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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…

White House meddling, mistakes botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, GOP senators say

Two Republican senators on Thursday issued a report accusing the Obama administration of pushing ahead with last October’s botched rollout of HealthCare.gov website despite internal concerns that the technology would not work. The 34-page document, issued jointly by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, alleges…

White House: U.S. criminal justice system can handle suspected Benghazi ringleader

The White House said on Tuesday the U.S. criminal justice system could prosecute the captured suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and that he would be questioned for intelligence. The comments came in response to criticism from some Republicans that President Barack…

Obama to meet with House and Senate leaders to discuss Iraq crisis

Congress leaders to meet Obama Wednesday on Iraq (via AFP) US congressional leaders will meet President Barack Obama on Wednesday in the White House to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, officials said. Democratic and Republican officials said the top four lawmakers — House Speaker John…   [Image via…

Hillary Clinton will not make decision on 2016 presidential run until ‘the end of the year’

No decision on White House run before year’s end: Clinton (via AFP) Hillary Clinton won’t make her intentions known about a possible White House bid before year’s end, she said in an interview broadcast Sunday. “I will be on the way to making a decision by the end of the…

Man strips naked outside White House

US Secret Service personnel sprang into action Friday outside the White House when a man stripped naked in what appeared to be a bizarre form of protest. On one of the hottest days of the year so far in the US capital, where temperatures hit at least……

In big public push, White House seeks to smooth way for carbon curbs

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last month, Washington’s top environment advocate went to the Cleveland Clinic to talk about how President Barack Obama’s landmark efforts to crack down on power-plant carbon emissions would ease a range of respiratory illnesses. Speaking separately to historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta in…

How Congress and the White House are trying to screw you over with the USA Freedom Act

So we already wrote about how the House completely watered down the USA Freedom Act to the point that it really does very little, leading basically all of the civil liberties community to withdraw their support for the bill. If you want to know a little……

Center for American Progress will push for Obamacare CEO to manage state and federal exchanges

A group of healthcare experts close to the White House is urging the Obama administration to appoint a new chief executive officer to oversee Obamacare’s online health insurance exchanges and safeguard the next open enrollment period that begins in six months. The recommendation, in a report due to be released…

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…

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