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Obama to businesses: Bring jobs home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama kicked off an effort to encourage businesses to keep jobs at home instead of outsourcing them overseas, as he rolled out a new election-year theme on Saturday aimed at courting middle-class voters. In his weekly radio and video address, Obama previewed an event he…

Fox News analyst: Obama a ‘vigilante’ for making recess appointments

A Fox News legal analyst asserted on Thursday that President Barack Obama became a “vigilante” by making recess appointments this week. The White House announced on Wednesday that the president would be appointing former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three others to the…

Gary Johnson launches third-party White House bid

SANTA FE, New Mexico — Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson launched a long-shot, third-party bid for the White House Wednesday that could hurt Republican efforts to oust President Barack Obama in 2012. Johnson announced his intention to become the nominee of the Libertarian Party, seeking to capitalize on massive…

Nuclear industry seeks end to regulatory spat

(Reuters) – The nuclear industry asked the White House and Congress on Monday to resolve a nasty power struggle at theNuclear Regulatory Commission, an internal fight that will be scrutinized at two Congressional hearings this week. The Nuclear Energy Institute, the main lobby group for the utilities and power companies that run the…

White House targets domestic extremism

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday laid out a plan to implement a government strategy to combat homegrown domestic terrorism and any attempts by Al-Qaeda to seek to radicalize American Muslims. The initiative commits the federal government to work closely with local authorities and communities that may be targeted…

Police arrest 12 during ‘Take Back the Capitol’ rally

WASHINGTON — US police made a dozen arrests near the White House on Wednesday as more than a thousand demonstrators converged in the latest protest against corporate greed and inequitable distribution of wealth. After an hour of face-to-face talks, officers including some on horseback, started to detain demonstrators who had…

Obama presses payroll tax cut extension

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama chastised Republican lawmakers Monday for failing to act to extend a cut in payroll taxes set to expire at the end of the year. In comments at the White House, Obama said Republicans were blocking the measure to avoid allowing a hike in taxes to…

White House refuses apology over Pakistan strike

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday dismissed the notion of offering an apology to Pakistan over the NATO air strikes that killed 24 soldiers, insisting an inquiry was still ongoing as to how the men died. “I, speaking for the White House and the president, offered condolences on behalf…

White House shooter declared fit to stand trial

WASHINGTON — A man charged with attempting to assassinate US President Barack Obama by firing an assault rifle at the White House has been declared fit to stand trial, but the government Monday called for more tests and a full competency hearing. Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, 21, who allegedly called Obama the…

White House aide meets with LGBT media – no news, lotsa spin

(Photo: Americablog’s Joe Sudbay took this impressionist photo of me in the White House Press Briefing Room, 7/1/2010.) What the heck was I doing at the White House? This week I received an invitation to the White House earlier this week from the Office of Media Affairs to cover a…

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