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White House meeting with Cantor on Medicare cuts

WASHINGTON – Medicare will be on the table when Vice President Joe Biden meets with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and other congressional leaders this week to continue the ongoing debt limit negotiations. It’s unclear whether the White House will agree to any cuts for beneficiaries, but other areas…

Obama ‘overruled lawyers’ in Libya war debate

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama overruled two senior government lawyers in deciding that he had the authority to continue US military operations in Libya without Congressional approval, The New York Times has reported. In reaching his conclusion Obama rejected the opinions of Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and…

Obama and Boehner tee off ‘golf summit’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A high-stakes golf match teed off Saturday outside Washington — not the nearby US Open, but a first-ever round between President Barack Obama and his most powerful Republican critic. While Obama and House speaker John Boehner are on par in their appreciation for birdies and bogeys, they…

White House spokesman: Obama is ‘the most progressive president ever’ on gay rights

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told a liberal crowd Friday that Barack Obama has been “the most progressive president” America has ever had on the issue of gay rights. “This president has been the most progressive president on these issues we’ve ever had,” Pfeiffer said during a panel discussion…

Boehner: Congress may cut funds for Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — Top Republican lawmaker John Boehner on Thursday hinted at a potential freeze of funds for military operations in Libya, saying the White House had failed to justify US involvement. Influential US senators meanwhile voiced their support for a bipartisan resolution at odds with such a move that would…

Obama and Petraeus discuss Afghan pullout

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has met with Afghanistan war commander General David Petraeus to discuss a troop withdrawal set to begin next month, the White House said Thursday. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said the two met in Washington on Wednesday to “discuss Afghanistan (and) to review the broad…

Bush admin. asked CIA to discredit a liberal blogger: report

President George W. Bush’s White House ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to find information to “discredit” a liberal University of Michigan professor who was critical of the Iraq war, according to a recent report. Former CIA officer Glenn Carle told The New York Times‘ James Risen that while he…

Obama keeps his campaign mega-donors close — in White House jobs

Despite running his presidential campaign on banning former lobbyists — and their special interests influence — from the marble halls of his administration, President Barack Obama has hired about 80 percent of his mega-donors (those who bundled $500,000 or more for him during the campaign) to “key administration posts.” The…

Facebook hires former Clinton spokesman

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had hired former US president Bill Clinton’s spokesman Joe Lockhart to serve as vice president of global communications at the social network. “Joe’s arrival brings new skills and greater depth to our incredibly busy team,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of…

Michele Bachmann announces White House run

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AFP) – Michele Bachmann, a Congresswoman championed by the Republicans’ Tea Party wing, announced she had formally filed her candidacy in the 2012 presidential election. Bachmann used the start of the Republicans’ first big televised debate to make the announcement. “I filed today my paperwork to seek…

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