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White House calls GOP debt limit extension offer ‘encouraging’

White House calls GOP debt limit extension offer ‘encouraging’

The White House says House Speaker John Boehner‘s proposal for a short-term deal to increase the nation’s borrowing limit is an “encouraging sign.” Spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama prefers a longer agreement to lift the debt ceiling and wants Republicans to pass a spending bill to reopen the federal government. But he did […]

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

The glitch-ridden rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law has opponents crowing: “Told you so!” and insisting it should be paused, if not scrapped. But others, including insurance companies, say there’s still enough time to fix the online enrollment system before uninsured Americans start getting coverage on Jan. 1. After emergency repairs over the […]

Laying groundwork for Syria strike

Laying groundwork for Syria strike

The Obama administration is laying the groundwork for potential military action in Syria in the coming days, with intelligence agencies readying additional evidence about last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack and high-ranking U.S. officials declaring there was “no doubt” that Bashar Assad‘s government was to blame. Administration officials also said Assad’s actions posed a direct […]

Supporters of spying on Americans claim disaster if program is halted

Supporters of spying on Americans claim disaster if program is halted

The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program warn that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack. With a high-stakes showdown vote looming in the House, White House press secretary Jay Carney issued an unusual, nighttime […]

Senior White House aides knew about IRS targeting

Senior White House aides knew about IRS targeting

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior advisers knew in late April that an impending report was likely to say the IRS had inappropriately targeted conservative groups, President Barack Obama’s spokesman disclosed Monday, expanding the circle of top officials who knew of the audit beyond those named earlier. But McDonough and the […]

Biden meeting with gun safety, victims groups

Biden meeting with gun safety, victims groups

Seeking to spur fresh action on gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting at the White House with victims groups and gun-safety organizations. Wednesday’s meeting is to be part of a series of gatherings Biden is conducting this week at the White House, aimed at building consensus around proposals to curb gun violence following […]

White House steps up pressure on curbing gun violence

White House steps up pressure on curbing gun violence

Facing an end-of-the-month deadline, the Obama administration is calling gun owner groups, victims’ organizations and representatives from the video-game industry to the White House this week for discussions on potential policy proposals for curbing gun violence. President Barack Obama has ordered an administration-wide task force to send him proposals by the end of January. The […]

Biden may be a screwup but he’s Obama’s boy

Biden may be a screwup but he’s Obama’s boy

Vice President Joe Biden‘s diarrhea of the mouth may keep him in hot water but President Barack Obama is sticking with his perennial screw-up and no plans to throw him out with the trash. Responding Thursday to a question on whether or not Obama might dump his veep from the tickets after another ground of […]

Ousted agent bragged about ‘checking out’ Sarah Palin

Ousted agent bragged about ‘checking out’ Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin says the joke’s on the ousted Secret Service supervisor who wrote on Facebook that he was “checking her out” while protecting the former Republican vice presidential candidate during the 2008 campaign. “Well, check this out, buddy — you’re fired!” Palin said Thursday in a Fox News interview. David Chaney, one of two supervisors […]

Secret Service agents’ lawyer claims ‘trial by mob’

Secret Service agents’ lawyer claims ‘trial by mob’

The attorney for some of the Secret Service agents under investigation in a scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip, said on Thursday a “trial by mob” was wrong. Lawrence Berger’s comments to Reuters in a telephone interview came after the Washington Post identified the two supervisors involved as David Randall […]