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  • Obama says stimulus vital to avoid ‘catastrophe’

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pressed Congress tonight to urgently approve a massive economic recovery bill, using the first prime-time news conference of his presidency to warn that a failure …


  • Fact check on Obama’s stimulus presentations

    President Barack Obama had it both ways Monday when he promoted his stimulus plan in Indiana and later at a prime-time news conference.


  • Stimulus oversight could be costly

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s economic stimulus plan could end up wasting billions of dollars by attempting to spend money faster than an overburdened government acquisition system can manage and …


  • Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s spell comes to quick end

    “A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe.” – President Obama, Feb. 4


  • Senators report deal on stimulus bill

    WASHINGTON — With job losses soaring nationwide, Senate Democrats reached agreement with key Republicans Friday night on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama’s plan for …


  • David S. Broder: Obama erred on Daschle flap

    In a striking repetition of the up-and-down pattern of the Democratic primaries a year ago, President Barack Obama filled one Cabinet vacancy Tuesday but saw another one embarrassingly come open. …


  • Congress postpones digital TV switch to June

    WASHINGTON — After weeks of debate, Congress is giving consumers four more months to prepare for the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting.


  • Senators seek stimulus votes

    WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic leaders conceded Tuesday that they do not have the votes to pass the stimulus bill as currently written and said that to gain bipartisan support, they …


  • Our View: Law applies to people like Tom Daschle, too

    Even as Tom Daschle withdrew from consideration as secretary of Health and Human Services, friends and commentators were framing the decision as a matter of political pragmatism rather than ethical …


  • Gregg accepts commerce nod

    WASHINGTON – In an unusual arrangement, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg agreed Tuesday to join the Obama administration as commerce secretary after the Democratic governor of New Hampshire agreed to appoint …


  • Tax issues scuttle Daschle bid

    WASHINGTON – The withdrawal of Tom Daschle’s nomination Tuesday as secretary of Health and Human Services reflected a growing recognition in the White House that his tax problems were igniting …


  • Rules target bigwigs’ pay at bailed-out institutions

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration plans to limit pay to $500,000 a year for executives of government-assisted financial institutions in a get-tough approach to bankers and Wall Street, a senior …


  • Daschle out as health nominee

    WASHINGTON — Tom Daschle withdrew Tuesday as President Barack Obama’s nominee to be health and human services secretary, dealing potential blows to both speedy health care reform and Obama’s hopes …


  • Cal Thomas: Obama picks raise red flags

    It was the late hotel magnate Leona Helmsley who uttered the immortal words, “We don’t pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes.” Helmsley apparently has been reincarnated in the …


  • King County’s Sims nominated for D.C. job

    Ron Sims, the top elected official in King County and a Spokane native, was nominated Monday to a high-ranking spot in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. President …


  • Daschle has broad D.C. support network

    WASHINGTON – As he battles this week to save his nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services, one thing is certain: No one in Washington has a better-positioned …


  • Senate opens stimulus debate

    WASHINGTON – With the economy still spiraling downward and the political landscape in flux, the Senate on Monday opened debate on an $885 billion stimulus plan that faces bipartisan questions …


  • Clinton joins administration

    WASHINGTON – Yes, that was Chevy Chase, the former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman, in the crowd at Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ceremonial swearing-in Monday at the State Department. …


  • Sims named to HUD post

    Ron Sims, the top elected official in King County and a Spokane native, was nominated Monday to a high-ranking spot in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


  • Senators don’t expect power shift

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is expected to pick a Republican senator, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, as his commerce secretary soon. But officials expect the state’s Democratic governor, John …


  • Obama readying road map for spending

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Saturday promised to lower mortgage costs, offer job-creating loans for small businesses, get credit flowing and rein in free-spending executives as he readies a …


  • Obama keeping rendition option

    WASHINGTON – The CIA’s secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base in southeastern Cuba. …


  • Daschle kept tax woes from Obama

    WASHINGTON – Thomas Daschle waited nearly a month after being nominated to be Secretary of Health and Human Services before informing Barack Obama that he had not paid years of …


  • Our View: Federal expansion of health care program overdue

    Two years ago, President Bush vetoed legislation that would’ve expanded health care coverage for children, and Congress was unable to muster the votes for an override. But the issue is …


  • Cabinet nominee owed $128,000 in back taxes

    WASHINGTON – Tom Daschle, nominated to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, failed to pay more than $128,000 in taxes over three years, a revelation that …


  • Vice president to lead task force on middle class

    WASHINGTON – For anyone expecting Vice President Joe Biden to disappear in a sea of strong-willed Cabinet heavyweights, an event at the White House on Friday morning was a signal: …


  • Charles Krauthammer: Obama disingenuous on Islam

    Every new president flatters himself that he, kinder and gentler, is beginning the world anew. Yet, when Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims with “to the …


  • Obama declares storm disaster

    OLYMPIA – President Barack Obama declared a federal disaster Friday for the flooding, mudslides and avalanches in Washington state earlier this month. Damage surveys done by the state found more …


  • Obama declares storm disaster for Wash. state

    President Barack Obama declared a federal disaster Friday for the flooding, mudslides and avalanches in Washington state earlier this month.


  • Obama criticizes Wall Street pay

    WASHINGTON – President Obama Thursday scolded Wall Street bankers who received millions of dollars in bonuses last year, calling the payouts “shameful” and chiding the executives for a lack of …

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