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"We stand ready to come back into session," say 116 House members

One hundred sixteen House of Representatives members are telling the White House in a letter they're ready to return to Washington to debate and discuss Syria. The letter, circulated by Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., says "We stand ready to come...

Federal consumer agency to spread word on student loan forgiveness

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today reports that about 1 in 4 working Americans has a job in public service, and many of them qualify to have their federal direct student loans forgiven after 10 years. So it's starting to...

Boehner, in letter, wants answers from the White House on Syria

House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday wrote President Barack Obama a lengthy letter seeking detailed answers on the Syria mission, asking how military action will further U.S. objectives. Here's his letter: "I deeply respect your role as our country’s commander-in-chief, and...

Obama, Holder talk with mayors about reducing gun violence

President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder met with mayors this afternoon at the White House to talk about ways to curb youth gun violence. Obama vowed to try to press Congress to pass legislation to expand background checks...

Consult us on Syria

U.S. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., today said that any military operation against Syria should have a clear objective and "must be an effective use of our military superiority and not merely carried out to adhere to ill-conceived and ill-defined ‘red-lines.’"...

President Obama says his speech "won't be as good" as King's

President Obama -- who Wednesday will deliver a speech on the 50th anniversary on the March on Washington -- sought Tuesday to temper expectations, telling a radio host Tom Joyner that his speech "won't be as good" as Martin Luther....

White House on Syria: "There must be a response"

At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney used slightly stronger language than he had in the last day, telling reporters at his daily briefing that the United States has no doubt that Assad was behind the chemical weapons attack last...

Obama to meet with Putin at G20 in Russia

President Obama will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at next week's gathering of world leaders in St. Petersburg, the White House says, though it's unclear whether it will be an exchange beyond pleasantries. The G20 summit is being held in...

US to bump up against debt ceiling sooner than expected

The Obama administration today warned that the U.S. will need to raise the nation's debt ceiling by mid-October -- earlier than some had predicted. In a letter sent Monday to congressional leaders, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the "extraordinary measures"...

Boehner's office calls on Obama to talk about Syria

From House Speaker John Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck: "The eyes of the world are on the United States this week. The Syrian regime has blatantly crossed President Obama’s red line, the White House has acknowledged, by using chemical weapons on...

Republicans accuse Obama of "blurred" lines on Syria, rather than red

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with an email, accusing the White House of drawing a "blurred" rather than "red" line against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The committee sent out links to news stories that note...

President Obama convenes a Saturday national security meeting on Syria

President Obama will meet this morning in a rare Saturday session with his national security team "to discuss the reports of a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government in Syria earlier this week," a White House official said. The...

Boehner suggests short-term spending plan, but will it be enough for conservatives?

House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans Thursday night he would seek a short-term spending measure to keep the government open once the fiscal year begins Oct. 1--but many conservatives want defunding the 2010 health care law to be included. Republicans...

Congress to honor 1963 Birmingham bombing victims

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, congressional leaders announced that they will award the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to the four African-American girls who...

Obama defends NSA surveillance, acknowledges public mistrust

President Obama said he's satisfied that the National Security Agency is conducting its surveillance efforts properly, but acknowledged the American public has its worries. "It can only work if the American people trust what's going on. And what's been clear...

Obama defends caution on Egypt and Syria

President Obama defended his administration's approach to turmoil in Egpyt and Syria, but suggested the time for U.S. action is narrowing. He called the latest potential chemical weapons attack in Syria "clearly a big event of grave concern" and said...

WH defends Obama road trip amid turmoil in Syria

The White House today defended President Barack Obama's bus trip to push college affordability even as photos emerge of carnage in Syria, saying Obama is monitoring Syria as he focuses on the U.S. economy. "As we’re weighing these domestic policy...

Obama: Tie student aid financial aid to college performance

President Obama leaves Washington behind today to embark on a two day bus tour in New York and Pennsylvania where he'll unveil a plan he says could make college more affordable. His proposal aims to measure college performance through a...

Beau Biden to be discharged from hospital, Biden cancels political events

Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau, is expected to be discharged from a Texas hospital Thursday after undergoing a "successful procedure," Biden and his wife, Jill, said in a joint statement. The pair said the younger Biden is in "great...

WH says Obama doesn't "at this point" back change in marijuana laws

President Obama doesn't support changing federal marijuana law -- which classifies pot as illegal -- though he believes that targeting users isn't the best use of law enforcement, the White House says. White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said...

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