Barack Obama

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 […]

News media to Obama: ‘Give us more access’

News media to Obama:  ‘Give us more access’

Dozens of leading news organizations are protesting to the White House against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. At the same time, two press groups urged their members to stop using official photos and video handed out by the White House, dismissing them as […]

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

By limiting the ability of Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominees, Senate Democrats sought to placate the party’s core liberal activists dispirited by the troubled rollout of the health care overhaul and government snooping ahead of midterm elections in which a president’s party typically loses seats in Congress. Republicans insist that the move engineered […]

Can Obama ever keep his promise to close Gitmo?

Can Obama ever keep his promise to close Gitmo?

Twelve years ago this month, President George W. Bush issued an order authorizing the U.S. military to detain non-U.S. citizen “international terrorists” indefinitely, and try some of them in military commissions. Within two months, those seized in the “war on terror” following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan were being sent to Guantanamo Bay. A dozen […]

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate’s hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future. Majority Leader Harry Reid, who orchestrated the change, called the 52-48 vote a blow against […]

GOP gorvernors work to restore credibility of their party

GOP gorvernors work to restore credibility of their party

Tired of being cast as members of the “party of no,” Republican governors facing re-election next year are emphasizing their work to steer their states through tough economic times and trying to avoid the stigma of Washington gridlock. To that end, the 2014 elections could serve as a test case for the public’s appetite for […]

Oregon health exchange doesn’t work, has no subscribers

Oregon health exchange doesn’t work, has no subscribers

Oregon, a state that fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, is enduring one of the rockiest rollouts of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, with an inoperative online exchange that has yet to enroll a single subscriber, requiring thousands to apply on paper instead. Unlike most other states, Oregon set an ambitious course to make […]

Cyber experts: ‘Shut down insecure Obamacare web site now’

Cyber experts: ‘Shut down insecure Obamacare web site now’

President Barack Obama’s HealthCare.gov site is riddled with security flaws that put user data of millions of people at risk and it should be shut down until fixed, several technology experts warned lawmakers on Tuesday. The testimony at a congressional hearing could increase concerns among many Americans about Obama’s healthcare overhaul, popularly known as Obamacare. […]