Barack Obama

At least a month needed to fix healthcare.gov site

At least a month needed to fix healthcare.gov site

It should be working well by the end of November. That’s the Obama administration’s rough timetable for completing a long list of fixes to HealthCare.gov, the new, trouble-plagued website for uninsured Americans to get coverage. Summarizing a week’s worth of intensive diagnostics, the administration acknowledged Friday the site has dozens of complex problems and tapped […]

Obama to Dems: ‘We’ve got the better side’ of argument

Obama to Dems: ‘We’ve got the better side’ of argument

Regrouping with Democrats after a bitter budget fight, President Barack Obama on Friday cast the recent spending-and-debt standoff with Congress as “a symptom of a larger challenge” but one offering Democrats the chance to show voters the virtues of their vision for government ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. At the heart of the impasse […]

Both sides doubt a major budget deal can happen

Both sides doubt a major budget deal can happen

On this, GOP budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid can agree: There won’t be a “grand bargain” on the budget. Instead, the Wisconsin Republican and the Nevada Democrat both say the best Washington can do in this bitterly partisan era of divided government is a small-ball bargain that tries to […]

Iowa GOP moves to take party back from extremists

Iowa GOP moves to take party back from extremists

Fed up and ready to get off the sidelines, veteran Iowa Republicans are working to wrest control of the state GOP from the evangelicals, tea partyers and libertarians they blame for alienating longtime party loyalists. Led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, these Republicans want to grow the state party — one that ideological crusaders have […]

Forget grand plans: Just cut small, workable budget deal

Forget grand plans: Just cut small, workable budget deal

Forget a grand bargain. Reaching even a small budget deal will be a challenge when negotiators start meeting next week in an effort to salvage any kind of agreement in the aftermath of this month’s shutdown debacle and debt limit crisis. Long-standing, entrenched differences over taxes make a large-scale budget pact virtually impossible, according to […]

Democrats want to move Obamacare deadlines back

Democrats want to move Obamacare deadlines back

After uniting against Republican efforts earlier this month to delay President Barack Obama’s health care law, a growing number Democrats in Congress now want to extend the enrollment deadline, and one senator wants to delay the penalty for not complying. Six Senate Democrats up for re-election next year have proposed delaying the new March 31 […]

Spying on allies leads to mistrust of America

Spying on allies leads to mistrust of America

European leaders united in anger Thursday as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread U.S. spying on its allies — allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship. The latest revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency swept up more than 70 […]