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White House supports claim Putin directed US election hack

Ben Rhodes, adviser to President Barack Obama, said that Mr Putin maintains tight control on government operations, which suggests that he was aware.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest added that it was "pretty obvious" that Mr Putin was involved.

Officials in Russia have repeatedly denied hacking accusations.

"Everything we know about how Russia operates and how Putin controls that government would suggest that, again, when you're talking about a significant cyber intrusion like this, we're talking about the highest levels of government," Mr Rhodes said.

White House: Trump 'obviously' knew Russia hacks were benefiting him

Citing Trump's own suggestion over the summer that Moscow locate missing emails from Hillary Clinton's private server, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the beneficiary of Russia's cyberintrusions was clear.

White House rebuts Trump vote fraud claim

Press Secretary Josh Earnest dismissed the president-elect's unsubstantiated allegations that millions of people had cast illegal votes.

Mr Trump also alleged voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California, states which Hillary Clinton won.

Mr Earnest deferred to Mr Trump's team for further comment.

"What I can say, as an objective fact, is that there has been no evidence produced to substantiate a claim like that," he told reporters at a White House briefing.

White House: We will respond to Russia hacks

The response will be "proportional," press secretary Josh Earnest said, without elaborating. He said the actions would likely not be announced ahead of time and could never be made public.

Speaking with reporters on Air Force One, Earnest said a "range" of responses were on the table.

Last Friday's announcement was the first time the government has publicly blamed another country for hacking with the goal of influencing a US election.

Capturing unguarded moments with Obama

As a staff photographer, for one and a half terms, his candid shots of "Dutch" and Nancy loosened the stiff collar of office, and brought humanity and intimacy to the administration.

When George H.W. Bush took over, Souza returned to freelancing. Years later he began covering a young senator from Illinois, who would one day assume the highest office in the land.

Since that day in January 2009, Souza has barely left President Obama's side.

White House reveals number of civilian deaths from drone strikes

In the same time span, the administration said between 2,372 and 2,581 militants had been taken out by drones.

The information was released as part of an effort by Obama to introduce more transparency into a controversial military tactic that he has defended as necessary to fight terror.

Human rights groups, however, were unsatisfied by the government's disclosed figures, which came in far lower than independent estimates of civilian causalities.

Privacy Shield: White House makes EU spying promise

The agreement is designed to replace the Safe Harbour pact, which the EU Court of Justice ruled invalid in 2015.

One key change is a commitment from the White House regarding bulk collection of data sent from the EU to the US.

The UK's Information Commissioner said a post-Brexit UK may have to adopt EU data protection rules to trade with it.

If approved by the EU member states, the pact could take effect in July.

The EU-US Privacy shield is designed to make it easy for organisations to transfer data across the Atlantic.

21-gun salute at White House for Chinese leader

The ceremony for the Chinese leader looks similar to the one the White House held Wednesday for Pope Francis, but with a few notable exceptions.

White House says Texas teen 'failed' by teachers

White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the episode involving Ahmed Mohamed a "teachable moment."

Obama, Netanyahu to meet at White House on Nov. 9

It will be the first formal meeting between the two leaders in months.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says the two leaders will discuss implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and other regional issues, as well as efforts to counter the Islamic State's activities in the region.