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At Costco, Obama pitches minimum wage hike

President Barack Obama traveled to a Costco store in suburban Maryland Wednesday to tout his support for raising the minimum wage, a key piece of the yearlong agenda he unveiled in his State of the Union address. | 01/29/14 16:27:56 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama Taps Executive Powers for Savings Program

Obama uses power of pen to create savings program. | 01/29/14 12:43:34 By - Kevin G. Hall

Obama urges minimum wage hike in Maryland

President Barack Obama traveled to a Costco store in suburban Maryland Wednesday to tout his support for raising the minimum wage, a key piece of the agenda he unveiled in his State of the Union address hours earlier. | 01/29/14 11:01:10 By - Anita Kumar

Biden: 'In my heart...I could make a good president'

Vice President Joe Biden says he's confident he could make a "good president," but that he hasn't yet made the decision to run. | 01/29/14 10:39:32 By - Lesley Clark

Obama calls for education help for preschoolers, young men of color

President Barack Obama makes his pitch again for early preschool and announces new foundation and corporation grants for broadband and help for young men of color. | 01/29/14 05:58:20 By - Renee Schoof

In State of the Union, Obama tries to make a place for himself in the history books

President Barack Obama on Tuesday followed a familiar script for presidents entering their sixth year, as he tried to revive his waning political clout while shaping his legacy. | 01/28/14 21:35:07 By - By David Lightman

Obama to Congress: Help the poor, or I will

President Barack Obama looked to revive his second term in a sweeping speech to the nation Tuesday, outlining an agenda that calls for creating jobs and addressing the widening gap between rich and poor. | 01/28/14 22:45:37 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama will force federal contractors to raise minimum wage

For years, liberal groups privately – and unsuccessfully – pressed President Barack Obama to use the power of the federal government’s purse to raise the minimum wage for employees whose companies had contracts with the federal government. Last year, after Obama again failed to act, they changed strategies, launching a public campaign complete with employee strikes. | 01/28/14 19:13:39 By - By Anita Kumar

Who gets a raise and who doesn’t under Obama’s order

Some answers to questions about President Barack Obama’s announcement that he’ll sign an executive order raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour for employees who work for companies that get government contracts. | 01/28/14 19:12:42 By - By Anita Kumar

Excerpts of the President’s State of the Union Address

Excerpts of the President’s State of the Union Address As Prepared for Delivery | 01/28/14 18:38:39 By -

Obama to raise minimum wage for federal contract workers

President Barack Obama will announce tonight in his State of the Union address that he will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts, according to a White House document. | 01/28/14 08:07:13 By - Anita Kumar

State of the Union guests include those who benefited from health care law, want an immigration overhaul

Guests of the White House at the State of the Union address Tuesday include a fourth-grader from Puerto Rico who likes to cook, the chief executive officer of General Motors Company and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. | 01/28/14 05:50:14 By - Anita Kumar

Government allows companies to disclose information on spying requests

The Obama administration announced Monday that it will allow companies to disclose for the first time what information the government has ordered them to turn over as part of its surveillance programs. | 01/27/14 18:49:46 By - Anita Kumar

Bombing victims, gay athlete will be guests at State of the Union

The White House's guests for the State of the Union address Tuesday includes survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, an Oklahoma fire chief who responded to a deadly tornado, the nation's first openly gay professional basketball player, a 16-year-old inventor and Washington, D.C.'s public school teacher of the year | 01/27/14 06:00:00 By - Anita Kumar

GOP criticizes Obama's late budget

Republicans on Monday criticized President Barack Obama's decision to release his budget on March 4, a month late. | 01/27/14 18:49:46 By - Anita Kumar

Obama to hit the road to promote policies outlined in Tuesday's speech

President Barack Obama will travel to Prince George’s County Maryland; Pittsburgh; Milwaukee; and Nashville in the next week to talk about proposals outlined in Tuesday's State of the Union address. | 01/25/14 12:00:34 By - Anita Kumar

White House engages former 'West Wing' actors to push 'Big Block of Cheese Day'

Someone at the White House thinks this is a gouda idea. | 01/25/14 07:24:56 By - Lesley Clark

Federal and state marketplace enrollment nears 3 million

With just over two months remaining in a six-month open enrollment period, nearly three million people have now signed up for health insurance on the federal and state insurance marketplaces, the Obama administration reported Friday | 01/25/14 07:24:56 By - Tony Pugh

White House reopens political office ahead of midterm elections

The White House is restaffing its political arm as the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach and has named longtime Obama aide, David Simas, as director. | 01/25/14 07:24:56 By - Lesley Clark

White House defends ambassador despite 'jaw dropping' stumble

The White House is sticking up for President Obama's pick for ambassador to Norway, who this week made what a Norwegian website dubbed a "jaw-dropping diplomatic blunder." | 01/25/14 07:24:56 By - Lesley Clark

Kansas City, Las Vegas and others bid for 2016 GOP convention

Care for some real Kansas City air-roasted coffee? A souvenir Denver Broncos insulated bag? How about a fleece vest from Las Vegas? | 01/24/14 16:22:05 By - David Lightman

Obama looks to big State of the Union speech to jump-start second term

Eager to put the past year behind him, President Barack Obama will deliver a State of the Union address Tuesday looking to reinvigorate his presidency. | 01/24/14 15:32:31 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Romney praises 'unprecedented' security at Sochi Olympics

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who organized the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, says he'd be comfortable enough with Russian security to send his family to the games in Sochi. | 01/24/14 13:40:35 By - By Sean Cockerham

The Hillary cover: What does it say about her, us?

