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Government workers say they're more content -- except in the workplace

June 30, 2011 There will forever be debate between public- and private-sector employees about who's got the better gig: Private-sector employees say government workers get too-generous benefits; government workers say their private counterparts make more money. But who's happier? Well, it's close, but public workers scored just slightly higher on their overall well-being...

White House debt deal meeting 'good' and 'constructive,' spokesman says

June 27, 2011 White House spokesman Jay Carney said a meeting between President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Monday morning was "good" and "constructive" in moving toward striking a deal to reduce the deficit. "Coming out of it, the president told me that everyone in...

'Mystery shoppers' to help administration assess primary care physicians

June 27, 2011 The administration is planning to conduct a secret nationwide survey of primary care doctors in order to assess the availability of those doctors to patients as well as whether they are more inclined to accept patients with private insurance, which has higher reimbursement rates, The New York Times reports. According...

Goolsbee to leave White House in fall

June 7, 2011 Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee will leave the White House for the 2011-2012 school year to resume his teaching post at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the White House announced on Monday evening. Goolsbee had taught at the school for 14 years, most recently as...

Americans disagree on government role in wealth distribution

June 3, 2011 A new Gallup poll shows deep partisan divides over whether the government should actively work to create a more equal distribution of wealth in society. About 70 percent of Democrats surveyed believed the government should impose higher taxes on the wealthy in order to spread out wealth, while roughly the...

Obama to thank CIA staff at Virginia headquarters Friday

May 18, 2011 President Obama will visit CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., on Friday to meet with and thank members of the intelligence community, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday. According to Carney, the president is expected to meet with a broad group of individuals...

State to announce grants to support pro-democracy online activists abroad

April 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department will announce $28 million in new grants to support Internet activists working under repressive regimes, Bloomberg reports. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and some of her deputies have been advocating for fewer online restrictions as government crackdowns on Internet access have spread to 40 countries ranging...

White House unveils tax calculator designed to give taxpayers a receipt

April 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a move that the Obama administration is certain to trumpet as a hallmark of its commitment to transparency in government, the White House has launched a federal taxpayer receipt that allows Americans to see an exact breakdown of where their dollars are being spent. Taxpayers have the option of...

Debt ceiling increase will be accompanied by spending cuts, Obama tells AP

April 15, 2011 President Obama told the Associated Press in a Friday morning interview that there will be a compromise on spending cuts to accompany an increase in the debt ceiling in mid-May, but that some questions about cutting government spending can't be undertaken until after the 2012 elections. Following the lead of...

Lew defends Obama's criticisms of Ryan's budget proposal

April 15, 2011 In his deficit-reduction speech on Wednesday, President Obama told the country in no uncertain terms -- aside from choosing not to use his opponent's name -- that the Republican budget plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would cause 50 million Americans to lose their health insurance, including elderly patients...

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