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Second term bid frames Obama’s State of the Union

President Barack Obama’s mission in Tuesday’s State of the Union address is simple to state, yet tough to pull off. He must begin to convince Americans that despite high unemployment, a slow economic recovery and a mood of prolonged national gloom spawned by the worst recession in decades, he deserves…

‘Investigate MPAA for bribery’ petition nears 25,000 signature benchmark

A petition on the White House’s “We the People” site that calls for Motion Picture Association of American President Chris Dodd to be investigated for “blatant bribery” has nearly gained enough signatures to require a response. The White House has promised to issue an official response for the petition if…

Obama officials pushed to underestimate Gulf oil spill

Amid the worst accidental release of crude oil in human history, the Obama administration sought to undermine its own scientists’ estimates of just how much oil was gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, a newly disclosed email reveals. Obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the…

Republicans move to control Keystone approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans, who are urging President Barack Obama to back the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline, are now working on plans to take the reins of approval from the hands of the president should the White House say no. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, whose state is…

White House protesters call for Guantanamo closure

Human rights activists, some dressed in orange prison jumpsuits, protested in front of the White House Monday to demand that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed, 10 years after it opened. Members of the group Witness Against Torture, who launched their protest on Sunday, plan to maintain an around-the-clock…

Obama to businesses: Bring jobs home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama kicked off an effort to encourage businesses to keep jobs at home instead of outsourcing them overseas, as he rolled out a new election-year theme on Saturday aimed at courting middle-class voters. In his weekly radio and video address, Obama previewed an event he…

Fox News analyst: Obama a ‘vigilante’ for making recess appointments

A Fox News legal analyst asserted on Thursday that President Barack Obama became a “vigilante” by making recess appointments this week. The White House announced on Wednesday that the president would be appointing former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three others to the…

Gary Johnson launches third-party White House bid

SANTA FE, New Mexico — Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson launched a long-shot, third-party bid for the White House Wednesday that could hurt Republican efforts to oust President Barack Obama in 2012. Johnson announced his intention to become the nominee of the Libertarian Party, seeking to capitalize on massive…

Nuclear industry seeks end to regulatory spat

(Reuters) – The nuclear industry asked the White House and Congress on Monday to resolve a nasty power struggle at theNuclear Regulatory Commission, an internal fight that will be scrutinized at two Congressional hearings this week. The Nuclear Energy Institute, the main lobby group for the utilities and power companies that run the…

White House targets domestic extremism

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday laid out a plan to implement a government strategy to combat homegrown domestic terrorism and any attempts by Al-Qaeda to seek to radicalize American Muslims. The initiative commits the federal government to work closely with local authorities and communities that may be targeted…

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