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Ohio school shooting ‘unforgivable’: White House

WASHINGTON — The high school shooting in Ohio that killed three students was “terrible and unforgivable,” the White House said Tuesday, adding that it was too early to know if it was linked to bullying. The alleged shooter, a 17-year-old student, opened fire Monday with a handgun on a group…

White House unveils ‘one click’ online privacy plan

The White House unveiled an online privacy proposal Thursday intended to allow Web users to easily opt out of being tracked on the Internet. The “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” has received the backing of leading Internet companies and online advertising networks and would involve a simple “one click” setting…

Obama lauds ‘positive steps’ to tackle euro crisis

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama called German counterpart Angela Merkel on Tuesday to welcome “positive steps” taken by the European Union to ease its smoldering debt crisis, the White House said. Hours after the EU and the private sector inked a 237-billion-euro ($310 billion) bailout designed to keep Greece…

Obama, Karzai discuss Afghan reconciliation moves

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama talked with Hamid Karzai Monday about Afghan-led reconciliation moves following the Afghan president’s talks with the leaders of Pakistan and Iran, the White House said. The telephone conversation also followed Karzai’s assertion in a newspaper interview last week that his government was involved in…

Ryan calls contraception coverage an ‘accounting gimmick’

House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday said that the Obama’s administration move to accommodate the Catholic Church’s concerns about covering contraception for women was just an “accounting trick.” The White House said last week that it would change proposed rules requiring religious hospitals and universities to cover birth…

Bring it on

I’m deeply amused right now. Before the White House announced the policy tweak on the contraception mandate, there was a lot of gloat-y “Obama is going to compromise!” stories from the more conservative-leaning press, and I really did think  Obama caved. But I hopped on the White House conference call…

Music Fridays: WTF Edition

Update: Well, it seems that the compromise is actually, for once, a real compromise. So I got all bent out of shape for nothing. The White House is saying that women who work at religiously affiliated employers will get coverage, but by the insurance companies directly, instead of through their…

Obama, foes in military spending cut fight

WASHINGTON — The White House and its Republican foes clashed Thursday over a law requiring steep cuts to military spending after a congressional “SuperCommittee” failed to agree on long-range deficit reduction. Republicans have stepped up election-year pressure on President Barack Obama to help them roll back the measure, warning that…

Don’t think they’re not looking to impeachment

Oh, lookee here, Grover Norquist is making impeachment threats against the President if he doesn’t extend the Bush tax cuts: Obama can sit there and let all the tax [cuts] lapse, and then the Republicans will have enough votes in the Senate in 2014 to impeach. He spends a lot…

Obama says U.S. carried out Somalia hostage rescue

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that US special forces had carried out a daring pre-dawn raid in Somalia that rescued two hostages, including an American aid worker, held since October. “The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to…

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