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White House to Curb Federal Regulations, Save Businesses $10 Billion


The Obama administration today announced final plans to overhaul government-wide regulations in a move they say will save businesses at least $10 billion over five years, and help spur the creation of new jobs.

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August 23, 2011 in Devin Dwyer, Economy, President Obama, White House | Permalink | User Comments (31)

Biden: Don’t Bet Against US and Japan


Vice President Joe Biden traveled to earthquake and tsunami ravaged northeastern Japan today, where he offered condolences for the lives lost and destroyed in the March tragedy and praise for the resiliency of the Japanese people.

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August 23, 2011 in Devin Dwyer, Joe Biden | Permalink | User Comments (5)

US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million


The cost of U.S. military intervention in Libya has cost American taxpayers an estimated $896 million through July 31, the Pentagon said today.

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August 22, 2011 in Libya, Luis Martinez, President Obama | Permalink | User Comments (148)

Obama in Dead Heat with Romney, Perry, Paul, Bachmann in Gallup Poll


President Obama is in a statistical dead heat when matched with each of four GOP presidential contenders in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up, according to a new Gallup survey of registered voters.

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August 22, 2011 in 2012, Devin Dwyer, President Obama | Permalink | User Comments (184)

Obama Calls Warren Buffett, Ford's Alan Mulally to Talk About Economy


You are preparing a big, “new” jobs program. You are going to unveil it after Labor Day. So, “who ya gonna call” for some ideas on fixing the economy? If you are the President of the United States on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, you pick up the phone and call a couple business titans.

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August 22, 2011 in David Kerley, President Obama | Permalink | User Comments (14)

Obama Hails Libyan 'Tipping Point' in Vineyard Address


President Obama declared today that “the Gadhafi regime is coming to an end and the future of Libya is in the hands of its people.” That, even though the administration admits it doesn’t know where Moammar Gadhafi is, or the fact that he has not surrendered.

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August 22, 2011 in David Kerley, Libya, President Obama, White House | Permalink | User Comments (8)

Biden Receives Mongolian Horse, Names It 'Celtic'


Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, today where his hosts celebrated the first visit by a U.S. vice president since 1944 with performances of traditional music and dance, a Mongol-style wrestling competition and a gift: a Mongolian horse.

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August 22, 2011 in Devin Dwyer, Joe Biden | Permalink | User Comments (84)

Obama Says Congress Can Approve Trade Deals 'Right Now,' But Hasn't Sent Them to Hill


President Obama has touted three pending U.S. trade deals as measures that could immediately spur job growth, if only Congress would approve them to become law. The only problem: the White House has not yet formally sent the deals to Congress for a vote.

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August 22, 2011 in Ann Compton, Devin Dwyer, Economy, President Obama, White House | Permalink | User Comments (102)

President Obama Interrupts Vacation to Be Briefed on Libya


From Stephanie Smith: As opposition forces descended on Tripoli and the nearly 42-year reign of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi crumbled around him, President Obama was asked about the situation there. “We’re going to wait until we have full confirmation of...

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August 21, 2011 | Permalink | User Comments (38)

White House: Libya Deserves a Just, Peaceful Future


From David Kerley: The White House said again today that it believes that Moammar Gadhafi’s “days are numbered.” And reports from Libya indicate there may some truth in that. The statement came after President Obama started his Sunday on Martha’s...

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August 21, 2011 | Permalink | User Comments (16)

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