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Obama mocks critics: GOP still going through ‘stages of grief’ over health care law’s success

President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national…

Obama commutes sentence of Texas man mistakenly given extra jail time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three and a half years in jail due to a typographical error. Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 of charges related to drug…

Japan and South Korea to discuss fate of ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit

Japan, S. Korea to discuss ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit (via AFP) Japan and South Korea will hold talks this week to try to improve frosty relations before President Barack Obama visits both the US allies during an Asian tour, it was announced Sunday. The two governments “have decided to…

Obama names Sylvia Mathews Burwell as next U.S. health secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he will promote his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to be health secretary, presiding over the next difficult phase of implementing his healthcare law during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Burwell, who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, will…

Obama vows increased protection for soldiers in Fort Hood tribute

President Barack Obama vowed to do more to protect U.S. soldiers on Wednesday as he paid a somber tribute to victims of last week’s Fort Hood shooting, the second gun rampage at the Texas military base in five years. Speaking before the families of three soldiers killed by a comrade…

Donald Trump tells Fox: ‘Really unfair’ that Obama has a job and Mozilla CEO doesn’t

Reality star Donald Trump on Monday lamented that President Barack Obama still had a job after the former CEO of Mozilla was forced to resign for funding groups that worked to strip LGBT of people of their existing marriage rights. Last week, a gay Mozilla developer explained to newly-appointed CEO…

Obama to launch executive actions on equal pay for equal work for women

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will launch two new executive actions this week aimed at increasing transparency about women’s pay in a continuing effort to ensure women are paid equally to their male counterparts for similar work, the White House said on Sunday. Obama and his advisers often cite…

Despite call for NSA reform, Obama still asking FISA court to renew bulk phone collection

Obama Still Asking FISA Court To Renew Bulk Phone Collection (via Techdirt) After President Obama announced his willingness to really end the bulk collection of phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, Senator Patrick Leahy pointed out that the easiest way to do that was to simply not…

North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles as Obama hosts Japan-South Korea summit

North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles Wednesday, prompting a stern US reaction after President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit aimed at uniting the three nations against Pyongyang's nuclear threat. Washington……

Obama pledges to address gender pay gap, warns Dems could get ‘clobbered’ in midterms

President Barack Obama used a speech at a community college on Thursday to begin a series of events highlighting economic issues affecting women such as the gender pay gap in which women earn three-quarters as much as their male counterparts. He spoke at the Orlando campus of Valencia College, a…

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