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GOP electoral gains could give Obama more power to negotiate controversial trade pacts

American companies can expect progress on some critical U.S. trade initiatives if the Republican Party takes control of both houses of the U.S. Congress this November. A Republican victory in the Senate may prevent the chamber’s Democrats, backed by labor unions concerned about the impact of free trade on American…

Obama blasts climate change deniers in speech to UC Irvine graduates

Obama renews climate change push (via AFP) President Barack Obama renewed his campaign to curb carbon emissions Saturday, saying the debate over climate change is over. Obama, who made the battle against climate change a core promise of his 2008 election campaign, has been stymied at the federal…   [Image…

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett asks Obama for help ending Philadelphia transit strike

By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s Republican governor called on President Barack Obama on Saturday to intervene to end a transit strike in the greater Philadelphia area and force the two sides to negotiate. The move by Governor Tom Corbett came hours after about 440 engineers and electricians who…

Obama visits North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Barack Obama traveled to a Native American reservation in North Dakota, his first visit as US president to "Indian Country," where he focused Friday on education and economic development. The president, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, visited……

GOP’s Inhofe: Obama is ‘supporting the enemy’ and I could leak classified info to prove it

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) suggested President Barack Obama might be a terrorist supporter and said he’s considered releasing classified information to hurt the administration. The ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee appeared Thursday on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch,” reported Right Wing Watch, where he discussed the…

Republican leadership scrambles after Tea Party takes down Eric Cantor

By Richard Cowan and Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers are scrambling to identify the party’s future leaders after the shock primary election defeat of Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, by an upstart candidate from the Tea Party movement. House Majority Leader Cantor…

Obama at D-Day: ‘Whenever the world makes you cynical –- stop and think of these men’

Barack Obama on Friday paid poetic tribute to the men who breached "Hitler's Wall" and stormed ashore to liberate Europe on D-Day, saying their sacrifice secured a still-evolving age of democracy and freedom. The US president, speaking as a commander……

Hillary Clinton recalls foreign policy disagreements with Obama in memoir

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton writes in her new book that she raised concerns about a swap of Taliban prisoners when she was President Barack Obama’s secretary of state and disagreed with his decision not to arm Syrian rebels, CBS News reported. CBS News…

Obama nominates top U.S. general in Afghanistan to lead Marines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has nominated the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Joseph Dunford, to head the Marines, the Pentagon said on Thursday, in an expected move that will put a new leader in charge of wrapping up America’s longest war. Dunford, who has led the war…

Obama unveils $1 billion security plan for eastern Europe

President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a $1 billion US security plan for eastern Europe aimed at allaying fears over a resurgent Kremlin and the escalating pro-Russian uprising in ex-Soviet Ukraine. Obama launched a major tour of Europe in Warsaw where he will attend celebrations of the 25th anniversary of…

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