Obama tries to refocus on jobs, economy

Obama tries to refocus on jobs, economy

President Barack Obama launched a push on Friday ahead of congressional elections to refocus on economic recovery efforts that have been overshadowed by the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Traveling to the recession-battered Midwest, Obama kicked off what the White House has billed as a six-week drive to promote his administration’s […]

Obama’s tax, jobs bill strikes out in Senate

Obama’s tax, jobs bill strikes out in Senate

A Democratic bill to extend jobless benefits and raise taxes on investment fund managers failed a key vote in the Senate on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s push to boost the economy. The bill would have extended popular business tax breaks, stopped a 21 percent Medicare pay cut for doctors treating elderly […]

Obama’s push on energy bill falls on deaf Capitol Hill ears

Obama’s push on energy bill falls on deaf Capitol Hill ears

President Barack Obama’s muted call for comprehensive energy legislation failed to sway a hesitant Congress on Wednesday, with hopes for approval before November elections fading fast. In his first national address from the Oval Office, Obama said on Tuesday the Gulf of Mexico oil spill provided a chance to break the U.S. dependence on fossil […]

BP execs face grilling on Capitol Hill

BP execs face grilling on Capitol Hill

BP Plc’s U.S. chief faces accusations in Congress on Tuesday that the energy giant caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history with a calculated strategy to cut costs, hours before President Barack Obama uses a televised address to defend his handling of the disaster. A day after BP shares fell 9 percent in London […]

Clapper considered top choice for White House intel post

Clapper considered top choice for White House intel post

Senior Pentagon official James Clapper has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence, but other candidates have not been ruled out, two U.S. officials said on Friday. Clapper, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, has the support of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has considerable sway with President Barack […]

Parties find some hope in primary results

Parties find some hope in primary results

Both Democrats and Republicans found glimmers of hope for November’s midterm elections amid the political rubble on Wednesday, the day after an anti-establishment wave crashed over the two parties. In Senate primary elections, disgruntled voters dumped one Democratic senator, Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, and forced another, Blanche Lincoln, to a run-off in Arkansas in races […]

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