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Obama’s double whammy: High debt, low jobs

Obama’s double whammy: High debt, low jobs

Immersed in an intense struggle to cut the national debt, President Barack Obama faces a dilemma that will stay with him even if he succeeds in striking a grand deal with Congress: convincing Americans that the entire effort will do anything to create desperately needed jobs. Obama ties deficit reduction to jobs, on the basis […]

Obama plans Afghan troop cuts

Obama plans Afghan troop cuts

Facing a war-weary public, President Barack Obama is expected to call for a major withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan Wednesday night, with roughly 10,000 coming home to the U.S. in less than a year. The phased drawdown is likely to start with 5,000 troops recalled this summer and an additional 5,000 by winter or […]

Is Obama up to a new state of the union?

Is Obama up to a new state of the union?

His poll numbers are on the rise after a tough year, he has recaptured some of his old oratorical magic and a few pundits are even debating whether he’s becoming the new “comeback kid.” But the stakes will be high on Tuesday when President Barack Obama tries to convince Americans he has a plan to […]

White House needs to do more to prevent future oil spills

White House needs to do more to prevent future oil spills

A presidential panel investigating the Gulf oil spill says that the oil industry, Congress and the Obama administration need to do more to reduce the chances of another large-scale disaster. That’s the primary conclusion of the independent panel assembled by President Barack Obama, which released its final report Tuesday. The commission recommends increasing budgets and […]

Obama claims job growth as adminisration success

Obama claims job growth as adminisration success

President Barack Obama is trumpeting private-sector job growth and lower unemployment, telling the public that “the trend is clear” on the economy — and it’s encouraging. The president used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to discuss the latest economic news and press for bipartisan action in the newly divided Congress on measures to […]

Timing of firing of Navy captain over video raises questions

Timing of firing of Navy captain over video raises questions

The Navy brusquely fired the captain of the USS Enterprise on Tuesday, more than three years after he made lewd videos to boost morale for his crew, timing that put the military under pressure to explain why it acted only after the videos became public. Senior military officials said they were trying to determine who […]

Volcker ending term on Obama’s economic planel

Volcker ending term on Obama’s economic planel

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is ending his term as chairman of President Barack Obama‘s economic advisory panel next month, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Volcker is a highly regarded voice on financial policy and has been an occasional outside counselor to the White House both as head of the recovery […]

Gibbs out as White House spokesman

Gibbs out as White House spokesman

Robert Gibbs, the feisty press secretary whose job as President Barack Obama‘s chief spokesman and confidant has given him an outsized presence at the White House, announced Wednesday he was quitting for the less demanding, more lucrative role of giving paid speeches and advising the president from the outside world. In a rapidly unfolding makeover, […]

Obama still vague on Gitmo’s future

Obama still vague on Gitmo’s future

Basking in a series of end-of-the-year victories, President Barack Obama is showing no interest in discussing one of his biggest unmet promises: the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison. The White House has acknowledged it is working on an executive order that would set up a legal process for detainees who are being held there […]