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2008-12-10 18:33:02

A proposed bailout for the U.S. auto industry could be derailed by Senate Republicans opposed to the $14 billion plan, officials said Wednesday. The Washington Post reported the plan backed by the White House and Democrats to help General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler lacks sufficient Republican support to pass. Some GOP members say rather than bailing out the Big Three automakers, they preferred to let troubled U.S. automakers reorganize themselves in bankruptcy proceedings. In...

2008-10-07 00:00:23

A federal appeals court in Washington Monday agreed to a delay in the testimony of White House aides in a probe of the firing of nine U.S. attorneys. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals declined to order White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers to testify before a House committee investigating the dismissals, The Washington Post reported. The panel said the investigation into claims that federal prosecutors were fired in 2006 for...

2006-07-04 10:17:53

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WESTMINSTER, Maryland (Reuters) - Hungary's ambassador to the U.S. has taken his passion for rock 'n' roll to a town north of Washington on Independence Day and says he hopes to play guitar with rockers in the Bush administration. Andras Simonyi will play blues at an annual two-week institute called Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, Maryland. More than 300 participants take classes in traditional arts and music ranging from the African roots of the...

2006-06-15 19:12:34

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's chief of staff on Thursday showed the Washington political world he can rock 'n' roll. Josh Bolten entertained a congressional picnic on the White House lawn by playing bass guitar in a band called "The Compassionates." In black pants, white shirts, skinny black ties and sunglasses, they performed songs including "Born to be Wild." Bolten, who became chief of staff in March, told reporters as the band made its way to the stage that...

2006-05-26 14:48:14

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate voted unanimously on Friday to confirm Rob Portman as U.S. budget director, charging the former Republican House of Representatives member with keeping the $2.7 trillion federal budget under control. President George W. Bush's choice to head the Office of Management and Budget, Portman has been the chief U.S. trade negotiator over the past year, a time of little progress toward a new international deal on global trade rules. "I'm...

2006-05-11 13:08:53

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rob Portman got a warm reception with both Republicans and Democrats praising him at a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday and he appeared to be headed for easy confirmation as the next U.S. budget director. "You're on a roll," Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, told Portman at the end of a two-hour hearing that was more a forum for politicians to debate fiscal policy than a review of his...

2006-04-26 08:40:57

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush named Fox News Radio host Tony Snow as the new White House press secretary on Wednesday in his latest move aimed at shaking up his staff and breathing new life into his presidency. "I'm here in the briefing room to break some news, I've asked Tony Snow to serve as my new press secretary," Bush told a crowd of reporters in the White House press briefing room. Snow, 50, will replace Scott McClellan, who announced his resignation last week...

2006-04-25 22:03:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush has picked Fox News Radio host Tony Snow as his new White House press secretary and is expected to announce the choice as early as Wednesday, a Republican official said on Tuesday night. Snow will replace Scott McClellan, who announced his resignation last week as part of a staff shake-up engineered by new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten aimed at reviving Bush's presidency. Sources familiar with the situation said Snow wrestled with the...

2006-04-18 08:59:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Tuesday nominated U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman as his choice to become White House budget director as part of a shake-up of his team. Bush also nominated Portman's deputy, Susan Schwab, to become the next trade representative, the official in charge of negotiating trade agreements and trying to open markets. Both appointments require Senate confirmation. Portman, a former member of the House of Representatives from Ohio who...


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  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
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