White House

With Rahm gone, a change in tone at 1600 Pennsylvania

With Rahm gone, a change in tone at 1600 Pennsylvania

Reshaping the tone and tenor of the White House, President Barack Obama on Friday replaced the colorful and caustic Rahm Emanuel with the private Pete Rouse as his chief of staff, shifting to a new phase of his presidency with a drastically different aide as trusted gatekeeper. Emanuel’s decision to quit the White House and […]

Bye bye Rahm Emanuel, hello Pete Rouse

Bye bye Rahm Emanuel, hello Pete Rouse

President Barack Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. The job Emanuel wants now is mayor of Chicago, where his next fierce political fight awaits. What Emanuel leaves behind is more than a staff job. It […]

Obama to Democrats: Stop bitching and get to work

Obama to Democrats: Stop bitching and get to work

Buck up. Stop whining. And get to work. Clearly frustrated by Republicans‘ energy — and his own party’s lack of enthusiasm — President Barack Obama scolded fellow Democrats even as he rallied them Tuesday in an effort to save the party from big GOP gains in the crucial midterm elections. In the final month of […]

Republicans could be playing into Democrats’ hands

Republicans could be playing into Democrats’ hands

Being simply the “party of no” against President Barack Obama has worked well for Republicans all year, and they’re poised for big election gains. But now, after internal GOP debate and relentless White House goading, Republicans eager to show voters that they’re ready to govern and that they stand for something have rolled out a […]

Obama launches propaganda program to sell flawed health care ‘reform’

Obama launches propaganda program to sell flawed health care ‘reform’

With many Americans both confused and angry over the lack of any real “reform” in President Barack Obama‘s health care reform, the President is taking the blame. Not for the failing of the health care bill itself but for his failure to sell the program to the American people. So Obama is launching a new […]

Obama’s health care problem

Obama’s health care problem

President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they’d be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted “no.” Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law’s six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical […]

The auto bailout: Good idea or a blank check?

The auto bailout: Good idea or a blank check?

To hear President Barack Obama‘s account of the government’s rescue of General Motors and Chrysler, you might think the Bush administration handed the automakers a big blank check — billions of dollars in loans with no strings attached. Obama, defending his administration’s relations with the business community on Monday, said the White House knew the […]

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 […]

Congressional pork could doom Pentagon cost-cutting

Congressional pork could doom Pentagon cost-cutting

The Pentagon will unveil new rules later on Tuesday aimed at ending years of massive cost overruns on major weapons programs, but congressional efforts to protect home-district jobs may turn Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ cost-cutting drive into his toughest battle yet. Gates and chief weapons buyer Ashton Carter are due to announce the next steps […]