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White House: China must act to rebalance currency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will press China on its currency policy during his upcoming meetings in Washington with Chinese President Hu Jintao, the White House said on Wednesday.…

FLOTUS names Tchen chief of staff

The first lady calls the Chicago lawyer-turned-White House staffer ‘a natural choice” for the job. Read the full story on Poliitico.…

Bachmann mum on presidential run

She insists the focus should be on making sure Obama isn’t elected to a second term in 2012. Read the full story on Poliitico.…

Wheeler acted strange before death

The former Bush adviser may have tried to set a fire at a neighbor’s house days before his murder. Read the full story on Poliitico.…

FiveThirtyEight: Approval Ratings

Barack Obama got some good news to start his new year: his Gallup approval rating ticked up to 50 percent yesterday, against 42 percent disapproval. Read the full story from…

Rockefeller takes aim at EPA

The West Virginia Democrat says he’s raring to go in his bid to handcuff the agency. Read the full story on Poliitico.…

Dean rips senior W.H. advisers

He says the president has been ill-served by advisers who “thought they knew everything.” Read the full story on Poliitico.…

The Caucus: Gibbs to Leave as White House Press Secretary

President Obama said that Robert Gibbs would “continue to shape the dialogue” as an outside adviser after he leaves his post. Read the full story from The New York Times.…

As Boehner Ascends, His Power Comes With Caveats

The new House speaker, John A. Boehner, faces the challenge of harnessing the Tea Party zeal. Read the full story from The New York Times.…

Santorum makes 2012 hire in N.H.

Campaign veteran Mike Biundo will serve as state director for former Pennsylvania senator’s PAC. Read the full story on Poliitico.…