What does the New York Times's magazine cover say about Hillary Clinton, the potential Democratic frontrunner for president, or maybe our society. | 01/24/14 13:40:35 By - Anita Kumar

Obama: Mayors show you don't have to wait for Congress to make things happen

President Obama hosted mayors from across the U.S. at the White House Thursday, saying their efforts in cities prove "you don’t have to wait for the gridlock to clear in Congress in order to make things happen." | 01/23/14 20:09:00 By - Lesley Clark

Christie, Clinton are targets in unusually early opposition campaigns

The 2016 presidential campaign _ yes, 2016 _ is in full swing, as Republicans and Democrats slug it out with relentless, unusually early efforts to discredit and demonize potential rivals. | 01/23/14 11:37:44 By - By David Lightman

Obama administration says time running out for Congress to raise debt limit

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is telling Congress to raise the debt limit before Feb. 7 in order to “ensure orderly financing of the government.” | 01/23/14 06:37:20 By - By Sean Cockerham

White House says there's been an 'uptick' in threat reporting prior to Olympics

US citizens planning to attend the games in Sochi should contact the State Department, which has posted a travel warning, said Press Secretary Jay Carney. | 01/23/14 06:37:20 By - Lesley Clark

Obama targets problem of sexual assault

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will hold a meeting of the Council on Women and Girls Wednesday morning as he looks to focus on the problem of sexual assault from the military to college campuses. | 01/23/14 06:37:20 By - Anita Kumar

Obama election panel: Voters shouldn't wait more than 30 minutes

A post 2012 election panel appointed by President Barack Obama today presented Obama with a series of election law fixes -- saying voters shouldn't have to wait in line for more than 30 minutes. | 01/23/14 06:37:20 By - Lesley Clark

Bill O'Reilly to interview Obama during Super Bowl

President Barack Obama will continue a Super Bowl tradition and sit down for a pre game interview at the White House -- this time with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly. | 01/23/14 20:09:00 By - Lesley Clark

Days later, Obama’s spy speech has people scratching their heads

President Barack Obama’s response to the international uproar over the nation’s surveillance programs is leaving Americans with more questions than answers. | 01/22/14 12:33:02 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama and Putin talk Iran, Syria, Olympics

President Obama spoke with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin -- weeks before the Olympics opens in Sochi, Russia and as talks begin in Geneva to find a way to end three years of violence in Syria. | 01/22/14 06:48:23 By - Lesley Clark

FLOTUS dunks with Miami Heat

You can't say she's not a good sport: First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with the Miami Heat to film a public service announcement for her Let’s Move! fitness and nutrition campaign, highlighting the importance of eating healthy and drinking water. | 01/21/14 15:23:18 By - Lesley Clark

Clinton zooms past Christie in new '16 White House poll

More bad news for embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: A new Quinnipiac poll shows he's fallen behind Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points. | 01/21/14 15:22:43 By - David Lightman

Snow Day at the White House

A winter storm has prompted a snow day of sorts at the White House, where all the public events have been postponed. | 01/21/14 15:23:18 By - Lesley Clark

U.S. eases sanctions, Iran halts some nuclear work as deal begins

Iran has started suspending some its uranium enrichment as part of a deal between Tehran and world powers to rein in the nation’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of some economic sanctions, according to an international watchdog. | 01/20/14 16:33:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Fans say Snowden is vindicated, deserves amnesty for leaks

Supporters of Edward Snowden complained of a glaring omission in the White House’s pledge Friday to rein in government surveillance activities: amnesty for the fugitive leaker who’s now holed up in Russia after revealing the secrets that led to this shakeup. | 01/17/14 19:00:17 By - By Hannah Allam

President Obama signs spending bill

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a $1.1 trillion federal spending plan that was forged through a rare bipartisan truce after years of bitter feuding over the government’s role and reach. | 01/17/14 18:58:19 By - Lesley Clark

Obama retains spying programs, with some new limits

President Barack Obama said Friday that he’d rein in a contentious federal program that collects millions of Americans’ phone records by requiring court approval each time the data is examined and barring the government from storing the information. | 01/17/14 18:28:46 By - By Anita Kumar

Former Defense Sec Gates backs Obama on Iran sanctions

Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates says President Obama is "absolutely right" to oppose congressional efforts to impose additional sanctions on Iran's government -- as he negotiates with Tehran to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons. | 01/17/14 12:51:32 By - Lesley Clark

Obama calls for significant changes to phone surveillance program

President Barack Obama will call Friday for significant changes to the federal government's bulk phone collection program, moving to transition away from government control of the information and requiring the government to obtain a court order to access it, a White House official said. | 01/17/14 08:59:00 By - Anita Kumar

Obamas kick off push to make college more accessible

America needs to do more to help low-income young people succeed in college, President Barack Obama told a gathering at the White House on Thursday of educational, business and philanthropic leaders, who pledged to take on extra efforts to help more students reap the benefits of a college degree. | 01/17/14 06:38:13 By - By Renee Schoof

