September 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The embarrassing NFL referee saga and the disputed call that gave Seattle a victory over Green Bay Monday night has reached the campaign for the White House with President Barack Obama deeming it "terrible" and saying it was time to get the regulars back on the job. "I've been saying for months we've got to get our refs back," Obama said as he returned to the White House from a United Nations appearance in New York. The Seattle Seahawks won 14-12 over the Green Bay Packers after referees ruled a Seattle receiver caught the ball amid a pile of bodies in the end zone in the game's last play.
August 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have announced an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. The announcements by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP House Speaker John A. Boehner are aimed at averting any chance of a government shutdown this fall. The legislation will pass in September. The deal would also lighten the crush of business in a postelection congressional session agenda that's already overloaded.
July 25, 2012 |
RENO, Nev. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into assertions the White House had leaked national security information for President Obama's political gain, part of a searing speech that marked a wholesale indictment of the Democrat's foreign policy. In a race that has so far focused almost entirely on the economy, Romney also, during a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, critiqued Obama's handling of Iran's nuclear threat, the violence in Syria, and relations with Israel.
July 7, 2012
Obama host in Ohio dies AKRON, Ohio - A restaurant owner who hosted President Obama for breakfast on Friday became ill and died hours later. Josephine "Ann" Harris, 70, of Copley Township, died of natural causes Friday morning, said forensic investigator Jason Grom, with the Summit County medical examiner's office. Hours earlier, she had hugged Obama when he arrived at her Ann's Place restaurant. The Akron Beacon Journal interviewed her afterward and described her as ecstatic.
June 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - More than seven million college students could be spared higher loan rates under a deal reached Tuesday by Senate leaders. The agreement would freeze the interest rate for a year, preventing it from doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, making college more affordable for students even as tuition costs are rising. Although leaders in both parties said they favored the rate freeze, they argued about how to cover its $6 billion cost. While they bickered, President Obama traveled the country to rally college students to press for congressional action.
June 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Pressing his immigration agenda, President Obama said he is pleased the Supreme Court struck down key parts of Arizona's immigration law Monday but voiced concern about what the high court left intact. His likely Republican rival for the presidency, Mitt Romney, said states have a duty and a right to secure their borders even as he initially declined to address the merits of the decision. The court allowed a provision requiring police to check the immigration status of someone they stop for another reason and who they suspect is in the country illegally.
June 26, 2012 |
We're surprised he cleared Secret Service security, but Phawker.com editor Jonathan Valania was at the White House on Friday interviewing President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, about his love of indie-rock veterans Guided By Voices. The interview is to appear in the October issue of Magnet. Like the local music magazine, which had been on hiatus, Guided By Voices is also back, after more than five years apart, and plays the Trocadero (1003 Arch) on July 6. Carney revealed his affinity for the Ohio-based Robert Pollard and his GBV cohorts last year.
June 25, 2012 |
CAIRO - Islamist Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner Sunday in Egypt's first free presidential election in history, closing the tumultuous first phase of a democratic transition and opening a new struggle with the still-dominant military rulers who recently stripped the presidency of most of its powers. In Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, joyous supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood wept and kneeled on the ground in prayer when they heard the announcement on live television.
June 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama will travel to Cleveland on Thursday to deliver what aides describe as a speech that will sharply cast November's election as a choice between his economic stewardship and an alternative that he says would return the country to the policies that caused the downturn. The address comes at a moment when some Democrats are calling for a change of course in the president's message, which they say is too backward-looking and does not explain how he would continue to try to boost the economy.
May 31, 2012 |
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's leaders said Wednesday they weren't completely satisfied with a White House explanation that President Obama misspoke when he referred to "Polish death camps" during a ceremony honoring a World War II hero, saying they wanted a stronger response. The phrasing is considered hugely offensive in Poland, where Nazi Germany murdered Poles, Jews and others in death camps it built during World War II on Polish and German territory. Poles have responded with outrage, saying Obama should have called it a "German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland" to distinguish the perpetrators from the location.