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White House officials weakened FDA concerns about e-cigarettes and cigars

By Toni Clarke and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House changes to proposed rules for tobacco products significantly weakened language detailing health risks from cigars and deleted restrictions that might have prevented online sales of e-cigarettes, published documents show. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which analyzes…

Bill to require warrants to search emails gains steam in the House

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to force government agencies to get warrants before they access the email of people under investigation advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after a majority of lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors. Advocates of the reform, which have included large…

Obama to push for more infrastructure projects to create jobs

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will take aim at the cumbersome approval process for large infrastructure projects on Wednesday, showing how streamlining reviews slashed the time taken to green-light New York’s massive Tappan Zee bridge project, the White House said. Obama is slated to speak…

Watch: White House finally gets its solar panels… again

The White House video above doesn’t note that President Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the White House decades ago that were later removed by the Reagan administration, but I guess they didn’t want to get too political……

Report: White House considering two-step process for immigration reform

By Julia Edwards and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year. With…

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…

Report: Obama proposal would curb NSA’s mass phone data collection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is preparing a proposal that would curb the bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing administration officials. Obama in January outlined a series of limited reforms to NSA data-gathering, banning eavesdropping on the…

House passes bill allowing for guaranteed loans to Ukraine

The House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved U.S. financial aid to crisis-plagued Ukraine, but the Senate is unlikely to take up the measure until at least next week. The lower chamber of Congress voted 385 to 23 in favor of the loan guarantees, the first tangible congressional response to…

Newly-revealed memos show Clinton administration’s difficulty in presenting ‘Hillarycare’

Secret papers documenting Bill Clinton’s time in the White House were released Friday, but it was the role of then-first lady Hillary, now a prospective 2016 presidential hopeful, that attracted most scrutiny. The National Archives made public more than 3,500 pages of internal memos, notes and other documents were posted…

U.S. bans commercial trade of elephant ivory

The United States banned the commercial trade of elephant ivory on Tuesday as part of a new drive to help African countries stem the rising threat to wildlife from poachers. The White House administrative action prohibits all commercial imports of African elephant ivory, including antiques, and all exports, — except…

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