Rightwing US politicians who last year campaigned against the release of the drama Zero Dark Thirty for fear it could influence the outcome of the 2012 presidential election may have a new target in their sights.
Barack Obama appointed the first woman to lead the US secret service in its 148-year-old history on Tuesday.
Barack Obama received a warmer and more positive reception when he addressed a private meeting of Senate Republicans at Congress on Thursday than at his encounter the previous day with their House colleagues.
Barack Obama has held what he described as a "good" and "useful" meeting with House Republicans on Wednesday, though there was little sign that he had succeeded in persuading many of them to shift towards compromise on tax and spending.
The White House clashed with Republicans on Friday over the decision to prosecute Osama bin Laden's son-in-law in a civil court in New York rather than holding him at Guantánamo.
Barack Obama is to host a rare dinner at a top hotel near the White House for selected Republican senators on Wednesday night, part of his new-found strategy of bypassing the party's congressional leadership in the stand-off over spending, immigration, guns and other issues.
Barack Obama warned at the first meeting of his second-term cabinet on Monday that the $85bn in forced spending cuts will mean difficult budget decisions in the weeks ahead and that unemployment will end up being higher than it needs to be.
Mitt Romney has admitted that a failure to connect with minority voters and his underestimation of support for Barack Obama's healthcare reforms helped cost him the presidential election - an assessment that could have important implications for a Republican party divided over how to take back the White House.
Barack Obama warned on Saturday of a "ripple effect" through the US economy that would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs after he reluctantly signed an order to begin a huge $85bn (£56bn) programme of government cuts.
America's long-running fiscal cliff crisis was finally resolved on Tuesday night when Congress voted in favour of a White House compromise that will impose tax rises on the wealthiest and spare the working-class and middle-class.
President Barack Obama has demanded that Senate leaders strike a fiscal cliff deal by Sunday to avert the looming US economic crisis, or face a vote based solely on his own measures.
President Barack Obama has been accused by a senior Republican of being eager to take the US over the fiscal cliff for political gain, as Washington edges closer to a year-end deadline with no deal in sight.