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Obama’s new budget proposal drops controversial Social Security changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s soon-to-be released budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year drops a past offer to trim cost-of-living increases in Social Security, a White House official said on Thursday. The offer made in last year’s budget had been an attempt to gain some Republican support and…

Obama proposes $1 billion climate protection fund

President Barack Obama proposed a $1 billion fund to mitigate the impact of climate change in the United States, and unveiled financing to combat drought parching swathes of California. The president landed in the Central Valley area and met farmers……

Chuck Schumer’s compromise: Enact immigration reform now, implement after Obama’s gone

U.S. immigration reforms could be passed now but enacted after President Barack Obama leaves office if Republicans fear he will not enforce the new rules, a key Democratic senator said Sunday, offering a way to achieve one of Obama’s main policy objectives. Last week, Republican House Speaker John Boehner expressed…

Obama: U.S. would not spend $50 billion on Olympics

President Barack Obama said that the United States would not need to match the huge $50 billion shelled out by Russia if it wanted to host another Olympic Games. The massive operation to transform the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the Winter Games, which opened on Friday, has been…

Republicans still falling behind in election data wars

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many political strategists saw it as a triumph of the Obama team’s technological prowess, allowing it to identify likely Democratic voters and get them to the polls. It was a sore point…

Obama: Putin’s tough-guy act is a ‘schtick’ for the locals

US President Barack Obama said Thursday that Vladimir Putin’s bored, tough guy act was just a ‘schtick’ designed to boost his domestic political image. Obama and his Russian counterpart have become known for stilted photo ops during bilateral meetings at various global summits, in which they stare straight ahead and…

Megyn Kelly complains: Obama won’t take Fox News criticism ‘like a man’

Fox News host Megyn Kelly clashed with Democratic strategist James Carville on Tuesday regarding President Barack Obama’s Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, with Kelly describing the president as thin-skinned for pushing back against O’Reilly’s line of questioning. “I do think it’s interesting that the president seems so focused on…

Obama hopes to hook up 20 million school kids with high speed Internet

President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a new government partnership with the private sector worth nearly three billion dollars to hook up an extra 20 million school kids to high speed Internet. “In a country where we expect free Wifi with our coffee we should definitely demand it in our…

O’Reilly: Why don’t you talk about black families? Obama: I do, but you’re not listening

President Barack Obama repeated his assertion to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that the conservative network unfairly covered his administration in the second part of a combative interview. “Absolutely,” Obama said when the host asked if he’d been unfair. “Of course, you have, but I like you anyway, Bill.” O’Reilly…

In 2013, the U.S. lost 30 people a day to gun violence. Obama shouldn’t let us forget

The president should be talking about guns (and gun control) a lot more. This goes way beyond horrific school shootings President Obama opened his remarks at McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee with a brief mourning of the death of a student there on Tuesday, the day of his State…

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