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Obama to Afghan president: U.S. considering complete troop withdrawal

President Barack Obama told his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Tuesday he is now planning a full US troop withdrawal, but did not rule out a deal on a post-2014 mission with the next Kabul government. Obama told Karzai by telephone that, since the Afghan leader had refused to sign…

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…

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…

President Obama, Bill O’Reilly spar in combative pre-Super Bowl interview

President Barack Obama and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly grew testy with one another in a 10-minute live interview aired Sunday ahead of the Super Bowl. Things began tense and remained so throughout, with O’Reilly asking Obama if telling Americans that they could keep their insurance if they liked it…

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…

Obama: Jekyll & Hyde on energy

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama once again tried to reconcile the split personality of his energy policy. On the one hand, the President clearly stated his Dr. Jekyll……

Tech security researchers tell Obama: NSA spying has broken communication infrastructure

Open Letter From Security Researchers Explains How NSA Has Weakened Our Communications Infrastructure (via Techdirt) Among the many problems with President Obama’s weak statement concerning NSA surveillance was the fact that he didn’t even address the serious issue of the NSA undermining cryptography with backdoors. The White House’s task force…

Pastor tells Fox News: Obama’s getting us ready to embrace the anti-Christ

Fox News gave a platform to a Texas megachurch pastor who predicts that President Barack Obama is paving the way for the anti-Christ. Fundamentalist Christian pastor Robert Jeffress appeared Monday night on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss his new book, Perfect Ending, which suggests the president’s policies were conditioning Americans…

A more progressive America is emerging, but Republicans won’t go down without a fight

Popular opinion is moving towards more progressive policies, though Republicans won’t go down without a fight Oh to be a liberal in America today. In New York City, a Democrat has finally been elected mayor after a 24-year absence from City Hall – and he’s a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. Gay marriage…

Amnesty: Detainee transfers show ‘significant progress’ towards closing Guantanamo

The United States announced it had transferred two Sudanese detainees from Guantanamo to their home country, its second release this week as President Barack Obama works to close the prison. Noor Uthman Muhammed, 51, and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, 52, were the last Sudanese prisoners at the US naval base…

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