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Shell will be allowed to pester walruses in the Arctic, but not as much as it would like

The Obama administration is putting a few restraints on the company's Arctic drilling plans, but not nearly enough, say green activists.

LGBT Immigrant Rights Protesters Arrested Near White House

4 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Six LGBT immigrant rights activists were arrested Tuesday after blocking a street near the White House to protest the Obama administration's treatment of LGBT immigrants in detention. Protesters, organized by advocacy group...Show More Summary

U.S. names new envoy for bid to close Guantanamo prison

6 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

A newly appointed special envoy to lead the Obama administration’s efforts to close the Guantanamo prison said he saw a window of opportunity that could substantially reduce the detainee population there in coming months. Secretary of...Show More Summary

One Industry That Will Hate Obama’s New Overtime Rules: The Media

Today the Obama administration officially proposed new regulations that it says will entitle at least 4.6 million additional Americans to overtime pay. On the whole, it seems like a reasonable move that may encourage businesses to hire...Show More Summary

U.S. And Cuba Will Formally Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations

7 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

The Obama administration will announce on Wednesday when they will open embassies.

U.S.-Cuba deal to be unveiled on Wednesday to restore ties, reopen embassies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

US Issues Potential Setback to Shell's Arctic Drilling

The Obama administration issued a potential setback to Royal Dutch Shell's  Arctic oil exploration plans on Tuesday, telling the company that established wildlife

Supreme Court: Obama Admin Can’t Make Religious Groups Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

The Supreme Court issued an order on Monday preventing the Obama administration from forcing religious groups in Pennsylvania to obey the HHS mandate that requires them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. The Supreme Court granted relief in the Zubik v. Burwell case to a group of Pennsylvania-based religious organizations, including Catholic Charities […]

Labor Department will raise threshold for overtime pay

10 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration hopes to give up to 5 million Americans a raise.

Drug Czar and U.S. Senator Champion Evidence-Based Prevention Programs

10 hours agoHealth / Addiction : The Fix

The Obama administration and a Republican senator teamed up in an effort to reduce drug use.

SCOTUS and BCA

I'm missing something here (Supreme court blocks Obama's limits on power plants): The Supreme Court on Monday blocked one of the Obama administration’s most ambitious environmental initiatives, an Environmental Protection Agency regulation meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Industry groups and some...

Obama To Expand Overtime Coverage

12 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via USA Today: The Obama administration is unveiling long-awaited new rules that would allow more workers to claim overtime pay. Currently, certain workers who make more than $23,660 cannot claim overtime; the new proposal would raise that threshold to $50,440 per year. Show More Summary

More overtime on the way? Obama proposes broader coverage

The Obama administration is proposing making up to 5 million more people eligible for overtime--its latest effort to boost pay for lower-income workers.

The Philippines, Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan: Joining TPP?

Joshua Kurlantzick Trade, Asia Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership set for expansion?  After the Obama administration’s victories in Congress the past two weeks, it appears far more likely that the United States will become part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Show More Summary

New Overtime Rules a Big Middle Class Economic Initiative

If indeed Democrats intend to go into the 2016 cycle championing middle class economic interests, the Obama administration today will give them one important plank on which to stand. The...

Video: White House “disgusted” by Hillary e-mail scandal

With Hillary Clinton finding new and exciting ways to thumb her nose at transparency and the law, people are wondering what the Obama Administration thinks about it all.  Good news,

What If the Iran Deal Broke Down Because Everyone Finally Realized How Naive Obama's Strategy Is?

Many of the reporters and commentators writing about the looming, possible deal between the U.S. and Iran focus on the details of the deal itself — and more specifically, how the Obama administration has conceded almost every issue to the Iranians. Show More Summary

Next batch of Hillary Clinton's emails will be released

The State Department expects to release more of Hillary Rodham Clinton's email correspondence Tuesday, reviving scrutiny of her service in the Obama administration as she wages a campaign to succeed him.

More overtime on the way? Obama proposes broader coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. With those employees in mind, the Obama administration is proposing making up to 5 million more people eligible...Show More Summary

New federal rules to boost overtime pay for millions

Millions of Americans could see a boost in wages or reduced workload as a result of new federal regulations on overtime pay the Obama administration is unveiling this week.

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