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Obama Lawyer Learned of IRS Case Weeks Ago, But...

New questions raised about White House approach to scandal

(Newser) - Several weeks ago, the White House's chief counsel heard that a nearly-finished investigation of the IRS pointed to Tea Party targeting—and apparently kept President Obama in the dark about it, a top administration official tells the Wall Street Journal . The White House hasn't said whether chief counsel... More »

Obama Way Behind Bush, Clinton on Picking Judges

His federal court picks have generally been more moderate, too: NYT

(Newser) - In a deliberate strategy designed to save political capital, President Obama has nominated dozens fewer federal judges than either George W. Bush or Bill Clinton did in their first terms, potentially greatly reducing his long-term judicial impact on the United States, reports the New York Times . So far, Obama has... More »

White House Counsel Refuses Solyndra Subpoena

Says it's too broad, smacks of 'partisan politics'

(Newser) - The White House is fighting back over a House panel's subpoena of all Solyndra documents , refusing to comply and accusing the subpoena of being "driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation," reports CNN . The "extremely broad request" is "... More »

White House Counsel's Fall Should Worry Obama's Loyal

Cold handling of Craig recalls Clinton era

(Newser) - White House counsel Greg Craig's "death by a thousand leaks" should alarm anybody who's tied their political fortune to the president's and hopes for loyalty in return, writes Maureen Dowd. Craig cut his ties to close friend Hillary Clinton to help Obama get elected just a year ago and... More »

New White House Counsel Scares GOP, Other Lawyers

Bauer is a skilled, controversial Democratic veteran

(Newser) - Robert Bauer, the new White House counsel, is a longtime Democratic operative known for his hard-nosed style and work ethic. He is a veteran of the Clinton impeachment proceedings and represented House Democrats during the Bush years, where he was known for his aggressive strategy—he went as far as... More »

White House Counsel Craig Stepping Down

He's taken flak over Guantanamo Bay policy

(Newser) - White House counsel Gregory Craig is expected to resign as early as Friday, reports the Washington Post. Craig has taken much heat over the clumsy handling of the Guantanamo Bay closure, and his resignation isn't a huge surprise. It's still the highest-level departure in the Obama administration. He will be... More »

White House Counsel May Quit Over Gitmo Struggles

Craig taking heat as January closing deadline slips away

(Newser) - The Obama administration's promise to close Guantanamo Bay within a year is in serious danger of being broken, and White House counsel Greg Craig may be leaving his post because of it, senior officials say. Craig ordered the January deadline after being advised not to by outgoing Bush administration officials... More »

White House Sought to Weaken Whistleblower Law

(Newser) - The Obama administration appears to have attempted to water down the whistleblower protection law the president himself championed on the campaign trail. In an e-mail obtained by the Washington Times, a lawyer in the White House counsel's office sent a new draft of the bill to the Senate. That draft... More »

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