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Will Chuck Hagel clear the Senate? White House thinks so

February 5, 2013 The White House still thinks it has the Senate votes to put Chuck Hagel in the top job at the Pentagon, but concedes it would be a narrowly won victory. After a confirmation hearing last week that did nothing to help Hagel's candidacy, the Obama administration counts about 57 senators...

Need proof that Biden is running for president? Look at his staff.

February 4, 2013 Not since President Bush declined to pardon Scooter Libby has Washington chatter projected so much disappointment onto the vice president. But it was hard not to sympathize with Joe Biden -- and his inchoate 2016 campaign -- after the president’s hagiographic joint appearance on 60 Minutes with outgoing Secretary of...

Who might replace Hilda Solis as Labor secretary?

January 10, 2013 Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis submitted her letter of resignation on Wednesday. Here's an excerpt from a Nov. 7 National Journal magazine story on potential replacements: "[A] host of longtime Democratic officials are waiting in the wings, many of them holdovers from the Clinton era. Deputy Secretary Seth Harris worked...

Obama calls for 'meaningful action' despite politics after shooting

December 14, 2012 An emotional President Obama on Friday called for unspecified “meaningful action” regardless of political consequences, after a school shooting in Newtown, CT, reportedly killed 27 people, including 18 children. “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,”...

Obama strongly defends Susan Rice on Benghazi

November 14, 2012 U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice won strong backing on Wednesday from President Obama, who dismissed Senate Republicans’ criticism of her initial handling of the fatal Benghazi attack as “outrageous.” While declining to discuss possible upcoming nominations as he begins a second term, Obama ripped Sen. John McCain,...

What Romney's Cabinet might look like

October 19, 2012 The day after his election as governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Mitt Romney welcomed reporters to his transition headquarters in the People’s Republic of Cambridge, informed his new constituents that managing the state’s pressing budget crisis would be his top priority, and began fleshing out the top posts within his...

Decision to move Obama's speech inside sparks scramble

September 6, 2012 The game was called on account of thunderstorms. Or at least a 30-to-40 percent chance of them. The decision to relocate President Obama’s acceptance speech tonight from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena left thousands of would-be attendees frustrated and hunting for other venues to watch...

Against Obama, Boehner backing 6-month plan

July 24, 2011 President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were on a narrow and shrinking debt-ceiling collision course Sunday night, as Boehner began putting House GOP muscle behind a short-term tourniquet and Obama continued holding out for a comprehensive package that will extend borrowing authority beyond the 2012 elections. As markets opened...

No debt deal in sight after White House meeting

July 23, 2011 With no deal in sight for a resolution to the looming economic crisis, President Obama met with Congressional leaders in a brief session Saturday morning, a last-ditch effort to prevent default on the nation's debt. It was business-casual at the White House, even as both parties looked to brainstorm stopgap...

GOP lawmakers accuse Justice of gunrunner coverup

July 6, 2011 Two high-ranking members of Congress are accusing the Justice Department of a cover-up related to a federal operation that reportedly sent American guns to violent Mexican drug gangs. Citing private testimony from the acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of...

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