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Reid: Birth control row ‘senseless’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top ally in the US Senate on Thursday condemned as “senseless” an angry spat over a White House plan to require most insurance plans to cover birth control for women. “That is so senseless,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said as Obama’s Republican foes…

Campaign fashion at the front line of winning votes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The policies of U.S. President Barack Obama and his potential Republican rivals differ, but when it comes to campaign trail fashion they could not be more alike with their style at the frontline of winning votes. Whether it’s rolled-up sleeves, or a checked shirt with no…

President Obama fires ‘marshmallow cannon’ in White House

More than a hundred students from across the country participated today in a special White House science fair. Exhibits on display included a Skype-using robot, a portable disaster shelter, and 14-year-old Joey Hudy’s “Marshmallow Cannon,” which the president tried his hand at firing. Watch the video, embedded via NBC Nightly…

Occupy DC defies ban, hoists ‘tent of dreams’

Occupy DC protesters defied a threatened police clampdown on their tent colony Monday, pitching a massive “tent of dreams” in the park near the White House they took over four months ago. With several hundred cheering supporters looking on, but no police in sight, they hoisted a deep-blue tarpaulin over…

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…

White House, big banks close to foreclosure fraud settlement

The White House, state attorney generals, and the nation’s big banks are reportedly close to a $25 billion settlement on allegations on foreclosure fraud, according to the Huffington Post. The settlement would be based on homeowners who were either illegally foreclosed on or underwater on their mortgages. Those cases would…

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…

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…

MPAA calls blackout protest a ‘dangerous gimmick’

The Motion Picture Association of America, the film industry’s largest lobby, is not happy about the growing opposition to two anti-piracy bills being considered by the U.S. Congress. Critics of the bills have said they could break the fundamental structure of the Internet and result in censorship. Internet-base companies like…

House to take up Stop Online Piracy Act in February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives will resume work next month on a controversial bill aimed at stopping online piracy of movies, music and other content, a leading lawmaker said on Tuesday. The anti-piracy legislation has been a top priority for entertainment companies, publishers, pharmaceutical firms and others, who…

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