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Clinton has big edge for '16 over most Republicans, but not Christie

Ohio has long been a crucial state in presidential elections, and at the moment, Hillary Clinton looks like a big winner over most Republicans if she seeks the White House in 2016, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. But then there's Chris Christie. | 11/27/13 07:59:08 By - David Lightman

Obama’s Justice Department asks court to keep key spy opinion secret

The Obama administration should be permitted to keep a legal opinion secret that allows the FBI to obtain certain telephone records without any formal legal process, a Justice Department lawyer told a U.S. appeals court Tuesday. | 11/27/13 07:32:18 By - By Marisa Taylor

Rice travels to Afghanistan

National Security Adviser Susan Rice has traveled to Afghanistan as part of her first solo overseas trip as national security adviser. | 11/26/13 06:38:52 By - Anita Kumar

Obama responds to heckler on immigration

Barack Obama was in San Francisco to talk about immigration | 11/26/13 06:38:52 By - Anita Kumar

Obama hails Geneva accord as first in decade to roll back Iran’s nuclear program

Iran and six world powers announced early Sunday that they had reached an interim agreement that would for the first time roll back portions of Iran’s nuclear program. In return, some economic sanctions against Iran would be eased. | 11/25/13 12:36:20 By - By John Zarocostas, Jonathan S. Landay and Anita Kumar

Most state insurance exchanges ward off woes of HealthCare.gov

With millions of dollars in federal funding, a more harmonious political environment and the benefit of early planning, most of the state-run health insurance marketplaces are outperforming the clunky, glitch-prone federal website that serves the other 36 states. | 11/25/13 07:11:17 By - By Tony Pugh, Barbara Anderson and Brad Shannon

States divided on Obama’s plan to allow insurance policy renewals

Across the nation, states are still deciding whether to allow insurers to extend or renew canceled health insurance policies through 2014, as President Barack Obama requested last week. | 11/25/13 07:10:54 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama’s overhaul of spy programs cloaked in more secrecy

President Barack Obama has faced withering criticism around the globe for his secret spying programs. How has he responded? With more secrecy. | 11/25/13 06:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar

President Obama Delivers A Statement On Iran

Remarks As Prepared for Delivery by President Barack Obama - First Step Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Program | 11/23/13 22:48:40 By -

Obama to pardon Thanksgiving turkey

The 66th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation will take place Wednesday in the Rose Garden. | 11/23/13 08:06:59 By - Anita Kumar

Obama rolls out red carpet for French president

President Barack Obama will welcome French President Francois Hollande to the nation's capital next year with an official state visit that will stress the close relationship between their two nations. | 11/23/13 08:06:50 By - Anita Kumar

Wisconsin's governor meets the DC media--is he looking to '16?

Is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate? | 11/23/13 08:06:59 By - David Lightman

Obama headed to Seattle, San Francisco

President Barack Obama is heading west to raise money, with stops planned in Washington state on Sunday and California on Monday. | 11/22/13 15:26:07 By - Rob Hotakainen

White House blocks access to Obama events, news groups say

The nation’s largest news organizations lodged a complaint Thursday against the White House for imposing unprecedented limitations on photojournalists covering President Barack Obama, which they say have harmed the public’s ability to monitor its own government. | 11/21/13 18:19:45 By - By Anita Kumar

Media protests Obama administration's limitations on photojournalists

The nation's major media organizations lodged a protest Thursday against the White House for implementing a policy that bans photojournalists from covering President Barack Obama at certain events while releasing government photos and videos of the same events | 11/21/13 14:54:15 By - Anita Kumar

Christie will head Republican governors' group, aiding his '16 prospects

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gets an important national political platform, as he's chosen chairman of the Republican Governors Association | 11/21/13 14:52:56 By - David Lightman

Obama voices support for Senate action

President Barack Obama said Thursday he supports the Senate Democrats' actions to help confirm his nominees despite the opposition of Republicans. | 11/21/13 14:36:44 By - Anita Kumar

Americans agree with rationales for health care law, Gallup finds

Americans' biggest concern with health care policy is cost, according to a new Gallup poll. | 11/21/13 08:02:37 By - David Lightman

White House honors jazz great Arturo Sandoval, others

President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor Wednesday to 16 Americans, including one of the greatest living jazz artists, Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, at a star-studded – and often poignant – celebration at the White House. | 11/20/13 17:41:04 By - By Anita Kumar

Loretta Lynn among honorees at White House

President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor Wednesday to 16 Americans, including Kentucky native and country music legend Loretta Lynn, in a star-studded and often poignant celebration at the White House. | 11/20/13 17:41:35 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama honors Clinton, Oprah, 14 others with Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor Wednesday to 16 Americans, including former President Bill Clinton and iconic talk show host Oprah Winfrey, in a star-studded and often poignant celebration at the White House. | 11/20/13 17:40:43 By - By Anita Kumar

Views on Obamacare hardening, poll finds

A new National Journal poll finds that while most people think the new health care measure will help the uninsured, they're split on how to proceed with the law. | 11/20/13 08:09:00 By - David Lightman

Obama tries to ward off new sanctions against Iran

With talks set to resume over Iran’s nuclear program, President Barack Obama worked to build support at home Tuesday for negotiations and to ward off any move instead for new sanctions. | 11/19/13 19:09:19 By - By Lesley Clark

Will heads roll on Obamacare? WH isn't ready to say

Press Secretary Jay Carney on Monday sought to downplay suggestions that there will be a shake up at the White House due to the botched rollout of the president's health care law. | 11/19/13 06:26:15 By - Lesley Clark

Education Secretary Arne Duncan regrets 'clumsy phrasing' about Common Core

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he didn't mean to single out white suburban moms as the critics of the new education standards. | 11/19/13 06:25:58 By - Renee Schoof

Obama says he has 1 more campaign: making Obamacare work

President Obama used a conference call to urge volunteers with his political action arm -- Organizing for Action -- to help him get people signed up for health insurance, urging them to talk about the law during holiday parties. | 11/19/13 06:25:49 By - Lesley Clark

White House still expects trouble for 20 percent of health website users

Roughly 1 in 5 visitors to HealthCare.gov won’t be able to buy insurance coverage Nov. 30 when the bulk of repairs to the troubled website are supposed to be completed, the White House announced Monday. | 11/19/13 06:13:34 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama, Clinton to mark 50th anniversary of JFK assassination

President Barack Obama will visit John F. Kennedy's gravesite and honor two of the late president's legacies this week as the U.S. marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death in Dallas. | 11/19/13 06:26:15 By - Lesley Clark

Obama’s shift in health care policy: Just what does it all mean?

President Barack Obama’s plan to allow people to keep their canceled health plans for another year has raised some nagging questions. Here are some answers. | 11/18/13 04:45:29 By - By Tony Pugh

Health care law could be Obama’s second-term curse

Every presidency faces a moment when reality catches up to perception in a bad way, particularly in second terms. The furor over the botched health care law is President Barack Obama’s moment. | 11/15/13 16:46:46 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Obama administration proposes reduction of ethanol in gasoline

The Obama Administration today proposed the first-ever reduction in the amount of ethanol in the gasoline supply, signaling retreat from the Renewable Fuel Standard passed by Congress in 2007. | 11/15/13 15:33:00 By - Sean Cockerham

Obama’s health care ‘fix’ could raise premiums in 2015

President Barack Obama’s administrative “fix” for the Affordable Care Act may solve some immediate political problems, but it will likely create other concerns by causing premiums for marketplace health plans to increase in 2015. | 11/14/13 19:29:03 By - By Tony Pugh

Roiling health care waters, Obama’s fix could make matters worse

Facing growing outrage from Americans, President Barack Obama reversed course Thursday and offered to let insurance companies sell existing plans even if they don’t meet the minimum standards set by his new problem-fraught health care law. | 11/14/13 19:03:50 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Obama urges Americans to help Philippines

President Barack Obama is urging Americans to support relief efforts as the Philippines recovers from a typhoon that killed thousands and left widespread damage. | 11/14/13 05:25:43 By - Lesley Clark

Christie 43, Clinton 42, says Quinnipiac

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are neck and neck in a trial 2016 presidential run | 11/14/13 05:16:09 By - David Lightman

Obama woos tribes, says he’ll visit Indian Country in 2014

While President Barack Obama’s popularity has slipped in public opinion polls, he found plenty of support Wednesday among one key constituency: the 566 leaders of federally recognized Indian tribes. | 11/13/13 18:50:19 By - By Rob Hotakainen

The Armenian Orphan Rug: A relic or an insult?

