs of the iconic West Wing complex. Reports had said that Obama could be asked to move to the Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House by August, in the latest stage of a multi-year renovation effort. "I can say that specifically, reports about a replica Oval Office are false. And, you know, no one's moving from the West Wing ... no decisions about that have been made."
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