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Susan Crabtree

Susan Crabtree was a reporter for The Washington Times.

Articles by Susan Crabtree

White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on April 23, 2013. (Associated Press)

White House ‘open’ to targeted fix for FAA furloughs and flight delays

White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday said President Obama would consider a congressional attempt to fix flight delays caused by sequester cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration but blamed the traveling inconvenience on Republicans for letting the budget cuts take place. Published April 23, 2013

** FILE ** A Twitter logo hangs at the offices of Twitter Inc. in San Francisco in 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Fake AP tweet about White House explosions causes stock drop

A hacker has broken into The Associated Press' Twitter account, sending out a false message that there were two explosions at the White Hosue Tuesday afternoon and President Obama was injured. As a result, the stock market fell more than 150 points, but then quickly recovered when the hoax was uncovered. Published April 23, 2013

**FILE** President Obama hugs Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, after she introduced the president at a campaign event where he spoke about choice facing women in the election rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Oct. 19, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama to keynote Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Amid new concerns about the brutality of illegal forms of abortions, President Obama plans to deliver the keynote address at Planned Parenthood Federation of America's annual fundraising dinner Thursday. Published April 23, 2013

President Barack Obama waves at the end of a ceremony honoring the BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 15, 2013. The White House says Mr. Obama has been notified about the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Attack on Boston puts Obama’s anti-terrorism policy to the test

Despite President Obama's best efforts to focus the country on top domestic priorities, the Boston bombings have thrust the war on terrorism back to the top of his agenda, and the renewed focus on protecting the homeland will test his national security team and their reliance on the criminal justice system in handling terrorism suspects. Published April 22, 2013

**FILE** Tamerlan Tsarnaev smiles after accepting the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell, Mass., on Feb. 17, 2010. The 26-year-old boxer, who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 in the Boston Marathon explosions and was seen in surveillance footage in a black baseball cap, was killed on April 19, 2013, officials said. (Associated Press/The Lowell Sun)

FBI had interviewed bombing suspect two years ago

With the dramatic daylong manhunt over for the younger suspect in the bombing of the Boston Marathon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an intense investigation into both suspects' ties to Chechnya and extremist groups, and they have a good starting point. Published April 20, 2013

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said that as a veteran himself, no one wants to see disability claim backlogs cleared more than he does. He told a House subcommittee on Thursday, April 18, 2013, that the agency is making progress. (Associated Press)

House impatient with VA’s disability backlog

President Obama touts veterans care as a top priority of his presidency, but lawmakers increasingly weary of the long waits and hassles that veterans face in receiving disability benefits are pressuring Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinsheki to produce results. Published April 18, 2013

** FILE ** First lady Michelle Obama speaks during a bill signing ceremony for Maryland's Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on April 17, 2013. (Associated Press)

Michelle Obama touts Maryland jobs-for-vets law

First lady Michelle Obama visited the Naval Academy and the State House in Annapolis Wednesday to bring national attention to a Maryland law aimed at helping veterans gain professional credentials. Published April 17, 2013

President Obama talks on the phone with FBI Director Robert Mueller following explosions at the Boston Marathon. (Pete Souza/White House photo)

Obama pledges support to Boston in wake of explosions

President Obama has been briefed about the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and his administration is in contact with state and local authorities, a White House official said Monday. Published April 15, 2013

** FILE ** A Marine officer stands watch as Air Force One, with President Obama on board, arrives at San Francisco International Airport outside San Francisco on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Obama piggybacks Texas fundraiser onto Bush library dedication

When President Obama travels to Texas later this month to help dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, he will spend the night before at a fundraiser in Dallas, a move that significantly cuts the cost of the travel for the Democratic Party as it builds its 2014 campaign war chest. Published April 15, 2013

First lady Michelle Obama applauds as President Obama waves after speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Feb. 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obamas paid 18.4 percent tax rate for 2012

With his book sales down in 2012, President Obama made roughly $180,000 less than the previous year and reported the lowest income since taking office in tax returns made public Friday. Published April 12, 2013

President Barack Obama stands with Ray Kapaun, nephew of Chaplain (Captain) Emil J. Kapaun, U.S. Army, as he awards the Medal of Honor posthumously to Chaplain Kapaun in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 11, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Korean War’s Emil Kapaun, the ‘Soldiers’ Chaplain’

President Obama posthumously awarded Emil Kapaun the Medal of Honor for his "extraordinary heroism" Thursday, delivering an emotional tribute to the Army Catholic chaplain who saved hundreds of soldiers during the Korean War before a room filled with Kapaun's family, military chaplains and a handful of his surviving Army comrades. Published April 11, 2013

President Obama, accompanied by acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients, speaks April 10, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington to discuss his proposed fiscal 2014 federal budget. (Associated Press)

GOP says Obama’s budget blows chance of ‘grand bargain’

Top congressional Republicans declared President Obama's tax-laden budget for fiscal 2014 dead on arrival Wednesday, saying its failure to cut deficits destroys any hope of a "grand bargain" to fix the federal government's fiscal crisis Published April 10, 2013

Trays of printed Social Security checks in Philadelphia wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury in 2005. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Liberal groups protest Obama’s Social Security plan

Angry over anticipated changes to Social Security in President Obama's budget, liberal lawmakers, unions and groups representing retired Americans protested outside the White House on Tuesday, one day ahead of the the budget's scheduled release. Published April 9, 2013