WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House would not deny that the United States snooped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone communications in the past and acknowledged on Thursday that allegations of U.S. spying have created tensions with allies.
“We are not going to comment publicly on every specified alleged intelligence activity,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “The president spoke with Chancellor Merkel, reassured her that the United States is not and will not monitor the chancellor’s communications.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The contractors for the government’s troubled healthcare website sought to deflect blame on Wednesday as more Democrats voiced concerns about the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy.
Administration officials, in damage-control mode for nearly a week, held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and a private session with insurance company executives, who said they would assist in efforts to fix the Healthcare.gov website.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House sought to limit the political damage from the troubled rollout of the government’s healthcare website as Republicans increased pressure on Wednesday to delay parts of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy.
Obama administration officials held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and planned a session with insurance company executives to explain steps they are taking to quickly resolve problems with Healthcare.gov.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama scolded congressional Republicans on Thursday, hours after a fiscal crisis was narrowly averted and called on his opponents to help repair the economic damage caused by a 16-day U.S. government shutdown and a close brush with a debt default.
Obama stressed that he is willing to work with lawmakers wherever they can agree, but the tone he struck amounted to a rebuke of Republicans, whom Americans largely blame for pushing the United States to the brink of an economic calamity.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the frantic stop-and-go effort in Congress to avoid a debt default and end a government shutdown is “a mess” as a gloomy mood descended over the White House with time running out to a Thursday deadline.
Obama, who is to meet Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday, and his Democratic backers stressed there is still time to avoid a historic default even as efforts to reach a deal in Congress floundered on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the U.S. central bank, said on Wednesday that strengthening the economic recovery and boosting employment would be priorities if she is confirmed as Fed leader.
Yellen, an advocate of the central bank’s aggressive actions to stimulate economic growth through low interest rates and large-scale bond purchases, would replace Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, whose second term ends on January 31.
WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
nominated Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday
to run the world’s most influential central bank, praising her
consensus-building skills and saying more needed to be done to
boost U.S. employment.
Yellen, an advocate for aggressive action to stimulate
economic growth through low interest rates and large-scale bond
purchases, would replace Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, whose second
term ends on Jan. 31.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With pressure rising and no clear path forward for breaking their fiscal impasse, President Barack Obama began inviting lawmakers to the White House on Wednesday for meetings to discuss the government shutdown and raising the debt limit.
House Democrats will make the first visit later on Wednesday, and House Republican leaders will journey to the White House on Thursday as the search intensifies for a way to break an impasse that has worried markets and sparked warnings about the potential for economic havoc.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday to run the world’s most influential central bank, providing some relief to markets that would expect her to tread carefully in winding down economic stimulus.
The nomination will put Yellen on course to be the first woman to lead the institution, and the first to head a central bank in any Group of Seven industrial nation.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce his choice of Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to be the next head of the U.S. central bank on Wednesday, putting her on course to be the first woman to lead the institution in its 100-year history.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Yellen would replace Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term as head of the Fed expires on January 31.