Barack Obama

Obama signs bills raising debt limit, restoring vet benefits

Obama signs bills raising debt limit, restoring vet benefits

President Barack Obama on Saturday signed separate measures into law to lift the federal debt limit and restore benefits that had been cut for younger military retirees. Obama signed the bills during a weekend golf vacation in Southern California. The debt limit measure allows the government to borrow money to pay its bills, such as […]

President tries to calm Dems’ fears over Obamacare

President tries to calm Dems’ fears over Obamacare

President Barack Obama sought on Friday to ease strains with his Democratic allies in the U.S. Congress, who are fearful they could face election consequences from the botched rollout of the president’s signature healthcare law known as “Obamacare.” Speaking to House of Representatives Democrats during their three-day retreat, Obama cited an increase in the number […]

Obama plans 18 Democratic fundraisers in 2014

Obama plans 18 Democratic fundraisers in 2014

President Barack Obama has committed to holding more than 18 fundraisers to help Democrats this year, putting the full force of his political brand behind his party’s efforts to gain seats in the House and prevent Republicans from snatching control of the Senate. The stepped-up commitment from the president stands in clear contrast to 2010, […]

Boehner’s retreat leads to new debt limit approval

Boehner’s retreat leads to new debt limit approval

It was once the backbone of the House Republican majority — the hard-line stand that brought President Barack Obama to the negotiating table and yielded more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction. On Tuesday, it abruptly vanished, the victim of Republican disunity and a president determined not to bargain again. During the summer budget negotiations […]

Big companies get ‘wiggle room’ on Obamacare

Big companies get ‘wiggle room’ on Obamacare

Big retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other companies with lots of low-wage and part-time workers are among the main beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s latest tweak to health care rules. Companies with 100 or more workers will be able to avoid the biggest of two potential employer penalties in the Affordable Care Act by offering […]

Another Obamacare concession: A fatal setback?

Another Obamacare concession: A fatal setback?

It may take weeks to render a verdict on the Obama administration’s latest health care concession to employers. But that could make a difference for Democrats battling to keep control of the Senate in the fall congressional elections. All-important details are buried in more than 200 pages of dense Treasury regulations released Monday. The biggest […]

In the end, Republicans helped unite Democrats

In the end, Republicans helped unite Democrats

Back in 1901, Finley Peter Dunne’s character Mr. Dooley said, “The Dimmycratic Party ain’t on speakin’ terms with itsilf.” Is that happening again now? You might think so, given the talk about a populist revolt on the left. But Democrats are in fact remarkably united on most issues. They agree on everything from increasing the […]

Democrats try positive spin on Obamacare, work hours

Democrats try positive spin on Obamacare, work hours

Democrats sought to turn the latest controversy over Obamacare and the economy into a positive political message on Sunday by casting an expected decline in American work hours as a boon to worker freedom and family values. In a new partisan tussle over election messaging that is likely to color this year’s congressional mid-term campaign, […]

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