White House to Toughen Fuel Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

When it comes to environmental initiatives, President Obama’s controversial efforts to impose some form of greenhouse gas regulation on America’s power plants have gotten most of the attention. There’s good reason for that—the utility sector is the single biggest carbon emitter in the U.S., and the future of coal power in particular could decide the climate future of the U.S. […]

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White House Punts on Retiring Aircraft Carrier

The news that the White House is abandoning plans to authorize the retirement the aircraft carrier USS George Washington is the latest example of the nation’s no-brain, no-money defense strategy. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the Obama administration vetoed scrapping the flattop after lawmakers urged it be kept steaming. The White House wants to avoid a political fight […]

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President Obama to Meet Pope Francis

The White House confirmed Tuesday that President Obama will meet with Pope Francis for the first time in late March. “The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” the White House said in a statement. Obama will arrive in the Vatican on March 27, after visiting the Netherlands March 24 […]

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White House faces off against Congress in Supreme Court

President Obama’s recess appointments to a federal agency– made without Senate confirmation– will be reviewed by the Supreme Court on Monday. It’s a rare intersection of all three branches of the federal government and a major constitutional test of executive power. At issue is whether three people named to the National Labor Relations Board lack authority because the presidential appointments […]

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White House Point Man Mends Obamacare Politics

Just days after his return to the White House last month, Phil Schiliro sat down in the Capitol with a group of vulnerable Senate Democrats seething over the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare. Weeks before they’d been riding high following the disastrous GOP-led government shutdown. Now they were fighting for their political lives and had openly considered breaking with the president […]

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White House: After Attacks, U.S. Open to Closer Olympics Security Cooperation With Russia

After two bombings in southern Russia in as many days raised concerns about security before the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, American officials say they are open to expanding their security cooperation with the Russian Federation. “The U.S. government has offered our full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games, and we would welcome […]

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Senate Eyes More Iran Sanctions, As White House Asks For Time

Senators from both sides are drafting legislation for harsher economic sanctions if Iran doesn’t make good on its promise to curtail its nuclear program even as the White House protests, saying it threatens a permanent deal. Congress has largely been skeptical of the interim agreement reached over the weekend among world powers, and Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican Sen. […]

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