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  • Obama administration denies knowing about Heartbleed before this month

    The Obama administration is denying that the National Security Agency or any other part of the government knew about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, known as the Heartbleed bug, before it was discovered earlier this month. “Reports that NSA or any other part...

  • Obama economic adviser: The Great Moderation is over, if it ever existed

    The so-called "Great Moderation" of low economic volatility between the mid-1980s and the financial crisis of 2008 was not as great as it seemed, and the future likely won't be as pleasant, according to President Obama's top economic adviser.

  • GOP presidential hopefuls flock to New Hampshire for Freedom Summit

    A flock of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates will converge on New Hampshire this weekend for a number of public and private events. The possible contenders will begin to lay political foundations in the first-in-the-nation primary state or expand their pre-existing networks....

  • Marco Rubio's chief of staff moves to his PAC

    Sen. Marco Rubio announced staff changes Friday that could have implications for his 2016 plans. The Florida Republican has moved his chief of staff, Cesar Conda, over to his political action committee, Reclaim America, where he will serve as a senior adviser. Conda also will continue to...

  • Obama: Birth certificate controversy was 'crazy stuff'

    President Obama on Friday revisited the conspiracy theory over his birth certificate and whether he was born in the U.S., calling the issue “crazy stuff.”

  • Obama administration unveils new sanctions over Crimea

    The Obama administration on Friday announced another round of sanctions against individuals supporting Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, also targeting an oil company that is based in the disputed region.

  • Obama's 2013 return: $98k in federal taxes on $481k in income

    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in federal taxes for 2013 on a reported gross income of $481,098, the White House announced on Friday. In a blogpost on the White House website, press secretary Jay Carney said the president's federal tax rate was 20.4 percent. The...

  • White House denies visa for Iran's United Nations envoy

    The White House announced Friday that the U.S. will not grant a visa to Iran's new envoy to the United Nations, citing his involvement in the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. “We have informed the United Nations and Iran that we will not issue a visa to Mr. [Hamid] Abutalebi,” White House...

  • Democrats shift from climate 'change' to 'adaptation' to woo Republicans

    What's in a name? If it's climate change, it's a lot. That's why environmental groups and congressional Democrats are increasingly talking about "climate adaptation." Scientists overwhelmingly agree that humans cause climate change largely by burning greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. But...

  • White House stresses Sylvia Mathews Burwell's prior unanimous Senate confirmation

    White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to predict how the Senate will handle Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination for Health and Human Services secretary, but noted her unanimous confirmation as Obama's budget chief. Carney told reporters that he “wouldn't want to predict” how...

  • Two potential candidates to succeed Sylvia Matthews Burwell as budget chief

    President Obama's nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as HHS secretary leaves open Burwell's position as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Of the two deputy directors, Brian Deese and Beth Cobert, Deese may be the more likely candidate.

  • Obama taps Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head HHS, thanks Kathleen Sebelius for historic role

    President Obama announced the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become the new secretary of the Health and Human Services Department on Friday and said goodbye to departing Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who he said will "go down in history" for her work in expanding access to health...

  • Lawmakers urge Jack Lew, John Kerry to stop U.S. purchases of Russian helicopters

    Dozens of lawmakers have signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging them to impose sanctions on a Russian arms exporter that the Pentagon is procuring helicopters from. The effort to rally opposition to Russian company Rosoboronexport, which the...

  • John Cornyn spent nearly $5.5 million beating back Republican primary challenger Steve Stockman

    Few people thought Rep. Steve Stockman would pose a serious challenge to Sen. John Cornyn in a Texas Republican primary race early last month. Stockman, after all, was perhaps best known in Congress for his occasional outlandish statements, such as, "If babies had guns, they wouldn't be...

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Obama's behind-the-scenes budget warrior

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's budget director, was at ground zero of the government shutdown showdown, but you wouldn't know it from the headlines. With Kathleen Sebelius departing, Burwell will be tapped to lead the Health and Human Services Department.



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