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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…

Senator Max Baucus to be named U.S. ambassador to China: Senate source

President Barack Obama will tap outgoing Senator Max Baucus to be the next US ambassador to China, a Senate aide said Wednesday. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Baucus helped craft Obama’s landmark health-care law, and his lengthy experience on the committee makes him well versed in trade issues,…

Tea party activist says his rally will send Obama to Iran and usher in new right-wing government

Right-wing activist Larry Klayman is so sure his long-planned “second American revolution” will succeed Tuesday that he’s calling for a “Constitutional congress” to plan for life after President Barack Obama. The founder of Judicial Watch says he’s gathered a coalition of conservative and libertarian activists to demonstrate beginning at 10…

White House rejects Snowden clemency request

Rory Carroll, theguardian.com The White House and leading lawmakers have rejected Edward Snowden’s plea for clemency and said he should return to the United States to face trial. Dan Pfeiffer, an Obama administration adviser, said on Sunday the NSA whistleblower’s request was not under consideration and that he should face…

Obama invites all Republican and Democratic lawmakers to the White House

President Barack Obama Wednesday announced plans to invite all Republican and Democratic lawmakers to the White House to talk about the bitter impasse which shut the government and could throw the United States into default. Obama will begin the process by meeting minority Democrats from the House of Representatives later…

End Game: John Boehner doesn’t even have to cave

Seven days into a government shutdown, and 9 days away from a potentially catastrophic breach of the nation’s debt limit, and the question everyone is asking is: who will blink first? The White House says that it absolutely will not negotiate over…  …

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