Jeffrey Zients made tens of millions of dollars building consultancies, helped bring Major League Baseball back to Washington and salvaged Obamacare’s rollout. He also counted Nelson Mandela among his wedding guests.
Vice President Joe Biden defended the Obama administration’s pursuit of a Pacific trade pact at a meeting with House Democrats, while acknowledging that the deal represented an election-year challenge, according to a White House official.
President Barack Obama’s top aide called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to complain hours after Reid publicly opposed Obama’s push for Congress to speed approval of trade deals, two Senate Democratic aides said.
Kerry’s Sunday briefing was meant to be private, but the Senate’s two most prominent Syria hawks, Republicans John McCain -- the leader of the U.S. delegation to the security conference -- and Lindsey Graham provided a readout of the meeting to three journalists who flew with them on a delegation plane back to Washington.
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat currently a policy adviser at the law firm DLA Piper LLP, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that President Barack Obama must demonstrate passion that he’s been lacking when he gives the annual State of the Union speech to Congress Jan. 28.
Billionaire Tom Steyer, a Democratic Party donor and Keystone XL foe, called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to begin a review of the “defective” environmental analysis on the pipeline released last week.
Even with no real scandal and only one demonstrable policy blunder, the health-care rollout, President Barack Obama had a miserable 2013 as his public standing plummeted. History suggests it is tough for a second- term president to rebound. Here are five ways Obama could defy those odds.
President Barack Obama has signaled to his senior advisers that Denis McDonough, currently a deputy national security adviser, is his leading candidate to succeed Jack Lew as White House chief of staff, according to two people familiar with the matter.