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Susan Crabtree

Susan Crabtree was a reporter for The Washington Times.

Articles by Susan Crabtree

President Obama speaks during the Easter prayer breakfast in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hoodie-wearing pastor attends White House Easter breakfast

A Chicago bishop attending an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House on Wednesday was wearing a hoodie in apparent solidarity with Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida. Published April 4, 2012

President Barack Obama signs the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Vice President Joe Biden and others watch. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama takes a break for some bipartisanship

President Obama this week is showcasing two bipartisan bills he helped power over the finish line in Congress, inviting Republicans to the White House to celebrate one of the few brief moments of bipartisan unity in a politically contentious election year. Published April 4, 2012

President Obama speaks April 3, 2012, at the Associated Press luncheon during the ASNE Convention in Washington. (Associated Press)

GOP mocks Obama's 'Darwinism' attack

Kicking his campaign into high gear, President Obama on Tuesday said Republicans' vision of smaller government and lower taxes for the wealthy amounts to "thinly veiled social Darwinism," and cast his own fiscal blueprint, with its higher spending and taxes, as the way to sustain the social safety net. Published April 3, 2012

President Obama rolls up his sleeves as he speaks March, 30, 2012, at a campaign fundraiser at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. (Associated Press)

Obama clears Iran oil sanctions

President Obama on Friday signed off on tough new sanctions aimed at hitting Iran's oil exports, after determining there is enough crude supplies in the world market that taking the step won't harm U.S. allies or drive gas prices even higher. Published March 30, 2012

President Obama speaks March 26, 2012, at Hankuk University in Seoul. (Associated Press)

Obama's campaign cash haul trailing pace of '08

With the president's re-election fundraising drive thus far coming up short of his record-breaking 2008 pace, Team Obama — with the president and first lady Michelle Obama in the lead — is pushing hard to pump up the money figures ahead of Saturday's financial-reporting deadline. Published March 29, 2012

FILE - In this March 1, 2012, file photo House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Boehner to Obama: Clarify your hot mic comments to Medvedev

With President Obama back in the U.S. after his trip to South Korea, Speaker John Boehner sent him a letter demanding answers about comments he made to the president of Russia earlier this week,which were caught on a hot mic. Published March 28, 2012

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Obama meet Tuesday on the last day  of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. (Associated Press)

Obama, Pakistani prime minister focus on 'dialogue'

The White House was tight-lipped about the details of a Tuesday meeting between President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and the status of negotiations over the CIA's drone campaign against al Qaeda in Pakistan. Published March 27, 2012

President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Kenneth L. Salazar exit Air Force One at the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, N.M., last week. Over the weekend, Mr. Obama issued a release inviting industry input on an oil and gas lease sale in Alaska's Cook Inlet. (Associated Press)

Critics hit Obama's energy move

President Obama's recent invitation to open an area in Alaska to energy drilling is playing to poor reviews from industry leaders and administration critics, who say the move is an attempt to mislead the public about the administration's willingness to open federal lands to more oil and gas production. Published March 26, 2012

President Barack Obama calls out to media as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Washington, as he returns from Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama weighs in on black teenager's killing

President Obama weighed in for the first time on the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin Friday in very personal terms, calling it a tragedy and urging the country to do "some soul-searching" about why it occurred. Published March 23, 2012

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Obama to visit DMZ during South Korea trip

President Obama plans to visit the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday before an international nuclear summit in Seoul, according to a senior administration official. Published March 20, 2012

** FILE ** Rep. Charlie Rangel, New York Democrat (Associated Press)

Small office has big job as monitor of ethics in the House

To many Washington outsiders, congressional ethics is an oxymoron or fodder for late-night comedians, but watchdogs and longtime Washington observers point to one hopeful sign — an office they believe is helping members take ethics rules more seriously. Published March 19, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama grabs power on handling terror suspects

Although President Obama has failed to fulfill two campaign promises related to the war on terror — finding a quick exit strategy in Afghanistan and closing the Guantanamo Bay prison — he managed to carve himself some wiggle room when it comes to handling terror suspects. Published March 13, 2012

President Obama speaks during a visit to the Daimler Trucks North America Mount Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant in Mount Holly, N.C., Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Obama touts economy in North Carolina speech

One day after Super Tuesday, President Obama traveled to the swing state of North Carolina and doubled-down on his call for cutting tax subsidies for oil and gas companies in an ongoing attempt to cast Republicans as out of touch with middle-class workers. Published March 7, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama points toward a reporter during a news conference at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama lags when it comes to meeting the press

Despite his pledge to run the most open and transparent White House in history, President Obama has held the exact same number of formal news conferences as his immediate predecessor and far fewer than the two presidents before that. Published March 6, 2012

President Obama gestures during a news conference at the White House on March 6, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama rails at GOP candidates for 'beating the drums of war'

In the first news conference of his re-election year, President Obama tried Tuesday to appeal to several key groups of voters — assuring the war-weary he's reluctant to launch attacks in Iran and Syria, praising women for supporting contraception, and promising Hispanics he'll achieve immigration reform if they vote out Republicans. Published March 6, 2012