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Commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba could resume as early as this fall

The Obama administration will allow U.S. air carriers to start regular scheduled commercial flights to and from Cuba as early as this fall for the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. officials said Friday. Air travel could resume with up to 20 daily scheduled round-trip flights to Havana, and...

President Obama Designates Three New National Monuments In California Desert

More good news from the Obama administration, where three key areas of the California desert are now national monuments and designated as public lands. Take THAT, Malheur malcontents! ThinkProgress: President Obama has permanently protected three new national monuments in the California desert. Show More Summary

DHS Employee: The Obama Administration Ordered Us To 'Scrub' Intelligence Of Muslims With Terror Ties

So, in the era of fighting radical Islamic terrorism, the Obama administration reportedly told workers at the Department of Homeland Security to...

What the Supreme Court's Power Plant Order Means for Climate Action

The Supreme Court unexpectedly put a temporary halt on the Obama administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants. The carbon limits--known as the Clean Power Plan--are designed to check the largest source of the heat-trapping pollution that's driving dangerous climate change. Show More Summary

Syria: The Obama Administration's Great Strategic and Moral Failure

At long last, there may be some good news out of Syria. Russia, the United States, and some of the combatants in the Syrian Civil War have agreed to a partial cease-fire — one that does not apply to ISIS and the al-Nusra front. It will...Show More Summary

Obama administration to extend Medicaid coverage to pregnant women and children in Flint

In a bit of good news for the people of Flint, Michigan, members of the Obama administration indicated today that they would be able to provide expanded Medicaid services for pregnant women and children affected by the lead crisis. Politico reports: During...Show More Summary

Obama Creates Three New National Monuments — President Has Protected More Land Than Any Other

During his administration, President Obama has helped protect 265 million acres of land and water in the U.S. — more than any other president. He has just designated three new national monuments in California and has his eye on even more as his second term winds down. Show More Summary

Inside The Most Important Supreme Court Case In Human History

The challenge to the Clean Power Plan is more than just a threat to the Obama administration's efforts to ward off a global catastrophe. It is also one of the most ambitious attempts to rethink the role of government to reach the Supreme Court in years. The post Inside The Most Important Supreme Court Case In Human History appeared first on ThinkProgress.

America's Energy Outlook Is Bright – and Obama Hates It

ExxonMobil just published a report that must be giving the Obama administration vertigo.

Utilities shrug off court decision, say carbon-cutting plans are on track

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

In a town famous for news leaks, the Supreme Court managed to deliver a genuine surprise when it moved this week to freeze the Obama administration’s signature regulation on climate change, raising doubts about U.S. promises to cut pollution blamed for Earth’s warming.Read full article >>

Obama: Despite ‘Dog Whistles,’ My Race Is Not Why We Have Partisan Divide

yesterdayNews : Mediaite

President Obama may admit that partisanship has gotten worse under his administration, but he doesn't think his race is that big a factor.

Obama's Abysmal Record Before the Supreme Court

I’ve written exhaustively about this administration’s sheer statistical failure at the Supreme Court. It has the worst record of any modern presidency, whether you count in absolute won-loss – where the solicitor general’s office struggles...Show More Summary

`Unprecedented' Supreme Court Stay Reflects An Audacious EPA Rule

The Supreme Court issues an unprecedented stay of an Obama administration rule that was pretty aggressive itself.

Obama says confident in legal footing after Supreme Court climate decision

ATHERTON, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court's decision to delay implementation of his administration's Clean Power Plan "unusual" and expressed confidence that the White House would prevail.

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Bush Grew Bureaucracy Faster than Obama

President Obama’s new budget includes a table showing the number of executive branch civilian employees the administration expects to have in 2017. With that, we can compare the growth in federal government employment over eight years of Obama (2009 to 2017) to eight years of President George W. Show More Summary

Malheur occupation ends, peaceful but not bloodless

The occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge by anti-federal-government zealots ended Thursday just as many people (and most especially Obama administration officials) hoped it would, with the peaceful surrender of the last four holdouts. And yet it's not a complete vindication of the calm and patient...

White House: We agree with Congress on NKorea sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a North Korea sanctions bill that won Senate approval is consistent with U.S. efforts to increase pressure on North Korea over its development of nuclear weapons. Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says that the administration has a process for reviewing such legislation but does not oppose the bill.

Mike Lee, GOP Senator, to Introduce Bill to Stop Women from Being Entered into the Draft

In his own words, Senator Mike Lee doesn’t want his daughter to be forced into a military draft, but his hand was forced after the Obama administration (looking at you, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter) opened all combat roles to women. This was inevitable. Photo by Minnesota National Guard

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