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Susan Crabtree

Susan Crabtree was a reporter for The Washington Times.

Articles by Susan Crabtree

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

Obama pushes housing plan for vets

President Obama on Tuesday announced a new plan to provide mortgage relief for veterans and active members of the military with government-backed loans, his latest attempt to bolster the housing sector. Published March 6, 2012

House Speaker John A. Boehner wrote to President Obama about greenhouse gas rule-making: "These rules ... stand to cost 180,000 American jobs per year." (Associated Press)

Coal heats up as campaign issue for Obama

As gasoline prices continue to rise and keep the heat on President Obama's energy policies, critics also are accusing the president of shifting support away from the coal industry, a major source of fuel and jobs in several battleground states, including Colorado, Michigan and Ohio. Published March 5, 2012

President Obama meets March, 5, 2012, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. (Associated Press)

Meeting Netanyahu, Obama tries to tamp down war talk

In a show of solidarity, President Obama sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to reassure him that the U.S. would always be there for Israel, even as he continued to try to tamp down talk of a military strike against Iran. Published March 5, 2012

President Obama told his audience at a gathering of the National Governors Association at the White House Monday that higher education includes a community college degree for a skilled manufacturing job and not just a four-year degree. (Associated Press)

Obama rebuts criticism he’s an education ‘snob’

President Obama used his speech Monday to the National Governors Association to again make the case for more spending, not less, on education — and to take a swipe at former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has called Mr. Obama a "snob" for suggesting that all American children should attend college. Published February 27, 2012

**FILE** Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican (Associated Press)

Sessions: Obama ‘defeatist’ on rising gas prices

President Obama's indignant defense this week of his administration's energy policies has done nothing to deter GOP critics, as gas prices continue to rise amid worries that their continued climb could throw the economic recovery off course. Published February 24, 2012

President Obama speaks Feb. 23, 2012, to students at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. (Associated Press)

Obama hits back at GOP detractors of energy policies

As gas prices rise and President Obama faces growing criticism of his energy policies from the right, Mr. Obama aggressively — and at times angrily — defended his drilling and clean-energy record at a Thursday speech. Published February 23, 2012

**FILE** Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz (Associated Press)

Obama pushes tech companies on consumer privacy

The Obama administration is calling on technology companies to do a better job safeguarding consumer privacy as more people use mobile devices and other Internet tools that can track where they go and what they buy and read. Published February 23, 2012

**FILE** Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner testifies Feb. 16, 2012, on Capitol Hill before the House Budget Committee hearing on President Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget. (Associated Press)

Obama calls for cut in corporate tax rate

President Obama's plan to overhaul the country's corporate tax system — unveiled by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Wednesday — calls for cutting the overall tax rates for businesses while eliminating loopholes and special subsidies for certain industries. Published February 22, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum pumps his fist Feb. 21, 2012, during a campaign stop at the Maricopa County Lincoln Day Luncheon in Phoenix. (Associated Press)

Santorum stirs new talk of Obama’s faith

The White House on Tuesday attempted to brush aside comments about President Obama's theology from Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, as well as more pointed remarks by the Rev. Franklin Graham that cast doubt on Mr. Obama's religion. Published February 21, 2012

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (left), talks on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, about the importance of the payroll-tax cut and jobless-benefits extension passed by Congress last week. Joining the president and vice president at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House complex in Washington are people who posted comments on the White House website about how the tax cut would affect them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama fails to share credit for payroll-tax cut

Signing ceremonies for important bills often include the Republican and Democratic lawmakers instrumental in getting the legislation passed — but there are no such plans in the works for when President Obama signs the payroll-tax compromise scheduled to reach his desk later this week. Published February 21, 2012

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders spoke at the National Press Club Monday about the progress his city has made over the past few years. (Photo courtesy of the mayor's office)

In San Diego, a high-stakes battle over pensions

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has spent more than six years in office trying to dig the city out of a fiscal mess his predecessors and the global economic crisis helped to create, and the city workers' unions have fought him nearly every step of the way. Published February 20, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat (Associated Press)

Six House members recuse themselves from Waters’ case

Six members of the House Ethics Committee including its chairman have recused themselves from any matter involving Rep. Maxine Waters, including an internal investigation looking into whether the panel mishandled a two-year conflict-of-interest case against the California Democrat. Published February 17, 2012

President Obama meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Feb., 14, 2012, at the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama says China must play by trade rules

Facing accusations from Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney that he's soft on China, President Obama told Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday that China needs to play fair in international trade. Published February 14, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, announces Feb. 10, 2012, at the White House the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control. (Associated Press)

Obama backtracks on contraception mandate

Reacting to an election-year firestorm, the White House on Friday shifted course on its health care contraception mandate, announcing that religious employers will not have to cover free birth control for their employees and that the responsibility would instead fall to private insurers. Published February 10, 2012

**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. Coburn wants NYC museum funds cut

Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, isn't backing down from his decision to block $20 million a year in new funding for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, despite pleas from museum officials who also had family members die in the attack. Published February 9, 2012

President Obama (second from left) speaks about a settlement with the nation's five largest banks over foreclosures on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in Washington. With the president are North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper (left), Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (second from right) and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Government announces $25 billion deal on mortgage abuses

The Obama administration and 49 states announced on Thursday a record $25 billion mortgage settlement with the nation's five largest banks - the president's latest attempt to help homeowners and halt the still-sagging housing market's drag on the economy. Published February 9, 2012

**FILE** President Obama leaves a news conference at the White House on Dec. 8, 2011. (Associated Press)

In about-face, Obama campaign to ramp up super PAC

The Obama campaign's abrupt reversal on super PACs this week — from bashing the "independent" political groups as destructive to embracing their fundraising muscle — has opened the president's re-election team to charges of hypocrisy and blatant political expediency. Published February 7, 2012

Actor and director Clint Eastwood speaks with reporters at the opening of the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Clint Eastwood: ‘I am certainly not affiliated with Obama’

Clint Eastwood is setting the record straight on the Chrysler Super Bowl ad and claims in the liberal blogosphere and elsewhere that it was an implicit endorsement of President Obama and his decision to support the bailout of the U.S. auto industry. Published February 7, 2012

Some critics see a political tilt in President Obama's favor in Chrysler's "It's Halftime in America" commercial featuring Clint Eastwood. (Chrysler Group via Associated Press)

White House driven to deny a role in Eastwood car ad

The White House is denying any advance knowledge of or involvement in a gritty Super Bowl ad starring Clint Eastwood that played up the auto industry's resurgence and called on the nation to come together and rebuild - a message taken in some quarters as an implicit endorsement of President Obama. Published February 6, 2012