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Report: White House considering two-step process for immigration reform

By Julia Edwards and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year. With…

Obama mocks critics: GOP still going through ‘stages of grief’ over health care law’s success

President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national…

Obama commutes sentence of Texas man mistakenly given extra jail time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three and a half years in jail due to a typographical error. Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 of charges related to drug…

Insurance premium hikes from Obamacare will not be as severe as predicted: CBO

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The average premium for an Obamacare benchmark plan will rise slightly in 2015 and increase about 6 percent a year during the rest of this decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said on Monday in a report the White House trumpeted as proof…

New nominee for Health and Human Services secretary draws early fire from Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new nominee for health secretary drew some early political fire from Republicans on Sunday in what could foreshadow a stormy election-year confirmation debate in the U.S. Senate over the future of the law known as Obamacare. Two days after Obama nominated his budget director,…

Japan and South Korea to discuss fate of ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit

Japan, S. Korea to discuss ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit (via AFP) Japan and South Korea will hold talks this week to try to improve frosty relations before President Barack Obama visits both the US allies during an Asian tour, it was announced Sunday. The two governments “have decided to…

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns to retire in October after 32-year career

By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led secret talks with Iran that led to an agreement to curb its nuclear program and who served as the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East as well as ambassador to Russia, will retire in…

Obama vows increased protection for soldiers in Fort Hood tribute

President Barack Obama vowed to do more to protect U.S. soldiers on Wednesday as he paid a somber tribute to victims of last week’s Fort Hood shooting, the second gun rampage at the Texas military base in five years. Speaking before the families of three soldiers killed by a comrade…

Obama to launch executive actions on equal pay for equal work for women

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will launch two new executive actions this week aimed at increasing transparency about women’s pay in a continuing effort to ensure women are paid equally to their male counterparts for similar work, the White House said on Sunday. Obama and his advisers often cite…

WATCH LIVE: Shooting reported at Fort Hood Army Base

A shooting has been reported at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, KCEN-TV reported on Wednesday. The base was the site of a mass shooting assault in 2009, when Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 people. KCEN also reported that the base is on lockdown. All personnel on post are asked…

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