A rug woven long ago by Armenian orphans is presenting the White House with a tough political knot. | 11/13/13 18:32:32 By - By Michael Doyle

Indian tribes get another wooing from Obama and his team

While President Barack Obama's popularity has slipped in public opinion polls, he found plenty of support Wednesday among one key constituency: the 566 leaders of federally-recognized Indian tribes. "I'd rank him as high as I can go --- a 10 really, to be honest with you," said Leo Lolnitz, first chief of the Koyukuk Native Village in Alaska. Tribal leaders got a chance to meet with the president yet again as Obama hosted his fifth White House Tribal Nations Conference. | 11/13/13 16:36:20 By - Rob Hotakainen

Obama taps new commissioner for commodities regulator

Obama moves quickly to nominate new head of Commodity Futures Trading Commission | 11/13/13 07:15:30 By - Kevin G. Hall

GOP seizes on Clinton's remarks urging Obama to keep his health care promise

Republicans couldn't help but react with glee to former president Bill Clinton's remarks Tuesday that the Obama administration ought to accept a change in the law that would allow all Americans to keep their current health insurance plan. | 11/13/13 07:14:51 By - Anita Kumar

President Obama's job approval ratings plunge

President Barack Obama's job approval ratings have sunk to an historic low in a national poll released Tuesday, following a month of bad headlines chronicling the error prone rollout of his health care law. | 11/13/13 07:08:16 By - Lesley Clark

Obama offers Philippines help in wake of super typhoon

President Barack Obama called Filipino President Benigno Aquino Tuesday to express the U.S.'s condolences of the thousands of deaths and damage caused by super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the largest, strongest storms to ever hit land. | 11/13/13 07:14:51 By - Anita Kumar

Republicans release new ads mocking 'Obamacare'

Republicans released a new round of comical web ads attacking the health care law's bungled rollout. | 11/13/13 07:14:51 By - Anita Kumar

President, VA secretary tout veterans’ sacrifices, pledge support

President Obama told America’s veterans Monday that the country is indebted to them and he pledged to support them “now, tomorrow and forever.” Speaking at a Veterans Day event at Arlington National Cemetery, he and his secretary of veterans affairs asserted the need to continue providing for veterans. | 11/12/13 05:36:22 By - By Mary Faddoul

Regulation requires parity from insurers for mental illness coverage

The Obama administration on Friday issued final rules requiring insurers to cover mental health and substance abuse treatments in the same way that medical and surgical benefits are covered. | 11/11/13 07:20:10 By - By Tony Pugh

In New Orleans, Obama pushes plan to improve ports

President Barack Obama traveled to this waterfront city Friday to push a plan to spend more money on ports from Miami to Tacoma as a way to put Americans back to work. | 11/08/13 16:42:49 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama apologizes for insurance cancellations, says Biden has his back

President Obama offered a spirited defense of his vice president -- and said there's no way he would've thought of running for re election without him. | 11/07/13 21:57:08 By - Lesley Clark

Analysis: Tens of millions could be forced out of health insurance they had

Even as President Barack Obama sold a new health care law in part by assuring Americans they would be able to keep their insurance plans, his administration knew that tens of millions of people actually could lose those their policies. | 11/07/13 20:09:05 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Anita Kumar

Obama, Biden talk health care with Senate Democrats

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met behind closed doors for two hours Wednesday with Senate Democrats who are facing reelection next year in 2014 to reassure them about the troubled health care rollout last month. | 11/07/13 06:26:04 By - Anita Kumar

HealthCare.gov official resigns

Tony Trenkle, the chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare &  Medicaid Services, has announced his retirement, an agency official confirmed Wednesday.

The move comes as the agency undergoes intense political scrutiny over  the malfunctioning HealthCare.gov website. Trenkle is the Obama administration's first top official to depart amid the ongoing controversy.

In a phone briefing on Wednesday, CMS communications director Julie Bataille said "Tony made a decision that he was going to move to the private sector."

Trenkle's CMS biography says he "provides oversight and leadership to CMS over $1 billion (in) annual expenditures on Information Technology (IT) products and services. He chairs the CMS IT Investment Review Board and works closely with the HHS Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and CIO on overarching IT strategies."

  Bataille said Trenkle will be replaced by someone within the Department of Health and Human Services.  

| 11/07/13 06:25:12 By - By Tony Pugh

Sebelius on the hot seat again over health care website

After a longtime family friend repeated his call for her resignation during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warned of “very low” numbers when enrollment figures for the troubled HealthCare.gov website are released next week | 11/07/13 06:07:52 By - By Tony Pugh

There are danger signs for Democrats in Tuesday’s elections

Voters sent Democrats sobering warnings this week: They’re not crazy about President Barack Obama, the new health care law or the state of the economy – messages that could cause the party trouble as the 2014 election campaign intensifies. | 11/06/13 17:45:47 By - By David Lightman

HealthCare.gov official questioned about website security

A top Obama administration official on Tuesday tried to assure anxious senators that Americans’ personal information was secure on the troubled HealthCare.gov website, which erroneously provided a South Carolina man’s personal information to a man in North Carolina last week. | 11/06/13 06:48:18 By - By Tony Pugh

Voters in Virginia, New Jersey leave tea party reeling

Voters sent the tea party reeling Tuesday as its star candidate lost a winnable Virginia governor’s race Tuesday while Gov. Chris Christie won big in New Jersey. | 11/05/13 21:58:23 By - By David Lightman

White House defends use of alternatives to HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration on Monday defended its request that consumers frustrated with the malfunctioning HealthCare.gov website apply for coverage by phone after it emerged that customer service operators must still use the troubled website to assist callers. | 11/05/13 07:53:51 By - By Tony Pugh and Anita Kumar

Obama celebrates hometown hockey champs at White House

President Barack Obama honored Stanley Cup winners the Chicago Blackhawks at the White House Monday, celebrating the only team from his hometown to win a big league world championship during his presidency. | 11/04/13 18:17:00 By - By Kendall Helblig

Romney: Because of health care, Obama second term 'rotting away'

2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had tough criticism Sunday of the Affordable Care Act | 11/04/13 13:09:29 By - David Lightman

Obama, Iraq’s Maliki pledge to combat al Qaida aggression

President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki met Friday to discuss how their nations might “push back” against a recent spate of violence in Iraq by al Qaida. Neither leader made any new announcements for U.S. commitments, but Obama pledged to continue counterterrorism support and help build an “inclusive” and “democratic” Iraq. | 11/01/13 18:44:21 By - By Hannah Allam and Anita Kumar

Obama issues order to combat climate change

President Barack Obama issued a series of steps Friday to help the nation combat global warming, an issue that may reignite partisan battle lines in Washington. | 11/01/13 11:28:51 By - Anita Kumar

Amid European uproar over phone monitoring, White House sees need for constraints

Under mounting pressure from new revelations that the United States collected the telephone data of tens of millions of Europeans, the Obama administration on Monday said that there is a need for new constraints on U.S. intelligence-gathering operations and a top senator announced that the spying on U.S. allies would stop. | 11/01/13 17:29:00 By - By Lesley Clark, Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay

White House celebrates Halloween

First Lady Michelle Obama is handing out more than fruit this Halloween. | 10/31/13 16:22:42 By - Anita Kumar

Sebelius shoulders blame for flawed health care website

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius threw herself on a live political grenade Wednesday, taking full responsibility for the problem-riddled rollout of the federal health insurance marketplace and the decision not to delay the Oct. 1 launch of its troubled website. | 10/31/13 06:48:08 By - By Tony Pugh

GOP says Obama broke promise to let people keep health plans

Congressional Republicans broadened their attacks on the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, saying President Barack Obama misled Americans for years by claiming they could keep the health coverage they had once the new health law kicked in. | 10/29/13 20:30:54 By - By Tony Pugh and Lesley Clark

Obama heads to Boston to tout health care

With the rollout marred by a glitchy website, President Obama heads to Boston on Wednesday to deliver his latest defense of his health care law. | 10/29/13 06:48:28 By - Lesley Clark

White House, Reid press for vote on Watt nomination

Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., faces a major test this week in his potential confirmation to lead the agency that oversees the quasi-government titans of mortgage finance, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. | 10/28/13 18:26:17 By - By Franco Ordonez

Obama interview to help kickoff new cable network for young Hispanics

A new cable network -- Fusion, a venture between Spanish language Univision and ABC -- will launch today with an interview with President Obama. | 10/28/13 08:40:10 By - Lesley Clark

Obama administration says it will take another month to fix health care website

The Obama administration said Friday it will take another month to work the kinks out of its balky health care website, now promising that most consumers will be able to easily navigate the site by the end of November. | 10/25/13 18:31:26 By - By Lesley Clark

Kerry addresses shutdown problems in policy speech

Secretary of State John Kerry's speech Thursday mostly sidestepped prickly foreign policy issues and focused on how the shutdown affected America's image abroad. | 10/25/13 06:03:54 By - Hannah Allam

