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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…

U.S.-Iran tension subsides not with a bang but with a tweet

The surprise first phone contact Friday between presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani was not only a dramatic moment in US-Iranian ties, but also in the field of digital diplomacy. Moments before the US leader announced from the White House podium that he had a chat with his opposite number,…

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…

Americans are no longer interested in policing the world, Mr. Obama

However Congress votes on Syrian intervention, the White House will have problems escaping the fallout After 12 years of endless war; after Afghanistan, after Iraq, after Libya, after the drones in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the American people have had enough. There is perhaps no better explanation for the rather…

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