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Cabinet secretaries on Capitol Hill again to sell Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's vigorous effort to sell the Iran nuclear deal to Congress continues — this time in the House where three Cabinet secretaries will face tough questioning on Tuesday from skeptical Democrats and Republicans. California Rep. Show More Summary

Obama Administration Moves To Sharply Curtail Authority Of Government Watchdogs

52 minutes agoNews : Jonathan Turley

The Obama Administration has been accused by public interest groups of being one of the most hostile administration toward whistleblowers since the Nixon Administration. Not only whistleblowers but reporters have been subject to abusive investigations and crackdowns under President Obama. Show More Summary

Feds Set to Bring Back College Grants for Prisoners

The Obama administration is planning to restore access to federal college subsidies for a huge number of Americans who have a lot of time on their hands. Congress banned inmates at the state and federal level from receiving Pell grants in 1994, but Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he'll have...

History and the Iran Debate: Sides and Arguments Line Up

On one side: the Congressional GOP, the full slate of Republican presidential candidates, plus Benjamin Netanyahu and allied figures. On the other side: the Obama administration, plus an overwhelming majority of American diplomatic and military figures with experience in the Middle East. Let the arguments begin.

Iran is not Iowa

Leon Wieseltier, unhappy with the Iranian nuclear deal for most of the usual reasons, zeroes in on the Obama administration’s failure to appreciate the chasm that separates the regime from its people. It is true that in the years prior...Show More Summary

This Democratic Congressman Is Adopting Obama's Overtime Rules

13 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) announced Monday that his offices will adopt the Obama administration's proposed overtime pay rules, regardless of whether Congress overall agrees to expand overtime pay eligibility for its staffers. "Like every Member of Congress, I am basically a small employer," Gutiérrez said in a statement Monday. Show More Summary

White House Accused of 'Selling Out' Fight Against Human Trafficking Over Malaysia

14 hours agoNews : Vice News

The US State Department certified on Monday that Malaysia is making progress in the fight against human trafficking — but human rights groups, Malaysian activists, and a number of US Senators accuse Barack Obama's administration of manipulating...Show More Summary

Obama Has Proposed a Ban on Almost All Ivory Sales in the United States

14 hours agoNews : Vice News

In the midst of a booming ivory trade that threatens to wipe out Africa's elephants, the Obama administration announced on Saturday a proposal for new regulations that would almost entirely eliminate ivory sales in the United States....Show More Summary

13 major US companies are pledging $140 billion to fight climate change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the biggest U.S. corporate names on Monday offered their support - and billions of dollars in green financing pledges - to buttress the Obama administration's quest for a global agreement on combating climate...Show More Summary

Ending Mass Incarceration, But Not for Immigrants: A Tale of Two Policies

While the critical subject of a runaway U.S. criminal justice system is gaining momentum toward reforms, the Obama Administration is vigorously defending the mass detention of non-U.S. citizens, including the detention of women and children. Show More Summary

U.S. private sector vows to ante up on climate finance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the biggest U.S. corporate names on Monday offered their support - and billions of dollars in green financing pledges - to buttress the Obama administration's quest for a global agreement on combating climate change.

NSA Will Stop Looking At Old Phone Records

15 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop using millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. Show More Summary

These Big Businesses Have All Committed To Climate Action

17 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

 WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Monday announced a new collaboration between major U.S.-based companies on climate change, teasing what has been promised to be another big push on climate change in the coming weeks. Participants...Show More Summary

Buybacks, Bailouts, Fines: Obama And The Auto Industry

On Monday, the Obama Administration announced the largest vehicle buyback program in history, involving 580,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the sanction was imposed because the car company failed to come up with adequate repairs for Dodge Ram pickups and Dodge sport [...]

CVE Critics are Right, and CVE is Still Necessary

17 hours agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

By Junaid M. Afeef & Alejandro J. Beutel The Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris in January 2015 seemed to renew the Obama Administration’s push for implementing countering violent extremism (CVE) as an alternative paradigm to the excesses of the War on Terror. However, many civil liberties groups, including several within the American Muslim community, have [Read More...]

Kerry to Iran: Trust Us

The Iranian nuclear deal is based on verification, not trust, the Obama administration has repeatedly declared, yet its own words also point to another dynamic at play: its eagerness to persuade the Iranians that they, in fact, can trust the United States. Of course, authentic trust is mutual. Show More Summary

White House Prepares to Relocate Some Gitmo Prisoners to US Soil

Part of the Obama administration's draft plan for the closing of Guantanamo Bay detention center calls for some detainees to be transferred to prisons across the United States.

Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal

17 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders -- a move that the activists said damages U.S. credibility -- simply to boost the president's trade agenda.  "The Administration has turned its back on the victims of trafficking," Sen. Show More Summary

New poll finds strong support for Iran nuclear deal

19 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

In a poll released Monday, Public Policy Polling finds strong support [pdf] for the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration. PPP's director Tom Jensen writes in the polling memo that the "message is clear: voters think...Show More Summary

With Malaysia Upgrade, Administration Puts TPP Agenda Ahead of Trafficking Victims and Workers' Rights

Today, the Obama administration made the disastrous decision to upgrade Malaysia—a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement—on its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This clearly political...Show More Summary

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