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Obama national security aides meet at White House to discuss Ukraine crisis, response

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s national security team discussed the Ukraine crisis in a session at the White House on Saturday after a last-ditch bid to find a diplomatic solution to the Cold War-style standoff with Russia floundered. Secretary of State John Kerry, who just returned…

Rand Paul backs bill that could lead to crack down on states where voters legalized weed

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has thrown his support behind legislation that Republicans could use to force President Barack Obama to crack down on legal marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington. Speaking to Fox News on Thursday, the libertarian-leaning senator said he supported the Enforce the Law Act, which has…

Obama and Obamacare could doom Democrats in November

His name is not on the ballot, but with Republicans on the rise, Barack Obama has a strong incentive to battle hard for Democrats in November’s mid-term elections. But the president who twice carried his party to the White House may struggle to find a candidate willing to stand with…

Obama seeks to update regulations to boost number of workers eligible for overtime pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to increase the number of people who earn overtime pay by updating regulations that exempt broad swaths of supervisors, managers and office workers from making overtime, a White House official said on Wednesday. On Thursday, Obama will ask the Labor Department to…

The Tea Party just turned five — and it’s not going away

Some date the advent of the tea party to 2007, when then-presidential candidate Ron Paul held a “tax day tea party” fundraiser to fill his campaign coffers. But the broader movement began five years ago last week — shortly after Barack Obama was……

NASA planning robotic mission to search for signs of life on Jupiter’s moon, Europa

President Barack Obama’s 2015 NASA budget plan includes funding for a robotic mission to an ocean-bearing moon of Jupiter and could help boost commercial ventures to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA officials said on Tuesday. The White House is requesting a $17.5 billion budget for the U.S.…

Revealed: CIA allegedly spied on Senate committee investigating the CIA

Unprecedented. That’s how Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) described a CIA move to allegedly spy on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the committee charged with overseeing the CIA and investigating the CIA’s secret interrogation program conducted under the authority of President George W. Bush. The New York Times reported…

Conservative columnist: Obama using gay NFL prospect Michael Sam to distract from Benghazi

Conservative columnist Steve Deace descended into self-parody by complaining that the Obama administration had somehow used the first openly gay NFL prospect to distract from Benghazi. University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam publicly announced last month that he was gay in advance of the scouting events that precede the…

Obama to propose tax breaks for middle class and poor Americans in new budget

By Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will propose an expansion of popular tax credits for middle class and working poor Americans on Tuesday in a fiscal 2015 budget designed to serve as a blueprint for Democrats in this year’s congressional elections. The budget, which…

Check it out: Barack Obama is the face of contraband Viagra in Pakistan

In an image suggestive of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, President Barack Obama is the new face of contraband Viagra in Pakistan. Despite unpopularity there for his frequent drone attacks — the American president remains a model of strength in marketing Pfizer’s popular sex drug abroad. Pakistan, where Viagra is banned,…

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