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Obama: Cheney got his facts wrong

President Barack Obama on Monday struck back at one of his toughest critics, saying former Vice President Dick Cheney was wrong when he criticized White House plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

"He also happens to be wrong. Last time, immediately after his speech, I think there was a fact check on his speech that didn't get a very good grade," Obama told NPR News.


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White House: Health care is economic problem

Fixing the economy requires overhauling the U.S. health care system, a White House report concludes — just the message the administration needs to help implement a sweeping new social welfare program during a recession.

The report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers says that health care costs — now about 18 percent of the gross domestic product — will rise to 34 percent in 30 years if left unchecked, wreaking havoc on the federal deficit, businesses and working Americans.


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A serious move towards open government?

President Obama, it seems, is more than just talking a good game about the need to cut down on the amount of excess government secrecy.

The day after he took office, Obama issued an executive order reversing a Bush administration directive encouraging agencies to err on the side of secrecy. Instead, he said, he wanted "a presumption in favor of openness."

He might have left it at that, knowing that over time the bureaucracies would revert to that protective iteration: When in doubt, stamp it secret.


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In the end, Obama couldn’t let GM fail

President Barack Obama couldn't let General Motors fail, but he won't concede he's taking over the company.

With a 60 percent equity stake in the carmaker and $50 billion in taxpayer money riding on GM's success, the federal government isn't exactly a hands-off investor.


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Geithner: Obama will reduce deficits

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sought to assure America's biggest creditors on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to attacking soaring budget deficits.

Facing skeptical students at China's prestigious Peking University, Geithner said that once the current recession and financial crisis are over, the administration will get America's fiscal deficit in order.


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Obama confirms plan for cyberspace czar

President Barack Obama said he will name a White House-level czar to coordinate government efforts to fight an epidemic of cybercrime, which even touched his presidential campaign.

"Cyberspace is real and so are the risks that come with it," said Obama in remarks Friday at the White House in which he discussed threats to the nation's digital infrastructure from organized crime, industrial spies and international espionage.


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Obama, Pentagon plan cyberspace war command

The Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, stepping up preparations by the armed forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare, the New York Times said on Friday.

The military command will complement a civilian effort President Barack Obama plans to announce on Friday that will overhaul the way the United States safeguards its computer networks, the newspaper said on its website.


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The two sides of Sonia Sotomayor

There are two sides to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor: a Latina from a blue-collar family and a wealthy member of America's power elite.

The White House portrays Sotomayor as a living image of the American dream, though its telling of the rags-to-riches story emphasizes the rags, a more politically appealing narrative, and plays down the riches.

Branding a complex person in a simplistic way can backfire in the highly charged environment surrounding her coming Senate hearing.


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Not much drama in Sotomayor confirmation

This town loves nothing so much as the prospect of a good battle over a Supreme Court nominee. Endless hours are devoted to speculation about the chances of Senate confirmation and every stone on the candidate's path through life will be turned over by the press, opposing forces and just plain acquaintances who want a moment in the spotlight.


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