Sharif to Obama: Stop drone attacks on Pakistani soil

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he’d told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that U.S. drone strikes in his country needed to end. The remarks came as the two leaders met in person in Washington for more than two hours in high-level talks aimed at beginning to mend a historically troubled relationship. | 10/23/13 18:52:59 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to name former California educator to top education job

President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Theodore Mitchell, a former California educator and the leader of a nonprofit philanthropic organization that funds education, as undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education. | 10/23/13 18:10:38 By - By Anita Kumar and Renee Schoof

White House staffer fired for Twitter activity

A White House official working to contain Iran's nuclear program has been sacked for running a Twitter account that revealed insider administration information and mocked his colleagues, the Daily Beast reported. | 10/23/13 10:58:53 By - Lesley Clark

US defends drone use as Pakistan presses to end strikes

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets with President Barack Obama on Wednesday at the White House. | 10/22/13 19:46:30 By - By Tom Hussain

Obama says ‘no excuse’ for website foul-ups, vows to fix them

President Barack Obama said Monday that he was angry and frustrated with the failures of the federal government’s new health care website and he vowed to solve them as soon as possible. | 10/21/13 18:50:29 By - By Anita Kumar and Tony Pugh

Obama on health care law: 'No one is more frustrated than I am'

President Barack Obama said Monday that the website that supports the new health care law, healthcare.gov, is not as efficient as it should be, but a team of private sector experts are working around the clock to fix it. | 10/21/13 12:28:35 By - Anita Kumar

Obama nominates new Homeland Security chief

President Obama calls on Congress to quickly approve his pick for Homeland Security chief, saying he's confident he couldn't have made a better choice | 10/18/13 16:19:35 By - Lesley Clark

White House resumes tours

White House tours -- disrupted by budget cuts -- will resume on a limited basis | 10/18/13 16:19:24 By - Lesley Clark

Obama calls for end to ‘manufactured’ crises

President Barack Obama applauded the return of federal workers Thursday after a 16-day government shutdown, calling for an end to the partisan rift that he said “inflicted completely unnecessary damage” on the U.S. economy. | 10/17/13 18:16:48 By - By Lesley Clark and William Douglas

Next for Obama: New momentum or long fight just to keep status quo

President Barack Obama’s victory in his budget battle with congressional Republicans may be fleeting. He managed to do little more than keep intact his significant first-term achievement, the new health care law. | 10/17/13 17:09:32 By - By Anita Kumar

President Obama declares governing in Washington has to change

President Obama decries the government shutdown as a blow to America's reputation and says governing in Washington needs to change | 10/17/13 12:03:02 By - Lesley Clark

Biden says no "guarantees" government won't be back in same situation

Vice President Joe Biden greeted returning Environmental Protection Agency employees and said he hopes the government can "regain" the public's trust | 10/17/13 10:35:40 By - Lesley Clark

Administration officials -- including Joe Biden -- greet returning federal workers

Obama administration officials -- from vice president Joe Biden to President Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough -- fanned out across downtown Washington Thursday morning to greet federal employees returning to work after a 16-day government shutdown. | 10/17/13 09:50:30 By - Lesley Clark

Federal employees head back to work as Obama signs law that reopens government

The White House sends out word that President Obama signed legislation opening the government, meaning many federal workers are back to work today | 10/17/13 07:44:57 By - Lesley Clark

Obama says he'll push for immigration reform after budget battle is resolved

President Obama tells a Los Angeles TV station he'll press for immigration reform once the budget and debt ceiling battles are resolved | 10/16/13 08:34:53 By - Lesley Clark

Army captain gets Medal of Honor for Afghanistan battle

A former Army captain was awarded the nation’s highest military honor Tuesday for his bravery, caught on video, during one of the deadliest battles in Afghanistan at a somber, sometimes emotional, White House ceremony. | 10/15/13 18:46:43 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama: Senators have made progress in negotiations

President Barack Obama said Monday that senators had made progress in their negotiations to both re-open the federal government and pay its bills. | 10/15/13 11:00:08 By - Anita Kumar

Shutdown misstep: How Obama administration plan put country at risk

It may be one of the most serious missteps of the government shutdown. After weeks of planning, the nation’s spy chief sent home nearly three-quarters of the workers at the intelligence agencies when faced with the partial shutdown. The move, James Clapper later admitted, put the U.S. at greater risk of terrorist attacks. He then reversed course and brought thousands of employees back to work. | 10/15/13 06:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Talks between White House and House break down as action shifts to Senate

With less than week to go until the federal government faces an historic default, talks between the White House and House of Representatives Republicans broke down Saturday, leaving the fate of a deal in the Senate’s hands. | 10/14/13 06:57:19 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Malala Yousafzai tells Obama drones are 'fueling terrorism'

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met in the Oval Office Friday with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani girl who was shot in the head on her school bus by Taliban gunmen for criticizing their rule, including banning education for girls. | 10/12/13 12:17:10 By - Lesley Clark

President Obama signs bill to help families of fallen soldiers

The White House says President Barack Obama has signed legislation giving payments to the families of deceased members of the military | 10/11/13 06:02:03 By - Lesley Clark

Let’s make a deal? Obama and GOP are talking

The White House and Republican congressional leaders moved toward common ground Thursday on raising the nation’s debt limit and reopening the partially shuttered government, trading ideas and engaging in lengthy private talks for the first time since parts of the government ran out of money Oct. 1. | 10/10/13 19:51:37 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Press group: Obama is worst since Nixon in going after leaks

Despite a promise of transparency, President Barack Obama has run a secretive government that’s chilling the flow of information to reporters while it tries to channel its version of news through its own government media, according to a new report from a journalists’ group. | 10/10/13 19:58:20 By - By Steven Thomma

Obama, lawmakers scramble to help families of fallen warriors

Amid the bitter discord in Washington, there is unanimity on one thing: Political squabbling shouldn’t stop the government from honoring fallen soldiers. | 10/10/13 06:24:59 By - By James Rosen

Obama-GOP meeting is later today, but the spinning's already begun

The meeting between President Barack Obama and his chief Washington nemesis, House of Representatives Republicans, is later today, but the terse statements were already flying Wednesday. | 10/10/13 06:24:45 By - By David Lightman

President Obama warns debt ceiling default would hurt US globally

President Obama held his first government shutdown press conference, urging House Speaker John Boehner to bring up a bill to end the showdown | 10/09/13 06:24:45 By - Lesley Clark

Obama apologizes for shutdown – but says it’s other guy’s fault

President Barack Obama apologized to the American people Tuesday for the bitter fiscal impasse that’s shut down parts of the federal government, but he continued to blame Republicans for it. | 10/08/13 19:06:33 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

White House open to short-term increase in debt ceiling

The White House indicated Monday for the first time that it would be open to a short-term increase to the nation’s borrowing limit, allowing the federal government to avoid a possible default on its obligations that could plunge the nation into another recession. | 10/08/13 07:40:44 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

Pomp of state dinners fading even before Brazil canceled over spying

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s decision to snub President Barack Obama over a state visit to the United States is the latest blow to a ceremonial event that’s becoming increasingly rare. | 10/07/13 11:45:03 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama and Biden stroll out for lunch

President Obama and vice president Joe Biden made a rare, outside the White House gates stroll for lunch Friday, thanking a local business owner who has offered deals to furloughed workers | 10/04/13 14:11:11 By - Lesley Clark

Obama backs back pay for furloughed workers

The White House has issued a statement saying it "strongly supports" a bill to give furloughed federal workers back pay | 10/04/13 14:10:57 By - Lesley Clark

Why President Obama is shunning negotiations in budget showdown

The last time the federal government shut down over a budget impasse – in the winter of 1995-96 – lawmakers on Capitol Hill couldn’t get President Bill Clinton to leave the negotiating table. This time, lawmakers can’t get President Barack Obama to join in. | 10/04/13 12:56:52 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama cancels Asia trip citing government shutdown

President Obama has cancelled a scheduled visit to Asia due to the government shutdown | 10/04/13 06:15:32 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama: Boehner is keeping government shut down

Prospects of quickly ending a partial government shutdown seemed unlikely Thursday as President Barack Obama and Republicans continued pointing fingers at one another – and as Obama placed the blame squarely on House Speaker John Boehner. | 10/03/13 19:14:39 By - By Lesley Clark and David Lightman

Don’t look now, but Obama is getting it from left too

In recent weeks, President Barack Obama has seen a wide variety of his policy proposals – foreign and domestic – lambasted on television ads, mocked at rallies and challenged in petitions. | 10/03/13 13:17:16 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama says he's 'bent over backwards' to work with Republicans

Obama says he's kept his rhetoric "down" to work with Republicans but is "exasperated" by the government shutdown | 10/03/13 06:56:58 By - Lesley Clark

Is shortened Obama trip strike three for Asia pivot?

