Barack Obama

New Supreme Court showdown over Obamacare

New Supreme Court showdown over Obamacare

President Barack Obama’s health care law is headed for a new Supreme Court showdown over companies’ religious objections to the law’s birth-control mandate. Amid the troubled rollout of the health law, and 17 months after the justices upheld it, the Obama administration is defending a provision that requires most employers that offer health insurance to […]

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

A month ago, in the aftermath of the government shutdown debacle, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats rode high in the polls and the Republicans looked like a party sinking into its own morass of political mistakes. That, as the often-used stereotype goes, was then and this is now. Just 30 days later, Obama […]

Obama claims he is ‘not a particularly ideological person’

Obama claims he is ‘not a particularly ideological person’

President Barack Obama, on a fundraising swing in Seattle on Sunday, described himself as “not a particularly ideological person” despite ongoing political clashes with Republicans over healthcare, the economy, and immigration reform. Fresh from a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, Obama started a western swing on Sunday that will include stops in California […]

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 […]