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President wants limits on overseas corporate mergers

President wants limits on overseas corporate mergers

President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies. The push comes amid a developing trend by companies to reorganize with foreign entities partly to reduce their tax payments in the […]

Obama hails rare Southeast Asia Indonesia democracy

Obama hails rare Southeast Asia Indonesia democracy

President Barack Obama’s quick congratulation for Indonesia’s election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington’s intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and support democracy in Southeast Asia. A peaceful transfer of power in Indonesia would buck a worrying trend in a region marred by flawed elections and military meddling. […]

Obama wants cooperation from balky GOP Congress

Obama wants cooperation from balky GOP Congress

As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have “gone off the rails” and urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote them out of office. The mixed messages aim to cast Obama as being above the fray […]

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 […]

White House defies Congressional subpoena

White House defies Congressional subpoena

The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday, setting up a potential new legal battle in this midterm election year. The White House argued that Obama adviser David Simas is immune from the “extraordinary demand” of being forced to […]

Obama wants subpoena of top aide quashed

Obama wants subpoena of top aide quashed

The White House asked the Republican chairman of a congressional committee on Monday to lift a subpoena against President Barack Obama’s political adviser, who has been called to testify on Wednesday about his office’s operations. Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee, last week subpoenaed Obama political adviser […]

White House seeks governors’ help on immigration mess

White House seeks governors’ help on immigration mess

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday as the Obama administration tried to get support from the leaders of states that will host thousands of the Central American children who have crossed the Mexican border on their own since Oct. 1. Governors of both parties expressed concerns […]

Obama’s roadshow didn’t help his troubled agenda

Obama’s roadshow didn’t help his troubled agenda

Welcome to Barack Obama’s split-screen presidency. On one side: a confident Obama making campaign-style stops around the country and ridiculing his political opponents to the delight of cheering supporters. On the other side: an increasingly unpopular president hobbled by gridlock on Capitol Hill and a steady stream of vexing foreign policy crises. Obama has long […]

Biden to governors: ‘Get out there and lead’

Biden to governors: ‘Get out there and lead’

Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation “out of this mess” while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country’s aging infrastructure. “The way things have gotten today, and I’m not singling out any party or […]

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