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Obama Adds Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright To Freedom Medal List

04/27/2012

Madeleine Albright, Bob Dylan, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will be among 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The list was released Thursday. President Obama had previously announced that he was set to confer the medal on Peres, the Israeli president, and Karski, the late Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to document the Nazi genocide.

Obama Adds Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright To Freedom Medal List

04/27/2012

Madeleine Albright, Bob Dylan, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will be among 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The list was released Thursday. President Obama had previously announced that he was set to confer the medal on Peres, the Israeli president, and Karski, the late Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to document the Nazi genocide.

White House Rejects Peres Request For Pollard Release

04/10/2012

The White House on Monday announced that the U.S. rejected a request by Israeli President Shimon Peres to pardon Jonathan Pollard, who is serving his 27th year of a life sentence after being convicted of spying for Israel.

“Our position has not changed in this case,” National Security Council Spokesperson Tommy Vietor said.

Pollard was hospitalized April 6 in North Carolina. He complained of sharp pain and was rushed to a nearby hospital after prison medical officials were unable to ease his discomfort.

White House: Obama Did Not Discuss Bunker Bombs With Bibi

03/11/2012

The White House denied reports that President Obama promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bunker-buster bombs and refueling planes that could help in a military strike against Iran.

"In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached," the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said at a press briefing Thursday.

Obama Names Orthodox Jew As Next Chief Of Staff

01/10/2012
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President Obama named Jacob J. Lew,  an Orthodox Jew, to be his next chief of staff.

Lew will replace William Daley, who will be leaving at the end of the month.

Obama announced the personnel changes Monday at a press conference.

Lew is the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position and a post he also filled during the Clinton administration. He previously was Obama's deputy secretary of state.

President Obama congratulates his new chief of staff, Jacob J. Lew on Monday.

Dennis Ross Leaving White House

11/10/2011

Dennis Ross, the top Obama administration Middle East strategist, is leaving the White House.

The White House on Thursday confirmed reports that Ross was set to leave by the end of the year.

White House Changes Web Site In Passport Flap

08/11/2011
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Just days after the Zionist Organization of America pointed out in a legal brief that the U.S. government routinely refers to Jerusalem as a part of Israel, the White House changed its Web site to remove the designation.

Chanukah at the White House - with 1/3 of the Supreme Court

Chanukah at the White House is always a kick for participants – this year, about 500 from Jewish communities across the country – but for some, there was special meaning in Thursday night's gathering.

Three Supreme Court Justices were in attendance – all of them Jewish: Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As President Barack Obama noted in his remarks, that's fully one-third of the high court.

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