Barack Obama

Snowden: ‘Mission’s already accomplished’

Snowden: ‘Mission’s already accomplished’

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said his “mission’s already accomplished” after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of U.S. surveillance policies Snowden told The Washington Post in an interview published online Monday night that he was satisfied because journalists have been able to tell the story of the government’s collection of bulk […]

Obamacare deadline pushed back another day

Obamacare deadline pushed back another day

As Americans scrambled to beat a deadline to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the White House gave most consumers an extra day, until Tuesday, to obtain coverage that starts January 1. The last-minute move by the Obama administration to accommodate high demand came as it reported record traffic on HealthCare.gov, […]

Manchin: Obamacare may suffer ‘complete meltdown’

Manchin: Obamacare may suffer ‘complete meltdown’

President Barack Obama’s healthcare law could have a “meltdown” and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people […]

The rebranding of Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

The rebranding of Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

Last summer, White House officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its October 1 rollout. So the administration, […]

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Has the fifth year of his presidency been its worst? President Barack Obama laughs off such questions even as he acknowledges many months of frustrating ups and down. “That’s not how I think about it,” Obama told reporters during his annual end-of-the year news conference. Instead of brooding about tumbling approval ratings, the disastrous rollout […]

Obama drops block to secret court ruling on NSA

Obama drops block to secret court ruling on NSA

The Obama administration has dropped its objection to the publication of a secret court opinion on the law that authorizes the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records. The Justice Department told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in a filing Friday that the department won’t object if the court decides to […]

White House spy panel: ‘Replace duplicate panel’

White House spy panel: ‘Replace duplicate panel’

For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. They have functioned separately — with different experts and private and public hearings — but with almost the same mandate. So it was at least […]

NSA debate shifts in favor of limits on spying

NSA debate shifts in favor of limits on spying

In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency’s expansive spying powers at home and abroad. It’s happened suddenly, over a span of just three days. First, a federal judge ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone […]

New options for those with canceled health insurance

New options for those with canceled health insurance

People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a “temporary hardship exemption” […]