Barack Obama

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration’s showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions […]

Merci! France unhappy with American NSA snooping

Merci!  France unhappy with American NSA snooping

The sweep and scope of National Security Agency snooping abroad forced President Barack Obama once again to hear complaints from a U.S. ally angry about the surveillance net that has sparked an international debate over the limits of American spying. France is the latest in a growing list of nations — Germany, Brazil and Mexico […]

Ohio board hands President a major victory for Obamacare

Ohio board hands President a major victory for Obamacare

An Ohio legislative panel on Monday voted in favor of the state expanding its Medicaid program for the poor, in a victory for President Barack Obama’s signature federal health reform law. The decision permits Governor John Kasich, a Republican who otherwise opposes the reform law known as the Affordable Care Act, to bypass the state’s […]

Obama: ‘There’s no sugar coating’ health care rollout problems

Obama: ‘There’s no sugar coating’ health care rollout problems

President Barack Obama on Monday said there was “no excuse” for the cascade of computer problems that have marred the rollout of key elements in his health care law, but declared he was confident the administration would be able to fix the issues. “There’s no sugarcoating it,” Obama said. “Nobody is more frustrated than I […]

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

The partial government shutdown has ended but that doesn’t mean anyone has a solid idea for dodging a potential sequel. The legislative stalemate was resolved last week, but a possible repeat could loom on the horizon. Lawmakers approved a budget that keeps the lights on through Jan. 15 and lets the Treasury Department continue to […]

Obama expected to acknowledge problems with Obamacare rollout

Obama expected to acknowledge problems with Obamacare rollout

President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law’s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the glitches. Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first health care-focused event since the cascade of computer problems became apparent. The troublesome rollout of the health […]

AP boss: Obama’s actions threaten freedom of the press

AP boss: Obama’s actions threaten freedom of the press

Governments that try to force citizens to decide between a free press and national security create a “false choice” that weakens democracy, and journalists must fight increasing government overreach that has had a chilling effect on efforts to hold leaders accountable, the president and CEO of The Associated Press said. Gary Pruitt told the 69th […]

Obamacare rollout pretty much of a error-prone debacle

Obamacare rollout pretty much of a error-prone debacle

Last week, President Barack Obama gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not having the health care website ready to operate on Day […]