Updated 5:06 p.m. ET, 1/16/2014
Washington (CNN) – Tucked into the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill racing toward passage in Congress this week is a provision sending tens of millions of dollars to a uranium enrichment company that just last month announced it is filing for bankruptcy.
USEC, a government supported company formerly known as the United States Enrichment Corporation, has already received nearly a quarter billion in federal subsidies in the last two years, and billions over the last two decades. The latest multimillion dollar lifeline to USEC comes even though it has been rejected for loan guarantees by the federal government, despite support from House Speaker John Boehner and other members of the Ohio congressional delegation.
Washington (CNN) – It's the new White House catch-phrase for 2014: "Year of Action."
Those words have been on President Barack Obama's mind over the last few weeks, earning a mention at December's year-end news conference and in his weekly address to the nation last Saturday. Administration officials are hinting it will be one of the major theme's of the President's upcoming State of the Union speech.
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Washington (CNN) - One day after excerpts from a tell-all memoir penned by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates took Washington by storm, the White House is granting the press rare but limited access to a lunch between President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
According to the daily schedule for the President released by the White House, still and television photographers will be allowed to capture images of Obama and Biden during what is normally a private meeting. The President and Vice President typically sit down for lunch once a week.
(CNN) - The Obama administration will run television ads in some cities during next month's Winter Olympics pushing health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
An official with the Department of Health and Human Services said the ads will run in markets with the highest rate of uninsured people during the Olympics. The official would not confirm the cost of the ad buy.
Washington (CNN) – Signaling what could be a difficult year for enacting legislation in Washington, a top Obama administration official said the White House is taking a realistic view on what can pass Congress in the months leading up to the fall's mid-term election.
Don't judge us by what makes its way through Capitol Hill, the senior administration official cautioned.
Washington (CNN) - While President Barack Obama and White House aides may have wanted the nation's top tech executives to help dissect their botched health care website, the industry titans themselves had something else in mind: the federal government's vast cybersnooping.
A source familiar with Tuesday's discussion at the White House said several executives at the meeting were frustrated with the White House's focus on HealthCare.gov, because the chiefs came to Washington to voice their concerns on surveillance issues.
Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) - A powerful U.S. delegation led by President Obama and representing the current and last two American administrations, arrived in South Africa for a whirlwind visit to attend a memorial service set for Tuesday honoring the late ant-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela.
Former president George W. and Laura Bush accompanied President and Mrs. Obama on Air Force One for the 16 hour journey to Johannesburg. Also on board was a potential future president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
(CNN) – A revamped federal health care website has helped enroll 29,000 Americans in insurance plans over the past several days, a source familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday.
The number is higher than the online enrollments for the entire month of October, and reflects a boost in sign-ups after HealthCare.gov underwent a massive repair job after its initial launch.
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is prepared to allow Iran to engage in a "limited enrichment program" if Tehran holds up its end of an international agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under stringent global oversight, the White House confirmed Tuesday.
"We are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program," Obama administration national security spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.
White House (CNN) - Obama administration officials are sounding increasingly confident they will meet the President's goal of having the troubled website HealthCare.gov working for the "vast majority" of users by November 30.
"We continue to be on track to meeting the goals that we established for ourselves and established for the website on Nov. 30," Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Air Force One Monday en route to San Francisco for an event and fundraiser President Obama was expected to attend.