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Bernie Sanders considering 2016 White House bid to represent progressive causes

The U.S. Senate’s lone independent said he’s considering a White House run in 2016 if no other progressive candidates enter the race. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the cost, constant travel and the intense scrutiny associated with a national campaign would discourage most potential candidates – including himself. “That is…

Bill Clinton says the next American president should be a woman

Former US president Bill Clinton hopes there will be a woman in the White House in his lifetime and will support his wife Hillary in whatever she decides to do, he told a Chinese audience on Monday. Hillary, who earlier this year stepped down as US secretary of state, has…

White House: New data shows recovery ‘continuing to gain traction’

A White House grasping for any good news during a grim political run on Thursday seized on new government figures showing a surprise spurt of economic growth. Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, said the 2.8 percent annualized pace of GDP growth in the third quarter showed…

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…

Ted Cruz doesn’t want you to know who’s bankrolling his road to the White House

By now it seems pretty clear that Senator Ted Cruz has a plan to occupy the White House. But he doesn’t want people to know too much about it. And he definitely doesn’t want you to know about the special interests that have already begun to bankroll…  …

White House aide fired over parody Twitter account

The White House fired a national security staffer last week for operating a parody Twitter account that harshly criticized the Obama administration. Jofi Joseph, a director in the nonproliferation section of the National Security staff, had been posting under the @natsecwonk account since February 2011. The 40-year-old Joseph confirmed to…

White House rejects House debt plan

The White House on Tuesday rejected a new plan by Republican House leaders to avoid a disastrous debt default, branding it a “ransom” demand. Amy Brundage, a White House spokeswoman, said the plan was a “partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans who forced the government…

Palin, Cruz front at veterans protest in D.C.

Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and other conservative Republicans led a protest on Sunday which tore down barriers at a second world war memorial in Washington and confronted police outside the White House. Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, accused President Barack Obama of using war veterans…

Shots fired at U.S. Capitol after car tries to ram White House gates

UPDATE: Woman dead after ramming White House gate and leading Secret Service on chase through D.C. Police are scrambling after reports of gunfire at the U.S. Capitol. The nature of the disturbance is not currently known, but witnesses at the Capitol building describe a scene of mayhem. “Gun shots in…

Obama to meet with congressional leaders over government shutdown

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called congressional leaders to a White House meeting, providing a glimmer of hope for movement on day two of a crippling government shutdown. The White House is squaring off with Republican rivals in Congress over how to fund federal agencies, many of which are…

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