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Senator Max Baucus to be named U.S. ambassador to China: Senate source

President Barack Obama will tap outgoing Senator Max Baucus to be the next US ambassador to China, a Senate aide said Wednesday. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Baucus helped craft Obama’s landmark health-care law, and his lengthy experience on the committee makes him well versed in trade issues,…

Tea party activist says his rally will send Obama to Iran and usher in new right-wing government

Right-wing activist Larry Klayman is so sure his long-planned “second American revolution” will succeed Tuesday that he’s calling for a “Constitutional congress” to plan for life after President Barack Obama. The founder of Judicial Watch says he’s gathered a coalition of conservative and libertarian activists to demonstrate beginning at 10…

White House rejects Snowden clemency request

Rory Carroll, theguardian.com The White House and leading lawmakers have rejected Edward Snowden’s plea for clemency and said he should return to the United States to face trial. Dan Pfeiffer, an Obama administration adviser, said on Sunday the NSA whistleblower’s request was not under consideration and that he should face…

Obama invites all Republican and Democratic lawmakers to the White House

President Barack Obama Wednesday announced plans to invite all Republican and Democratic lawmakers to the White House to talk about the bitter impasse which shut the government and could throw the United States into default. Obama will begin the process by meeting minority Democrats from the House of Representatives later…

End Game: John Boehner doesn’t even have to cave

Seven days into a government shutdown, and 9 days away from a potentially catastrophic breach of the nation’s debt limit, and the question everyone is asking is: who will blink first? The White House says that it absolutely will not negotiate over…  …

Obama chastises ‘grandstanding’ Republicans: ‘Think about who you’re hurting’

President Barack Obama challenged Republicans on Friday to drop what he described as their attempts at political theatre and avoid instigating a shuttering of government operations. “To any Republican in Congress who’s currently watching, I’d encourage you to think about who you’re hurting,” Obama said in a statement at the…

U.S. adds 14 new nations to list of backers on Syria

The White House on Monday said an additional 14 nations had signed up to a list of countries supporting a “strong international response” to what it says is Syria’s use of chemical weapons. The statement was put together at the G20 summit in Russia last week, and originally included 10…

White House: ‘Difficult to imagine’ authorities demanding destruction of hard drives

The White House distanced itself from Britain’s handling of the leaked NSA documents when representatives said it would be difficult to imagine the US authorities following the example of Whitehall in demanding the destruction of media hard drives. As a former lord chancellor said the Metropolitan police had no legal…

The White House is finally installing solar panels

The White House is going green. Solar panels are being installed on parts of the residence, a US official said Thursday — making good on a pledge that dates back to 2010. With President Barack Obama and his family vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard for a week, workers equipped with cranes…

Daily Caller sends 16-year-old intern to question the White House

A conservative publication sent a high school junior to the White House briefing on Wednesday. Gabe Finger, a 16-year-old intern at The Daily Caller, asked White House spokesman Jay Carney if President Barack Obama was providing protection to George Zimmerman and his family. Carney informed the boy that such protection…

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