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GOP calls for probe of job offers

WASHINGTON – The admission by the White House on Thursday that it dangled the prospect of a government job in front of another contender for the U.S. Senate had Republicans calling for a full-scale criminal probe of the Obama administration Thursday – while Democrats maintained that Obama aides were guilty of nothing more than good politics. White House officials confirmed that an aide last year discussed a possible federal post with Andrew Romanoff, a U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado, in a bid to avoid a contentious primary with incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. The news comes less than a week after the administration disclosed that it deployed former President Bill Clinton in an attempt to convince Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania to drop his primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter.

White House discussed job with another candidate

WASHINGTON – One of President Barack Obama’s top advisers suggested to a Colorado Democrat that he forgo a primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet and instead apply for one of three international development jobs. The disclosure came just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race with the similar goal of avoiding a messy or divisive Democratic primary.

Obama, Verner talk trade

Spokane’s mayor on Thursday got a brief audience with President Barack Obama at the White House. Mary Verner was one of about a half dozen mayors Obama picked to ask questions after he addressed the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors convention.

Party-crashing couple filmed by reality show

WASHINGTON – The couple who crashed a White House state dinner were being filmed that day by a camera crew connected with a reality television program, although none of the filming took place on White House grounds, a spokeswoman for the program’s network said Thursday. The couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, gained access to the dinner President Barack Obama hosted for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, although they had not been invited, prompting a security review by the Secret Service, which acknowledged that procedures were not followed properly.

Obama talks tougher on Iran violence

President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared the United States and the entire world “appalled and outraged” by Iran’s violent efforts to crush dissent, a clear toughening of his rhetoric as Republican critics at home pound him as being too passive.

White House: Budget deficit to top $1.8 trillion

With the economy performing worse than hoped, revised White House figures point to deepening budget deficits, with the government borrowing almost 50 cents for every dollar it spends this year.

Obama wants to cut $17B from budget

President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday to approve $17 billion in additional spending cuts in the coming budget year, a sum that amounts to less than one-half of one percent of the total federal budget. Obama acknowledged “none of this will be easy” amid the continuing, deep economic slump.

Obamas welcome pup, Bo, to White House

WASHINGTON – Here are some things we now know about Bo Obama, the first family’s new dog: He’s not a barker, even when confronted by a pack of at least 100 camera-, microphone- and pen-wielding journalists eager to cover any story besides the economy.

White House considers delay on aerial tanker

WASHINGTON – The White House budget office has asked the Pentagon to consider delaying the purchase of aerial refueling tankers by five years, a move that reflects the constraints of drawing up a budget in the midst of a recession, according to two sources familiar with the administration’s discussions. The possible delay in one of the Pentagon’s most expensive programs is one of a number of options the administration is weighing, the sources said. No final budget decisions have been made, officials said.

Bush did what he ‘thought was right’

WASHINGTON – Thursday night, President Bush said goodbye. Speaking for the last time to a nation he has led for eight years, he mixed his trademark confidence with a hint of contrition, acknowledging that he has “experienced setbacks” but emphasizing that he always acted in the “best interests” of the country.