Obama’s changes to phone surveillance unlikely to satisfy critics

No matter what President Barack Obama announces Friday when he unveils changes to the federal government’s surveillance programs, he won’t appease critics on the most important question he faces: what to do with the massive collection and storage of phone records. | 01/16/14 17:56:29 By - By Anita Kumar

A big bash is on tap as Michelle Obama turns 50

She’s musing about becoming a grandmother and not ruling out plastic surgery as she turns 50 on Friday. But Michelle Obama can still “shake a tail feather” and plans to as she celebrates the milestone the next day at the White House. | 01/16/14 16:53:14 By - By Lesley Clark

First Lady joins with Alicia Keys to talk education

First Lady Michelle Obama has earned accolades -- and few brickbats -- for her campaigns to improve the American diet and get people off the couch. She's also championed hiring opportunities for returning veterans. | 01/16/14 07:42:25 By - Lesley Clark

Obama likely to lobby senators against additional Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Democrats Wednesday about their shared legislative priorities for the new year, but he’s also likely to aggressively lobby them to not implement additional sanctions against Iran that could sabotage his diplomatic efforts. | 01/16/14 07:42:25 By - Anita Kumar and William Douglas

U.S. District Court tosses case challenging health law tax credits

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday dismissed one of the last major legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

The case, Halbig vs. Sebelius, argued that the health law only allows the federal government to provide premium tax credits - the subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people purchase health coverage - in states that use the federally run marketplace.

That's because a section of the ACA says the tax credits can only be applied to coverage purchased "through an exchange established by the state." 

The lead plaintiff in the case is Jacqueline Halbig, a former policy adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.

Conservative scholars Jonathan Adler and Michael Cannon, who first touted the supposed loophole in the law, have said it was intentionally written that way in order to coerce states into running their own marketplaces.

The federal government argued the language was merely a drafting error, which could easily be fixed if not for the polarized state of Congress, which has made it nearly impossible to make any legislative fixes to the law.

The government maintained that other aspects of the law makes clear Congress intended to provide the tax credits in all states.

In the court's decision to dismiss, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman agreed, writing:

"In sum, the Court finds that the plain text of the statute, the statutory structure, and the statutory purpose make clear that Congress intended to make premium tax credits available on both state-run and federally-facilitated Exchanges. What little relevant legislative history exists further supports this conclusion and certainly – despite plaintiffs’ best efforts to suggest otherwise – it does not undermine it. The Court therefore concludes that “Congress has directly spoken to the precise question” of whether an “Exchange,” includes federally-facilitated Exchanges. And that must be “the end of the matter; for the court, as well as the agency, must give effect to the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress.”

Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a liberal patient advocacy group that filed an amicus brief in the case, said Wednesday that he was thrilled by the court's decision.

He said the case was "probably the most significant existential threat to the Affordable Care Act."  

To read the court's decision, go to https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2013cv0623-67

  | 01/16/14 07:42:25 By - Tony Pugh

Michelle Obama on her 50th birthday: My message to women is be healthy

First Lady Michelle Obama said she's yet to peak -- even as she celebrates her 50th birthday at the White House this week. | 01/15/14 06:12:33 By - Lesley Clark

Obama to Congress: We're not waiting for legislation

President Barack Obama sent a message to Congress Tuesday: He plans to use his executive power whenever he can to move his agenda forward. | 01/15/14 06:12:33 By - Anita Kumar

Obama will visit Pope Francis

President Barack Obama will visit Pope Francis, Secretary of State John Kerry said after he stopped at the Vatican Tuesday. | 01/15/14 06:12:33 By - Anita Kumar

Budget bill sets spending for everything from military pensions to light bulbs

Congress’ spending plan for the federal government touches almost every facet of American life, as it tackles big priorities such as health care, education and combating terrorism as well as smaller concerns such as the future of light bulbs. | 01/14/14 17:47:30 By - By David Lightman, Kevin G. Hall and Hannah Allam

Obama, Senate Democrats to meet Wednesday

President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Democrats Wednesday evening. | 01/14/14 05:52:28 By - Anita Kumar

Young adult enrollment in health care marketplaces lags

Halfway through the six-month enrollment period for private marketplace health insurance, just one in four new adult enrollees are between ages 18 and 34, the crucial demographic group whose participation rates are key to keeping monthly premiums affordable under Obamacare. | 01/14/14 05:48:41 By - By Tony Pugh and Anita Kumar

Obama is using executive power to affect immigration law

President Barack Obama didn’t wait for Congress to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws to help millions who are in the United States illegally stay in the country. | 01/14/14 06:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama will travel to Mexico next month

President Barack Obama will travel to Toluca, Mexico Feb. 19 to participate in the North American Leaders Summit. | 01/14/14 05:52:28 By - Anita Kumar

Supreme Court looks at a president’s power to appoint

Many federal decisions hung in the balance Monday as Supreme Court justices wrestled with a case that involved the appointments made by presidents during a congressional recess. | 01/13/14 16:07:17 By - By Michael Doyle

