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April 15, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
When Sen. Mary L. Landrieu assumed the chairmanship of the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee this year, it was a major boon to her difficult reelection campaign - placing her in a prominent position to aid her state's oil and gas industry and strengthening her argument to voters that her seniority is an asset. A new television ad released by Landrieu on Tuesday hammers that point, reintroducing the three-term Democrat as holding “the most powerful position in the Senate for Louisiana” and demonstrating her independence from the Obama administration - a recurrent theme in her red-state campaign where President Obama has cast a long shadow.
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NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday called on Americans to stand up against religious bigotry as he offered his support to the families of those killed in shootings at two Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area. “Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers,” Obama told religious leaders at the White House for the annual Easter prayer breakfast. “No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2014
By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli WASHINGTON - President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and as competent" to oversee the next phase of his signature healthcare law. "Sylvia was a rock, a steady hand on the wheel" as the administration dealt with the government shutdown last year, Obama told a...
WORLD
April 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Friday sanctioned six Crimean leaders, a former lawmaker from Ukraine and a natural gas company as it tried to ramp up pressure on Russia to de-escalate tensions over control of Ukraine. The Treasury Department identified the individuals as Crimean separatists and leading organizers of the March referendum approving the Crimean peninsula's secession from Ukraine. The U.S. and many European officials say the vote was unconstitutional and invalid.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON-- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watched their income fall and their federal tax rate go up in 2013, according to IRS returns released Friday by the White House. In a joint filing, the couple reported an adjusted gross income of $481,098, down $127,500 from 2012. The Obamas have seen a steady drop in income during their White House years, largely a result of slowing book sales for the couple. Both have published best-sellers. The Obamas paid $98,169 in federal taxes, down from $112,214 in 2012.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, This post has been corrected. See note below.
WASHINGTON - President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and competent" to run the next phase of his signature domestic program. "Sylvia was a rock, a steady hand on the wheel" as the administration dealt with the government shutdown last year, Obama told a crowd gathered in the White House Rose Garden for the announcement. "Once the government was allowed to reopen, Sylvia was vital to winning the two-year budget agreement that put an end to these manufactured crises that we had seen here in Washington so that we could keep our full focus on growing the economy and creating new jobs and expanding opportunity for everybody who's seeking opportunity.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Obama administration lawyers have told the Supreme Court they will strongly defend the 29-foot-tall cross atop Mount Soledad in San Diego as a memorial to the nation's war veterans and not an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity by the government. But they also said the 9th Circuit court in San Francisco should be given “additional time for reflection” to correct its mistake and uphold the constitutionality of the cross. The administration's position, sent to the court this week, means the high court will likely have to decide the fate of the San Diego cross, but not this year.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - A group of Democratic senators, including several facing tough re-election races, sent a letter Thursday to President Obama demanding approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by May 31. The letter's forcefulness hints at the growing anxiety among many Democrats that they could lose control of the Senate in November. A decision by the end of May to approve the controversial $5.3-billion project would give embattled Democratic candidates in more conservative states a timely accomplishment to tout to skeptical constituents.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas -- President Obama said Thursday that the country was still caught up in the kind of debates that marked the civil rights movement as he called on Americans to set aside cynicism and push for the ideals reflected in the Civil Rights Act. As he offered a tribute to President Johnson at a 50th anniversary celebration of the law, Obama recalled the political gridlock and ideological division he faced -- and overcame. “If some of this sounds familiar, it's because today we've become locked in the same great debate, about equality and opportunity, and the role of government in ensuring each,” Obama said.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Ted Rall
The United States of America in Year 2014 is the wealthiest nation that has ever existed. Poverty among Americans is an obscenity: immoral, unnecessary, counterproductive . As disgusting as it is to watch $100,000 cars zoom past homeless panhandlers, however, there's something even worse: politicians who pretend to care, who say they're trying to help the poor and the downtrodden, but are actually ignoring them as they revel in the institutional corruption...
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