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Protesters hold sit-in to demand Obama stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Some 200 people staged a sit-in outside the US State Department Monday, demanding that US President Barack Obama stop the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Activists from environmental groups and civil society organizations held placards and shouted:”President Obama, stop the pipeline!” The proposal under debate pertains to construction of a 1,179-mile…

40 percent of white Americans have no friends who belong to a different race

About 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of non-white Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll. The figures highlight how segregated the United States remains in the wake of a debate on race sparked by last month’s acquittal…

Watch live: Obama presents plan to reform the housing market

President Obama speaks about housing and the economy in Phoenix, Arizona. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Aug. 6.…

NSA defenders: embassy closures followed ‘pre-9/11 levels’ of ‘chatter’

Embassy closures ordered in response to ‘most serious threat in years’, says Republican senator Saxby Chambliss The closure of 22 US embassies over an alleged security threat was seized on by defenders of the National Security Agency on Sunday, amid claims that its controversial surveillance programme alerted authorities to “pre-9/11″…

Chris Wallace calls out GOP on govt. shutdown: Are you ‘prepared to shoot’ the hostage?

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday called the Republican Party’s bluff and asked if lawmakers were prepared to “shoot the hostage” and shut down the federal government if President Barack Obama refused to defund his healthcare reform law. During a talk with the conservative Heritage Foundation last week, Sen.…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama lays out his economic vision at the University of Central Missouri

Watch as President Barack Obama addresses an audience in Warrensburg, Missouri about his economic reform plans, including the budget negotiations, immigration, education and strengthening the middle class, courtesy of NBC News, below:…

Sen. Lindsay Graham suggests Olympics boycott over possible Snowden asylum in Russia

According to a report in a political blog, Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Obama should consider a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia if Edward Snowden is given asylum there. In a report from The Hill…  …

President Obama to visit Nelson Mandela’s jail cell

President Barack Obama will Sunday stare into the stark cell where Nelson Mandela spent years as prisoner of a racist regime, in a visit paying homage to his hero after he left Johannesburg without seeing the ailing icon. The US leader will fly to Cape Town and then visit the…

Watch live: Obama announces major climate change initiative

President Obama unveils plan for reducing carbon pollution in a speech at Georgetown University. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on June 25. [US President Barack Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline in March 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. A Canadian firm has reapplied for a…

Obama appoints Washington attorney as special envoy to close Guantanamo prison

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday chose high-profile Washington, D.C. attorney Clifford Sloan as the state department’s special envoy for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. In a May address, Obama pledged a renewed dedication to closing the prison, and filling the post, which has been vacant for six months, is…

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