Smithsonian celebrates 100 years of First Ladies

Michelle Obama’s second inaugural gown will go on display to the public starting tomorrow as part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History exhibit marking 100 years of celebrating first ladies at the Smithsonian. | 01/13/14 13:00:02 By - Lesley Clark

Biden at Sharon's funeral: 'The work of trying to reach peace continues'

Vice President Joe Biden led the US delegation to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's funeral in Tel Aviv. | 01/13/14 10:05:04 By - Lesley Clark

GOP Chairman Priebus defends embattled Christie

Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus defended embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Sunday, saying Christie had demonstrated leadership in his handling of the George Washington Bridge controversy. | 01/13/14 04:22:45 By - David Lightman

White House defers questions on India diplomatic row to State Department

The White House declined Thursday to wade into the increasingly contentious row over the arrest last fall of an Indian diplomat in New York. | 01/10/14 06:46:11 By - Lesley Clark

White House on Gates' book: It's not even on Obama's list

The White House says the explosive upcoming memoir by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates -- which criticizes President Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden -- is barely on the presidential radar. | 01/10/14 06:46:11 By - Lesley Clark

White House steers clear of Chris Christie bridge scandal

President Barack Obama and Republican Gov. Chris Christie developed a bond after Hurricane Sandy, but the White House steered clear Thursday of questions about the controversial bridge lane closing that has imperiled Christie's chances at holding national office. | 01/10/14 06:46:11 By - Lesley Clark

Obama to visit North Carolina in lead up to State of the Union

For the second year in a row, President Barack Obama will make an early trip to North Carolina where he’ll begin to lay out his administration’s agenda for the year. In a warm up to his Jan. 28 State of the Union address, Obama will be traveling to Raleigh on Wednesday. | 01/10/14 06:46:11 By - Franco Ordonez

Obama to unveil 'Promise Zones,' McConnell, Rand Paul in attendance

President Barack Obama today will announce his administration's first five "Promise Zones" -- designed to allow the federal government to partner with local communities and business to create jobs. | 01/10/14 06:46:11 By - Lesley Clark

Obama moving toward changes in nation’s spy network

President Barack Obama appears to be on verge of making several changes to the nation’s surveillance programs, including halting the government’s storage of mass telephone records of millions of Americans, appointing a public advocate to appear before the nation’s secret surveillance court and stopping spying on some foreign leaders, according to those familiar with the White House deliberations. | 01/09/14 18:50:27 By - By Anita Kumar and David Lightman

Obama works to craft response to surveillance uproar

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with intelligence and privacy experts Wednesday as they look to finalize the White House response to the uproar over the government's vast surveillance programs | 01/09/14 06:24:45 By - Anita Kumar

Justice Department gives new guidance on school discipline

The departments of Justice and Education combined on the release of best practices and other guidance to schools and districts on school discipline. | 01/09/14 06:24:45 By - Renee Schoof

White House denies Gates’ charge that Biden is often wrong

The White House pushed back Wednesday against a harsh critique from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who in an upcoming memoir accuses Vice President Joe Biden of being wrong on foreign policy and national security issues over the last 40 years. | 01/08/14 18:39:54 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama defends Biden after scathing criticism from former Defense Secretary

President Obama provided a passionate defense of vice president Joe Biden Tuesday -- after his No. 2 came in for scathing criticism in an upcoming book by former Obama administration Defense Secretary Bob Gates. | 01/07/14 18:15:18 By - Lesley Clark

Obama presses for jobless benefits; fate in Congress uncertain

President Barack Obama pressed Congress on Tuesday to extend jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans, dismissing the suggestion that the checks lead people to shun work and insisting there’s no need for budget offsets to pay the price. | 01/07/14 16:10:18 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Obama to press for extending aid to the jobless

President Barack Obama will make his first official 2014 appearance today as he launches an effort to press Republicans into extending aid to the longtime jobless. | 01/07/14 13:21:07 By - Lesley Clark

Activists want Obama to go easy on Snowden

Activists are asking President Barack Obama to offer amnesty or a plea bargain to former government contractor Edward Snowden, who has been releasing classified information showing the breadth of government spying. | 01/07/14 13:20:53 By - Anita Kumar

Hillary Clinton 2014: Campaigning without campaigning?

Since stepping down as the nation’s top diplomat last year, Hillary Clinton has embarked on a frenetic cross-country tour, speaking to massive crowds on a series of issues that could put her in a better position if she decides to run for president. | 01/07/14 06:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar

President Obama's New Year's resolution: Working with Congress

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says he doesn't know if President Obama has any New Year's resolutions. But he said Obama -- whose poll ratings took a tumble during a turbulent 2013 -- "begins this year committed to working with Congress cooperatively and in a spirit of compromise to get things done that help the American people, that help the middle class, that help our economy grow." | 01/07/14 05:52:18 By - Lesley Clark

Obama to meet with lawmakers about spying programs

President Barack Obama will meet with a select group of lawmakers at the White House Thursday to discuss the federal government's surveillance programs. | 01/07/14 18:15:18 By - Anita Kumar

Robert Gates offers criticism of Obama, Biden, praises Hillary

President Obama lost faith in the troop increase he ordered in Afghanistan and it was ultimately "all about getting out," of the country, says his former defense secretary, Robert Gates, in an upcoming memoir, according to stories in the New York Times and the Washington Post. | 01/07/14 18:15:18 By - Lesley Clark

