WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would pick Howard Shelanski, an antitrust expert, as his new regulatory czar, a powerful White House position charged with reviewing regulations proposed by government departments.
Shelanski, who is both an economist and a lawyer, is currently in charge of a team of economists that reviews competition and consumer protection issues at the Federal Trade Commission.
NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – The boom in domestic oil and
gas production has strengthened the hand of the United States in
global affairs and is having a profound impact on U.S. security
and foreign policy, President Barack Obama’s national security
adviser said on Wednesday.
In his first major speech on energy policy, Tom Donilon said
the unexpected growth in oil and gas production has created jobs
and made the U.S. economy stronger, giving the U.S. new leverage
in its dealings with other countries.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama hopped on a mountain bike that was mounted on blocks and pedaled away, taking part in a science experiment on how to filter unsafe drinking water during an emergency.
The invention was the brainchild of Kiona Elliott, 18, and Payton Kaar, 16, two participants in the White House Science Fair, which Obama considers one of his favorite events of the year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, moving swiftly after the Senate rejected a measure to expand background checks for gun buyers, acted on Friday to patch holes in the existing database dealers use to ensure they are not selling weapons to criminals or the mentally ill.
The Health and Human Services Department will issue a formal proposal on Friday to make sure one of its privacy laws does not prevent states from reporting information to the background check system.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will continue a charm offensive with lawmakers this week, planning dinner on Wednesday with a dozen Democratic senators at a hotel near the White House, the White House said.
Discussion will focus on the budget process and job creation, and proposals to overhaul immigration laws and new gun legislation, said a Democratic aide familiar with the dinner.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Francine Wheeler blinked past her tears, looked straight into the camera and asked Americans to push for tougher gun laws, drawing on courage she said comes from the memory of her 6-year-old son, Ben, murdered in his first-grade classroom in Newtown, Connecticut.
“His boundless energy kept him running across the soccer field long after the game was over,” said Wheeler, describing her son during what is usually President Barack Obama’s weekly Saturday address to the nation.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to make a fresh plea on Monday for a reluctant Congress to pass new gun control legislation – one of his top domestic policy priorities – as he travels to Connecticut, where December’s school massacre took place.
Initial momentum for tougher gun control laws sought by Obama after the December 14 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, has stalled in Congress in the face of fierce lobbying by gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.
WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – First Lady Michelle Obama
shared what has become a rite of spring in Washington with a
small group of fifth-grade students on Thursday, planting
vegetables in the White House garden.
On a day that began with record-cold temperatures that have
pushed back the blooming season for the city’s famous cherry
trees, Obama welcomed about 30 students to help her plant the
garden, a project she has championed as a model for children and
their parents to emulate as a way to reduce childhood obesity.
WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Monday nominated Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department’s
Civil Rights Division, as labor secretary, a Cabinet member who
will play a key role in the administration’s efforts to raise
the minimum wage and reform immigration laws.
Perez is the only Latino nominated to Obama’s second-term
Cabinet so far. The Harvard-educated civil rights attorney is
expected to face opposition from some Republican senators who
say he has been too aggressive on certain immigration issues,
and too political.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, as his next labor secretary, a White House official said.
Perez, a Harvard-educated civil rights attorney whose nomination was championed by Hispanic groups, would replace Hilda Solis, who resigned in January.