President Barack Obama’s decision to cut short a trip to Asia next week because of the government shutdown is a setback to the administration’s efforts to focus on the economic and strategically important region. | 10/02/13 18:41:21 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama cancels stops on Asia trip due to shutdown

The White House says President Obama will cancel two stops on a planned trip to Asia because of the government shutdown | 10/02/13 07:08:15 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to use the bully pulpit to pressure Republicans to re-open government

President Barack Obama will meet with business leaders on Wednesday and visit a small local construction company on Thursday as he hopes to push Congress to re-open the federal government. | 10/01/13 17:25:55 By - Anita Kumar

Obama spy panel is loaded with insiders, critics charge

After a public backlash to government spying, President Barack Obama called for an independent group to review the vast surveillance programs that allow the collections of phone and email records. | 10/01/13 14:53:05 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama tells GOP: Reopen the government

President Barack Obama blamed House Republicans for forcing the government shutdown early Tuesday, saying the partial closure of government could have been avoided and will harm the economy. | 10/01/13 13:52:43 By - Anita Kumar

White House to hold health care blitz

The White House plans a full court press today on the president's health care law as the health insurance marketplaces open for business. | 10/01/13 10:35:49 By - By Lesley Clark

In case of a shutdown, Obama would retain a quarter of his staff

Just like everyone else in federal government, the White House is preparing for a shutdown. | 09/30/13 18:22:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama: Despite Israel’s worries, U.S. will pursue Iranian opening

President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States must test “in good faith” Iran’s readiness to negotiate a settlement to the feud over its nuclear program, even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged that tough sanctions – and the threat of military force – be maintained against Tehran and intensified if necessary. | 09/30/13 18:44:24 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Obama, Rouhani talk on phone for 15 minutes, breaking 34-year freeze

Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani spoke Friday by telephone in the first conversation between the presidents of the United States and Iran in more than 30 years, a stunning and unexpected development that may boost prospects for settling the years-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear program and other long divisive issues. | 09/27/13 21:01:07 By - By Jonathan S. Landay and Anita Kumar

India’s leader, Obama to meet in visit high on symbolism, low on expectations

U.S.-India relations will take a cautious step forward Friday, when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets with President Barack Obama in what may be the last visit in a relationship marked by unmet expectations. | 09/25/13 17:06:36 By - By Ali Watkins

In budget shutdown, Obama gets big say in what stays open

Here’s the first thing you need to know about next week’s possible shutdown of the federal government: The federal government would not actually shut down. | 09/25/13 10:59:30 By - By Anita Kumar

Prepared Remarks: President Obama's speech to the United Nations

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Each year we come together to reaffirm the founding vision of this institution. For most of recorded history, individual aspirations were subject to the whims of tyrants and empires. Divisions of race and religion and tribe were settled through the sword and the clash of armies. The idea that nations and peoples could come together in peace to solve their disputes and advance a common prosperity seemed unimaginable. | 09/24/13 13:13:09 By -

Obama’s speech signals Middle East will remain a dominant U.S. concern

President Barack Obama’s speech Tuesday at the United Nations made clear that the Middle East would be a focal point of U.S. foreign policy “for the long haul,” with renewed efforts toward resolutions on Iran’s contested nuclear program, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the civil war in Syria. | 09/24/13 20:58:04 By - By Hannah Allam

On Iran, Obama says he wants to see action, not just 'conciliatory words'

They may not have announced any breakthroughs, and there was no historic meeting. But the presidents of the United States and Iran made it clear on Tuesday that they’re ready for serious talks on a settlement to the feud over Iran’s nuclear program that could begin easing more than 30 years of hostility and estrangement. | 09/24/13 13:52:50 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Obama tells U.N. U.S. committed to Middle East 'for long haul'

President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Tuesday that his priorities in the region are resolving Iran’s contested nuclear program, pursuing a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and encouraging democratic transitions in Syria and other tumultuous Arab states. | 09/24/13 12:05:29 By - By Hannah Allam

This time, little push for gun control after mass shooting

This time, it’s different. After the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., President Barack Obama launched a full-court press for gun control legislation. Lawmakers sought, though eventually failed, to reach a compromise to tighten background checks for firearms. But a week after the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, despite calls from gun control advocates, lawmakers and Obama seem disinclined to launch another significant push. | 09/23/13 18:16:09 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama playing it low key in immigration push

The last time President Barack Obama delivered a speech focused on immigration was more than three months ago. The one before that occurred when there was still snow on the ground. | 09/19/13 08:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Brazil to Obama: We’re not coming to dinner

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has scrapped a scheduled state visit to the White House amid Brazilian outrage over news that the U.S. spied on her and a Brazilian oil company. | 09/17/13 20:19:44 By - By Lesley Clark and Vinod Sreeharsha

Obama to award ‘lost’ Medal of Honor to former Army captain

President Barack Obama next month will bestow the nation’s highest military award for gallantry to former Army Capt. William Swenson for valor he displayed during a six-hour battle in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. | 09/16/13 18:40:32 By - By Lesley Clark

Did Obama stumble into – or engineer – the Syria deal?

A potential international deal to seize Syria’s chemical weapons and avoid U.S. airstrikes comes after a dizzying run of events that raises the question: Did President Barack Obama stumble into a deal with Russia or was this the work of quiet diplomacy and closed-door talks? | 09/10/13 20:34:30 By - By Lesley Clark and William Douglas

Poll: Voters reject airstrikes, question Obama’s leadership

When President Barack Obama addresses the nation Tuesday in his bid for airstrikes against Syria, he will confront the most unfriendly political landscape of his presidency, one where opposition knows no boundaries and Democrats, Republicans, whites, blacks, Hispanics, old, young, men and women all are deeply skeptical of the mission. | 09/09/13 18:55:42 By - By David Lightman

Obama to address Americans in bid for support for Syria airstrikes

President Barack Obama won qualified support from allies Friday in his charge that Syria used chemical weapons against its people, but he walked away from a summit without expanding his coalition of explicit support for a military strike. Facing a divided country at home as well, Obama said he’d address the nation Tuesday to make his case as Congress weighs its approval. | 09/06/13 17:05:03 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama’s talk on Syria ‘red line’ was spin, analysts say

President Barack Obama’s statement earlier this week that he wasn’t the one who’d set a red line against chemical weapons in Syria caught Washington by surprise and lit up the Web and social media. It was no accident. | 09/06/13 13:44:21 By - By Anita Kumar

White House says it expects a 'solid number' of US allies to back its Syria position

The White House insisted Friday that it expects to leave the G-20 economic summit with significant support for its plan to launch a military strike against Syria for its use of chemical weapons, despite deep misgivings by a number of nations. | 09/06/13 06:53:40 By - Lesley Clark

Obama shadowboxes with Putin at summit

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged a handshake, some pleasantries and seemingly little else Thursday as they met before an economic summit overshadowed by Obama’s call for a military strike against Putin’s ally, Syria. | 09/05/13 17:46:49 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama says he didn’t draw the red line on Syria, world did

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he didn’t set the “red line” against Syria for the use of chemical weapons. | 09/04/13 17:02:18 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama heads to Russia summit seeking Syria support

President Barack Obama heads this week to a global summit in Russia, hoping to rally international support for his bid to launch a military strike against Syria. | 09/03/13 15:32:12 By - By Lesley Clark

Ever private, Obama kept even close aides in dark about plan to go to Congress

For weeks he weighed what to do about Syria. The decision to strike came more quickly. Then, in a long walk around the White House grounds, he told a close aide of a second decision, to postpone the strikes and ask Congress for approval. | 09/01/13 14:16:14 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Obama risks embarrassing loss in Congress

President Barack Obama is taking a risk by asking Congress to approve airstrikes against Syria. | 09/01/13 10:22:55 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Obama asks Congress for OK to hit Syria

President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress to approve military strikes against Syria’s government, a risky step likely to delay action for at least 10 days that could signal broad popular support but also could end in rejection by the legislative branch. | 08/31/13 17:17:59 By - By David Lightman, William Douglas and Anita Kumar

Obama isn’t high on changing federal marijuana laws

President Barack Obama doesn’t support changing federal laws to legalize marijuana, though a prominent physician he once was said to want as his surgeon general says the drug has "very legitimate medical applications." | 08/21/13 16:35:03 By - By Lesley Clark

As Obama debates Egypt, U.S. allies pick sides

Key U.S. allies are picking clear sides in the bloody showdown between the Egyptian military and its opponents, creating a challenge to the Obama administration’s efforts to remain neutral in Egypt’s worsening crisis. | 08/19/13 18:58:54 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

