No clear path for Obama to act alone on debt ceiling crisis

No clear path for Obama to act alone on debt ceiling crisis

The White House would be taking a risk if it tries to make a constitutional end-run around Congress’ authority to raise the debt ceiling, legal experts said. The “public debt” clause of the 14th Amendment is being cited by a number of lawmakers as giving President Barack Obama a legal way to issue debt and […]

What new Treasury Secretary nominee doesn’t know could be a problem

What new Treasury Secretary nominee doesn’t know could be a problem

President Barack Obama broke the mold on Thursday by choosing a budget wonk to serve as U.S. Treasury secretary, leaving gaps on the international and financial side that could make for a rocky transition. Jack Lew, Obama’s chief of staff, was chosen to lead the Treasury Department as the White House heads into another round […]

Afghan lawmakers predict disaster, civil war if U.S. pulls troops out

Afghan lawmakers predict disaster, civil war if U.S. pulls troops out

  Afghan lawmakers said on Wednesday disaster and civil war would follow if Washington pushed ahead with a suggestion to withdraw all its troops from the country after 2014. The White House said a day earlier it was considering the so-called “zero option” of a complete pullout – despite earlier recommendations from the top military […]

GOP Senator threatens to block new CIA director’s nomination

GOP Senator threatens to block new CIA director’s nomination

A Republican senator threatened on Tuesday to block the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the CIA until the administration provides more information to Congress about the September 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Senator Lindsey Graham said his objection was not directed at Obama’s CIA nominee – 25-year agency […]

Obama’s pick for CIA director defends drone strikes

Obama’s pick for CIA director defends drone strikes

In White House councils, John Brennan has been privy to the most secret U.S. intelligence programs. Outwardly, he has been the administration’s most public defender of one of President Barack Obama’s most controversial practices – the expanded use of armed drone aircraft to kill terrorism suspects overseas. This is the second time that Obama has […]

White House looking for sharply increased gun control laws

White House looking for sharply increased gun control laws

The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing U.S. gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. A working group led by Vice President Joseph Biden is seriously considering measures that would require universal background checks for gun buyers and track […]

Geithner leaving Treasury post: Trouble for Obama?

Geithner leaving Treasury post: Trouble for Obama?

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner‘s plans to leave near the end of January put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress. Geithner, who spent his years as Treasury secretary battling the financial crisis and then fighting with Republican lawmakers in […]

Embattled Boehner holds on to Speaker’s post

Embattled Boehner holds on to Speaker’s post

Despite a rocky few weeks during the “fiscal cliff” fight, John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday and will again lead Republicans as they take on the White House over federal spending. Boehner defeated House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi 220-192 in a vote on the opening day of the […]

The fiscal cliff debacle: From hope to hopelessness

The fiscal cliff debacle: From hope to hopelessness

It began so optimistically. On November 16, after their first “fiscal cliff” session with President Barack Obama, the four leaders of Congress had stood in the driveway of the White House shoulder-to-shoulder for what is a rare photo these days, Republicans and Democrats together, smiling. There they were at the microphone, talking about a “framework” […]

Under Senate deal, economy dodges bullet for now

Under Senate deal, economy dodges bullet for now

A deal worked out by U.S. Senate leaders to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” was far from any “grand bargain” of deficit reduction measures. But if approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, it could help the country steer clear of recession, although enough austerity would remain in place to likely keep the economy growing at […]