White House won't 'dignify' Dennis Rodman's remarks on North Korea

The White House says it has no comment on Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea -- or his emotional appearance this morning defending the trip and his exhibition basketball game. | 01/07/14 18:15:18 By - Lesley Clark

WH press secretary's facial hair creates a buzz

Press Secretary Jay Carney sparked a flurry of tweets -- and a new Twitter handle -- when he arrived for the first White House press briefing of 2014, sporting some scruff on his generally clean-shaven face. | 01/06/14 15:47:34 By - Lesley Clark

White House presses to extend unemployment benefits

The White House went on the offensive Friday seeking to renew an emergency aid program for out-of-work Americans that expired at the end of 2013. | 01/03/14 16:31:38 By - Franco Ordonez

Obama administration declares 'new day' for health care

The Obama administration said Tuesday that 2.1 million people have enrolled for health insurance through the state and federal marketplaces, just as many provisions of the Affordable Care Act begin to kick in at the start of the year. | 12/31/13 16:25:57 By - Lesley Clark

HealthCare.gov enrollment tops 1.1 million after deadline surge

More than 1.1 million Americans across 36 states enrolled in coverage from October 1 to December 24, according to new figures released Sunday by the Obama administration. | 12/30/13 07:34:21 By - Tony Pugh

Obama signs defense bill, criticizes Congress' Guantanamo restrictions

President Barack Obama Thursday signed legislation to fund the nation's defense, a measure that includes a small military pay raise and changes in how the military deals with sexual assault allegations. | 12/27/13 06:43:48 By - David Lightman

Obama signs budget deal into law

President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law a two-year budget plan that eases automatic spending cuts and providing some long-elusive certainty for the government's embattled budget. | 12/26/13 18:16:22 By - David Lightman

Deadline for Jan. 1 coverage extended on HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration has extended the December 23rd deadline to sign up for federal marketplace health insurance that takes effect on January 1. | 12/24/13 07:10:36 By - Tony Pugh

HealthCare.gov visitors set record

HealthCare.gov logged a record-breaking 850,000 site visits by 2 p.m. Monday, as Americans jammed the website hoping to beat the new extended deadline of Dec. 24 to enroll in health insurance that begins on January 1.

The site is handling the increased volume with few problems. With more than 60,000 simultaneous users just before 11 am., the tech support team deployed the queuing system, which directs users to leave the system and return when web traffic lightens. 

"So far today, more than 60,000 consumers have provided an email address to get their invitation to return later," said a statement from Julie Bataille, communications director at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Despited the Christmas Eve deadline, Bataille said consumers should not wait until Wednesday, Dec. 24,  to enroll in health insurance effective on January 1.  

Bataille advises people to sign up today, if possible, and to check with their insurer directly to make sure their enrollment has been verified and processed. "All consumers will have until at least Dec. 31 to pay, or at the time their issuer sets, as many plans have extended the deadline to Jan. 10," Bataille said.

 

  | 12/24/13 07:08:35 By - Tony Pugh

After inaugural high, Obama limps out of 2013

President Barack Obama took the oath of office on a bright shiny day in January, declaring that “America’s possibilities are limitless.” | 12/23/13 16:00:30 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama signs up for health insurance

President Barack Obama, who is on a family vacation in Hawaii, has signed up for health insurance through an Affordable Care Act exchange | 12/23/13 14:01:28 By - Anita Kumar

Obama touts health insurance enrollment spike as deadline looms

President Barack Obama said Friday that more than 500,000 Americans had obtained health insurance through the HealthCare.gov website in December and “tens of thousands” were enrolling each day as the Monday deadline for selecting insurance that’s effective Jan. 1 fast approaches. | 12/20/13 18:45:32 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama signals changes likely to NSA spying

President Barack Obama suggested Friday that he could make significant changes to the government’s vast surveillance programs, including the contentious mass collection of phone records, but insisted that the United States needs to continue its aggressive surveillance to prevent terrorist attacks. | 12/20/13 18:16:23 By - By Anita Kumar

President Obama says 2013 wasn't worst of his presidency, but says of healthcare.gov: 'We screwed it up'

President Barack Obama rejected the suggestion that 2013 -- marked by the chaotic rollout of his signature legislative accomplishment -- was the worst year of his presidency, as some polls suggest. | 12/20/13 15:00:50 By - Lesley Clark

Only 500,000 people with cancelled policies will lose health care coverage

That’s far less than the millions of people that health law critics said would lack insurance after their old policies were terminated because they didn’t meet new minimal standards under the Affordable Care Act. | 12/20/13 06:09:12 By - Tony Pugh and Lesley Clark

Brian Boitano comes out, raising gay members in U.S. Olympic delegation to 3

The number of gay athletes in the official delegation representing the United States at the opening and closing ceremonies of February's Winter Olympics in Russia grew to three Thursday after figure skater Brian Boitano announced that he is gay. | 12/20/13 06:00:22 By - William Douglas

White House pushes lawmakers to pass jobless benefits

The White House pushes Republicans to agree to renew jobless benefits | 12/20/13 15:00:50 By - Anita Kumar

