Barack Obama

For Obama, a mixture of fundraising and immigration

For Obama, a mixture of fundraising and immigration

President Barack Obama is blending an aggressive fundraising schedule for Democrats with a pitch for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, mixing a powerful issue within his party with the inevitable financial draw of an incumbent president. Obama’s first event Monday is a stop at a San Francisco recreation center that serves a primarily Chinese community. […]

Contractor hired without bids for HealthCare.gov web site

Contractor hired without bids for HealthCare.gov web site

Caught flat-footed by the challenges of building the financial-management and accounting parts of the U.S. government’s new online marketplace for health insurance, officials rushed to hire a familiar contractor without seeking competing bids, according to government procurement documents reviewed by Reuters. The documents dated in August – less than two months before the opening of […]

Secret talks led to historical deal limiting Iran’s nukes

Secret talks led to historical deal limiting Iran’s nukes

The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran’s nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned. The discussions were kept […]

Obama, amid record disapproval, claims economic surge

Obama, amid record disapproval, claims economic surge

Barack Obama, amid the lowest poll numbers of his presidency and a barrage of bad headlines, accentuated the positive on Saturday, telling Americans that the US economy is headed “in the right direction.” “Over the past couple months, most of the political headlines you’ve read have probably been about the government shutdown and the launch […]

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ended the filibuster for district and appeals court nominees and executive branch appointments, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster goes away for Supreme Court nominations and legislation as well. Reid’s decision has been a long time coming: One of his predecessors, Republican Bill Frist, […]

Can new round of fixes save Obamacare’s web site?

Can new round of fixes save Obamacare’s web site?

The Obama administration announced a flurry of fixes to its troubled HealthCare.gov website on Friday that officials said would soon double its current capacity, a crucial step toward getting the system working by a November 30 deadline. It also pushed back a deadline for people to enroll in insurance plans for 2014 under President Barack […]

Finally, some good news on Obamacare’s web site?

Finally, some good news on Obamacare’s web site?

There won’t be a magic moment, but the Obama administration‘s much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers, officials asserted Friday. A combination of software fixes, design changes, added hardware and newly announced wiggle room should provide the right combination to finally deliver a workable website, White House […]

White House to Dems: ‘Focus on economy, not healthcare’

White House to Dems: ‘Focus on economy, not healthcare’

Eager to draw contrasts with Republicans, the White House is pushing its economic agenda as it attempts to give Democrats something to talk about other than the troubled health care rollout. The White House is deploying Vice President Joe Biden and Cabinet members across the country, drawing attention to improvements in the still sluggish economic […]

Media blasts White House for blocking, filtering news

Media blasts White House for blocking, filtering news

Reporters and photographers Thursday accused the White House of deliberately blocking their access to President Barack Obama and of substituting its own “visual press releases” for independent news coverage. In a letter to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) and other news organizations said the practice belied the administration’s claims […]