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“Bug Splat”: Body Counts, Drones, and “Collateral Damage”

Tom Englehardt | (Tomdispatch.com) | – The Obama administration has adamantly refused to count. Not a body. In fact, for a long time, American officials associated with Washington’s drone assassination campaigns and…

Keep Calm and Interoperate On

By SAURABH JHA, MD Following the recession, the Obama administration sought shovel-ready projects. One unlikely shovel wielding aggregate demand was health information technology. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act passed in 2009 directed 5 % of the stimulus towards digitizing medical records. Show More Summary

White House Response Overdue for Petition Calling for Logan Act Prosecution of Senators for Iran Letter

Screen image from March 10, 2015 Despite exceeding the 100,000 signature minimum within the required thirty days, the Obama administration has yet to give an official response due a White House petition calling for prosecution under the Logan Act of … Continue reading ?

US worries increase over Saudi-led campaign in Yemen

The Obama administration is growing increasingly wary about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and how to restore peace to a country wracked by sectarian divisions, endemic poverty and the Al Qaeda offshoot posing the greatest threat to the American homeland. Amid rising concerns about the civilian death toll from the month-long bombing campaign, which […]

DOT issues oil-train rules. Industry objects. Other critics say rules too weak and deadline too slow

Oil train derailment Feb. 15 near Mount Carbon, West Virginia. The Obama administration issued the final rules on oil trains Friday. The action by the Department of Transportation was spurred after several oil train derailments haveShow More Summary

U.S. Solicitor General: Marriage Equality's Hero at the Supreme Court?

Some commentators are praising Donald Verrilli's performance as the Obama administration's rep at the high court, but there are those who found him too low-key. read more

Top 5 Ways You Can Help Prevent Antibiotic Resistance

We hear stories in reaction to incurable 'superbug' bacterial infections like this story from Los Angeles and this one from Washington in the news constantly. The Obama administration has even released a five-year plan to combat theShow More Summary

U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Double Canada's

While the Obama administration has focused on tax increases over the years, Canada has focused on tax cuts. The new Canadian budget, out a couple weeks ago, summarized some of the progress that they have made. The budget says, The government’s low-tax plan is also giving businesses strong incentives to invest in Canada. Show More Summary

Why U.S. Allies Saudi Arabia and Israel Are Looking Beyond Obama

Aaron David Miller: As the Obama administration looks more and more toward Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia will look beyond Barack Obama--hoping that the next president, regardless of party, will see Tehran in a different light.

This State Just Took a Huge Stand Against the Obama Administration’s Militarization of Police

Anyone fed up with the Obama administration’s funneling of the Pentagon’s hand-me-downs to local police department? Then you might just want to move to Montana, where lawmakers have just taken

The US is struggling to reassure allies that 'America isn’t going to hand the house keys of the Persian Gulf' to Iran

Even if the Obama administration achieves its top foreign policy priority, it's going to have a brand new set of problems on its hands. The New York Times reports that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter held a closed-door meeting with Middle...Show More Summary

'Ten Facts a bout U.S. Trade'

Since I've posted quite a few things skeptical of the trade agreements the Obama administration has been promoting, including an article of my own, it's fair to give the White House's response. However, the response is speaking in general about...

As Iran runs amok, freshmen senators go off the rails

The Obama administration previously excused evidence of Iran cheating on the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) as merely a mistake by a low-level employee. Yesterday we learned: “Britain has informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according to a confidential report by the panel […]

White House releases QER to modernize electric grid 

The Obama Administration has released the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which President Obama initiated in 2014. The report proposes policies and investments needed to modernize the U.S. energy system in order to spur economic...Show More Summary

President Obama's $20 Million for Police Body Cameras Is a Good Start

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

On the heels of rioting over police violence in Baltimore, the Justice Department announced today that the Obama administration will be giving local police departments $20 million in grants to buy body cameras for their officers. Read more...

Obama State Department Won’t Let Persecuted Iraqi Nun Enter US to Speak

What is it with the Obama administration and Catholic nuns? — First they sue the Little Sisters of the Poor poverty nuns. Now this… The Obama State Department won’t allow a Dominican Sister from Iraq entry into the United States. … Continue reading ?

GOP 2016 candidates threaten Iran bill’s survival with contentious amendments

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A bill that would allow Congress to review the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran has fallen victim to presidential politics, as a trio of Republican senators seeking the White House have seized on the debate as a messaging opportunity for their foreign policy agendas. Related: Iran...

Obama administration says it will provide $20 million for police body cameras

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The Obama administration will provide $20 million in grants to local police departments to help buy body cameras for officers, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The grants represent the first portion to be approved by Congress of a $75 million, three-year body camera funding program...

Keep U.S. Military Home: Washington is Bigger Threat than Iran to Mideast Stability

The Obama administration's decision to negotiate with Tehran triggered near hysteria among U.S. politicians and pundits who advocate perpetual war in the Middle East. One complaint is that the talks were not broad enough. They did not address Iran's malign intervention throughout the Middle East. These critics denounced Tehran's imperial ambitions. Show More Summary

Obama administration says to provide $20 million for police body cameras

2 days agoNews : The Newsroom

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will provide $20 million in grants to local police departments to help buy body cameras for officers, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The grants represent the...Show More Summary

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