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White House protesters call for Guantanamo closure

Human rights activists, some dressed in orange prison jumpsuits, protested in front of the White House Monday to demand that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed, 10 years after it opened. Members of the group Witness Against Torture, who launched their protest on Sunday, plan to maintain an around-the-clock…

New book describes tension between Michelle Obama and White House staff

A new book detailing life in the White House describes high tension under the tenure of Barack Obama as First Lady Michelle Obama struggled with his top aides over the direction of his presidency. She “cherished the idea of her husband as a transformational figure” but battled with White House…

Huntsman trains White House sights on New Hampshire

As his Republican rivals blitz Iowa, underdog White House hopeful Jon Huntsman is pinning his hopes on New Hampshire, touting his foreign policy experience, especially in China. “There are two nations on the world stage and they will be as far as the eye can see into the 21st century…

Obama delays request for debt limit increase

President Barack Obama will delay asking Congress for $1.2 trillion to raise the US government’s debt ceiling to allow vacationing lawmakers time to weigh the request, officials said Friday. But a senior White House official stressed that the decision was purely a procedural maneuver that should not spook markets and…

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…

House Republicans agree to two-month payroll tax extension

House Republicans have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday for 160 million U.S. workers, congressional sources told Talking Points Memo and the National Journal. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate struck a short-term compromise on the payroll tax cut and employment insurance. But House Speaker…

White House accuses GOP of playing politics with tax cut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House accused House of Representatives Republicans on Sunday of playing politics with the fate of the payroll tax cut and warned that Americans could face a “devastating” tax hike if Republicans do not act. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has distanced himself from a two-month…

Chris Hayes explains what’s wrong with the NDAA

The White House’s announcement that it has no plans to veto the National Defense Authorization Act has a great number of people up in arms. In this clip from Saturday’s Up With Chris Hayes, Hayes discusses the specific provisions which make the bill so controversial and why the changes made…

House passes Republican payroll tax cut plan

WASHINGTON — Defying a White House veto threat, the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to tie a payroll tax cut extension to the swift approval of the controversial “Keystone XL” US-Canada oil pipeline. US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes used their majority to muscle the bill to passage in…

Provocative U.S. nuclear chief faces political test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The embattled chief of the U.S. nuclear safety regulator found some powerful political support on Saturday ahead of Capitol Hill hearings next week that will scrutinize his bid to enact sweeping safety reforms. Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is locked in a bitter…

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