October 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says President Obama did not know about the problems with the health insurance law website before its launch, and she is dodging questions about whether she will resign over the troubled rollout of the federal health insurance marketplace. In an interview with CNN, Sebelius remained vague about how much administration officials knew about the site's readiness before it went live on Oct. 1. HHS and White House officials “talked about testing going forward,” she said.
March 19, 2010 |
President Obama was certain that he wanted to pass a healthcare bill. The question before his advisors was how to go about it. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel supported the idea of a government-run program that would compete with private health insurers but wasn't sure there were enough votes in the Senate to pass it. Senior advisor David Axelrod pointed out that abandoning the "public option" would alienate some in Congress and the liberal voters who...
October 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act again came under sharp criticism Wednesday, three weeks into the launch, but this time some of the loudest voices were among top Democrats, including President Obama's closest allies. Democrats on Capitol Hill said they were unhappy with the performance of the Obamacare website, which has been plagued with problems since its debut Oct. 1. Even the president's longtime campaign guru, David Axelrod, was critical of the administration's handling of the issue.
October 17, 2011 |
President Obama's strategist-in-chief, David Axelrod, doesn't sound too worried about the prospect of his candidate taking on Republican insurgent Herman Cain next fall. Appearing on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Axelrod called Cain “an intriguing personality” but made it clear that the president's reelection campaign has its sights trained on Mitt Romney. “When you look at the resources,” he said, “[Rick] Perry and Romney are likely to be duking it out at some point here.
June 8, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format TV listings for the week of June 10 - 16 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Piers Morgan Tonight 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. CNN McLaughlin Group (N) 6:30 p.m. KCET Today Customer service; talking to doctors; summer travel. (N) 4 a.m. KNBC SUNDAY Good Morning America (N)
September 21, 2011 |
No book about the Obama presidency appears to have unnerved the White House quite so much as "Confidence Men" by Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has developed a niche in the specialized art of parting the curtain on presidential dealings. The book gives a tough assessment of Obama's leadership style. Brainy but untested, Obama proved unable to exert control over a dysfunctional economic team that was dubious about his orders, the book concludes. Through Tweets and interviews, White House officials have sought to discredit the book, questioning its basic accuracy.
November 9, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC The Chris Matthews Show Second term; why GOP lost: Bob Woodward, the Washington Post; Helene Cooper, the New York Times; Kathleen Parker, the Washington Post; David Ignatius, the Washington Post. (N) 5 p.m. KNBC, Sunday 5:30 a.m. KNBC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET Today (N)
September 22, 2011 |
With Republicans holding their third presidential debate of the month Thursday night, in Florida, President Obama's top campaign advisor said the GOP contenders appear to be in a "race to the right" to appease tea party conservatives. David Axelrod, an Obama strategist and former White House advisor, contended the Republicans are all embracing an economic strategy of less regulation and business incentives similar to what he said helped lead to the recession. "In terms of economics, the thing that's been sort of stunning is how thoroughly they've embraced the same economic policies that got us into the mess in the first place - tax cuts for the very wealthy, corporate tax loopholes for, like, the oil industry, rolling back Wall Street reforms and letting Wall Street write its own rules again," Axelrod said.
January 30, 2011 |
A changing of the senior guard takes place Monday at the White House as a new management team takes over and David Axelrod, President Obama's confidant and longtime political strategist, returns home to Chicago. Axelrod's next assignment is to crank up Obama's reelection operation, which will be run from their shared hometown -- and, significantly, outside the Washington Beltway. The Obama team thinks that will reduce Washington's influence on campaign decisions and focus the operation on voters' values.
February 15, 2008 |
Sen. Barack Obama strode into a hotel ballroom filled with expectation one recent Tuesday and declared that his quest for the Oval Office, which "began as a whisper in Springfield, has swelled to a chorus of millions calling for change. " That's the essence of the Illinois senator's message: Obama equals change; Hillary Rodham Clinton equals status quo. All else cascades from there. In this contest -- where the candidates are but a micron apart on most policy matters -- message is everything.