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Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the secretary for Health and Human Services, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.
As he struggles to find momentum in his second term, President Obama is setting a dubious record for the slowest pace in assembling a new Cabinet.
The House Republicans' top investigator told President Obama on Tuesday to punish Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for illegally campaigning on the job earlier this year, saying the White House has issued harsh penalties to others caught doing the same thing.
The Federal Election Commission wasn't always so dysfunctional.
The White House stood by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius after federal investigators reported Wednesday that she unlawfully stumped for President Obama while delivering a speech earlier this year.
Power means never having to say you're sorry. Despite contrary evidence, the Obama administration is sticking to its story that the decision to loan $535 million to solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra was the right thing to do.
A top White House adviser received clear notice that solar panel maker Solyndra Inc. faced a "severe liquidity crisis" even before a controversial restructuring allowing investors to recoup money from the now-bankrupt company before taxpayers, documents released Thursday show.
With three months to go before Election Day, President Obama's campaign manager faced a fusillade of questions Wednesday about whether he deliberately skirted disclosure rules during his time as deputy White House chief of staff, undermining the administration's claim to be "the most transparent administration in history."
The chairman of a House committee that recommended a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in the Fast and Furious scandal said Tuesday that President Obama's assertion of executive privilege means the White House is either covering up its role in the botched operation or is obstructing a congressional probe.
With a vote looming to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, a House committee chairman is challenging President Obama's claim of executive privilege, invoked to maintain secrecy for some documents related to a failed gun-tracking operation.
House Republicans last week released their second investigative memo detailing how the White House worked with the nation's drug companies to sell President Obama's health care law, arguing the deals he struck violate his campaign pledges of transparency.
House Republicans accused the White House on Thursday of stonewalling a congressional probe into the failed $535 million loan guarantee to bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra LLC, and threatened to issue subpoenas later this month to secure interviews with "key administration staff."
President Obama's nominee to run the nation's Medicare and Medicaid agency can count on receiving more than $160,000 a year in retirement pay for the rest of her life from the country's largest private hospital chain, records show.
House Republicans accused the White House Thursday of blocking the release of documents on the failed half-billion loan to solar panel maker Solyndra LLC, the California company once hailed as a darling of the stimulus program.
New developments in the congressional probe into failed solar panel maker Solyndra LLC shed light on what Republicans are calling the close relationship between the White House and an Oklahoma billionaire donor whose foundation was deeply invested in the company.
"Congressional Republicans have made no secret of the extraordinary lengths they will go to obstruct the confirmation process," said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. "That unprecedented invasiveness, often about matters decades old or unrelated to the post, slows down the process from beginning to end."
Mr. Schultz said the administration "has adopted the highest ethical standards in history, and the caliber of our nominees and their preparedness to serve reflect that high bar."