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Obama to nominate first woman to head Federal Reserve

Obama to nominate first woman to head Federal Reserve

President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation’s central bank, the White House said Tuesday. Yellen would be the first woman to head the powerful Fed, taking over at a pivotal time for the economy and the banking industry. Both Yellen and Bernanke […]

Obama’s ‘slow boats to hell’ for suspected terrorists

Obama’s ‘slow boats to hell’ for suspected terrorists

Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA “black” sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning terrorists for as long as it takes aboard U.S. naval vessels. And it’s doing it in a way that preserves the government’s ability to ultimately prosecute the suspects in civilian courts. That’s the pattern emerging […]

The government shutdown without end enters second week

The government shutdown without end enters second week

The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure to boost borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama. Washington will be closely watching the financial markets […]

Obama would consider changing name of Washington Redskins

Obama would consider changing name of Washington Redskins

  President Barack Obama says he would “think about changing” the Washington Redskins‘ name if he owned the football team as he waded into the controversy involving a word that many consider offensive to Native Americans. Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, said team names such as the Redskins offend “a sizable group […]

Obama claims he expects Congress to raise debt ceiling

Obama claims he expects Congress to raise debt ceiling

President Barack Obama says he doesn’t expect Congress to breach the deadline to increase the nation’s borrowing limit. He says he’s willing to negotiate changes to his signature health care law and to find ways to reduce spending, but stresses he will not bargain until after Congress reopens the government and passed a new debt […]

Obama to meet with Congressional leaders

Obama to meet with Congressional leaders

President Barack Obama scrapped part of a long-planned trip to Asia and planned to meet with congressional leaders on Wednesday as a U.S. government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight. The impasse has raised questions about Washington’s ability to carry out its most essential duties. Though a short-term shutdown would do […]

Obamacare exchanges open amid government shutdown

Obamacare exchanges open amid government shutdown

For three years, the Obama administration has been preparing for this moment: the launch of new insurance exchanges, intended to expand health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But this is far from the grand opening that President Barack Obama may have expected. Instead, the exchanges are starting up just as most of the federal […]

Obama’s hardball stance: ‘Make my day’

Obama’s hardball stance: ‘Make my day’

This time, President Barack Obama says, he’s not budging. This is the confrontational Obama, the “Make my day” president, betting Republicans blink to avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation’s debts. It’s a proposition not without risk and one with a history of last-minute accommodations on both sides. Brinkmanship between Obama […]

Government shutdown won’t stop Obamacare

Government shutdown won’t stop Obamacare

Republicans pulling on the budget thread can’t neatly unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law. A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of the law in place and rolling along, according to former Democratic and Republican budget officials, as well as the Obama administration itself. Health care markets for the uninsured […]

White House in damage control mode over spying on Americans

White House in damage control mode over spying on Americans

Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation’s top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an unusual late-night […]