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Barack Obama Commutes Sentences of 22 in Drug War Overhaul Effort

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of nearly two dozen drug offenders, the White House said Tuesday, as part of his push to rethink the decades-long federal war on drugs and its harsh sentences for drug crimes.

Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Law, Explained

Seattle workers will see their first raises go into effect on April 1. Despite President Barack Obama's unsuccessful push for a $10.10 federal minimum wage, up from the current hourly rate of $7.25, states and cities are moving ahead with their own increases, some of which are substantially higher than the White House proposal. Show More Summary

Obama’s Cuba Reset doesn’t Sit Well with Americans

As the Washington Free Beacon reported: “A majority of Americans oppose President Barack Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba when they are informed of reports of continued weapons smuggling and human rights abuses by Raul Castro’s regime, according to a new poll.” “In a survey released on Monday by Inter-American Security Watch, a majority of […]

Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Instantly Doubling The Number Of Commutations He's Issued

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 individuals on Tuesday, more than doubling the number of commutations he has issued in the six-plus years he's been in office. The men and women granted the reprieves had been imprisoned under an "outdated sentencing regime," the administration concluded. Show More Summary

Labor Leader: 'We Will Not Stop' Fighting For Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON -- Help from the government for undocumented immigrants isn't coming as quickly as they wanted, but union leaders and immigration activists are not giving up on President Barack Obama's currently stalled executive action programs. The...Show More Summary

Congressional leaders awkwardly read mean tweets about themselves

President Barack Obama isn't the only leader in Washington willing to publicly read mean tweets about himself for humorous effect.  A video published last week for the 2015 Radio and TV Correspondents Association dinner features a number of top congressional leaders reading their snarky and nasty Twitter criticism. Show More Summary

Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

yesterdayNews : The Newsroom

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure by Republicans in Congress that would have blocked a government labor agency's rules designed to speed up the time it takes to unionize workers. The rules would shorten the period...Show More Summary

Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has vetoed a congressional measure blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections. Republicans and business groups opposed the rule, arguing that it would limit the ability of businesses to prepare for union elections.

President Obama Helps Dedicate the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Mass., March 30, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady traveled to Boston today to celebrate the opening of the Edward M. Show More Summary

Idea of Sending Lethal Aid to Kiev Still Alive in Congress - Official

According to the Senate Armed Service Committee head William Thornberry, who is currently in Kiev, US President Barack Obama remains consistently opposed to sending lethal aid to Ukraine.

Barack Obama: “What If We Carried Ourselves More Like Ted Kennedy?”

Barack Obama honored Teddy Kennedy yesterday at the opening ceremony of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. President Obama: "What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy?" — Eric Schultz (@Schultz44) March 30, 2015 … Continue reading ?

Obama Reminded of Vow to Free Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini as Iran Nuke Talks Enter Final Day

As the high-profile nuclear deal negotiations between the U.S., Iran, and several other countries entered the final scheduled day of talks on Tuesday, the American Center for Law and Justice reminded President Barack Obama of his promise to do all he can to get Iran to release imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini.

Obama plans first presidential trip to Kenya, father’s homeland

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Barack Obama will make a long-awaited return to Kenya this July, visiting his father’s homeland for the first time since becoming US president, the White House announced Monday. During the much-delayed visit, Obama will attend a summit to encourage entrepreneurship and meet the...

Obama invokes JFK as Iran talks hit deadline

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US President Barack Obama on Monday enlisted his predecessor John F. Kennedy in defense of contentious nuclear talks with Iran that are now coming down to the wire. Speaking at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate in Boston, Obama said the negotiators led by Secretary...

U.S. Appeals Judge's Hold On President Obama's Immigration Executive Action

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action. The 69-page brief was filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ahead of arguments scheduled for next month. Show More Summary

US to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty

The Obama administration's contribution to the treaty, which world leaders expect to finalize in December, codifies a commitment President Barack Obama first made late last year in Beijing, when he announced a joint U.S.-China climate...Show More Summary

The "Kiss of Death"

In the last election, hell, the last two elections, an endorsement from the White House meant almost certain defeat for the candidate. Let's hope he still got the touch : President Barack Obama already cast a ballot for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and urged Chicagoans to vote in the April 7 mayoral election. Show More Summary

AP Lapdog Lederman Covers Obama Golf Foursome, But Not How Reporters' Pool Was Banished to a Shed

At the Associated Press on Sunday, Josh "Lapdog" Lederman filed a brief report telling readers the names of the captains of industry who would be golfing with President Barack Obama that day. Bigwigs with the Floridian, the Boston Celtics,...Show More Summary

Is This The Real Reason Putin & Xi Dislike The West?

When it comes to salary levels among world leaders, there is tremendous variation across the globe. Nobody earns as much as Singapore's prime minister, though. U.S. President Barack Obama earns $400,000 every year, quite a distance short of Lee Hsien Loong but still very high by international standards, while Angela Merkel follows with $234,400. Show More Summary

Obama presidency: how will it be remembered?

With not long left in his second and final term, US President Barack Obama is trying to cement his legacy.

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