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Obama administration to endorse effort to reduce federal drug sentences

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday plans to throw its weight behind a proposal that it says could cut the average prison sentence for a federal drug defendant by 11 months, a change designed to help reduce the massive U.S. prison population. Attorney General Eric…

Conservatives blame Dinesh D’Souza’s indictment on ‘Nazi Germany’-like conspiracy

Defenders of embattled conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza are alleging that a far-reaching conspiracy on the part of angry liberals is to blame for his recent indictment for campaign fraud. Media Matters has published a round-up of some of the right-wing players who have gone to bat for D’Souza since it…

Obama administration knew of mass torture in Syria since November

US government officials saw as early as November hundreds of images of alleged mass torture and killings of detainees held by the Syrian regime, the State Department said. But President Barack Obama's administration at the time decided against making……

Obama administration crushes 6 tons of ‘blood ivory’ in largely symbolic move

Crush of ivory trinkets shows Obama administration’s resolve in ending illegal trade but stops short of a complete ban on domestic ivory sales The Obama administration fed six tons (5.4 tonnes) of ivory trinkets – all made from the tusks of dead elephants – into a giant blue industrial rock…

Patrick Leahy calls out Obama administration on terror plots thwarted by NSA spying

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that the Obama administration hadn’t been forthcoming about the effectiveness of its phone surveillance program. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said during a hearing on the continued oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that he worried the White House was still…

Colbert: Segregation ensues after Obama pits the .1 percent against the 1 percent

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert attacked the Obama administration’s attacks on society’s most vulnerable: the ridiculously wealthy. “We’re living in the People’s Republic of Obamastan. I would give all my fortune to the needy,” he said, “but I wouldn’t want to turn some poor person into a target.” “I’m afraid all…

If Congress says no, can Obama strike Syria?

Among the many questions the Obama administration has been unable or unwilling to answer regarding its plans for military strikes in Syria is what happens if Congress refuses to authorize the use of force…  …

Experts warn Syria attack could escalate violence and further destabilize region

Some Middle East experts are throwing cold water on the Obama administration’s contention that a limited missile strike on Syria won’t actually result in more violence and a further destabilization of the region. According to an article at the top of the New York Times website, even a well-executed strategic…

Obama administration hints it could act alone on Syria

The United States hinted Thursday it could act alone to punish Syria for a chemical weapons attack, following hesitation by its closest ally Britain and a deadlock at the United Nations. The Obama administration also denied that public skepticism dating to an Iraq war intelligence debacle was complicating its effort…

Obama administration asks court to force New York Times reporter to reveal source

The Obama administration is trying to dissuade federal judges from giving the New York Times reporter James Risen one last chance to avoid having to disclose his source in a criminal trial over the alleged leaking of US state secrets. The Department of Justice has filed a legal argument with…

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