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March 3, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - As he prepares for more spending battles with Congress, President Obama plans to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, head of the Walmart Foundation, as his next budget director, the White House said Sunday. A former deputy budget director in the Clinton administration, Burwell would replace Jeffrey Zients, acting head of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Obama is scheduled to announce her appointment Monday morning. If confirmed by the Senate, Burwell would be one of the few top female aides to Obama, joining senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.
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OPINION
December 4, 2013 | Doyle McManus
President Obama's speech Tuesday announced the relaunch of his healthcare program's website. But he was also aiming to relaunch his entire second term, which has careened from high ambition to near-catastrophe in less than 11 months. Until his signature healthcare program is running smoothly, Obama stands little chance of focusing Congress on any of the other goals of his once-ambitious second-term agenda, including immigration reform and addressing the nation's infrastructure needs.
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NEWS
October 25, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - The government's troubled health insurance website will be running smoothly for the “vast majority” of users by the end of November, administration officials said Friday, for the first time setting a public deadline for fixing the problematic centerpiece of President Obama's healthcare law. “Healthcare.gov is fixable,” Jeffrey Zients, an economic advisor brought in to manage the repair project, told reporters on Friday....
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - The government's troubled health insurance website will be running smoothly for the “vast majority” of users by the end of November, administration officials said Friday, for the first time setting a public deadline for fixing the problematic centerpiece of President Obama's healthcare law. “Healthcare.gov is fixable,” Jeffrey Zients, an economic advisor brought in to manage the repair project, told reporters on Friday....
BUSINESS
September 13, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
Solar energy equipment maker Solyndra Inc., reeling from a recent bankruptcy filing and FBI raids last week on its Bay Area office and executives' homes, faces a public and probably embarrassing reckoning before a House subcommittee. The hearings Wednesday are the latest step by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its oversight arm to push an investigation it launched in February into the Energy Department's decision to give Solyndra a $535-million loan guarantee under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The committee wants to explore, in particular, questions about whether the loan from the $787-billion stimulus fund was granted because of Solyndra's financial ties to a major Democratic fundraiser, George Kaiser.
OPINION
December 4, 2013 | Doyle McManus
President Obama's speech Tuesday announced the relaunch of his healthcare program's website. But he was also aiming to relaunch his entire second term, which has careened from high ambition to near-catastrophe in less than 11 months. Until his signature healthcare program is running smoothly, Obama stands little chance of focusing Congress on any of the other goals of his once-ambitious second-term agenda, including immigration reform and addressing the nation's infrastructure needs.
NEWS
September 12, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee
Bankruptcy. FBI raids. General ignominy. For the benighted solar energy company and stimulus loan recipient, Solyndra, the next stop in its vale of tears will be a hearing this Wednesday in Washington held by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. For the Record, 12:46 p.m. Sept. 12: An earlier version of this online article stated that Solyndra got a $535-billion loan guarantee from the Energy Department in 2010. The correct number is $535 million, as was also mentioned in the article.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2011 | Jim Puzzanghera and Stuart Pfeifer
The Obama administration ignored "red flags" about failed Northern California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, rushing through a $535-million loan guarantee for the company in 2009 and improperly restructuring the deal last winter in a failed attempt to boost the economy and the green energy industry, House Republicans said. A House Energy subcommittee released internal administration documents Wednesday showing a push to finish work on the loan package in mid-2009 so that Vice President Joe Biden could announce it. And lawmakers spent four hours grilling two administration officials about the decision to risk so much taxpayer money on Solyndra's uncertain technology.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The Obama administration on Tuesday put a former top Microsoft executive in charge of HealthCare.gov, the troubled website serving 36 states' insurance-buying marketplaces. Insert your joke about Obamacare's blue screen of death here. Seriously, one has to hope the new guy -- Kurt DelBene, former head of the Microsoft Office Division -- brings only a portion of Microsoft's heritage along with him. Aside from the XBox, the software giant isn't known for great consumer experiences.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve President Obama's nominee for top White House budget expert, bringing a woman into a top post in an administration that critics say has been dominated by men. Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed as director of the Office of Management and Budget by a vote of 96-0, a quick, bipartisan vote of support by a Senate that has strongly objected to several key White House nominations, including...
NATIONAL
March 3, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - As he prepares for more spending battles with Congress, President Obama plans to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, head of the Walmart Foundation, as his next budget director, the White House said Sunday. A former deputy budget director in the Clinton administration, Burwell would replace Jeffrey Zients, acting head of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Obama is scheduled to announce her appointment Monday morning. If confirmed by the Senate, Burwell would be one of the few top female aides to Obama, joining senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2011 | Jim Puzzanghera and Stuart Pfeifer
The Obama administration ignored "red flags" about failed Northern California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, rushing through a $535-million loan guarantee for the company in 2009 and improperly restructuring the deal last winter in a failed attempt to boost the economy and the green energy industry, House Republicans said. A House Energy subcommittee released internal administration documents Wednesday showing a push to finish work on the loan package in mid-2009 so that Vice President Joe Biden could announce it. And lawmakers spent four hours grilling two administration officials about the decision to risk so much taxpayer money on Solyndra's uncertain technology.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
Solar energy equipment maker Solyndra Inc., reeling from a recent bankruptcy filing and FBI raids last week on its Bay Area office and executives' homes, faces a public and probably embarrassing reckoning before a House subcommittee. The hearings Wednesday are the latest step by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its oversight arm to push an investigation it launched in February into the Energy Department's decision to give Solyndra a $535-million loan guarantee under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The committee wants to explore, in particular, questions about whether the loan from the $787-billion stimulus fund was granted because of Solyndra's financial ties to a major Democratic fundraiser, George Kaiser.
NEWS
September 12, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee
Bankruptcy. FBI raids. General ignominy. For the benighted solar energy company and stimulus loan recipient, Solyndra, the next stop in its vale of tears will be a hearing this Wednesday in Washington held by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. For the Record, 12:46 p.m. Sept. 12: An earlier version of this online article stated that Solyndra got a $535-billion loan guarantee from the Energy Department in 2010. The correct number is $535 million, as was also mentioned in the article.
NEWS
April 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Despite a veto threat from President Obama, the House of Representatives passed a spending measure Thursday that would fund the Department of Defense through September and also keep the government open for an additional week. Though there is broad agreement on the terms of the defense authorization bill, Democrats object to $12 billion in budget cuts that the measure calls for in the seven-day extension of funding for other areas of the government. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
SPORTS
April 30, 2006 | Tim Brown
Two Days in ... Boston The series is short, the New York Yankees won't pitch Randy Johnson or Mike Mussina, and the Red Sox won't pitch Curt Schilling. But it's the first look of the season at baseball's best -- and, all right, becoming tedious -- rivalry. In the last four seasons, including two epic American League championship series, the Yankees and Red Sox have split 90 games. Johnny Damon returns to Boston. In lesser news, so does Mike Myers. The probables: Monday: Chien-Ming Wang vs.
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