Obama administration

Welfare debate: Deja vu all over again?

Welfare debate:  Deja vu all over again?

Welfare is causing a ruckus in the presidential campaign. But the program is a shadow of its old self from the 1970s, when Ronald Reagan used the image of “welfare queens” to assail government poverty programs promoted by liberals. Nowadays government cash assistance to the poor is mainly conditioned on work. And the Obama administration […]

White House chief of staff claims Obama administration is ‘most transparent’ in history

White House chief of staff claims Obama administration is ‘most transparent’ in history

According to White House chief of staff Jack Lew, the Obama White House is the “most transparent” in history. The facts, however, don’t support Lew’s claim. The Obama administration has used executive orders, claimed executive privilege and conducted secret investigations of Americans more often than several previous Presidents.  In addition, the White House has launched […]

Somebody needs to foreclose on the government’s foreclosure program

Somebody needs to foreclose on the government’s foreclosure program

The Obama administration‘s central foreclosure-prevention effort won’t reach its original goals and the government should come up with clear, measurable objectives for the two-year-old program, according to a new report from a congressional watchdog. Because the Treasury Department has failed to properly analyze the program it runs, it is nearly impossible for overseers and the […]

Is a deal near on taxes? That depends…

Is a deal near on taxes? That depends…

An outline of a bipartisan economic package is emerging that would temporarily extend the Bush-era tax rates for all taxpayers, while extending jobless benefits for millions of Americans. Differences remained over details, including White House demands for middle- and low-income tax credits. But Republicans and Democrats appeared to come together Sunday, raising the possibility of […]

White House tries to contain damage from WikiLeaks

White House tries to contain damage from WikiLeaks

The Obama administration moved forcefully Monday to contain damage from the release of more than a quarter-million classified diplomatic files, branding the action as an attack on the United States and raising the prospect of legal action against online whistle-blower WikiLeaks. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that WikiLeaks acted illegally in posting the […]

Supreme Court rejects request to lift military gay ban

Supreme Court rejects request to lift military gay ban

The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request to lift the Pentagon’s ban that prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military, a decision that turns the focus on the issue to Congress when lawmakers return to work next week. President Barack Obama has pledged to end the “don’t ask, don’t […]

Task force warns Obama over high cost of Aghan war

Task force warns Obama over high cost of Aghan war

An independent task force cautioned President Barack Obama on Friday about the high cost of the Afghanistan war and said he should consider a narrow military mission if his December review finds the current strategy is not working. The 25-member task force, led by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and former national security […]

Road to health care reform riddled with potholes, detours

Road to health care reform riddled with potholes, detours

The road to health care reform in this country is a rocky one that takes many wrong turns and leaves many Americans wondering if they are better or worse off than before President Barack Obama “reformed” insurance for medical care in this country. From The New York Times: Consider what it would be like to […]

Obama faces voter anger, disappointment

Obama faces voter anger, disappointment

President Barack Obama on Monday said times were still tough for many Americans, as he defended his policies during aggressive questioning after the worst U.S. recession since the 1930s was declared over. As audience members at a townhall-style meeting voiced exasperation and disappointment at his administration, and one woman said she was “exhausted” from defending […]

Midterms will define Obama’s presidency

Midterms will define Obama’s presidency

The congressional election in November will define President Barack Obama’s next two years in office as Republicans look likely to pick up seats and put their stamp on issues ranging from the huge budget deficit to economic recovery and immigration. Reuters correspondents will interview an influential line-up of newsmakers at next week’s Reuters Washington Summit […]