Barack Obama

Reactions to shootings

Reactions to shootings

Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot and gravely wounded on Saturday by a man who opened fire at a meeting she was holding in Arizona. President Barack Obama, her colleagues and associates were stunned by the attack, which killed at least five people and left several others wounded. Following is reaction to the shooting spree: PRESIDENT […]

Now even Michele Bachman is talking about a White House run

Now even Michele Bachman is talking about a White House run

Add U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to the list of potential Republican presidential hopefuls, as the tea party favorite plans a trip later this month to the early caucus state of Iowa — and creates possible complications for fellow Minnesotan and maybe-candidate Tim Pawlenty. “Nothing’s off the table for her,” Andy Parrish, Bachmann’s chief of staff, […]

Health care repeal could deepen govenment red ink

Health care repeal could deepen govenment red ink

Repealing President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul would add billions to government red ink and leave millions without coverage, Congress’ nonpartisan budget referees said Thursday ahead of a politically charged vote in the House. House Speaker John Boehner brushed off the Congressional Budget Office analysis as emboldened Republicans, now in the majority in the […]

Debt limit already a hot-button issue for GOP

Debt limit already a hot-button issue for GOP

In power scarcely a day, House Republicans bluntly told the White House on Thursday its request to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit will require federal spending cuts to win their approval, laying down an early marker in a new era of divided government. Speaker John Boehner made the challenge as the new GOP […]

Meet the new boss, not the same as the old boss

Meet the new boss, not the same as the old boss

Overhauling his team at the top, President Barack Obama on Thursday named banker and seasoned political fighter William Daley as his new chief of staff, hoping to rejuvenate both a White House storming into re-election mode and an economy still gasping for help. The choice of Daley immediately brought howls of protest from the left […]

Reading the Constitution: Education or futility?

Reading the Constitution: Education or futility?

Republicans and Democrats took turns politely in a historic recitation of the Constitution from the House floor Thursday, but the decorum hardly meant they were in agreement. In a nod to the tea partiers who put the Republicans in power, GOP lawmakers took time out from their campaign to change the way government works to […]

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 […]

Republicans already breaking their promises

Republicans already breaking their promises

Republicans have already violated some of the vows they made in taking stewardship of the House. Their pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget in one year won’t be kept. And for a coming vote seeking to repeal the health care overhaul, the first major initiative of the new Congress, lawmakers won’t be allowed […]

Another 1,400 troops headed for Afghanistan

Another 1,400 troops headed for Afghanistan

The United States plans to send 1,400 additional Marines to Afghanistan to boost its combat forces ahead of the spring fighting season, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The United States, which led a 2001 invasion of Afghanistan that toppled the Taliban, has about 100,000 troops in the country, and President Barack Obama is […]

Republicans ready for showdown with more glitter than reality

Republicans ready for showdown with more glitter than reality

Spouting more philosoply than reality, House Republicans brag they are ready for a fight with President Barack Obama over health care and other issues but hill watchers admit the GOP posturing is more grandstanding than anything else. “It’s new energy,” incoming House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on the eve of his swearing-in. The oath-taking […]