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For the past week, the White House has dealt with investigations into the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, IRS targeting of tax-exempt conservative groups, and controversy over the Justice Department seizing AP records. The trio of scandals seem to have had little effect on the public’s feelings about President Barack Obama in new polling.

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For the past week, the White House has dealt with investigations into the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, IRS targeting of tax-exempt conservative groups, and controversy over the Justice Department seizing AP records. The trio of scandals seem to have had little effect on the public’s feelings about President Barack Obama in new polling.

$294.9 million

Since President Barack Obama, his wife, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, moved into the White House in January 2009, the home’s value has increased about 7 percent to an estimated $294.9 million, according to housing marketplace Zillow.

Zillow calculated the value of the White House as if it were a home that could be bought and sold, using its proprietary Zestimate algorithm, which determines a home’s estimated worth based in part on public data and recent sales.

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Today, President Obama announced sweeping set of policies, including 23 executive orders, aimed at reducing gun violence. The unveiling was the result of the Joe Biden-led task force Obama formed last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and proposed policies include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and improved access to mental health care. The Washington Post calls it “the most expansive gun-control policies in a generation,” and the fact that the president issued no less than 23 executive orders suggests that he wants to avoid congress as much as possible with this (which, given his first term, is understandable). Here’s the flashy White House document outlining the proposals, here’s a list of the executive orders (one of which, somewhat amusingly, is “Nominate an ATF director”), and here’s audio of the event (courtesy of Matt Keys). Photo credit: AP source

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Today, President Obama announced sweeping set of policies, including 23 executive orders, aimed at reducing gun violence. The unveiling was the result of the Joe Biden-led task force Obama formed last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and proposed policies include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and improved access to mental health care. The Washington Post calls it “the most expansive gun-control policies in a generation,” and the fact that the president issued no less than 23 executive orders suggests that he wants to avoid congress as much as possible with this (which, given his first term, is understandable). Here’s the flashy White House document outlining the proposals, here’s a list of the executive orders (one of which, somewhat amusingly, is “Nominate an ATF director”), and here’s audio of the event (courtesy of Matt Keys). Photo credit: AP source

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White House sand castle built to pay tribute to upcoming Republican convention 
(Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images)


Artist Meredith Corson puts the finishing touches on a sand sculpture of the White House behind the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island, Fla., Aug. 23. The resort is also constructing sand sculptures of Abraham Lincoln & the Lincoln Memorial to coincide with the Republican National Convention, which starts in Tampa, Fla., next week.
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White House sand castle built to pay tribute to upcoming Republican convention

(Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

Artist Meredith Corson puts the finishing touches on a sand sculpture of the White House behind the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island, Fla., Aug. 23. The resort is also constructing sand sculptures of Abraham Lincoln & the Lincoln Memorial to coincide with the Republican National Convention, which starts in Tampa, Fla., next week.

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DEVELOPING: “Smoking objects” found nearby have prompted the lock down of the White House, an agent has told POLITICO.  [POLITICO]

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were not at the White House at the time of the security incident.

UPDATE 9:38 ET: WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington, reports the object may have been a smoke bomb. One thousand protesters are gathered nearby, but it’s unclear if the security scare is related. [WRC]

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In Congress, Lew’s stock is unusually high. He has emerged as one of the members of the Obama administration Republicans prefer working with. Earlier this year, Ben Smith, then at Politico, profiled Lew under the headline: “Lew: A liberal GOP says it trusts.” The piece included an admiring comment from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Daley, by contrast, has struggled to win over both White House staff and Congress. The initial hope was that he would help win business and Republican support for the White House’s initiatives. Neither hope panned out. Relations between Republicans and the White House are at a low ebb. But under Daley’s leadership, relations between the White House and Hill Democrats also grew frayed. And few in the White House found him an inspiring leader or were impressed with the results of the strategy he helped craft through 2011.