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Obama administration to seek 30-percent carbon dioxide emissions cut

The US government will propose a rule Monday requiring power plants to cut by 30 percent carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 based on 2005 levels, US media reported Sunday. The Wall Street Journal cited people briefed on the rule as saying the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft measure was due to…

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl freed: Taliban releases U.S. soldier held captive for five years

By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held for nearly five years by the Taliban after being captured in Afghanistan, has been released and is now in U.S. custody after years of on and off negotiations, U.S. officials said on Saturday As part of Bergdahl’s release,…

Obama’s counterterrorism doctrine: Let locals lead the fight

In a foreign policy address this week, U.S. President Barack Obama gave his clearest outline yet of his counterterrorism strategy. Al Qaeda splinter groups remain the largest threat to the United States, he said, but Washington must respond to it in a new way: by training local security forces, not…

Obama spokesman Jay Carney steps down after three years, Josh Earnest to take his place

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After more than three years of jousting with the White House press corps, President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman, Jay Carney, will step down next month to pursue yet-to-be-named opportunities, Obama announced on Friday. Carney’s deputy, Josh Earnest, will take his place, the president said.…

153 Democratic lawmakers push U.S. to toughen up Trans-Pacific Partnership rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. trade negotiators must insist on tough standards on human and workers’ rights in a Pacific trade deal spanning 12 countries, more than 150 Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to the Obama administration on Thursday. The lawmakers, who make up three-quarters of the Democrats in the…

Michelle Obama assails Republican plan to lower school lunch standards

Michelle Obama lashed out in a newspaper opinion piece Thursday against Republican plans to roll back recently improved nutrition standards in American schools, one of her cherished causes as US first lady. Obama wrote in the New York Times that revamped school nutrition standards requiring less salt, sugar and fat…

Obama to address foreign policy goals in commencement address at West Point

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stung by criticism, President Barack Obama will use a speech on Wednesday to launch a sweeping defense of his approach to foreign policy, one that he will say is reliant on multilateral diplomacy instead of military interventions. Obama is to deliver the commencement address at the U.S.…

Obama vows to make sure veterans get necessary medical care

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At the end of a week rocked by allegations of mismanagement and cover-ups at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to vow again to make sure veterans get the necessary medical care. “Let’s keep working to make sure that…

Obama pledges to uphold ‘sacred trust’ with veterans

At the end of a week rocked by allegations of mismanagement and cover-ups at the Veterans Affairs agency, President Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to again vow to make sure veterans get the necessary medical care. “Let’s keep working to make sure that our country upholds our…

Obama taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as new HUD secretary

U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Hispanic Democrat Julian Castro, who is tipped for future political stardom, as his new housing and urban development secretary on Friday. The move will equip the San Antonio mayor, 39, with Washington and cabinet experience that would be useful should he seek statewide office in…

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