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Super committee appointee sees room for compromise

August 11, 2011 Newly appointed super committee member Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., made the rounds on Thursday's morning shows to preview his vision for how the group will find $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction. For Toomey, a former president of the Club for Growth, it won't include tax increases but could mean reforming...

Obama's manufacturing adviser and former car czar leaving White House

August 10, 2011 Ron Bloom, President Obama's car czar-turned-manufacturing czar, will be leaving at the end of August, the White House announced on Tuesday. Bloom has been a central part of the president's team, first helping to lead the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler, and later shaping the administration's manufacturing policy since...

Senator pushes Robert Ford as ambassador to Syria

August 10, 2011 In an op-ed published on Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., reversed his previous opposition to appointing a U.S. ambassador to Syria and urged the Senate to confirm Robert Ford, President Obama's nominee for the post. Ford has spent the past year acting as liaison to...

Obama steps up veterans hiring efforts

August 5, 2011 The pivot to jobs that President Obama promised on Tuesday when he hailed the passage of the debt-ceiling deal began on Friday when he headed to the Washington Navy Yard to unveil a series of measures to spur hiring of the nearly 1 million unemployed veterans. The president will call...

Obama signs debt deal, turns to job creation

August 2, 2011 President Obama's appearance in the Rose Garden Tuesday seemed like the end of a storm. He announced that the Senate had passed the deal he brokered with Congressional leaders, thanked the American people for "keeping up the pressure" on Congress, and talked the important work to be done after the...

White House still sees path to debt compromise, says unlikely

July 28, 2011 The White House may be the last place in town where people still think that a grand deficit-reduction deal can be made, even if the chances are slim. "That's not likely," White House press secretary Jay Carney admitted at Thursday's press briefing. "But it's available, if the political will is...

Al Qaeda reportedly nearly defeated in wake of bin Laden's death

July 27, 2011 Despite efforts to tamp down speculation about al Qaeda's fall in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death in early May, U.S. counterterrorism officials increasingly believe it left the organization on the brink of collapse, The Washington Post reports. Even through his years in hiding, bin Laden remained an active...

Cuts should target Defense before food stamps, Obama tells NPR

July 21, 2011 President Obama has taken some heat from Democrats -- and particularly progressive Democrats -- for his willingness to alter entitlement programs to reduce the deficit. But in an interview with NPR airing on Thursday and Friday, the president sought to reassure his base of his commitment to his party's ideals....

'Preposterous' to say Obama walked out of deficit talks, spokesman says

July 14, 2011 White House press secretary Jay Carney derided as "preposterous" accounts by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., that President Obama stormed out of Wednesday's deficit-reduction negotiations. "The president, as the meeting was wrapping up, expressed his feelings that the folks in that room need to lead," Carney said. Cantor...

Obama: A long-term deficit reduction deal is still necessary

July 11, 2011 President Obama used his bully pulpit Monday to continue to call for a larger deficit-reduction deal that would produce closer to $4 trillion in spending cuts and include tax increases. "Now is the time to deal with these issues. If not now, when?" Obama said at a press conference. "I've...

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