(CNN) - The man who was once tasked with defending the Obama White House and its biggest legislative achievement was not impressed Monday with how Obamacare’s online insurance exchanges have been implemented.
“This is excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and for the Department of Health and Human Services,” former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner.”
Washington (CNN) - Nearly two weeks into a government shutdown, cuts and furloughs are crippling much of America's scientific research.
The White House issued a statement Saturday detailing which programs were being hardest hit in an effort to drive home how damaging the shutdown has been.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democratic leaders emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama Saturday evening saying they were more cohesive than ever.
Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, Chuck Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington and Dick Durbin of Illinois had a "very productive meeting" with the President, according to a Senate Democratic aide. Although they did not move forward on any particular deal or plan, they "reviewed a number of the options raised in meetings over the last few days."
Washington (CNN) –- President Barack Obama acknowledged that the Republican proposal on a six week debt ceiling increase was a good thing in an hour-and-a-half meeting with House Republican leadership Thursday night, according to a Democratic source familiar with the gathering.
The meeting overall was an amicable one, featuring some of the first real dialogue between the two sides in recent weeks. The point of contention remains on Obama’s demand to reopen the government, for which Republicans still want concessions on spending, the source said.
According to multiple sources familiar with the meeting, the President and House Republicans had been going around and around for about an hour with no resolution on a path forward. Republicans emphasizing, over and over, what the House Speaker laid out: pass a six-week debt ceiling extension, then sit down immediately and start negotiating. The negotiations would begin with discussions to fund and re-open the government. The president kept pressing Republicans to re-open the government right away.
Washington (CNN) - The House Democratic caucus has been invited to a meeting at the White House Wednesday afternoon on the government shutdown and the upcoming debt limit deadline, according to a White House official.
The event will not be open to the press, and other caucuses will be invited in the coming days, the official said.
New York (CNN Money) - President Obama will nominate Janet Yellen to serve as the next chair of the Federal Reserve, a senior White House official said Tuesday.
The announcement will be made on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., the official said.FULL STORY
(CNN) - While the White House vows it doesn't want to set a precedent negotiating policy proposals to be included in a debt ceiling increase — calling it extortion - there have been discussions in the past surrounding such a hike and Congress has attached other issues to raising the limit a number of times.
The House and Senate, in November 1989, agreed as part of a debt ceiling increase to repeal a tax rule approved three years earlier barring discrimination in employer-paid health insurance plans.
Washington (CNN) - Next up: the debt ceiling.
The White House continues to issue dire warnings about the economic consequences should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling this month. President Barack Obama told Wall Street to be "concerned" and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Congress is "playing with fire."FULL STORY