Administration officials began talking privately to major players in the health care industry within a few weeks of President Barack Obama's inauguration, a newly released list of White House visitors shows.
Obama on Wednesday night released the list of visits by health care executives after a government watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, announced it planned to sue to try to get White House visitor logs. Only names and dates were released, not the visitors' titles or employers.
In cutting deals with hospitals and drug makers, President Barack Obama is giving a private inside track to special interests that's at odds with his promise to make policy in the open.
Obama promised Americans he would hold special interests at arm's length — that it would no longer be business as usual in Washington. He pledged to open government and let the public and press hold his administration accountable.
Despite occasional talk of pragmatism -- of simply doing what works and is necessary -- the Obama administration has veered to the far left with a hang-the-expenses, collectivist agenda that will turn our society upside down while likely wrecking its economy, and here comes the big question.
Is America going to say yes?
Six months into his historic presidency, Americans are beginning to show the first real signs of doubt that President Barack Obama can deliver on his promise of change.
A new poll out Monday suggested that amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, rising unemployment, and a ballooning deficit, the honeymoon could be waning for Obama.
And the president's determination to push through a radical reform of the creaking US healthcare system could come to define the success or failure of his fledgling presidency.
President Barack Obama used to command sky-high approval ratings from Americans in the polls.
The President's job approval rating is down to 55 percent -- below the two-thirds popularity enjoyed by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush at the end of their first six months in office.
Both Carter and the elder Bush were one-term Presidents.
Obama's inability to deal effectively with the many problems affecting the nation, along with growing dissatisfaction not only among rank-and-file Americans but also within his own party, signals trouble for the young, inexperienced President.
The White House is being forced to acknowledge the wide gap between its once-upbeat predictions about the economy and today's bleak landscape.
The administration's annual midsummer budget update is sure to show higher deficits and unemployment and slower growth than projected in President Barack Obama's budget in February and update in May, and that could complicate his efforts to get his signature health care and global-warming proposals through Congress.
The Obama administration is considering creating a special unit of professional interrogators to handle key terror suspects, focusing on intelligence-gathering rather than building criminal cases for prosecution, a government official said Saturday.
The recommendation is expected from a presidential task force on interrogation methods that plans to send some findings to the White House on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama's rosy facade is cracking under the harsh light of reality as the young, inexperienced President's optimism faces an increasing storm of record deficits, economic morass and failed promises.
Obama's hope for a quick resolution on health care remains on life support while the sins of past President George W. Bush take center stage amid new revelations of expanding spy programs and CIA lies to Congress.Read More
House Democrats are moving ahead with sweeping health care legislation as President Barack Obama prods a Senate committee chairman to take faster action on a companion measure.
Moving forcefully on his top domestic priority, Obama told Sen. Max Baucus he wants legislation ready by week's end in the Finance Committee that Baucus chairs, according to numerous Democratic officials.
These officials said Obama made his wishes known directly to Baucus, D-Mont., at a White House meeting Monday attended by administration officials and senior Democratic lawmakers.
Independent voters are taking a second look at President Barack Obama and they don't like what they see.
Obama's popularity among Americans now stands at 56 percent -- his lowest since taking office -- and some predict the President's job approval rating could fall below 50 percent by Labor Day -- a monumental slide for the young leader.Read More