Just weeks after his re-election, President Barack Obama summoned about 20 senior administration officials to the White House’s Roosevelt Room for an hour-long meeting on the implementation of his health-care law.
Obama began by reminding his staff that the Affordable Care Act would be one of his major legacies and its execution among the highest priorities of his second term, according to a Democrat familiar with the gathering.
The session, which [...]
President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials.
The officials said they are moving toward the shipment of arms but emphasized that they are still pursuing political negotiation. To that end, the administration has launched an effort to convince Russian President [...]
The Pentagon has in recent days stepped up planning for potential military intervention in the Syrian civil war, specifically because of growing evidence the regime may have used chemical weapons, CNN has learned.
“There is intensified planning in the works as more precise information comes in on the Syrian regime’s potential use of chemical weapons and the body of evidence grows,” a senior administration official said.
Syria crisis: PM Halqi survives Damascus [...]
Security officers order staff, media to clear Boston courthouse
Boston Police Department: No arrest made in bomb investigation
No arrest has been made in the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston police department said on its Twitter account Wednesday. The statement contradicts an earlier report from CNN, which said an arrest had been made, citing a source. CNN has updated its report, saying two senior administration officials and another federal official have since [...]
April 6, 2013
President Obama’s budget, to be released next week, will limit how much wealthy individuals – like Mitt Romney – can keep in IRAs and other retirement accounts.
The proposal would save around $9 billion over a decade, a senior administration official said, while also bringing more fairness to the tax code.
The senior administration official said that wealthy taxpayers can currently “accumulate many millions of dollars in these [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will press Congress to pass new tax incentives and other flexibility measures aimed at attracting more private sector investment in infrastructure projects around the country, a senior administration official said.
The president will flesh out the details of his proposals during a speech Friday at a Miami port that is undergoing $2 billion in upgrades, funded by public and private money. In his quick trip to [...]
Terence P. Jeffrey
March 26, 2013
On Feb. 12, about two years after the U.S. government first militarily intervened in Libya to advance the cause of Libyan revolutionaries and five months after Libyan terrorists murdered Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans in that country, the post-revolutionary Libyan government arrested a U.S. citizen for allegedly “proselytizing” Christianity in Benghazi. As of today, according to both a senior administration official and a [...]
February 11, 2013
The White House is poised to release a cybersecurity executive order on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill.
The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at a briefing Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy.
[...] The executive order would establish a voluntary program where companies operating critical [...]
President Barack Obama is expected to lay out his principles for immigration reform in a speech in Las Vegas today that will include a potentially quicker path to citizenship than the bipartisan plan a group of senators unveiled earlier this week.
The president will offer some new details about the White House’s immigration reform plan, which expands on a blueprint it released in 2011, a senior administration official told ABC News. But for [...]
WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of theimmigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week.
Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the [...]
WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week.
Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to [...]
Pakistani Taliban militants executed 21 policemen who were captured in attacks on their posts late last week, government officials said today.
The men, who were kidnapped on Friday in attacks on three checkpoints near the city of Peshawar, were lined up before being shot one-by-one, officials said.
One man was badly wounded but survived the shootings and another is said to have escaped.
‘They were tied up and blindfolded,’ Naveed Anwar, a senior [...]
The White House is weighing a scaled-down package to avert the fiscal cliff, recognizing that the chances of a reaching a grand bargain before the new year diminished greatly after Thursday’s House Republican revolt.
President Barack Obama’s $2.4 trillion proposal is still on the table — and it remains his preference. But administration officials said Friday that they won’t be able to get it passed unless House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) [...]
Speaker John Boehner’s decision to pursue a fallback strategy has made it even more difficult to reach a comprehensive deficit reduction deal and raised the chances of going off the fiscal cliff, senior administration officials said.
Substantive talks have grinded to a halt since Boehner’s announcement Tuesday to pursue a Plan B bill that would raise taxes on income above $1 million, but does nothing to deal with across-the-board spending cuts [...]
President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus.
Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the [...]
Intelligence officials: Iran has nearly finished a nuclear enrichment plant
The installation of the last centrifuges at Fordo represents a milestone for the Iranians that the Obama administration hoped to avoid. In September 2009, Mr. Obama, along with the leaders of Britain and France, revealed the existence of the site, in an effort to galvanize international efforts to stop Iran’s program. His top national security aides predicted that the public exposure [...]
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The assault on the American consulate in Libya consisted of two separate attacks that forced the Americans from the consulate and then besieged them in a second building in a gunbattle that lasted four and half hours, according to a detailed timeline from a [...]
Senior officials in the Obama Administration sent a message to Tehran in the past few days, according to which the U.S. does not intend to join Israel’s side if it decides to attack the Iranian nuclear installations on its own
US to Iran: In case of Israeli strike, don’t fire on our bases
The United States has no intention of joining in a preemptive Israeli strike on Iran and expects the Islamic [...]
Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and the ranking GOP member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wants answers about whether Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and other senior Justice Department officials misused FBI aircraft, hindering the agency’s investigations and ignoring a White House order to cut travel costs.
Like a few senior administration officials with high-profile roles, Mr. Holder is required for security reasons to use government aircraft when he travels. [...]
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Opposition sources speaking to Zaman, the last two days about the identity of persons killed and taken prisoner gives an overview of the dramatic. That the vast majority of them Iranian nationals, some of them say that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards came identities. ”Now we are fighting with Iran formally”!
Stymied at U.N., U.S. Refines Plan to Remove Assad
“You’ll notice in the last couple of months, the opposition has been strengthened,” [...]
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN and DONOVAN SLACK |
7/11/12 6:29 PM EDT
President Obama had a “productive” and “enthusiastic” meeting with Democratic leaders from the House and Senate on Wednesday, a senior administration official said.
Neither the official nor the members in the room — including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — revealed any major developments from the afternoon session, just that it was another chance for a discussion of legislative priorities including the president’s call [...]
WASHINGTON — With a torpid job market and a fragile economy threatening his re-election chances, President Obama is changing the subject to tax fairness, calling for a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people making less than $250,000.
Mr. Obama plans to make his announcement in the Rose Garden on Monday, senior administration officials said. The ceremony comes as Congress returns from its Independence Day recess, and as both parties and their presidential [...]
President Barack Obama will call on Monday for a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year, according to a White House official, seeking to spare the economy the impact of taxes going up on January 1.
Obama, a Democrat, will make the request in a statement at the White House, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Republicans in Congress, however, are [...]
The United States has moved new forces into the Gulf to keep strategic waterways open and strike deep within Iran in the event of a regional military escalation, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
The Times cited senior officials as saying the quiet build-up was aimed at reassuring Israel that Washington is serious about addressing Iran’s nuclear program and keeping the Straits of Hormuz — a key oil choke point — [...]
June 20, 2012
A Russian ship carrying attack helicopters to the Syrian government turned back toward home Tuesday after its London-based insurance carrier canceled coverage, following a warning from the British government that the delivery would violate European Union sanctions.
U.S. and British officials said the ship, which had reached the North Sea near Scotland, appeared to be returning to its home port on the Baltic Sea.
The Obama administration declined [...]
Last month, a “senior administration official” said the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama is in the “single digits.” But last year “U.S. officials” said drones in Pakistan killed about 30 civilians in just a yearlong stretch under Obama.
Both claims can’t be true.
A centerpiece of President Obama’s national security strategy, drones strikes in Pakistan are credited by the administration with crippling Al Qaeda but [...]
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The Obama administration announced Friday it will stop deporting illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age.
The politically charged decision comes as Obama faces a tough reelection fight against Republican Mitt Romney, with Hispanic voters in swing states seen as a key bloc.
The change in policy could allow as many as 800,000 immigrants who came to the United States illegally not only to remain in [...]
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL AND JIM KUHNHENN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.
The policy change, described to The Associated Press by [...]
By opening an investigation into the leaks of classified information, the Obama White House appears to be entering the kind of perilous Fill-In-The-Blank-Gate terrain that has eventually engulfed most administrations in the modern era.
The pattern: an initial investigation launched to relieve mounting political pressure snowballs into a much larger scandal, leaving a trail of broken careers in its wake.
And the beginnings of that pattern are in place: Attorney General Eric [...]
Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed the White House that he will not be coming to the United States for next week’s G-8 summit at Camp David.
Putin will instead send Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the meeting. Putin and Medvedev completed their job swap on Tuesday when the Russian parliament confirmed Medvedev to return to the position he held last time Putin was president. Putin was also sworn in as President on Tuesday and President Barack Obama called [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is looking for states that will experiment withunemployment insurance programs by letting people test a job while still receiving benefits.
The plan is a key feature of a payroll tax cut package that President Barack Obama negotiated withcongressional Republicans in February.
The Labor Department will open the application process Thursday for 10 model projects across the country. Any state can apply for the “Bridge to Work” program.
The plan [...]
WASHINGTON – Under pressure to take action on rising gasoline prices, President Obama wants Congress to strengthen federal supervision of oil markets, increase penalties for market manipulation and empower regulators to increase the amount of money energy traders are required to put behind their transactions.
The White House plan, which Obama was to unveil Tuesday, is more likely to draw sharp election-year distinctions with Republicans than have an immediate effect on [...]
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and its European allies plan to open new negotiations with Iran by demanding the immediate closing and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a mountain, according to American and European diplomats.
They are also calling for a halt in the production of uranium fuel that is considered just a few steps from bomb grade, and the shipment of existing stockpiles of that fuel out [...]