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Obama issues halfhearted apology to those losing health insurance

Obama issues halfhearted apology to those losing health insurance

A less-than-contrite President Barack Obama Thursday issued a halfhearted apology to millions of Americans who has lost health insurance after he assured them they would not under his healthcare “reform” plan. Obama repeatedly claimed any American with insurance could keep their plan. Now he is claiming he will find fixes that “might” allow people to […]

Senate Dems unload on Obama over healthcare.gov woes

Senate Dems unload on Obama over healthcare.gov woes

President Barack Obama met on Wednesday with frustrated Senate Democrats, some of whom fear the disastrous rollout of his signature healthcare law could complicate their already difficult re-election fights in 2014. The Obama administration has faced intense criticism since hundreds of thousands of people had their health insurance policies canceled because the plans do not […]

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Insiders say it is hard for the President to accept, but Barack Obama’s personal appeal and public approval ratings aren’t what they once were. In his first term, Obama’s personal favorability ratings gave him protection from the economic recession, bruising confrontations with Congressional Republicans and re-election prospects that seemed questionable until Republicans put up a […]

White House uses Twitter to spin issues

White House uses Twitter to spin issues

Besieged by unflattering stories about the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare program, the White House saw a news report that it wanted to swiftly knock down. It was from NBC, which said that Obama had overpromised when he said Americans who liked their insurance could keep it, and that the president knew that many […]

Obama orders NSA to stop spying on World Bank, IMF

Obama orders NSA to stop spying on World Bank, IMF

President Barack Obama has ordered the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank as part of a review of intelligence gathering activities, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter. The order is the latest move by the White House to demonstrate that it […]

Obama lowers expectations for health care enrollments

Obama lowers expectations for health care enrollments

The Obama administration is trying to lower expectations for strong initial enrollments under the president’s historic expansion of health coverage for the medically uninsured. Facing ongoing problems with the enrollment website, Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner told Congress on Tuesday that “we expect the initial numbers to be small.” An internal memo obtained by The Associated […]

White House admits need to crack down on NSA spying

White House admits need to crack down on NSA spying

The White House said on Monday that some constraints are needed in U.S. surveillance practices in the wake of embarrassing revelations about the sweeping nature of U.S. spying. The comment came a week after President Barack Obama drew heavy criticism over accusations that the National Security Agency had tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor […]

Obama knew NSA was spying on German chancellor

Obama knew NSA was spying on German chancellor

President Barack Obama was personally informed of mobile phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday. Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted US intelligence sources as saying that National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander had briefed Obama on the operation against Merkel in 2010. “Obama […]

High court review of Obama’s surveillance law coming?

High court review of Obama’s surveillance law coming?

The Justice Department says for the first time that it intends to use information gained from one of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs against an accused terrorist, setting the stage for a likely Supreme Court test of the Obama administration’s approach to national security. The high court so far has turned aside challenges […]