Obama seeks to smear Republicans with Wall Street slime

Obama seeks to smear Republicans with Wall Street slime

The White House on Monday sought to tar Republicans with Wall Street excess, as President Barack Obama cranked up his campaign to quickly pass the most sweeping regulatory reform law in decades. Aides said Obama will venture into the heart of the US financial capital in New York to make a major speech on Thursday […]

Obama’s nuke summit advances his international role

Obama’s nuke summit advances his international role

In two weeks of concentrated and personal nuclear diplomacy, Barack Obama has made a start on the statesman’s resume envisioned by those with great hopes for his presidency. When Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, many analysts, observers and American voters shared a common question, “Why?” The young president was praised as an […]

Gates defends killing of civilians

Gates defends killing of civilians

A video showing U.S. Apache helicopters killing 12 people, including two Reuters news staff, is painful to watch but an investigation into the attack was very thorough, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday. “It’s unfortunate. It’s clearly not helpful. But by the same token, I think — think it should not have any lasting […]

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

The capital on Saturday faced another tough political battle after venerable Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the bench. President Barack Obama vowed to quickly name a replacement for Stevens, the court’s liberal standard-bearer, and said he would select an advocate for “ordinary” Americans, in comments which put his conservative foes […]

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

President Barack Obama, fresh off a bruising battle over healthcare, could face another tough fight in Congress to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy if 89-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens retires as expected. A confirmation battle could sidetrack Democratic plans to focus on the economy and job creation ahead of November’s congressional elections in which […]

McCain: Maverick? Who, me?

McCain: Maverick? Who, me?

Republican Senator John McCain, whose “maverick” breaks with his party won him media acclaim and powered his 2008 White House run, now rejects the moniker, according to Newsweek magazine. The Arizona lawmaker, looking to thwart a primary challenge from a conservative Republican former congressman, played down his history of working with Democrats on issues like […]

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Nearly half of Americans give a thumbs-up to Congress’ passage of a healthcare reform bill last weekend, with 49% calling it “a good thing.” Republicans and Democrats have polar opposite reactions, with independents evenly split. The findings, from a March 22 USA Today/Gallup poll conducted one day after the bill received a majority of votes […]

New White House rules for help on mortgages

New White House rules for help on mortgages

The White House plans to announce on Friday that it will require lenders to lower the mortgage payments of some unemployed workers and encourage lenders to eliminate some principal debt of homeowners who owe more than their home is worth, sources familiar with the plan said on Thursday. The plan comes as President Barack Obama […]

Obama signs executive order banning payments for abortions

Obama signs executive order banning payments for abortions

President Barack Obama signed an executive order barring taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions, keeping to a pledge he made to help push his health care reform through Congress. The White House issued a photograph of Obama signing the measure in the Oval Office, surrounded by pro-life Democrats led by Representative Bart […]

First jobs bill clears Congress

First jobs bill clears Congress

A package of tax breaks and highway spending cleared Congress on Wednesday, the first of what Democrats hope will be several efforts to bring down the 9.7 percent unemployment rate. The Senate passed the $17.6 billion measure by a vote of 68 to 29 and sent it to President Barack Obama, who will sign it […]