WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) – The Veterans Affairs
department’s inspector general on Wednesday confirmed
allegations that staff at VA medical facilities in Phoenix,
Arizona, used scheduling methods that covered up months-long
wait times for healthcare appointments for veterans.
Releasing an interim report on allegations that have become
a source of embarrassment for President Barack Obama’s
administration, the VA internal watchdog said it identified
1,700 veterans who were waiting for a primary care appointment
but were not listed on the agency’s electronic waiting list.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This summer is likely to see a series of attacks by industry opponents of a U.S. plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants in a bid to stir voter anger ahead of elections in November, when voters in states such as Kentucky and West Virginia may determine whether Democrats keep control of the Senate.
On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose new rules to crack down on power plant emissions, part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global climate change. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will release a report Wednesday analyzing the effect the yet-to-be-announced regulations will have on the economy.
WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
shuffle his cabinet on Friday, nominating San Antonio Mayor
Julian Castro as secretary of housing and urban development and
naming outgoing HUD chief Shaun Donovan as his new budget
director, a White House official said on Thursday night.
The switch brings a high-profile Latino leader who is a
rising star in Democratic politics into the Obama administration
and moves a long-serving Cabinet member into the president’s
inner circle at the Office of Management and Budget.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared almost 500,000 acres of mountains, canyons and desert caves near the U.S.-Mexico border a national monument, which drew criticism from Republicans and local law enforcement that the move could put border security at risk.
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region includes “Outlaw Rock” where Billy the Kid inscribed his name more than 130 years ago, and Apache chief Geronimo is believed to have used the mountains to hide out.
WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Wednesday preserved almost 500,000 acres (202,000 hectares) of
mountains, canyons, trails, caves and grasslands in New Mexico
as a new national monument, saying he wanted to protect the
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region for future generations.
The move drew criticism from Republicans in Congress who
slammed him for going beyond a more modest legislative proposal,
and said the move could put border security at risk.
WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
vowed on Wednesday to get to the bottom of allegations of
neglect of veterans’ healthcare and made clear Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric Shinseki’s job may be on the line as he scrambled
to contain a budding controversy.
“If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable,
it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period,” an
angry-sounding Obama said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama led an emotional dedication on Thursday of a museum that commemorates the traumatic events of September 11, 2001, built on the “ground zero” site of the twin towers that fell that day.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, joined by Bill and Hillary Clinton and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, toured the museum, which includes artifacts from many of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the hijacked-plane attacks in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
will take aim at the cumbersome approval process for large
infrastructure projects on Wednesday, showing how streamlining
reviews slashed the time taken to green-light New York’s massive
Tappan Zee bridge project, the White House said.
Obama is slated to speak at the bridge, about 20 miles north
of New York City, at 3:25 p.m. ET (1925 GMT), and will pledge to
apply the lessons learned from the permit process for the bridge
to a long list of infrastructure projects across the country.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will take aim at the cumbersome approval process for large infrastructure projects on Wednesday, showing how streamlining reviews slashed the time taken to green-light New York’s massive Tappan Zee bridge project, the White House said.
Obama is slated to speak at the bridge, about 20 miles north of New York City, at 3:25 p.m. ET (1925 GMT), and will pledge to apply the lessons learned from the permit process for the bridge to a long list of infrastructure projects across the country.
WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday
brushed aside questions about whether the involvement of Vice
President Joe Biden’s son in a Ukrainian natural gas company
raised ethical issues at a time when the administration is
promoting energy diversity in the country.
R. Hunter Biden, a lawyer and a partner in an investment
firm, was recently named to the board of directors of Burisma
Holdings, a private company that has drilled for natural gas in
Ukraine since 2002.