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“Under the rule, women will still have access to free preventive care that includes contraceptive services -– no matter where they work," President Obama said on Friday.
“But if a woman’s employer is a charity or a hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as part of their health plan, the insurance company -– not the hospital, not the charity -– will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge, without co-pays and without hassles.”

White House Plan Requires Insurers to Pay for Contraception 

By Meghan McCarthy

PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk off the podium during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. Merkel is on an official visit to Washington with bilateral meetings and a joint press conference with Obama. She will be presented with the Medal of Freedom at a state dinner tonight. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk off the podium during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. Merkel is on an official visit to Washington with bilateral meetings and a joint press conference with Obama. She will be presented with the Medal of Freedom at a state dinner tonight. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama waves to visitors as he walks towards the Marine One  for a departure on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday. Obama  was heading to Indianapolis to speak on a cleaner, safer, and more  secure energy future, and to Fort Campbell, Ky., to meet with the Navy  SEAL team that executed the mission against Osama bin Laden. (Alex  Wong/Getty Images)

PHOTO OF THE DAY: President Obama waves to visitors as he walks towards the Marine One for a departure on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday. Obama was heading to Indianapolis to speak on a cleaner, safer, and more secure energy future, and to Fort Campbell, Ky., to meet with the Navy SEAL team that executed the mission against Osama bin Laden. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Crowds gather outside the White House shortly before President Obama announces Osama Bin Laden was killed in an operation in Pakistan. (Aamer Madhani/National Journal)

Crowds gather outside the White House shortly before President Obama announces Osama Bin Laden was killed in an operation in Pakistan. (Aamer Madhani/National Journal)

Statement by the White House Press Secretary on the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

We congratulate Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on their wedding today and wish them a lifetime of happiness together.   The United States has no closer friend in the world than the United Kingdom. On this occasion, the American people extend heartfelt congratulations to the peoples of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and share in their hopes for a bright future for the Royal couple.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Tulips are viewed in front of the White House on a warm spring day on Wednesday. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Tulips are viewed in front of the White House on a warm spring day on Wednesday. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Announces Easter Egg Roll Talent Lineup

The White House has announced the people scheduled to appear at this year’s Easter Egg Roll on April 25:

Colbie Caillat, Greyson Chance, Willow Smith, Mindless Behavior, John Lithgow, Sesame Street, and Little Beats and DJ WillyWow will perform on the Rockin’ Egg Roll Stage.  Colbie Caillat will sing the National Anthem. 

 

Reading on the Storytime Stage will be Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and family; John Lithgow; Elmo, Maria and Gordon of Sesame Street; John Bemelmans Marciano; Kristi Yamaguchi; and Geena Davis.

 

Chefs Jacque Pepin, Art Smith and trainer Az Ferguson, Marcella Valladolid, Carla Hall and the White House Chefs will prepare healthy eating demonstrations in the Play with your Food station.

 

In the Eggtivity Zone, professional players and coaches from professional sports teams will teach kids how to play sports and show kids easy, fun ways to stay active and fit. 

 

Athletes participating in the Eggtivity Zone include Olympic stars Tyson Gay and Bryan Clay; Lorenzo Alexander with the NFL; DC United’s Bryan Namoff, Josh Wolff and Ben Olsen; the Washington Nationals Jim Riggleman, Adam Laroche and Ryan Zimmerman; along with Sean Casey and others.

 

Alana Beard and Crystal Langstrom from the WNBA, Nick Young from the Wizards, former basketball player Darryl Dawkins, and the Harlem Globetrotters will participate in basketball. 

 

Chris Evert, Katrina Adams, Brian Vahaly, Mal Washington, Patrick Monroe and Chanda Rubin will be joining kids on the tennis courts, along with the Washington Kastles Mascots. 

 

The Hop To It Stage offers a variety of interactive dance, sports, and other physical fun, including Zumba, the National Double Dutch League, the Happiness Club, Rhythm Child, and KidTribe. 

 

The Isiserettes, an Iowa based drill team and drum corp, will perform on the South Lawn, as well as help guide the visitors on and off of the South Lawn.   The United States Marine Corps Band will perform again this year. 

 

DJ Rekha and DJ WillyWow will perform on the ellipse.  The official Emcee of the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll is Tommy McFly.  He will introduce acts on the music stage and get everyone excited about the different Egg Roll activities to make for another wonderful Easter Egg Roll. 

Your 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll logo. Theme: Get Up and Go!

Your 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll logo. Theme: Get Up and Go!