After vacation, Obama facing many challanges

After vacation, Obama facing many challanges

While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, “What is it about August?” Indeed, this sultry month usually associated with the doldrums of summer has burdened modern presidents with personal, domestic or international crises. And for President Barack Obama, who returned to Washington Sunday from a two-week Martha’s Vineyard vacation, what […]

Obama getting heat from both sides on immigration

Obama getting heat from both sides on immigration

The White House is meeting growing resistance from both the left and the right as it pushes a multibillion-dollar emergency spending bill for the border, raising questions about chances for any action in Congress to address the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into South Texas. Democratic opposition is hardening to changing […]

More money but no proposed immigration legal action yet

More money but no proposed immigration legal action yet

President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending of more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won’t seek legal changes to send the children back home more quickly. That decision comes after immigration advocates objected strongly to administration proposals […]

Good job numbers vex doom-and-gloom politicians

Good job numbers vex doom-and-gloom politicians

The top jobs numbers for June would have seemed to be cause for some appreciation. After all, the unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent, the lowest in six years, and hiring showed five months of steady growth. But the public continues to perceive the economy as poor. So, heading into a midterm campaign season, the […]

VA: A struggling agency riddled with problems

VA: A struggling agency riddled with problems

Citing “significant and chronic system failures” in the nation’s health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of […]

Biden: Gay rights trump culture, social traditions

Biden: Gay rights trump culture, social traditions

Seeking to mobilize a global front against anti-gay violence and discrimination, Vice President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions. Biden told a gathering of U.S. and international gay rights advocates that President Barack Obama has directed that […]

Obama hits road for political day trip

Obama hits road for political day trip

Drawing attention to his economic policies and courting a key Democratic constituency, President Barack Obama is embarking on a two-stop day trip to highlight technological developments and to raise money for the Democratic Party from a newly energized gay community. Obama on Tuesday was traveling to Pittsburgh, where he will visit a workshop designed to […]