June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Just as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was about to vote Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case, President Obama asserted executive privilege and backed up the attorney general's position in refusing to turn over the material. The fast-moving events Wednesday morning at the White House and on Capitol Hill significantly ratcheted up a growing constitutional clash between the two branches of the federal government, one that ultimately may not be resolved until it reaches the courts.
November 7, 2011 |
White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will be turning over some management duties in the West Wing to Pete Rouse, a senior counselor to the president who helped recruit Daley for the job ten months ago. In a Monday meeting with top advisors to President Obama, Daley informed the staff that Rouse would be taking on an “expanded operational and coordination role,” according to a senior administration official. The official said Daley was not relinquishing his role as chief of staff nor turning over responsibility for daily supervision, but rather trying to improve efficiency in how the Obama team functions.
April 9, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation's first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson.
January 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama became progressively more pessimistic about prospects for a successful ending to the war in Afghanistan, goaded by inexperienced White House advisors and a dislike of Afghan President Hamid Karzai , according to his former Defense secretary, Robert M. Gates. In a forthcoming memoir that mixes strong praise with scathing criticism for Obama and his administration, Gates says Obama doubted his own policy after he decided to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan early in his first term.
November 6, 2011 |
One of the major disclosures in Ron Suskind's book, “Confidence Men," was that women working in the Obama White House often felt marginalized, that a frat-boy atmosphere that prevailed in the 2008 campaign carried over into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Anita Dunn, Obama's former communications director, is quoted in Suskind's book saying that “looking back, this place would be in court for a hostile workplace. … Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.
July 29, 2011 |
Someday, the impasse over the debt ceiling will end. When it does, the Obama White House will need to refocus on job creation. And quickly. A new report Friday showing tepid economic growth in the second quarter is only the latest piece of evidence that the recovery is stalled. So, amid the frantic efforts to lift the debt cap and avert an historic default, senior White House aides met with a manufacturing group earlier in the week to review the findings of a poll that suggested a way forward.
March 13, 2012 |
Leaders of the influential AFL-CIO labor federation announced Tuesday it voted "proudly and enthusiastically" to endorse President Obama's reelection effort. "We feel that he's put forth bold initiatives and put people back to work, put revenues back in the country, put out a vision that expresses opportunity and fairness," said Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. "We think he's a good man. " The council spoke to Obama by telephone during its closed-door session, in which the president sounded "very engaged, very knowledgeable," according to McEntee, who serves as chair of the AFL-CIO's political education committee.
May 7, 2012 |
You might think the Obama White House would be cheering for Francois Hollande, the Socialist Party leader who just won France's presidential election. Obama's no socialist, except in the eyes of the "tea party" right; but Hollande's economic policies -- especially his desire for more stimulus instead of Europe's current bent for austerity -- are just what the White House has been asking for. And in an election year, you" think any victory for a center-left party would bolster Democrats.
November 8, 2011 |
Bill Clinton on Tuesday downplayed perceived criticism of President Obama in his newly-released book, saying that his Democratic successor has "done a better job than he's getting credit for. " The former president does say in the book, "Back To Work," that the White House did not always take his advice on issues like the debt ceiling and Democrats' message in the 2010 campaign. But in a pair of interviews he sought to minimize any talk of a rift. "The book lavishly praises the administration's economic policy, its energy policy, its whole thing," Clinton told Ann Curry on NBC's "Today" show.
June 12, 2009 |
The Obama administration promised to end political meddling in scientific decisions, but some critics say the White House botched an early test on a key question of public health: how to assess the danger of industrial chemicals. At issue is a government catalog of toxic substances that guides regulators, industries and the public on the dangers posed by certain chemicals. Environmentalists think the hazards should be assessed solely by scientists free from political influence.