President Obama nominates Sen. Baucus as ambassador to China

President Obama on Friday announced his intent to nominate Montana Sen. Max Baucus as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. | 12/20/13 15:00:50 By - Lesley Clark

Debate over curbing NSA spying likely to be passionate, divisive

The presidential advisory group that recommended curbing the government’s vast surveillance programs because it’s an overreaction to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has set the stage for a passionate debate in Washington over the balance between America’s liberties and national security. | 12/19/13 18:38:34 By - By Anita Kumar and Ali Watkins

Panel tells Obama to curb NSA spy program

A group appointed by President Barack Obama to review U.S. surveillance tactics is recommending widespread changes to the controversial National Security Agency spy programs, including ending the NSA’s dragnet collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records. | 12/19/13 06:37:48 By - By Lesley Clark and Ali Watkins

White House won't say its Olympics delegation sends Russia a message

The White House is sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia that includes two openly gay athletes -- but Press Secretary Jay Carney refused Wednesday to say whether that was meant as a slap at Russia's recent anti-gay law. | 12/19/13 05:39:31 By - Lesley Clark

Senate approves budget, Obama expected to sign

The Senate approved a bipartisan federal budget Wednesday that could lead to two rare years of fiscal stability for a government that’s lurched from showdown to showdown for two years. | 12/18/13 20:58:15 By - By David Lightman

Insurers extend payment deadline for Jan. 1 Obamacare coverage

The nation’s largest health insurance industry trade group announced Wednesday that consumers, frustrated by technical problems with federal and state health insurance marketplaces, will get more time to pay for individual coverage that begins Jan. 1. | 12/18/13 16:18:05 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama, First Lady to make a health care push with 'moms' in the Oval

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will meet with a group of moms in the Oval Office today as part of an ongoing White House effort to champion the Affordable Care Act. | 12/18/13 12:34:48 By - Lesley Clark

President Obama sends a message to Russia with his delegation picks for Sochi

The official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia includes two openly gay members -- a direct rebuke to Russia, whose recent anti-propaganda laws are widely viewed as anti-gay. | 12/18/13 07:10:43 By - Lesley Clark

Journos discuss access to Obama with White House

Several groups representing White House reporters, photographers and TV crews said they were "encouraged" today after a meeting at the White House to discuss press complaints about lack of access to President Obama. | 12/18/13 07:10:43 By - Lesley Clark

White House says Obama presidential library only in the 'embryonic stages'

The White House is pushing back against reports that planning for President Barack Obama's presidential library is well underway. | 12/18/13 12:34:48 By - Lesley Clark

Obama gets an offer for a cameo in House of Cards

Netflix's co-founder and chief executive officer Reed Hastings Tuesday offered President Barack Obama a cameo on his hit show, House of Cards -- after Obama joked that he had hoped Hastings had arrived at the White House with advance copies of the show. | 12/17/13 16:12:31 By - Lesley Clark

Minorities disproportionately represented in health care 'coverage gap'

New data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that minorities will make up 53 percent of the estimated 4.8 million low-income Americans who will fall into the "coverage gap," leaving them without viable options to obtain health insurance next year. | 12/17/13 06:17:00 By - Tony Pugh

Tech leaders urge Obama to 'move aggressively' on NSA reform

A group of executives from leading technology companies met Tuesday with President Barack Obama, urging him to "move aggressively" to reform the National Security Agency's surveillance operations. | 12/17/13 16:12:31 By - Lesley Clark

White House brings in Microsoft exec to help with healthcare.gov

The White House is calling in a Microsoft executive to help it repair the embattled healthcare.gov website that has struggled with operability since it opened for business on Oct. 1. | 12/17/13 16:12:31 By - Lesley Clark

Obama after Sandy Hook: We must change

President Barack Obama paid tribute Saturday to the "six dedicated school workers and 20 beautiful children" who were slain in Newtown a year ago today, saying the U.S. hasn't done enough to make the country safer. | 12/15/13 20:24:02 By - Lesley Clark

Charlotte mayor and others meet with Obama

Less than two weeks after being sworn in as mayor of Charlotte, Patrick Cannon made his first trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama. | 12/13/13 19:07:53 By - By Franco Ordonez

Obama is urged to include gays, lesbians in official Olympics delegation

An American human rights group is urging President Barack Obama to appoint lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community leaders to the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to show displeasure with a recently passed Russian anti-propaganda law that’s widely viewed as anti-gay. | 12/13/13 18:18:25 By - By William Douglas

Politics doesn’t always stop at water’s edge; it depends on who’s swimming

When Republicans chided President Barack Obama for shaking hands earlier this week with Cuban President Raul Castro, the White House complained that the critics were breaking protocol. | 12/13/13 14:13:55 By - By Lesley Clark

White House press corps erupts over lack of access to Obama

A routine daily press briefing at the White House turned raucous Thursday as reporters complained to Press Secretary Jay Carney about the lack of access to President Barack Obama. | 12/13/13 06:29:19 By - Lesley Clark

Obama to host newly elected mayors at the White House on Friday

President Obama on Friday will host a bevy of newly elected city mayors at the White House for what the administration says will be a discussion on "the ways in which the Obama administration can serve as an active partner on job creation and ensuring middle-class families have a pathway to opportunity." | 12/13/13 06:29:19 By - Lesley Clark

