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Obama fails to use National Environmental Policy Act despite calls for climate change action

By Patrick Rucker and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has vowed to tackle climate change in his second term, but so far has not acted to strengthen a tool that does not require backing from Congress – the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA, a statute that dates…

U.S. to provide ‘direct military support’ to Syrian rebels

By Matt Spetalnick and Erika Solomon WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has authorized sending U.S. weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, a U.S. official said on Thursday after the White House said it has proof the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against opposition forces fighting to…

Obama’s approval rating up despite scandals

President Barack Obama was riding high in a new opinion poll released on Sunday showing that 53 percent of Americans approve of the way he’s doing his job, despite a flurry of recent scandals. The survey of 923 adults by CNN and the ORC International polling organization found that 45…

Chinese netizens inundate White House ‘We the People’ website with mock petitions

Can Washington cancel my school exam? What flavor tofu is best? Chinese internet users ask the White House to weigh in on the important issues of the day. Benjamin Carlson HONG KONG — A little democracy has gone straight to Chinese netizens’ heads. After discovering the White House’s “We the People…  …

White House: ‘All options on the table’ in Syria

A senior US administration official said Thursday that “all options are on the table” if it is confirmed that Syria has used chemical weapons against opposition forces. The White House said earlier in the day that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against rebel fighters on a “small scale,” but…

Coal industry battles to keep power in U.S. energy debate

Four months after pledging to lead the United States on a path to sustainable energy, President Barack Obama faces a turning point on electricity generated from coal, one of the dirtiest of fuels. The White House was expected this week to finalize a rule to reduce emissions from all new…

Obama speaks to Afghan president three days after NATO strike kills children

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, for what officials said were regular consultations, three days after a NATO air strike killed 11 Afghan children. The White House announced the conversation, but would not divulge whether Obama mentioned the strike, which caused the latest of…

Watch live: Biden and Holder deliver remarks on gun control

Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder deliver remarks at the White House on measures relating to gun reform. Watch live, broadcast by NBC News on April 9.…

Watch live: Obama hosts Mothers Against Violence at White House

President Obama hosts an event at the White House urging Congress to take action to reduce gun violence. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on March 28. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Watch live: Obama hosts 2012 Citizens Medal ceremony

President Obama hosts the 2012 awardees of the Presidential Citizens Medal at the White House. The Newtown teachers and administrators who died protecting the children in their care are among the recipients. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 15. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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