By Susan Crabtree | 02/21/14 11:57 AM
Instead of pivoting away from the Middle East as President Obama repeatedly has tried to do, Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority -- the elusive holy grail of U.S. diplomacy.
By Susan Crabtree | 02/21/14 11:44 AM
While Secretary of State John Kerry has poured his energy into unlikely peace missions in the Middle East, a violent crackdown against protesters in Ukraine was left simmering on the back burner of U.S. priorities for months, only recently commanding President Obama's attention. Vice President...
By Susan Crabtree | 02/19/14 08:48 PM
First in a series of stories on the Obama administration's outside fundraising efforts to promote Obamacare enrollment. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other department staff may be continuing to solicit private donations to help an outside group promote the...
By Susan Crabtree | 02/18/14 05:44 AM
President Obama will again bypass Congress and take executive actions to promote his agenda on Tuesday -- this time by ordering the federal government to develop the next round of greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-weight trucks by March 2016.
By Susan Crabtree | 02/17/14 03:18 PM
The State Department says it has no direct knowledge that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expelled three American consular officials who had been visiting universities in the country amid several days of student-led protests.
By Susan Crabtree | 02/15/14 11:08 AM
President Obama pledged $1 billion in loan guarantees for Jordan, a Middle East ally that is dealing with a flood of Syrian refugees who have crossed the border. The president made the loan guarantee commitment during a meeting Friday evening with Jordan's King Abdullah II at Sunnylands, the...
By Susan Crabtree and Brian Hughes | 02/15/14 11:02 AM
President Obama, during a tour of California's drought-torn agricultural central valley, tied the state's dry spell – one of the worst in recent years – to climate change and said extreme weather patterns are only going to get worse unless the country reduces its carbon emissions. “A...
By Susan Crabtree | 02/14/14 12:01 PM
President Obama thanked the House Democratic caucus for “hanging tough” on Obamacare and continuing to support a law he says history will regard as a “monumental achievement.”
By Susan Crabtree | 02/13/14 02:51 PM
The U.S. military condemned Afghan President Hamid Karzai's decision to release 65 terrorism suspects at a prison outside Kabul Thursday despite repeated requests from American officials to try them in Afghan courts. “The release of these dangerous individuals poses a threat to U.S.,...
By Susan Crabtree | 02/13/14 10:55 AM
Senior White House aides spent Wednesday doing some fence-mending with a top Saudi official ahead of President Obama's trip to Riyadh planned for late March. National security advisers Susan Rice and Lisa Monaco hosted Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Saudi Arabia's interior...
By Susan Crabtree | 02/12/14 06:30 PM
Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are pressing the Obama administration for information on the latest Obamacare delay for businesses. Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican who chairs the panel, along with five other committee Republicans wrote a letter to Treasury...
By Susan Crabtree | 02/12/14 05:21 AM
The latest Obamacare delay has Republicans on Capitol Hill amplifying charges that President Obama is abusing his executive power and predicting his legislative agenda will suffer as a result.
By Susan Crabtree | 02/05/14 05:40 PM
House Republicans have set up a new website focused on the Benghazi attack and the circumstances surrounding it that promises to bring the facts about the deadly assault “straight to the American people.”
By Susan Crabtree | 02/05/14 12:09 PM
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., says the Obama administration has successfully quashed momentum for a new Iran sanctions bill that had picked up support in January. “It's pretty evident that the sanctions piece – the momentum has changed,” he told the Washington Examiner Tuesday. He noted...
By Susan Crabtree | 02/05/14 11:23 AM
U.S. officials and key lawmakers on Capitol Hill are growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for bringing the bloody civil war in Syria to an end after the regime unleashed a new round of “barrel bombs” this week, killing civilians in the northern city of Aleppo.
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