Administration relaxes some health care rules, asks insurers to be flexible

In yet another acknowledgment of the difficulties Americans have faced purchasing coverage through the HealthCare.gov website, the Obama administration on Thursday announced that it would grant a one-month extension for a transitional federal program that provides health coverage to people with serious illnesses. | 12/12/13 21:00:02 By - By Tony Pugh

With website working, Sebelius’ Capitol Hill hot seat cools down a little

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has asked her department’s inspector general, Daniel Levinson, to review the contracting and project management problems that led to the bungled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website. | 12/12/13 06:45:23 By - By Tony Pugh

Post Castro controversy, White House won't say who Obama wouldn't shake hands with

The White House called it "unfortunate" that Republicans criticized President Barack Obama for shaking hands with Cuban president Raul Castro -- saying there was once a time when politics ended at the water's edge. | 12/12/13 06:41:17 By - Lesley Clark

WH calls faux interpreter at Mandela event a distraction and a 'shame'

The White House says it didn't have security concerns with an apparently fake sign language interpreter -- now immortalized on Twitter as #fakeinterpreter -- who stood next to President Obama Tuesday in Johannesburg as he eulogized Nelson Mandela. | 12/12/13 06:41:17 By - Lesley Clark

Biden hails Mandela as the 'most impressive man or woman I've ever met'

Vice President Joe Biden delivered a eulogy for Nelson Mandela at a memorial service Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral, calling the South African president "the most impressive man or woman I've ever met in my life." | 12/12/13 06:41:17 By - Lesley Clark

Sebelius calls for investigation of health insurance website

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius calls for her agency's inspector general to investigate how the creation of HealthCare.gov went wrong. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina urged Sebelius to investigate the contracting for the site and said it's a good move. | 12/12/13 06:41:17 By - Renee Schoof

Mel Watt wins confirmation to lead Fannie, Freddie agency

Rep. Mel Watt was confirmed to a top housing finance post Tuesday after Senate Democrats cleared a path for him by changing filibuster rules that Republicans had used to block his confirmation. | 12/10/13 19:06:26 By - By Franco Ordonez

White House says Castro handshake just a nicety, doesn't signal policy change

President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was simply a nicety, the White House says, not a sign that the U.S. is considering a further thawing of relations with Cuba. | 12/10/13 15:53:55 By - Lesley Clark

Poll: Clinton dominates early 2016 race; Warren gains on Biden as alternative

At this early stage for the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s Hillary’s world, and everyone else just lives in it. | 12/10/13 14:56:46 By - By Steven Thomma

Obama pays tribute to Nelson Mandela: 'His struggle was your struggle'

President Obama delivered a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela at his state memorial service Tuesday, lauding the late South African president as a "giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice." | 12/10/13 12:03:31 By - Lesley Clark

Obama hand shake with Raul Castro makes waves

President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service -- the first time the leaders of the two countries long at odds have had any contact. | 12/10/13 08:28:05 By - Lesley Clark

White House, N.C. Democrats press state to expand Medicaid

The White House enlisted two top North Carolina Democrats on Monday to urge Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature to reconsider their opposition to Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. | 12/10/13 07:13:20 By - By Renee Schoof

Biden to announce boost in mental health spending

Vice President Joe Biden will announce today that $100 million will soon be available to increase access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities as part of what the White House says is its ongoing commitment to help individuals experiencing mental health problems. | 12/10/13 06:15:38 By - Lesley Clark

Rep. Watt clears Senate hurdle, expected to win housing post

Rep. Mel Watt cleared a significant hurdle Tuesday afternoon toward becoming the new leader of the influential housing-finance regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. | 12/10/13 13:30:21 By - By Franco Ordonez

Obama urges Central African Republic to reject violence

President Barack Obama taped a message aimed at the Central African Republic while in Dakar, Senegal today, urging the country to reject the violence that threatens it. | 12/10/13 06:15:38 By - Lesley Clark

Obama hails auto bailout as Treasury sells off last of GM shares

President Obama today hailed the news that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has sold all of the remaining shares of General Motors common stock it held to keep the company afloat. | 12/10/13 06:15:38 By -

White House calls in help as Obama ratings tank

The White House is calling in a longtime Democratic strategist and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton as President Obama grapples with the worst ratings of his presidency. | 12/10/13 08:28:05 By - Lesley Clark

Foreign leaders, including Obama, appear to pose for selfie

Cameras captured President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt apparently capturing a selfie of themselves today during the memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela. | 12/10/13 15:53:55 By - Lesley Clark

McClatchy-Marist Poll: Obama gets worst ratings of his presidency

The American public is unusually pessimistic about the direction of the country and increasingly fed up with Washington gridlock, a sour mood reflected in the worst disapproval ratings for President Barack Obama since he took office nearly five years ago. | 12/09/13 15:22:25 By - By David Lightman

President Obama and First Lady leave Monday for Mandela service

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama leave early Monday for Johannesburg, South Africa, where they'll attend the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. | 12/09/13 04:24:22 By - Lesley Clark

