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Susan Crabtree was a reporter for The Washington Times.

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White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on May, 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Carney faces torrent of questions on Benghazi

Facing a fusillade of questions on the Obama administration's handling of the terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, last year, White House spokesman Jay Carney continued to assert that intelligence officials, not the White House or the State Department, scrubbed the official talking points about the assault. Published May 10, 2013

President Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on May 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama: Health care law is 'here to stay'

Amid growing concerns about the implementation of President Obama's health care law, Mr. Obama stepped up promotion of the law by pegging its benefits to this weekend's Mother's Day celebration. Published May 10, 2013

President Obama speaks during his visit to Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, on May 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama touts improving jobs figures in economic speech in Texas

As President Obama traveled to Texas to press his case for devoting a billion dollars to more job-growth programs, White House officials back in Washington were denying that interest in solving the country's long-term budget woes is waning among Democrats. Published May 9, 2013

** FILE ** White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses as he speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House struggles to respond to new Benghazi revelations

The White House on Wednesday stood by its story that the Obama administration remained unsure exactly who was responsible for the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi nearly five days after it occurred even though new revelations show Ansar al-Sharia's direct involvement. Published May 8, 2013

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaks during a news conference with President Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama renews commitment to defend South Korea

The days in which North Korean leaders could manufacture an international crisis and extract concessions from its neighbors are over, President Obama declared during a news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the White House. Published May 7, 2013

President Obama listens to a question as he attends an economic forum in San Jose, Costa Rica, Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Obama says military inaction on Syria is now a calculated choice

President Obama defiantly defended his reluctance to increase the U.S.intervention in Syria, saying he has yet to receive clear, corroborated evidence to back up initial intelligence reports of small-scale use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and would not make a decision based on a "hope and a prayer." Published May 7, 2013

White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on May 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

White House on Syria: 'We have to be sure about the case we're making'

The White House on Monday continued to delay a response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons on opposition forces, saying the Obama administration is still waiting for corroborating evidence of intelligence reports citing small-scale episodes of chemical-agent exposure. Published May 6, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney listens to a question from the media during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Monday, May 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House tries to deflect criticism from Benghazi whistle-blowers

The White House on Monday attempted to deflect new criticism on the administration's handling of the Benghazi attacks from a firsthand witness and an additional whistle-blower, arguing that an internal State Department review charged with investigating the September attacks was led by an "unimpeachable" team. Published May 6, 2013

** FILE ** In this Nov. 27, 2012, file photo, President Obama meets with Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto in the White House, setting the stage for boosting relations between the nations. (Associated Press)

Obama agrees to shift focus in Mexico from violence to economics

Set to begin his first second-term trip to Mexico, President Obama is treading carefully on the topic of security cooperation between the two countries and ceding to new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's desire to shift the dialogue toward economics and away from drug cartels and violence. Published May 1, 2013

President Obama pauses as he answers questions during his new conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama 'not familiar' with intimidation of Benghazi whistleblowers

President Obama on Tuesday said he was unaware of complaints from Benghazi whistleblowers inside his own administration who contend that they are being intimidated over their cooperation with investigators into the September 2012 attack, but pledged to look into the matter. Published April 30, 2013

**FILE** Labor Secretary Hilda Solis addresses employees outside the Flat Rock Assembly in Flat Rock, Mich., on Sept. 10, 2012. (Associated Press)

Solis had up to $100K in legal debts when she resigned

Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who resigned from the Obama administration in January to return to California, left Washington with $50,000 to $100,000 in legal debts, according to her final personal financial disclosure form, which she was required to file upon resigning her post. Published April 26, 2013

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama bow their heads behind a photo of volunteer firefighter Capt. Cyrus Adam Reed, who was killed, at Thursday's memorial service for victims of last week's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

'We stand with you,' Obama tells devastated Texas town

In a solemn tribute sprinkled with Scripture, words of assurance and resolve, President Obama told mourners at a memorial service for those who lost their lives in last week's fertilizer-plant explosion in Texas that their loved ones will not be forgotten and promised to provide assistance to help rebuild and reclaim their community. Published April 25, 2013

President Barack Obama attends the memorial for firefighters killed at the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama to mourning Texans: 'You are not alone, you are not forgotten'

In a solemn tribute sprinkled with scripture, words of assurance and resolve, President Obama told mourners at a memorial service for those who lost their lives in last week's fertilizer-plant explosion in Texas that their loved ones will not be forgotten and promised to provide assistance to help rebuild and reclaim their community. Published April 25, 2013

Hillary Clinton (The Washington Times/File)

Benghazi investigators demand cable signed by Clinton; White House balks

The White House accused Republicans of a political distraction Wednesday after House committee chairmen asked President Obama to release a State Department cable that they said would prove Hillary Rodham Clinton, as secretary off state, signed off on security cuts at the diplomatic post in Benghazi ahead of the attack Sept. 11. Published April 24, 2013

**FILE** President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on April 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama backs out of Planned Parenthood keynote address

President Obama has canceled plans to deliver a keynote address at Planned Parenthood's annual fundraising dinner Thursday night, citing a desire to spend more time with family of the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. Published April 24, 2013

**FILE** Former President George H.W. Bush (center) is joined by his sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, as he recounts Friday's birthday jump with the Army Golden Knights parachute team to celebrate his 85th birthday. (Associated Press)

George W. to Jeb: We need a Bush in the White House in 2016

As President Bush prepares for Thursday's opening of his library on the campus of Southern Methodist University, he's already pushing his younger brother Jeb to begin the next chapter of the Bush family political legacy. Published April 24, 2013