President Obama picks Spartans

President Barack Obama, the nation's first basketball fan, again took marker to bracket with ESPN at the White House and selected Michigan State to defeat defending champion Louisville in the NCAA men's tournament title game. The path Obama took to arrive at his national champion, an event that has come to be known as "Barack-etology," was revealed on "SportsCenter" at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. It ...

White House says rethinking strategy for Surgeon General nominee

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday said it would shift its strategy for winning Senate confirmation of its choice for the next U.S. surgeon general after President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats helped sink another of his nominees this month. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters the administration expects Vivek Hallegere Murthy, the head of a doctors ...

Under pressure, Obama vows to examine deportations

With prospects for real immigration reform fading, President Barack Obama is yielding to pressure from some of his staunchest allies and looking for ways to act without Congress to ease the suffering caused by deportation. β€œIt is clear that the pleas from the community got through to the president,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago.

Congress clears bill to ease flood insurance hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) β€” Less than two years after passing major legislation aimed at reforming the government's much-criticized flood insurance program, Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a bill to scale back many of the resulting big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners. The measure would also allow below-market insurance rates to be passed on ...

White House tried to mediate dispute between Senate panel, CIA

By Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House tried to mediate between the CIA and the Senate panel that oversees it after both sides alleged they were spied on by the other over a Bush-era interrogation program, a source familiar with the discussion told Reuters on Wednesday. The involvement of the White House's most senior lawyer indicates President Barack Obama's ...