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White House to pay $37 million in salaries for 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it will pay $37,121,463 in salaries for 454 employees in 2011. Three policy advisors have a salary of zero, while more than 20 make the highest pay grade: $172,200. More than 30 percent earn between $100,000 and $200,000 a year while…

Geithner might resign after debt deal

WASHINGTON — US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner might leave his job after the White House reaches a deal with Congress over raising the US debt ceiling, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Geithner, one of the stalwarts of President Barack Obama’s administration and a key architect of its policies during the economic crisis,…

GOP Senator Pat Roberts: Obama needs to take a Valium

WASHINGTON — US Republicans on Thursday denounced President Barack Obama’s handling of a budget feud in an angry, all-out assault that saw one of them acidly urge him to take a powerful anti-anxiety drug. “Maybe if he’d just take a Valium and calm down and come on down to talk…

Obama to hold press conference Wednesday over debt default

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will hold a press conference Wednesday amid a dramatic showdown between his administration and Congress to avoid a US debt default, his office said. It will be held at 11:30 am (1530 GMT) in the building’s ceremonial East Room, the White House said in the…

Obama looks to raise $600 billion by cutting corporate subsidies, raising taxes

By Zeke Miller The White House announced today that it is seeking to raise $600 billion in revenue through new taxes and the elimination of corporate subsidies as part of a deal to lower the deficit and raise the debt ceiling. President Barack Obama is trying to ensure that any…

Republican Pawlenty assails Obama on Middle East

Republican White House hopeful Tim Pawlenty charged Tuesday that President Barack Obama has mishandled the “Arab Spring” and that prospects for Middle East peace have dimmed on the Democrat’s watch. “Israeli-Palestinian peace is further away now than the day Barack Obama came to office,” the former Minnesota governor said in…

Obama to meet U.S. senate leaders on debt talks

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet leaders of the US Senate Monday in an attempt to break the impasse over raising the country’s debt limit, with a deadline fast approaching. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has warned lawmakers they have until August 2 to raise the debt…

Bachmann’s White House bid under Tea Party banner

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann plans to launch her Republican presidential bid late on Sunday with a tour of key primary states Iowa, New Hampshire and North Carolina. The Minnesota representative is returning to her roots to kick off her campaign in her native city of Waterloo,…

White House, streets locked down in security alert

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House and a block of surrounding streets in downtown Washington were locked down by the Secret Service for about an hour Wednesday in a security alert reportedly sparked by a dump truck. The truck was being searched prior to entering the North Lawn of the…

Ex China envoy Huntsman launches White House bid

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, launching his 2012 White House bid on Tuesday, urged voters to help him rewrite a grim narrative of US decline and sharply assailed President Barack Obama. “We’re not just choosing new leaders. We’re choosing whether we are to become yesterday’s story…

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