U.S. cancels military operation with Egypt, but not aid

The United States on Thursday advised Americans to leave Egypt and canceled a joint military training exercise, but stopped short off cutting off aid, reflecting the Obama administration’s attempt to retain some influence as the situation continued to deteriorate following a lethal crackdown on supporters of the country’s deposed president. | 08/15/13 18:47:41 By - By Lesley Clark and Hannah Allam

Obama’s surveillance revisions omit limits on warrantless email searches

In pledging to make changes that could curtail the federal government’s ability to spy on Americans, President Barack Obama failed to address calls by lawmakers and experts to overhaul a law that allows the National Security Agency to search vast databases of individual Americans’ emails without court warrants. | 08/14/13 19:34:23 By - By Anita Kumar and Jonathan S. Landay

White House chief of black education is ‘passionate’ about his work

All through his years of schooling, David Johns was one of the few African-Americans in his classroom, from the high school in Los Angeles that was nearly an hour away – but that his mother insisted he attend – to Columbia University. Even when he taught elementary school in Manhattan, not a single black student sat behind one of the desks before him. Now Johns sits behind a desk – at the U.S. Department of Education, no less – where he leads a presidential effort to improve education for African-American students everywhere. | 08/14/13 15:35:18 By - By Renee Schoof

Feds told to stop stalling on Yucca Mountain nuclear waste decision

A top appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to end the suspense and come to a decision on the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. | 08/13/13 18:01:08 By - By Michael Doyle

Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association president resigns amid Obama-masked clown furor

Outrage over a rodeo clown’s masked performance as President Barack Obama at the Missouri State Fair spilled into Tuesday as the president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association announced his resignation. | 08/13/13 13:06:42 By - Dave Helling

Obama wants more oversight on government surveillance

President Barack Obama unveiled a series of proposals Friday that could curtail the federal government’s ability to spy on Americans, in light of eroding confidence by the public after recent leaks about the massive surveillance programs. | 08/09/13 18:23:38 By - By Anita Kumar, Michael Doyle and Ali Watkins

Obama-Putin talks are off, but the fallout is unclear

President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin reflects the White House’s growing frustration with the Russian government over its embrace of intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, as well as its reluctance to engage over a host of issues that are key to the relationship. | 08/07/13 19:15:18 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama trumpets housing gains, calls for affordable mortgages

Proclaiming a rebounding housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Congress to help more Americans secure cheaper mortgages – or affordable rentals – and stressed a need to limit government involvement in the mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. | 08/06/13 18:51:49 By - By Anita Kumar, Kevin G. Hall and Lesley Clark

GOP head objects to networks’ plans for Hillary Clinton dramas

Had enough of Hillary Clinton? Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus has. He sent biting letters Monday to network executives at NBC and CNN, asking them to drop their planned projects – a mini-series and a documentary, respectively – about the will-she-or-won’t-she 2016 Democratic presidential contender. Such programs, he charged, would be a "thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election." | 08/05/13 17:40:06 By - By David Lightman

Obama reverses FEMA, OKs disaster relief for West, Texas

President Barack Obama overruled the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday and signed a declaration that there’s a “major disaster” in West, Texas, due to the fertilizer plant explosion in April that killed 15 people and destroyed much of the town. | 08/02/13 16:33:49 By - By Maria Recio

After explosion, Obama issues order to improve oversight of chemicals

The White House issued an executive order Thursday to improve safety and security at chemical facilities in the wake of the explosion last April at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, that killed 15 people and created a fireball that leveled much of the town. | 08/01/13 19:05:44 By -

Dollars to diplomats: How to become an ambassador in a plush foreign outpost

There’s the vice president of global licensing and retail at the television network HBO, the senior managing partner for a consulting firm based in Chicago and a Miami trial attorney who makes a living suing insurance companies. | 07/30/13 14:38:32 By - By Anita Kumar

Americans’ frustration with gridlocked Washington grows

Americans are eager for Washington to act on a host of issues they care deeply about, but instead they’ve just witnessed another week of sharp rhetoric and political finger-pointing. They’re clamoring for their elected representatives to do something about all their concerns – or even just one – but think that they’re not. President Barack Obama’s job approval numbers this month hit their lowest level in nearly two years of McClatchy-Marist polling, and Congress’ are even worse. | 07/26/13 17:02:32 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Justice Department to take on states over voting rights

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will legally contest a series of laws around the country as part of an aggressive campaign to fight a recent Supreme Court ruling that it says could reduce minority voting. | 07/25/13 18:29:34 By - By Anita Kumar

Obamacare enrollment efforts, and message wars, heat up

Amid a resurgent effort by critics to attack the new health care law, the Obama administration and its allies are focusing on getting millions of Americans enrolled in coverage next year and making sure the new state health insurance exchanges will be ready for open enrollment in October. But convincing a skeptical public to heed the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate” will be a major challenge when the bulk of the health care overhaul is fully implemented next year. | 07/25/13 13:32:21 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama attacks GOP gridlock, says economy his ‘highest priority’

President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to use “every minute, every second” of the rest of his second term to boost the middle class, even as he took Republicans to task, arguing that an “endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals” has taken Washington’s eye off the economy. | 07/24/13 20:22:21 By - By Lesley Clark and Dave Helling

Obama’s major economy talk comes amid growing doubts about recovery

Hiring is picking up, and consumer confidence and the housing market are showing signs of life, but the U.S. economy still is lumbering to reach a full recovery, posing a political threat to President Barack Obama as he travels to Illinois on Wednesday to deliver what the White House bills as a major speech on the economy. | 07/23/13 18:00:20 By - By Lesley Clark

2016 poll: Hillary’s the Democrat to beat; Christie tops conservative-heavy GOP field

The latest McClatchy-Marist poll is a tale of two very different political parties: Hillary Clinton has a huge lead among Democrats for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, while the Republicans face a melee with no clear front-runner. | 07/23/13 17:29:59 By - By David Lightman

Obama honors Louisville Cardinals at White House

It’s been more than 25 years since the Louisville Cardinals’ men’s basketball team visited the White House. But on Tuesday, when the team finally returned to celebrate its winning season, it was greeted by a genuine basketball fanatic who just happens to be president of the United States. | 07/23/13 16:49:36 By - By Anita Kumar

Poll: Obama’s job approval plunges; Congress, especially GOP, still unpopular

Stung by Americans’ persistent worries about the economy and a capital gripped by controversy and gridlock, President Barack Obama is suffering his lowest job approval numbers in nearly two years, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 07/22/13 17:44:45 By - By David Lightman

Helen Thomas opened White House press corps to women

Helen Thomas, the feisty, trailblazing White House reporter who tore down historic barriers that had stymied women journalists for generations, died Saturday at 92. | 07/20/13 14:55:16 By - By David Lightman

Obama on Trayvon Martin: That could’ve been me decades ago

President Barack Obama, in his first public comments about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting death, delivered on Friday some of his most extensive and personal remarks on race since entering the White House as he described what it’s like to be a black man in America. | 07/19/13 17:16:27 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama boasts of health care savings, but costs likely to rise for many

President Barack Obama assailed Republicans on Thursday for trying to dismantle his signature health care law, saying it’s already providing a benefit of one kind or another to millions of Americans, including a drop in projected premium costs in nearly a dozen states. But experts predict that premiums on individual plans will increase in most states because of the new consumer protections the sweeping legislation requires. | 07/18/13 19:22:25 By - By Lesley Clark and Tony Pugh

GOP to Obama: If you can delay health care, so can we

Republicans will make another move Wednesday to damage the national health care law they derisively call Obamacare. This time, they’re being aided by the champion of the measure, President Barack Obama. With Obama’s recent move to postpone one part of the law as an opening, the Republican-ruled House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday to delay more key parts of the contentious measure before it can take full effect. | 07/16/13 17:04:16 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama hails George H.W. Bush, ‘Points of Light’

President George H.W. Bush started the “Points of Light” program in 1989 to hail ordinary Americans doing good work. On Monday, it was Bush’s turn to be hailed. | 07/15/13 18:59:23 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama administration weighs federal charges in Trayvon Martin slaying

President Barack Obama’s administration pledged Monday to continue a yearlong investigation into Trayvon Martin’s death and determine whether to file federal charges following a state jury’s acquittal of George Zimmerman. | 07/15/13 18:43:17 By - By Anita Kumar

Napolitano leaving Homeland Security to head University of California

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who was only the third person to head the sprawling department created to safeguard the country from threats ranging from natural disasters to terrorism, will leave the government to head the University of California system. | 07/12/13 18:22:56 By - By Lesley Clark

Michelle Obama praises South Carolina exercise efforts

Michelle Obama congratulated dozens of local elected officials, including councilwomen from both Richland County and Columbia, at a White House ceremony Wednesday that celebrated healthy lifestyles. | 07/10/13 18:55:48 By - By Ben Kamisar

Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, unlikely to work

In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents. | 07/10/13 14:42:38 By - By Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor

U.S. reviews aid to Egypt, debates whether it was a coup

The United States will review – but not automatically cut off – the $1.5 billion in aid it sends to Egypt annually in the wake of the military ouster of President Mohammed Morsi and the suspension of the country’s constitution, President Barack Obama said Wednesday. | 07/03/13 20:23:09 By - By Lesley Clark and William Douglas

Obama wraps up 3-nation, weeklong Africa trip

President Barack Obama wrapped up a weeklong visit to Africa on Tuesday, a tour overshadowed at times by the legacy of his predecessor and a political hero with a bid for his own mark on the continent. | 07/02/13 17:41:09 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama walks in George W. Bush’s footsteps in Africa

President Barack Obama often notes that he inherited a world full of problems from predecessor George W. Bush, from a Great Recession to unpopular wars. It’s not meant as a compliment to Bush. When it comes to Africa, though, Obama also inherited Bush’s policies. On that, he has little choice but to salute his predecessor. | 07/01/13 14:39:55 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to Africa: you need to do more

President Barack Obama challenged Africa Sunday -- especially its young -- to build on the remarkable progress the continent has made by promoting democratic and honest government and a thriving middle class. | 06/30/13 17:22:02 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama faces an Africa hostile to gay rights

As president, Barack Obama has endorsed same-sex marriage, repealed a military requirement that service members keep their sexual orientation secret and offered gay federal employees family leave. | 06/28/13 15:41:38 By - By Anita Kumar

FEMA increases aid to New Jersey for Sandy recovery

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will increase aid to New Jersey towns struck hard by Hurricane Sandy in October. | 06/26/13 18:33:37 By - By Ali Watkins

Once ebullient, a now-disappointed Africa awaits Obama’s visit

Barack Obama shares his family roots and the color of his skin with much of the African continent. The result: Africans had enormous expectations when Obama was first elected. Yet he’s never expressed much of an interest in African policy. | 06/25/13 16:43:47 By - By Anita Kumar

White House lashes out at China over Snowden, presses Russia to expel him

A frustrated White House blasted China on Monday for allowing leaker Edward Snowden to depart Hong Kong for Russia, warning that the decision would have a detrimental effect on the already-tense relationship between Washington and Beijing. | 06/24/13 18:28:06 By - By Anita Kumar

Government could use metadata to map your every move

If you tweet a picture from your living room using your smartphone, you’re sharing far more than your new hairdo or the color of the wallpaper. You’re potentially revealing the exact coordinates of your house to anyone on the Internet. The GPS location information embedded in a digital photo is an example of so-called metadata, a once-obscure technical term that’s become one of Washington’s hottest new buzzwords. | 06/20/13 15:09:54 By - By Lindsay Wise and Jonathan S. Landay

Secrets piling up faster than government can declassify some

In the darkened stacks of a nondescript building in the suburbs outside Washington, dozens of federal employees wearing protective gloves spend day after day sifting through millions of pages of secret documents, some of them nearly a century old. The 70 staffers of the National Declassification Center are charged with deciding – anonymously and quietly – which of the nation’s old secrets can be laid bare for the world to see. | 06/19/13 12:44:40 By - By Anita Kumar

IRS scandal brings out more charges of political audits

If reports of political targeting of conservatives by the Internal Revenue Service shocked the nation, they didn’t seem that surprising to many other groups who experienced problems with the tax agency in the past. | 06/17/13 14:59:03 By - By Kevin G. Hall

U.S. says Syria used chemical weapons, will send military support to rebels

The U.S. will sendmilitary support to Syrian rebels after finding the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on the opposition “multiple times,” the White House said Thursday, escalating involvement in a civil war in which President Barack Obama has resisted military involvement. | 06/13/13 20:26:11 By - By Lesley Clark

Democrats hit the road to sell public on Obamacare

Three years after it passed, President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats are still trying to sell the federal health care law to a skeptical nation. | 06/10/13 16:23:48 By - By Anita Kumar

Spying hangs over U.S.-China summit

President Barack Obama and new Chinese President Xi Jinping opened two days of talks at a California retreat with joint calls for a new relationship, even as Obama said he’d continue pressing China on its human rights record and cyber security. | 06/08/13 00:42:33 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama on spying: I am not Big Brother

President Barack Obama offered a strong defense Friday of his administration’s newly disclosed programs to monitor phone and Internet activity, insisting that secret surveillance helps prevent terrorist attacks. | 06/07/13 17:28:05 By - By Anita Kumar

Mr. Obama, meet Mr. Xi; U.S.-China summit is personal

President Barack Obama and China’s new president, Xi Jinping, will meet Friday at a sprawling California retreat for two days of talks aimed as much at fostering a rapport between leaders of the two global superpowers as at reaching agreement on a variety of crucial issues. | 06/06/13 18:11:21 By - By Lesley Clark

Intelligence Director declassifies law to explain massive phone, Internet surveillance

President Barack Obama’s administration on Thursday defended a newly disclosed National Security Agency program that gathers telephone records of tens of millions of Verizon customers, authorized under a secret court order. | 06/06/13 23:36:09 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

Obama, champion Ravens mix it up; no harm, no foul, just jokes

In a welcome break from the political crises gripping his administration, President Barack Obama hosted the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens at the White House on Wednesday for a congratulatory ceremony on the South Lawn. | 06/05/13 17:24:56 By -

Obama sets up clash with Republicans over court nominees

President Obama today announced his intention to nominate three judges to the nation's second highest court, accusing Republicans of blocking his selections for political reasons in remarks the White House pool report described as "fiery." | 06/04/13 12:36:14 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama urges Congress to stop hike in student-loan interest

President Barack Obama called on Congress Friday to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling to 6.8 percent, a move that many congressional Republicans denounced as a campaign stunt rather than an effort at real change. | 05/31/13 16:51:44 By - By Kate Irby

So far, sequester turns out to be tremors, not earthquake

Taken as a whole, the impact of the mandated across-the-board cuts “so far has been really teeny,” said Barry Anderson, deputy director of the National Governor’s Association. The U.S. economy is showing signs of improvement, with housing prices up, gasoline prices down and April’s 7.5 percent unemployment rate the lowest in four years. But as the sequester continues, more Americans are learning that even the teeniest change in Washington spending can have a big impact on their lives. From furloughed workers to shuttered federal offices to canceled White House tours and lighter entitlement checks, the reality of the sequester is hitting home. | 05/31/13 15:50:39 By - By William Douglas

After failure on gun legislation, Obama learning limits of his power

Six months after his triumphant re-election, President Barack Obama has run into the hard reality of the modern presidency. | 05/24/13 15:33:49 By - By Anita Kumar

Code Pink co-founder interrupts Obama's counterterrorism speech

"Code Pink" peace activists have heckled George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney. Today, its co-founder Medea Benjamin interrupted President Barack Obama's counterterrorism speech several times before she was escorted out of National Defense University. | 05/23/13 16:22:28 By - Julie Moos

Obama administration targets reporters in crackdown on leaks

First, there was the news that the Justice Department had secretly seized telephone records of reporters at the Associated Press. A week later, reports that the department had investigated a Fox News reporter as a potential criminal for doing his job. | 05/23/13 15:44:40 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama speech suggests possible expansion of drone killings

President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his administration’s use of drone strikes to kill terrorists as effective, lawful and “heavily constrained,” but he also appeared to be laying groundwork for an expansion of the controversial targeted killings. | 05/23/13 19:38:13 By - By Lesley Clark and Jonathan S. Landay

With Obama in the dark, administration planned how to stage-manage news of IRS scandal

The Obama administration’s timeline for who knew what and when about the Internal Revenue Service scandal changed again Tuesday with revelations that the Treasury Department and White House officials had discussed how to stage-manage the release of the explosive information. The latest revelation came as acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller told Congress that he’s responsible for the secretly planted question answered by subordinate Lois Lerner that triggered the scandal that’s now gripping the nation’s capital. | 05/21/13 20:31:58 By - By Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman

White House admits top Obama aides knew a month ago about IRS probe

The White House acknowledged Monday that senior aides to President Barack Obama knew a month ago that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted conservative groups, expanding on previous administration statements about who in the White House knew about the inquiry and when they knew about it. | 05/20/13 19:32:16 By - By Anita Kumar and Kevin G. Hall

In IRS scandal, why is any political group exempt from taxes?

