Susan's Feed
Jun 29, 2015

State Department won’t say if Kerry would testify on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Monday declined to say whether Secretary of State John Kerry would be willing to testify to a Republican-controlled congressional panel that is probing a 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

The panel’s chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy, told CBS television on Sunday he would seek Kerry’s testimony if the panel does not get “satisfaction” on why Kerry has been so “recalcitrant” in handing over State Department documents from the period of the attack.

Jun 26, 2015

Top Obamacare official looks ahead after Supreme Court ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. official overseeing Obamacare said on Friday she has not seen any indication that states will back away from running their own health insurance marketplaces now that the Supreme Court has validated the federal insurance exchange.

Sylvia Burwell, secretary of Health and Human Services, also said she expected enrollment in both the state and federal health insurance exchanges established under the 2010 Affordable Care Act — called Obamacare — to decline from 10.2 million currently to 9.1 million by the end of 2015. That was the number her department had originally set as a goal for 2015.

Jun 25, 2015

Republicans to fight Obamacare through election campaign despite ruling

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – Republicans will keep
attacking Obamacare in Congress and on the presidential election
campaign trail to energize right-wing voters and raise money,
but there was little chance of the signature healthcare law
being rolled back before 2017, political analysts said.

A ruling Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a central
part of the Affordable Care Act as it is formally known – the
second time the court has confirmed the legality of President
Barack Obama’s biggest domestic achievement.

Jun 25, 2015

Republicans vow to keep fighting Obamacare, despite court ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the U.S. Congress and on the campaign trail, Republicans vowed on Thursday to carry on with their fight against Obamacare, shrugging off appeals from Democrats for an end to hostilities after the Supreme Court upheld a central part of the healthcare law.

Republicans said they would make the 2016 election campaign a referendum on President Barack Obama’s biggest domestic policy achievement, expressing disappointment with the court’s 6-3 ruling that preserved tax subsidies.

Jun 23, 2015

Democrats vow action if Supreme Court rejects part of Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats were prepared to quickly come up with a legislative solution should the U.S. Supreme Court rule in the next few days to invalidate a central part of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, party leaders in the Senate said on Tuesday.

The high court is expected to rule by the end of June in a case that challenges tax subsidies that are helping millions of Americans afford health insurance premiums under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Jun 22, 2015

Clinton ally praised her Libya ‘success’ year before Benghazi attacks: emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An unofficial adviser to Hillary Clinton when she was U.S. Secretary of State told her during the 2011 rebellion that ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that history had “vindicated” her and the “successful strategy” of the United States, emails released on Monday showed.

Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton ally and friend, heaped praise on her in the emails while making snide remarks about lower-level White House officials whom Blumenthal apparently feared would soft pedal what he considered to be a moment of U.S. triumph during the NATO-led intervention.

Jun 17, 2015

Republicans mull extending subsidies if court deals Obamacare blow

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – U.S. congressional
Republicans on Wednesday discussed extending subsidies to
Americans who may otherwise be unable to afford their health
insurance if the Supreme Court rules soon against President
Barack Obama’s healthcare law, Republican lawmakers and aides
said.

Republicans met behind closed doors in the House of
Representatives and separately in the Senate to talk about
their options after the court rules in the case, known as King
v. Burwell, the aides said. That ruling is expected by the end
of this month.

Jun 17, 2015

Clinton friend Blumenthal ‘shed no light’ before Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime ally of Hillary Clinton, testified all day Tuesday behind closed doors before a congressional panel probing the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, but declared afterwards that he had “shed no light” on events there.

Blumenthal, who was an unofficial adviser to Clinton when she was U.S. Secretary of State, told reporters it seemed obvious the Republican-majority committee had subpoenaed him “for one reason and one reason only. And that reason is politics.”

Jun 16, 2015

Clinton friend Blumenthal testifies to Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime ally of Hillary Clinton who was an unofficial adviser when she was U.S. Secretary of State, testified all day Tuesday behind closed doors before a congressional panel probing the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Democrats accused the Republican-majority committee of seeking to damage Democrat Clinton’s presidential run by subpoenaing her old friend, who had no apparent first-hand knowledge of the attacks.

Jun 12, 2015

Obama makes personal plea ahead of razor-edge Congress trade vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a last-ditch personal appeal to congressional Democrats to back his trade agenda on Friday as his goal of strengthening U.S. economic ties with Asia hung in the balance.

Hours before divided lawmakers were due to vote on legislation central to his hallmark Pacific Rim trade deal, Obama visited Capitol Hill with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez for the culmination of an intense effort to build support among Democrats over the last 24 hours.