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Roberts to White House, Congress: ‘Restore our funding!’

Roberts to White House, Congress: ‘Restore our funding!’

Congress and the White House need to restore funding to the nation’s federal courts to keep from undermining “the public’s confidence in all three branches of government,” Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday in his year-end report. Roberts has made similar calls for more money in the past. “I would like to choose a fresher […]

NSA debate shifts in favor of limits on spying

NSA debate shifts in favor of limits on spying

In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency’s expansive spying powers at home and abroad. It’s happened suddenly, over a span of just three days. First, a federal judge ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone […]

Muted reaction in White House over budget deal

Muted reaction in White House over budget deal

There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama’s second term. Instead, the modest agreement that passed Wednesday served as a stark year-end reminder of how low expectations for Washington sank in 2013, particularly for […]

White House panel proposes curbs on NSA spying

White House panel proposes curbs on NSA spying

A White House-appointed panel on Wednesday proposed curbs on some key National Security Agency surveillance operations, recommending limits on a program to collect records of billions of telephone calls and new tests before Washington spies on foreign leaders. Among the panel’s proposals, made in the wake of revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the […]

White House claims HealthCare.gov website is on track

White House claims HealthCare.gov website is on track

The Obama administration says it will meet its self-imposed deadline of fixing the troubled health care website so that 50,000 people can log in at the same time starting late Saturday. Yet questions remain about the stability of the site, the volume of traffic it can handle and the quality of the data it is […]

White House to Dems: ‘Focus on economy, not healthcare’

White House to Dems: ‘Focus on economy, not healthcare’

Eager to draw contrasts with Republicans, the White House is pushing its economic agenda as it attempts to give Democrats something to talk about other than the troubled health care rollout. The White House is deploying Vice President Joe Biden and Cabinet members across the country, drawing attention to improvements in the still sluggish economic […]

News media to Obama: ‘Give us more access’

News media to Obama:  ‘Give us more access’

Dozens of leading news organizations are protesting to the White House against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. At the same time, two press groups urged their members to stop using official photos and video handed out by the White House, dismissing them as […]

Experts: Fixing HealthCare.gov will take time, cost a lot

Experts: Fixing HealthCare.gov will take time, cost a lot

Technology experts say healing what ails the Healthcare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges. “It’s going to cost a lot of tax dollars to get this done,” says Bill Curtis, senior vice president and chief scientist at CAST, a French software analysis company with offices in the U.S. Curtis says […]

Democratic establishment set to back Hillary for President

Democratic establishment set to back Hillary for President

As Hillary Rodham Clinton privately weighs a second White House run, pieces of the Democratic establishment are beginning to fall into place publicly to help her possible candidacy. Several super political action committees are collectively acting as an early de facto campaign organization to ensure Clinton is ready to compete vigorously if she decides to […]