Rahm Emanuel

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 […]

Daley’s exit throws Chicago mayor’s race wide open

Daley’s exit throws Chicago mayor’s race wide open

Suddenly, the race for Chicago mayor is on. Mayor Richard M. Daley has thrown the competition for the city’s top job wide open by announcing he won’t run for a seventh term, ending 21 years of token opposition and prompting speculation about who’s next in line to lead the nation’s third largest city. Political observers […]

Obama’s traveling road show

Obama’s traveling road show

President Barack Obama had a simple task for his first morning on vacation: shoot over to a Martha’s Vineyard bookstore to fill out his daughters’ summer reading list and grab himself a novel. Easier said than done. His 20-vehicle motorcade passed through a cordon of police motorcycle officers, in a protective cocoon of Secret Service […]

White House failed to act to prevent Sherrod debacle

White House failed to act to prevent Sherrod debacle

As a racial firestorm erupted last month, the White House buzzed with questions and concerns about the forced ouster of a black Agriculture Department employee. But no one stepped in to stop Secretary Tom Vilsack from pressuring Shirley Sherrod to resign, a decision administration officials from President Barack Obama on down now say was a […]

Obama promises to help angry House Democrats

Obama promises to help angry House Democrats

Facing criticism from House Democrats, President Barack Obama promised their leaders Wednesday night that he’ll actively support their agenda and Democratic lawmakers as they head into tough midterm elections this fall, according to a congressional leadership aide. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer were among those in the Oval Office meeting. The […]

GOP support of BP: A godsend for Democrats?

GOP support of BP: A godsend for Democrats?

The White House is relishing what it sees as “a political gift” — GOP criticism of the administration for pushing BP for a $20 billion compensation fund — and warning of the danger if voters put big business-backing Republicans back in power. With people angry over government spending and corporate bailouts, Democrats face the possibility […]

White House admits using Clinton to pressure Sestak

White House admits using Clinton to pressure Sestak

Forced to disclose backstage political bargaining, President Barack Obama’s embarrassed White House acknowledged on Friday that it enlisted Bill Clinton to try to ease Rep. Joe Sestak out of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary with a job offer. The admission left many questions unanswered, however, and Republicans aren’t likely to let the issue rest. For Obama, the […]

Obama chooses politics over principle, forces White House Counsel out

Obama chooses politics over principle, forces White House Counsel out

President Barack Obama backtracked on yet another campaign promise for change by choosing political expediency over principle when he ignored his White House Counsel and forced him out so a political hack could take his place. Greg Craig, who served as Obama’s conscience and top lawyer for 11 months, resigned in late 2009 as part […]

Obama’s style: Take the long view

Obama’s style: Take the long view

Just back from a recent day trip to Georgia, President Barack Obama walked into the Oval Office and told his senior staff to get a grip. “We all rise and fall together,” he declared that afternoon, as Washington neared fever pitch over tensions on his team. Keep your eyes on the prize, Obama directed, not […]