Barack Obama

With filibuster handcuffed, Senate Dems ready to push Obama nominees

With filibuster handcuffed, Senate Dems ready to push Obama nominees

Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate’s minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama’s nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs. Despite last month’s Democratic power play, Senate Republicans retain the power to slow, though not derail, Obama’s appointments. Left unchanged were other rules that the out-of-power […]

A few consumer tips for the Obamacare web site

A few consumer tips for the Obamacare web site

It doesn’t rival Amazon and Travelocity, but President Barack Obama’s much-maligned health insurance website finally seems to be working reasonably well most of the time. Still, consumers are well-advised to verify, not just trust. More than 3.7 million people visited HealthCare.gov this week — and it didn’t crash, administration spokeswoman Julie Bataille deadpanned Friday on […]

Republicans, Democrats work on backup defense policy bill

Republicans, Democrats work on backup defense policy bill

Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress’ military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year’s end. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith of […]

With hopes for a grand budget deal long gone, the bickering continues

With hopes for a grand budget deal long gone, the bickering continues

With hopes of a “grand bargain” long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs. But the going is getting rougher. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she would withhold support from any compromise […]

White House lied about President not meeting wayward uncle

White House lied about President not meeting wayward uncle

When the White House earlier claimed President Barack Obama had never met his Kenyan-born half uncle Onyango Obama, it lied. Now White House spokesman Jay Carney says the President not only met the uncle who faced deportation but actually lived with him for a while The 69-year-old, Kenyan-born half-brother of Obama’s estranged father was granted […]

Obama: Time for government to triple use of renewable power

Obama: Time for government to triple use of renewable power

Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020. Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic […]

Republicans return to familiar criticisms of Obamacare

Republicans return to familiar criticisms of Obamacare

With the Obamacare website performing better, congressional Republicans on Wednesday returned to their broader attack on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, warning that it would harm the quality of medical care and drive up costs. They used hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to highlight what they say are flaws in the 2010 Affordable […]

No iPhone for President Obama

No iPhone for President Obama

The troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry still has at least one very loyal customer: U.S. President Barack Obama. At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote his landmark healthcare law, Obama said he is not allowed to have Apple’s smart phone, the iPhone, for “security reasons,” though he still uses Apple’s tablet computer, the […]

Can Obama build growth by building trade?

Can Obama build growth by building trade?

The Obama administration has quietly embraced the most ambitious agenda on trade and investment liberalization in the past two decades. The United States is currently juggling no fewer than five high-level trade negotiations: free trade talks with the European Union; the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks with a dozen Asia-Pacific countries; a new Information Technology Agreement […]