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Obama aide’s exit could be prelude to more changes

Obama’s loss of top economic adviser Lawrence Summers could set stage for postelection changes. The departure of President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser at the end of the year could provide the White House with an opportunity to revamp its economic team after the November elections, when voters are expected…

White House adviser Summers stepping down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Brilliant but blunt-spoken White House economic adviser Larry Summers said on Tuesday he will leave his job, marking a major staff shake-up for President Barack Obama as he faces growing pressure to revive the sluggish economy. Summers, a former Treasury secretary who had grappled with the Mexican…

Obama Supreme Court pick spars with critics

Update: Kagan drops meek tone; believes DADT policy is ‘unwise and unjust; says ‘I respect and indeed I revere the military’ US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan said Tuesday she opposed the Pentagon ban on gays serving openly but revered the military and rejected charges she banished its recruiters as…

Contrary to rumors, Kagan does not believe in federal marriage equality

You’d never know from reading Monday’s headlines, but Obama’s Supreme Court nominee does not believe in the constitutional right to marriage equality. Yes, in spite of conservatives jeering she must be a lesbian and therefore unqualified to serve, and in spite of fanning speculation as to her sexuality even by…

White House: Obama could name Supreme Court pick ‘at any moment’

Predicted ‘confirmable’ pick Elena Kagan ‘under fire on Goldman, minorities’ President Barack Obama could name his pick for a new Supreme Court justice “at any moment,” the White House said Friday, as speculation pointed to an announcement early next week. Obama, who will be making his second nomination to the…

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