More Susan Crabtree Articles

  • White House sidesteps questions about releasing spy Jonathan Pollard

    White House spokesman Jay Carney sidestepped a question about whether the U.S. is weighing the possibility of an early release for Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for concessions in the Mideast peace talks. Carney did not respond directly when asked Monday afternoon if he would break...

  • Jay Carney: Obama has full confidence in Secret Service

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama retains confidence in the Secret Service, as well as Julia Pierson, its new director, after the agency suffered another embarrassing incident last week. A day ahead of Obama's arrival in the Netherlands the weekend of March 22, a...

  • Glitches hit Obamacare website ahead of deadline

    The healthcare.gov website was overloaded with record traffic on Monday, the final day of open enrollment for Obamacare, according to an administration official. Shortly after 12:30 p.m., the website was down again — following a separate early morning outage — preventing first-time users...

  • Obama administration urges veterans to sign up for Obamacare

    The Obama administration is encouraging military veterans to sign up for Obamacare as it pulls out all the stops to maximize enrollment ahead of the March 31 deadline. The Department of Veterans Affairs sent veterans and other Americans in its database a seven-page color brochure titled “The...

  • Nuclear option fallout imperils Obama's nominees

    When Senate Democrats executed the so-called nuclear option last year and changed their chamber's rules for votes on President Obama's nominees, administration officials breathed a sigh of relief. As long as the nominees were qualified, they thought Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,...

  • Senators call for immediate deployment of monitors in Ukraine

    A bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is urging international groups to immediately deploy civilian monitors to eastern and southern Ukraine after pro-Russian forces seized control of Ukrainian military facilities in the Crimean region. The group of senators sent a...

  • Obama awards Medals of Honor to 24 veterans

    President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to 24 Army veterans, delivering an emotional tribute to the men Tuesday before a room filled with family, friends and military leaders. The veterans, three of whom are still living and received the honor in person, were...

  • Shane Battier is latest Miami Heat player to pitch Obamacare

    The Miami Heat may not be a slam dunk for NBA champions this year, but there's no question about where they stand when it comes to Obamacare. Team forward Shane Battier is just the latest player to pitch in to help promote enrollment in the federal health care exchanges before the March 31...

  • U.S. suspends consular relations with Syria; orders all non-U.S. personnel out

    Daniel Rubinstein, President Obama's newly appointed special envoy for Syria, announced the decision in a statement Tuesday afternoon. It comes three years after the beginning of the bloody civil war that has killed more than 130,000 people.

  • After NRA opposition, White House shifts strategy for surgeon general nominee

    White House press secretary Jay Carney said administration officials are “recalibrating” their approach to President Obama's nominee for surgeon general after the National Rifle Association's strong opposition siphoned off key Democratic support.

  • Obama to host Mahmoud Abbas Monday amid confrontation with Russia

    President Obama will try to divide his attention between the crisis in Crimea and the Middle East peace process Monday as he hosts a White House visit from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

  • Obama under fire for big-money ambassador nominees

    Modern presidents have regularly picked well-heeled campaign donors and political allies for plum ambassadorships. But the decades-long debate over the practice has flared up again after three of President Obama's picks flubbed basic political facts about the countries they were picked to serve...

  • John Kerry meets with Russian counterpart ahead of Sunday vote in Crimea

    Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in London Friday in a last-minute attempt to resolve the crisis in Ukraine's Crimea region.

  • John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine

    Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance. Kerry will travel to London for a Friday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...

  • John Kerry will meet with Russia's foreign minister in London on Friday

    Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to London to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday to try to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine before a planned vote on a referendum in its Crimea region on Sunday. “President Obama has asked me to leave tomorrow evening and fly...



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