WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday came to the defense of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel against critics who have attacked his record on Israel and Iran in a bid to head off his possible nomination as President Barack Obama’s next Pentagon chief.
With Hagel considered a leading choice for defense secretary, the administration joined allies rallying to support him against the onslaught, led by some pro-Israel groups and neo-conservatives, but also including former colleagues on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Talks to avoid a U.S. fiscal crisis stalled on Wednesday as President Barack Obama accused opponents of holding a personal grudge against him while the top Republican negotiator called the president “irrational.”
As a year-end deadline nears, Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner are locked in intense bargaining over a possible deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff of harsh tax hikes and automatic spending cuts that could badly damage an already weak economy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama came across like a president unleashed on Wednesday as he invoked the Connecticut shooting tragedy not only to address gun violence, but to tell Republicans to “peel off the partisan war paint,” accept that he won the election and get on with the job of averting a fiscal calamity.
After Newtown, he suggested, the world looks different to him. Why not to everyone else?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday threatened to veto a Republican tax plan as talks to avert a fiscal crisis by the end of the year turned sour despite recent progress.
The White House rejected the Republicans’ proposal, known as “Plan B,” because it does not do enough to raise taxes on the wealthy or address spending cuts needed to tame the country’s $16 trillion debt.
WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Pro-Israel groups,
neoconservatives and even some former colleagues on Capitol Hill
are confronting President Barack Obama with a growing backlash
against Chuck Hagel, the ex-Republican senator tipped as his
leading candidate for defense secretary.
Obama’s aides have given no sign of dropping Hagel from
consideration – even after several American Jewish leaders
privately complained about his policy views, most notably on
Israel and Iran, at a White House-hosted Hanukkah party last
week, according to one attendee.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House spelled out some gun control measures on Tuesday that President Barack Obama would support in the aftermath of the Connecticut school massacre, including moves by a Democratic senator to reinstate an assault weapons ban.
At a memorial service on Sunday, Obama promised to address gun violence after a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people, including 20 children.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hopes rose on Monday that Washington will be able to step back from the “fiscal cliff” as President Barack Obama and Republican John Boehner inched toward a deal that would prevent steep tax hikes and spending cuts that could push the economy into recession.
The two men held talks at the White House and aides from both parties said they were optimistic an agreement was shaping up.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and top Republican John Boehner met at the White House on Monday as hopes rose that Washington will be able to head off steep tax hikes and spending cuts that could push the economy into recession next year.
The 45-minute meeting is a further sign that talks to avert the “fiscal cliff” could be yielding progress after weeks of stalemate, and aides from both parties said they were optimistic that a deal could be reached in coming days.
WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and John Boehner, the top Republican in Washington, met at the
White House on Monday to try to reach a budget deal that would
head off steep tax hikes and spending cuts that could push the
economy into recession next year.
The 45-minute meeting is a further sign that talks to avert
the “fiscal cliff” could be yielding progress after weeks of
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, sources familiar with the process said on Saturday.
Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and a stalwart Obama supporter, had been widely tipped as the likely candidate for top U.S. diplomat following the withdrawal last week of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.