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In big public push, White House seeks to smooth way for carbon curbs

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last month, Washington’s top environment advocate went to the Cleveland Clinic to talk about how President Barack Obama’s landmark efforts to crack down on power-plant carbon emissions would ease a range of respiratory illnesses. Speaking separately to historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta in…

Drillers hopeful that Obama will ease longstanding ban on oil exports

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Recent meetings between U.S. oil producers and Commerce Department officials have fueled industry hopes that the Obama administration may soon begin to ease a longstanding ban on oil exports. Although it would require an act of Congress to end the four-decade export ban, some…

Texas Republican: ‘Obama thinks he can change the weather because he thinks he’s God’

A Texas state lawmaker running for lieutenant governor suggested President Barack Obama thinks he possesses godlike powers to control the weather. Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick made the remarks during a debate Tuesday night in Salado, reported the Texas Tribune, where an audience member asked whether the lawmaker supported the…

Rand Paul uses judicial nomination to pressure Obama over legality of drone strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s choice of David Barron to serve as a U.S. federal appeals court judge will undergo a crucial test on Wednesday when the Senate takes a procedural vote amid controversy over the nominee’s role in authorizing drone strikes against American citizens. Republican Senator Rand Paul…

Obama on Veterans Affairs mess: I will not stand for it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama expressed anger on Wednesday about delays in care for wounded U.S. veterans, saying he will begin next week to get answers from investigations into what went wrong and who to hold accountable. “When I hear allegations of misconduct, any misconduct, whether it’s allegations of…

Mississippi man gets 25 years in prison for sending ricin letter to Obama

By Therese Apel JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) – A Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a federal judge on Monday after pleading guilty to sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. Senator and a state judge, prosecutors said. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo, a former…

Operation American Spring reveals plan to dismantle Obama’s America, starting Friday

The organizers of Operation American Spring don’t really expect their demonstration to dislodge some of the nation’s top elected officials. At least, not right away. “When a large chunk of the populace is saying you’re not getting the job done and you have to step down, the House and the…

Fox News: Obama plotted the ‘biggest jailbreak in history’ so immigrant criminals can vote Dem

Fox News on Thursday used a deceptively edited clip of President Barack Obama to claim that he had been the “ringleader” of the “biggest jailbreak in history” by condoning the release of criminal immigrants so that they could vote for Democrats. Last month, a report from the conservative Center for…

Obama tells NYC supporters: ‘Move to North Dakota’

President Barack Obama has a modest, tongue-in-cheek suggestion for people in New York City who support his agenda: move to North Dakota. The idea drew laughs in what was otherwise a somber speech at a $32,400-per-ticket fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the posh Upper East Side apartment…

Obama assigns deputy chief of staff to review embattled Veterans Affairs department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is dispatching his deputy chief of staff, Rob Nabors, to help oversee a review of the Department of Veterans Affairs as anger grows over evidence that veterans died while waiting for care. Obama, through his spokesman, has voiced his confidence in Veterans Affairs Secretary…

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