Presidency of Barack Obama

Did lame duck session breathe new life into a lackluster Congress?

Did lame duck session breathe new life into a lackluster Congress?

In the middle of a House debate, Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky handed the woman in charge of the rules a paper bag. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., peered inside, saw the bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon and laughed. Indeed, a shot of something strong might help make sense of a prolific Congress that seemed […]

Michele’s White House is no ‘Camelot’

Michele’s White House is no ‘Camelot’

She has glamorized kitchen gardening, spotlighted childhood obesity and invited thousands of students, many of them minorities, to official White House events. Expectations were high for a different kind of first lady, and in many ways Michelle Obama has lived up to them, maintaining the kind of high public profile that was widely anticipated when […]

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 […]

No decision yet on new homeowner tax credit

No decision yet on new homeowner tax credit

The Obama administration has not decided whether it should resurrect a popular tax credit for first-time homebuyers, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said on Sunday. “It’s too early to say whether the tax credit will be revived,” Donovan said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. He said the administration […]

Feds drop ball on Medicare fraud cases

Feds drop ball on Medicare fraud cases

They don’t seem that interested in hot pursuit. It took private sleuths hired by Medicare an average of six months last year to refer fraud cases to law enforcement. According to congressional investigators, the exact average was 178 days. By that time, many cases go cold, making it difficult to catch perpetrators, much less recover […]

Feds fudged on mortgage bailout failure numbers

Feds fudged on mortgage bailout failure numbers

The Obama administration on Friday acknowledged it had underestimated the number of homeowners who fell seriously behind on their mortgage payments even after getting government help. Treasury officials blamed the error on mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae, which acts as the program administrator for President Barack Obama’s $50 billion Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The […]

Can Obama restore consumer confidence in economy?

Can Obama restore consumer confidence in economy?

A day after consumer concerns about the economy sent stocks sliding, President Barack Obama is trying to assure the American people that the economic recovery is headed in the right direction. Obama is visiting Wisconsin on Wednesday to speak about the economy in Racine before taking questions in a town hall meeting. The president is […]

Dick Cheney hospitalized

Dick Cheney hospitalized

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was admitted to the hospital Friday after experiencing discomfort, the latest health scare for the 69-year-old Republican leader who has a long history of heart disease. Cheney was expected to remain at George Washington University Hospital over the weekend, said spokesman Peter Long. It was not immediately clear whether Cheney’s […]

Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Congress’ final tinkering with Wall Street overhaul this month offers lobbyists a last-ditch shot to reshape the package on behalf of clients with billions at stake. Even as the legislation gets tougher on banks by the week, agents of influence are hardly strangers on Capitol Hill. Many once worked for the lawmakers they’re lobbying. Rep. […]

Angry Obama on oil spill: ‘Plug the damn hole’

Angry Obama on oil spill: ‘Plug the damn hole’

An obviously angry President Barack Obama, meeting with senior government officials, had one view on the 36-day old oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is becoming a monumental disaster not only for the environment and his administration. “Plug the damn hole,” he told the meeting. “Just get it done.” The spill from a […]