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Obama To Hold News Conference This Morning

Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
January 14, 2013

President Obama will hold a news conference today at 11:30 a.m. ET, his aides say. (Note: initially, it said the event would begin at 11:15 a.m. ET.)

It will be held in the East Room of the White House.

Barring some surprise, this will be the last news conference of his first term. The president will take the oath of office for his second term next Sunday (in a private ceremony) and then again Monday on the steps of the Capitol.

Among the topics likely to be discussed at his news conference: the budget, gun control, the economy, Afghanistan and immigration.

We’ll live blog as he speaks.

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET. Delayed To 11:30 A.M. ET:

The White House just said the news conference is now set to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET, not 11:15 a.m. ET it initially said. We’ve updated the top of this post to reflect that news.

Update at 10:35 a.m. ET. Will Call For Increase Of Debt Ceiling:

The president, “plans to call on Congress to raise the debt limit” during his news conference, The Washington Post reports. It cites “a White House official” as its source. Obama has said several times recently that he will not go through another set of negotiations over the debt ceiling like those in 2011 when the federal government almost had to shut down and nearly went into default. But as NPR’s John Ydstie said Saturday, “Republicans say they’ll use the threat of default to get more spending cuts from the White House.”

As we’ve said before, the government is due to hit its borrowing limit in mid-February. It’s not going to try the much-discussed (but never really serious) $1 trillion platinum coin solution.

Update at 10:15 a.m. ET. NPR’s On-Air Coverage:

Starting at 11:20 a.m. ET, Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep will host live coverage of the news conference for NPR. Several NPR correspondents will join him for analysis before and after the event: Scott Horsley, who covers the White House; Carrie Johnson, who covers the justice department; Tamara Keith, who covers Congress; Michele Keleman, who covers the state department; and Ted Robbins from NPR’s national desk. (Note: The coverage was initially set to start at 11 a.m ET. But when the White House delayed the start of the news conference to 11:30 a.m. ET, NPR pushed back the start of its coverage to 11:20 a.m ET.)

We will put an audio player at the top of this post for those who want to listen. To find an NPR station that will be broadcasting the coverage, click here.

Of course, the news conference will be carried on the cable news channels and streamed by the White House. [Copyright 2013 National Public Radio]

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