The Internal Revenue Service is under fire for giving extra scrutiny to conservative organizations that asked for tax-exempt status. But the scandal begs a broader question: Why are political organizations getting this government subsidy anyway? | 05/16/13 16:59:58 By - By Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman

Multiple controversies suddenly plague Obama

The honeymoon, if there ever was one, is over. Four months into his second term, President Barack Obama finds himself under siege from members of both parties and the media for a series of crises that has stalled his policy priorities and threatened to engulf the second half of his presidency. | 05/16/13 13:24:23 By - By Anita Kumar and Steven Thomma

Obama fires IRS chief

Moving to quell a growing scandal, President Barack Obama on Wednesday fired the acting chief of the Internal Revenue Service and vowed to work closely with Congress in determining who ordered lower-level employees to target tea party groups and other conservative organizations. | 05/15/13 20:33:44 By - By Kevin G. Hall, David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Benghazi emails show CIA deputy director did most of editing on talking points

President Barack Obama succumbed to days of withering criticism Wednesday, releasing dozens of emails in an effort to demonstrate that the White House did not try to cover up information about the September 2012 attacks on diplomatic facilities in Libya that killed four Americans. | 05/15/13 21:37:18 By - By Anita Kumar and Jonathan S. Landay

FBI starts criminal probe of IRS as report details unfair treatment

The Internal Revenue Service asked “unnecessary, burdensome questions” of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, questions that unfairly delayed the applications, according to an investigative report obtained by McClatchy. | 05/14/13 21:40:39 By - By Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman

Obama, Congress promise probe of IRS

Political Washington reacted with bipartisan outrage Monday to reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative organizations applying for special tax-exempt status – though questions have been raised about politics and tax status since at least 2006. | 05/13/13 22:57:44 By - By Kevin G. Hall, William Douglas and Lesley Clark

Rand Paul careful about where family resemblance begins and ends in Iowa

Rand Paul’s potential bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is off to a promising start in the crucial state of Iowa, thanks in part to the fact that his father is Ron Paul. The family name opens important doors to networks of potential volunteers and contributors. It draws people to take a close look at a man who’s only in his first Senate term. But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., ultimately has to make it on his own. And that won’t be easy. | 05/13/13 12:38:51 By - By David Lightman

Rand Paul visits Iowa, triggers talk of 2016 White House bid

Sen. Rand Paul brought his national ambitions to Iowa on Friday, ripping potential Democratic rival Hillary Clinton while urging his own Republican Party to broaden its appeal as he campaigned like it was already 2016. | 05/11/13 09:46:52 By - By David Lightman

Obama aides scramble to defend edits to Benghazi talking points

The Obama administration insisted Friday that it acted in good faith and not to protect itself when it eliminated references to al Qaida and an allied group in talking points about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. | 05/10/13 19:53:20 By - By Lesley Clark

In Costa Rica, Obama turns back to economy

Wrapping up a trip to Central America Saturday, President Barack Obama sought to put the focus firmly back on his top priority: the economy. | 05/04/13 16:31:54 By - By Anita Kumar

Family of Commerce pick Penny Pritzker was pioneer in troubled mortgage securities

President Barack Obama’s choice to be the new secretary of commerce is a powerful Democratic fundraiser and hometown friend whose family’s role in a controversial bank failure might raise questions during her Senate confirmation. | 05/02/13 18:00:51 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama vows anew to close Guantanamo

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he’d redouble efforts on a failed first-term campaign promise to close the prison for terrorism suspects at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. | 04/30/13 20:25:48 By - By Anita Kumar

Lame duck? Obama says he still matters

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that he’s still a force to be reckoned with, even as he faces a recalcitrant Congress, a stalled agenda, few options for containing civil war in Syria and new questions about U.S anti-terrorism efforts in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. | 04/30/13 18:23:31 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama welcomes transportation nominee Anthony Foxx

President Barack Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx on Monday to be his next transportation secretary, choosing a rising star from his own party to follow a popular Republican skilled at working across the aisle. | 04/29/13 19:03:43 By - By Franco Ordonez, David Lightman and William Douglas

Highlights from White House Correspondents Association Dinner

Annual event attracts thousands. | 04/27/13 12:28:18 By -

At White House correspondents’ dinner, D.C. is Hollywood East for a night

The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner this weekend has become an annual kind of prom for reporters, politicos and Washington insiders, who get to mingle with big names, starting with the president and first lady, and a lot of glitzy Hollywood stars. | 04/25/13 18:27:01 By - By Maria Recio

Obama to find new foreign-policy challenge in Mexico

On the eve of President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico next week, the new government there looks to reboot a joint effort to combat violent drug traffickers, worries about piecemeal efforts in the United States to legalize marijuana and hopes to rebuild frayed relations with Cuba. | 04/22/13 16:37:56 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Hannah Allam

Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, in his own words

Excerpts from an interview with Mexico’s new foreign secretary, Jose Antonio Meade, in advance of a May 2 visit to Mexico City by President Barack Obama. McClatchy interviewed him in Washington. | 04/22/13 16:36:21 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama assures a reeling Boston: ‘We will finish the race’

President Barack Obama on Thursday celebrated this city’s resilience in the face of a bomb attack that upended the legendary Boston Marathon and rattled much of the country, pledging that runners will return to the streets of an unbowed city next year. | 04/18/13 18:07:07 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Suspect arrested in Mississippi in poison letters to Congress, White House

The FBI arrested a Mississippi man Wednesday in connection with letters mailed to President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for the poisonous substance ricin. | 04/17/13 21:33:08 By - By William Douglas, Greg Gordon and Anita Kumar

Some Democrats tacking left before possible 2016 White House runs

While the Republican Party grapples with a center-right divide after its election losses last fall, Democrats may be setting up a center vs. left battle for the 2016 election to succeed President Barack Obama. | 04/17/13 12:00:53 By - By David Lightman

Obama honors NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski at White House

President Barack Obama honored NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski at the White House on Tuesday for winning the 2012 Sprint Cup Championship for the first time and for his work with wounded veterans. | 04/16/13 18:43:34 By - By Emma Kantrowitz

Obama took his time in calling Boston Marathon attack ‘terrorism’

It took President Barack Obama nearly 24 hours to describe Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon the same way that lawmakers, experts and even his own staff did: as an act of terrorism. That was no accident. | 04/16/13 18:18:23 By - By Anita Kumar

America turns left on social issues, but not on government

Some saw Barack Obama as a modern-day Franklin Roosevelt, ushering in a 21st century version of New Deal liberalism. Others saw a John F. Kennedy, heralding the dawn of a new progressive age of expanding rights. | 04/15/13 16:42:52 By - By David Lightman

Obama’s 2014 budget has more new taxes than he talked about

President Barack Obama touted a proposal this week to collect $580 billion in new taxes from the wealthy to reduce the nation’s escalating deficit. | 04/12/13 18:51:10 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama proposes $3.78 trillion budget for 2014

President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.78 trillion budget proposal Wednesday for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, promising that it would boost the economy and cut projected deficits by investing in job growth and raising taxes on the wealthy. | 04/12/13 18:58:39 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

White House employees will take unpaid leave because of sequester

The president’s staff will start implementing furloughs for 468 employees next month as part of the across-the-board budget cuts implemented March 1. | 04/11/13 14:39:20 By - By Anita Kumar

White House honors Florida scientist Jennifer Jurado for work on climate change

The White House on Thursday honored a Broward County, Fla., scientist who helped launch a multi-county initiative to address sea level rise and other consequences of climate change in South Florida. | 04/11/13 13:15:21 By - By Erika Bolstad

Rand Paul tries to spread GOP gospel to black students

Adding his voice to his party’s recent quest to broaden its minority appeal, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a potential Republican presidential hopeful in 2016, told an audience at a historically black university on Wednesday that his party “has always been the party of civil rights and voting rights.” | 04/10/13 18:32:43 By - By Matthew Schofield

One likely winner in budget fight – status quo

President Barack Obama’s $3.78 trillion budget Wednesday provided fresh, vivid evidence that Washington remains desperately divided over key spending and tax issues – and that government appears poised to keep limping along without a broad budget agreement. | 04/10/13 16:37:51 By - By David Lightman

Obama may trade one flawed Social Security formula for another

President Barack Obama’s coming push for less generous increases in Social Security benefits is angering his party and perplexing economists, many of whom question why he’d replace one ineffective measure with another. | 04/09/13 18:15:49 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Florida fifth-graders help plant White House garden

While the rest of his classmates were stuck in school Thursday, Emilio Vega, 11, planted bread wheat seeds with first lady Michelle Obama in her garden on the South Lawn of the White House. | 04/04/13 17:20:33 By - By Emma Kantrowitz

The really early 2016 line: Hillary, Biden look strong over potential GOP field

The 2016 presidential election is far off, but an early sign indicates that Republicans could face trouble if Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden becomes the Democratic nominee, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 04/02/13 17:05:36 By - By David Lightman

Democrats fear Obama group will siphon money from them

President Barack Obama’s decision to launch his own political organization has some Democrats wondering: Is he just in it for himself? | 04/01/13 14:33:03 By - By Anita Kumar

