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After sidestepping the issue for weeks, President Obama on Thursday apologized to Americans who are losing their health insurance despite his repeated and emphatic promises that it wouldn't happen.
Besieged by the Obama administration and its host of new environmental regulations, the U.S. coal industry is beginning to fight back.
Sen. Joe Manchin III, a critic of the troubled Obamacare rollout, believes the program can work if everyone gets on the same page and joins "Team America."
The rollout of healthcare.gov has been a complete disaster ("Embarrassing Obama," Comment & Analysis, Oct. 11). Stories of the site malfunctioning are being reported everywhere. Regular Americans are having extreme difficulty signing up. Even liberals such as Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, and TV entertainer Jon Stewart think a delay of the individual mandate would be a good idea.
Congress approved a bill Thursday that guarantees death benefits for families of service members killed in action during the government shutdown, and President Obama signed it despite the White House having said it already had found a solution and the legislation isn't needed.
Two weeks ago President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tried to walk back an earlier statement that natural gas is a "dead-end" fuel. Ron Binz's flip-flop didn't change any minds, and now it's his nomination that's hit a dead end.
Washington loves the blame game, and President Obama most of all. He woke up Tuesday morning with his finger primed to point at "one faction of one party in one house of Congress" for the partial government shutdown. He was, of course, talking about the conservative House Republicans he can't criticize often or harshly enough, but his words apply more accurately to the red-state Democrats in the Senate.
With passions running high over the fate of Obamacare, President Obama said Thursday there's "no widespread evidence" his national health care program is hurting jobs, even as the administration announced another delay in implementing the law.
President Obama's nominee to a top energy post is hanging on by a thread after a poor performance last week at a confirmation hearing where he failed to win over key supporters and even appeared to have misled a Senate committee about his record of support for a coal-fired energy plant.
On the same day that lawmakers acknowledged that any attempt to crack down on firearms stands virtually no chance on Capitol Hill, President Obama made his strongest plea to date on the need to confront gun violence.
Three months after President Obama vowed to get tough on climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday begins that mission by announcing long-awaited rules for new power plants that, while slightly watered down, will be tough on the beleaguered coal industry.
Two key senators said Wednesday they will vote against confirming Ron Binz to be chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, dealing what could be a fatal blow to President Obama's pick for the obscure but powerful panel.
President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked top officials at BP oil company to lobby on his behalf, further expanding the list of lobbyists and former lobbyists Ron Binz has worked with as he's tried to win the chairmanship of the obscure but powerful panel, according to new emails released this week.
President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is coordinating his campaign with two lobbyists for energy companies, a Democratic strategy firm and several other green-technology strategists, according to emails that show an unprecedented effort to gain a position on the obscure board.
If the Obama administration is indeed waging a "war on coal," as its critics contend, then newly minted Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz aims to build a bridge between the opposing camps.
"Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, there have been many identifiable problems exposed in the law that need to be addressed," Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, said in filing the bill with Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican.
"All we're postponing is the crime and the fine," he said last week.