Tree lighting ceremonies celebrated at White House, Capitol

Washington has celebrated the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony since 1923, when then First Lady Grace Coolidge granted permission to place a cut Christmas tree on the White House’s Ellipse. | 12/08/13 06:48:00 By - By Jayna Omaye

Obama defends Iran nuke talks, pegs chance for a deal at 50/50

President Barack Obama defended a tentative nuclear deal with Iran, calling it the best possible way to ensure the country doesn't pose a threat --- even as he acknowledged that the odds are 50/50 that a deal ultimately will be reached. | 12/08/13 06:44:20 By - Lesley Clark

George W. Bush to attend Mandela funeral with Obama

Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush will go to Mandela's funeral with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Air Force One. | 12/08/13 06:44:20 By - Maria Recio

President and First Lady to go to South Africa for Mandela memorials

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will go to South Africa next week to pay respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela and participate in memorial events, the White House said Friday. | 12/08/13 06:44:20 By - Lesley Clark

Congress’ year-end list of unfinished business likely to remain long

Congress’ to-do list for the rest of the year has it all: billions of budget dollars. Farm policy. Jobless benefits. National defense. The next Federal Reserve chairman. | 12/06/13 16:36:22 By - By David Lightman

Cancer a speed bump, not a roadblock, in White House aide’s dream career

Stage IV colorectal cancer was not part of the game plan that brought Michael Robertson from Fresno, Calif., to the White House. | 12/06/13 15:16:23 By - By Michael Doyle

Statement by the President on the Death of Nelson Mandela

Statement by the President on the Death of Nelson Mandela | 12/05/13 19:56:59 By -

Obama, U.S. laud Mandela

Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela are forever linked in history as the first black presidents of each of their countries, inspiring millions in the United States and South Africa. | 12/05/13 20:46:28 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

SLIDESHOW: Holidays at the White House

If you were expecting 70,000 visitors to your home for the holidays you might do this, too: Bake a 300-pound gingerbread house, decorate 24 Christmas trees, and create life-size replicas of the family’s Portuguese water dogs. | 12/04/13 18:19:34 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama: U.S. should help close income gap

President Barack Obama worked Wednesday to focus attention – again – on the growing income disparity between rich and poor that he says is a top problem for the country but which persists five years into his presidency. | 12/04/13 18:05:32 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama meets with Colombian president at White House

President Barack Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos spoke Tuesday at the White House, stressing the need to move beyond security to a broader relationship that includes education, energy and economic issues | 12/04/13 06:24:46 By - Anita Kumar

HHS temporarily scraps automated payments for insurers

With the automated payment system for the federal health insurance marketplace still under construction, the Obama administration will temporarily require insurers to manually submit their payment requests beginning in January.
The marketplace was supposed to calculate the amount of premium tax credits and cost-sharing benefits that low- and middle-income enrollees were eligible for after they sign up for marketplace coverage. The financial assistance would then be sent electronically to insurers to help pay for coverage.
But that payment delivery system is still under construction and will not be ready for use when insurers are due to receive the federal subsidies in January.
If the subsidy payments aren't received on time, consumers' health coverage could be jeopardized.
To avoid that possibility, insurers will submit their subsidy payment requests to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which will verify the amounts and pay them electronically using the Medicare automated payment system.
   Consumers will not be impacted by the change, administration officials say. As long as they sign up for a marketplace plan by December 23 and make their first premium payment by December 31, their coverage will begin on January 1. 
Staff at HHS will be contacting insurers to educate them about the new process.
| 12/04/13 06:24:36 By - Tony Pugh

Bill says it's too early to talk about Hillary 2016

Former president Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife will run for his old job in 2016 --- and he also it's way too early for anyone to start campaigning. | 12/04/13 06:24:46 By - Anita Kumar

Obama strives to pivot from health care woes

President Barack Obama, stung by the enduring controversy over his health care overhaul, tried Tuesday to go on the offensive. Republicans waited with a new round of congressional hearings. | 12/03/13 17:31:13 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

More than 375K people visited revamped health care website Monday

More than 375,000 people visited the website before noon Monday, according to the White House. | 12/02/13 17:57:17 By - Anita Kumar

HealthCare.gov usage soars in December

The troubled HealthCare.gov website was on pace to double its typical weekday volume of users, logging 375,000 unique visitors by noon Monday with more than 800,000 site visitors expected by day's end, the Obama administration said. | 12/02/13 17:54:06 By - Tony Pugh

Obama will sign up for "Obamacare," White House says

Yes, President Barack Obama plans to up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare. But no, he like millions of other Americans, has not done so yet. | 12/02/13 16:15:22 By - Anita Kumar

Christie emerges as Republican '16 frontrunner in CNN poll

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vaulted into a clear lead in the 2016 Republican presidential race, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. | 12/02/13 12:37:05 By - David Lightman

White House confident it’s met deadline to fix Healthcare.gov for most

After two months of relentless criticism about the troubled rollout of the new federal health care law, Saturday marks the day when President Barack Obama pledged that the flawed website, HealthCare.gov, would be fixed. | 11/30/13 00:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama administration delays online health care sign-up for small businesses

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will delay for one year the online enrollment for small businesses buying insurance through the new health care law. | 11/27/13 16:16:25 By - Anita Kumar

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

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