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White House to GOP: We're waiting on 'realistic' revenue-raising proposal

November 27, 2012 The White House hasn’t yet seen a “realistic proposal” from Republicans that would raise the kind of revenue President Obama is seeking, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday. "Math tells us that you can't get the kind of balanced approach that you need without having rates be part ...

Obama Biographers: The President Thinks Like a Writer

November 16, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn The problem with President Obama, his biographers say, is that he's also a writer: a man who likes to think about the big picture and the long term. He's a thinker who happens to also be the most powerful actor on the world ...

Key GOP senators vow to oppose Susan Rice as Secretary of State

November 14, 2012 Senior Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday made crystal-clear their opposition to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as a nominee for secretary of State. Speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., criticized Rice’s faulty explanation of the Sept. 11 attack ...

Tough road to a debt deal, even for a community-organizer-in-chief

November 13, 2012 President Obama’s reelection campaign managed to community-organize its way to electoral victory and a second term. Now we'll find out whether the same kind of grassroots approach can help Obama push his policy agenda through a divided Congress. Rallying voters behind a candidate is one thing; it’s quite another to ...

Obama's Cabinet: Six seats likely to change

November 8, 2012 President Obama and his staff have been tight-lipped about possible changes to the Cabinet in a second term. But if history is a guide, Obama’s team could see substantial turnover this year: On average, in the five two-term presidencies since World War II, only one of two Cabinet officers have ...

Top 10 Democratic presidential contenders for 2016

November 6, 2012 While waiting for Election Day results, here’s a reminder that 2016 is only four years away. A list of 10 Democrats who could be top presidential contenders next cycle. 1. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton The popular secretary of State has said repeatedly that she has no plans to ...

Top 10 Republican presidential contenders for 2016

November 6, 2012 If Republican challenger Mitt Romney doesn’t emerge triumphant on Election Day, the party will have a deep bench of contenders to draw from in 2016. Here is a list of the top 10 to watch. 1. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie In 2008, Republicans begged Christie to make a run ...

The bully pulpit won’t help Obama get a grand bargain

October 29, 2012 The Obama campaign believes in taking its message to the American people. But history shows that, when it comes to the tough issues, use of the bully pulpit can backfire. As Congress faces its toughest negotiating challenge yet, the next president may want to consider keeping a low profile. The ...

Obama: Debate partner 'couldn't have been Mitt Romney'

October 4, 2012 President Obama accused Republican nominee Mitt Romney of running from his own record in Wednesday night’s presidential debate, joking that the man he faced onstage at the University of Denver must have been someone else. “When I got onto the stage I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to ...

Legal questions dog administration officials on campaign trail

September 21, 2012 The campaign trail is getting pretty crowded. President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and the first lady make frequent forays out of Washington to meet with supporters and ask for money. But they’re not alone: In the past year, Cabinet secretaries have visited Obama for America campaign offices, White House ...