More Susan Crabtree Articles

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • With Kathleen Sebelius' exit, Obama aims for Obamacare reset that won't come easy

    President Obama accepted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation earlier this week and will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her Friday morning in an attempt to turn the page on the tumultuous beginning of the...

  • John McCain: Obama's pick for Norway ambassador will 'be a joke'

    Sen. John McCain pledged to redouble his fight against several of President Obama's ambassador nominees, vowing to gum up their confirmation process as much as he can now that Senate rules no longer allow opponents to filibuster White House political appointments. The Arizona Republican for...

  • At highest-paid levels, female White House staffers outearn men

    President Obama's election-year push to draw attention to women's wages backfired amid scrutiny of the White House's own gender-pay gap, but a close analysis of the salaries of his senior aides shows a far more complex picture.

  • GOP lawmakers believe over $1 billion spent to promote Obamacare

    Republicans are demanding greater transparency on how much the administration spent to promote and implement Obamacare -- and hitting back at President Obama's claim that he “didn't make a hard sell.”

  • Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue despite serious setbacks

    The Mideast peace talks are showing signs of life after nearly foundering last week with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meeting Sunday night to discuss ways to jump-start the process, according to a State Department spokeswoman.

  • John Kerry, White House: It's 'reality-check time' for peace process

    Secretary of State John Kerry and other administration officials warned of limits to U.S. patience in helping facilitate the Mideast peace process after Israel and the Palestinians signaled an unwillingness to make the concessions necessary to move forward. Kerry, while traveling in Morocco...

  • John Kerry and White House say it's a 'critical time' for Israel peace process

    With peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians stalled again, Secretary of State John Kerry and the White House are exhorting both sides to engage and make the necessary concessions to prevent negotiations from collapsing. Kerry, who has traveled to the Middle East twice in the past 10...

  • White House lawyer objects to Obama, David Ortiz Samsung 'selfie'

    White House officials don't seem all that outraged by the news that Samsung tricked President Obama into taking a "selfie" with Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, but the president's lawyer is looking into the matter. The selfie of Obama and Ortiz, the slugger known to Red Sox fans as Big Papi,...

  • CIA deputy chief: I mistakenly believed Benghazi terror attack stemmed from protest

    Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell repeatedly told the House Intelligence Committee that he and other intelligence analysts initially believed the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was a terrorist attack that evolved out of a protest to an anti-Islamic video. The idea...

  • Jay Carney: Obama maintains full confidence in Kathleen Sebelius

    On Tuesday, as the administration celebrated exceeding the 7 million mark in Obamacare sign-ups, the president's spokesman reiterated President Obama's strong support for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius has spent the last six months under fire for the rocky...

  • White House, Democrats tout 7 million Obamacare sign-ups

    The White House and Democrats spent Tuesday taking an Obamacare victory lap, announcing that enrollment in the health law's insurance exchanges had exceeded their 7 million target by the March 31 deadline. The figure marked a sharp turnaround for the administration's efforts after the troubled...

  • Prospect of Jonathan Pollard release renews debate in defense, intelligence circles

    The prospect of releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has outraged some in the U.S. defense and intelligence community despite a softening of that stance in recent years among prominent lawmakers, former diplomats and other respected leaders.



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