In Florida, Obama pitches new ways to attract private investment for public-works projects

Speaking briefly at PortMiami on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama proposed new ways for governments to secure private dollars for big-ticket highway, bridge and other public works projects to boost the economy and create new construction jobs. | 03/29/13 17:10:21 By - Patricia Mazzei

Obama: ‘Shame on us’ if Congress does little about guns after Newtown

President Barack Obama delivered an emotional plea Thursday for lawmakers to pass legislation intended to curb gun violence, saying Americans couldn’t possibly have forgotten the horror three months ago of 20 children shot to death in their elementary school in Newtown, Conn. | 03/28/13 17:33:18 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama, moms to mark 100 days since Newtown shooting with White House event

President Obama will meet Thursday with mothers who want to see gun control efforts succeed, the White House says, amid questions of whether gun control legislation is lagging, some 100 days after the school shooting in Connecticut. | 03/27/13 14:25:25 By - Lesley Clark

Obama honors hockey and soccer champions at White House

President Barack Obama, a basketball devotee, displayed his soccer prowess and hockey knowledge Tuesday as he honored the National Hockey League Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and Major League Soccer champ Los Angeles Galaxy at the White House. The president bounced a silver-colored soccer ball – a gift from the Galaxy, along with a white team jersey – off his head as cameras clicked to capture the shot. “I hope you guys caught that,” Obama quipped. “That doesn’t happen very often.” | 03/26/13 18:46:49 By - By William Douglas

Launching Mideast trip, Obama says he’s not sure about chemical attack in Syria

The two men appeared chummy during the visit, joking easily and saluting one another in a sharp departure from the often frosty rapport they’ve exhibited in the past. They met privately at Netanyahu’s residence, then again over a working dinner into the evening, with reports of a chemical weapon attack in Syria and continued fears of Iran’s nuclear program topping their agenda. | 03/20/13 19:13:27 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama turning to executive power to get what he wants

President Barack Obama came into office four years ago skeptical of pushing the power of the White House to the limit, especially if it appeared to be circumventing Congress. Now, as he launches his second term, Obama has grown more comfortable wielding power to try to move his own agenda forward, particularly when a deeply fractured, often-hostile Congress gets in his way. He’s done it with a package of tools, some of which date to George Washington and some invented in the modern era of an increasingly powerful presidency. And he’s done it with a frequency that belies his original campaign criticisms of predecessor George W. Bush. | 03/19/13 14:32:39 By - By Anita Kumar

Confirmation fight looms for Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez

The road to confirmation will likely be long and difficult for the first Latino picked to serve in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet during his second term. | 03/18/13 18:32:15 By - By Franco Ordonez

Obama looks to connect with Israeli people on his visit

President Barack Obama hopes to “connect with the Israeli people” when he arrives in Jerusalem on Wednesday, making his first visit in more than four years as president and facing a skeptical audience. | 03/18/13 16:12:32 By - By Lesley Clark and Sheera Frankel

Americans expect little from Obama’s Middle East trip

Few Americans expect much progress on Middle East peace during President Barack Obama’s trip to Israel and the West Bank, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 03/15/13 17:58:55 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama will face pressure on Middle East trip to do more on Syria

President Barack Obama will hear plenty about Syria when he steps off Air Force One in the Middle East next week, very likely facing new pressure from worried allies to help rebels oust Syrian President Bashar Assad but carrying no change in U.S. policy that could calm fears of the crisis spreading across borders and destabilizing the region. | 03/14/13 18:36:13 By - By Lesley Clark and Hannah Allam

Poll: Americans want background checks for guns, ban on assault weapons

Americans overwhelmingly support tougher background checks for prospective gun owners, and a majority support bans on assault weapons and big ammunition clips, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. The survey also found that Americans have widely differing views on how to proceed on immigration, another issue that’s high on the Obama administration’s priority list. Guns and immigration are expected to provide some of this year’s most heated congressional debate. | 03/12/13 15:04:02 By - By David Lightman

McClatchy-Marist poll shows Obama tumbling in voters’ eyes

If President Barack Obama had piled up political capital with his impressive re-election, it’s largely gone. His approval rating has dropped to the lowest level in more than a year, with more voters now turning thumbs down on his performance than thumbs up, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. The measure of how much people like him also has dropped. | 03/11/13 16:07:42 By - By Steven Thomma

Like Bush, Obama rebuffs pardon for boxing great Jack Johnson

For nine years, a pair Hill lawmakers have asked the president to posthumously pardon American boxing legend Jack Johnson. George W. Bush failed to act, but the congressmen thought they might be able to convince the nation’s first African-American president to do so on behalf of the world’s first African-American heavyweight boxing champ. But Obama hasn’t issued a pardon either, and his administration says it’s unlikely he will. That isn’t stopping the lifelong boxing fans from trying again. | 03/11/13 14:27:07 By - By Anita Kumar

Poll: Sequester has not hit home

The budget cuts in Washington have not hit home in America, at least not yet. | 03/10/13 13:17:49 By - By Steven Thomma

Report: Obama still secretive despite transparency vow

President Barack Obama has relied on state secrets and secret laws to make national security decisions with little congressional or public oversight much as his predecessor did, according to a report being released Sunday by a liberal government watchdog group. | 03/10/13 00:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar

White House official who bettered Hispanic media access steps down

Luis Miranda is leaving to return to the private sector as a communications consultant. The White House’s director of Hispanic media, Miranda is credited with helping to provide access not seen in previous administrations. The outreach came as the White House was courting the growing Hispanic vote, which helped President Barack Obama win-re-election. | 03/08/13 17:39:00 By - By Lesley Clark

White House staff to face pay cuts, furloughs

After weeks of questions, Obama administration finally revealed that the across-the-board spending cuts implemented last week will mean pay cuts and furloughs for White House staff. That includes the West Wing. | 03/08/13 15:06:03 By - Anita Kumar

Obama looks to reset relations with Benjamin Netanyahu in trip to Israel

President Barack Obama’s coming trip to Israel will focus as much on looking to restart a frosty relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as on any other issue. | 03/08/13 12:59:52 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama changing course, talking to Congress

President Barack Obama is doing something he rarely does: Talking to Congress. | 03/07/13 18:09:09 By - By Anita Kumar

Sequester starts, as does politicians parceling out blame

The federal government will start cutting spending as early as Saturday, with President Barack Obama and congressional leaders unable to bridge their fundamental disagreement over spending and taxes. | 03/01/13 18:40:45 By - By Lesley Clark and William Douglas

Did Obama go too far in warnings of sequestration?

For weeks, President Barack Obama has warned Americans about the dire consequences of allowing the automatic across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration to go into effect . | 02/28/13 19:17:38 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Now the parties don’t even agree on when sequester starts

Republicans said the spending cuts start Friday. The White House said it’s really Saturday. Either way, the seemingly trivial dispute underscored the inability of the two sides to avert spending cuts neither side wanted when they were first enacted and signed into law in 2011. | 02/27/13 19:00:08 By - By William Douglas and Anita Kumar

As Congress wrangles, Obama warns naval shipyard workers of defense cuts

President Barack Obama journeyed Tuesday to military-rich Virginia to prod Congress to halt looming federal spending cuts, warning of the potential consequences on America’s armed forces and economy. | 02/26/13 17:53:02 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

Obama urges governors to lobby their congressional delegations

President Barack Obama told the National Governors Association -- meeting today at the White House -- that members should lobby their members of Congress to avoid the looming series of spending cuts known as the sequester. | 02/25/13 14:24:08 By - Lesley Clark

White House warns again of budget cuts

The White House on Sunday ramped up its campaign to avoid across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take place in less than a week by releasing detailed estimates of what reductions could mean in every state. | 02/24/13 20:09:38 By - By Anita Kumar

GOP governors turn pragmatic as election nears

Faced with tough re-elections and constituents clamoring for government services, Republican governors in some big swing states are turning pragmatic, pulling away from the conservative line that helped them win in 2010. | 02/24/13 15:32:59 By - By David Lightman

In efforts to tame deficits, Obama leans against spending cuts

President Barack Obama insists he wants a balance of more taxes and less spending to curb runaway budget deficits. His record suggests, however, that he leans against cutting spending. | 02/22/13 15:56:10 By - By Lesley Clark

Poll: Obama's approval rating up to 62 percent in California

President Barack Obama's job approval rating among California voters has climbed above 60 percent for the first time since 2009, the year he first took office, according to a new Field Poll. | 02/20/13 07:03:20 By - David Siders

Rich-poor spending gap on schools hurts kids, report says

America is failing too many of its children in public schools because it doesn’t spread the opportunity for a good education fairly to all, according to a report for the government released Tuesday. | 02/19/13 18:47:17 By - By Renee Schoof

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