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Chris Hayes explains what’s wrong with the NDAA

The White House’s announcement that it has no plans to veto the National Defense Authorization Act has a great number of people up in arms. In this clip from Saturday’s Up With Chris Hayes, Hayes discusses the specific provisions which make the bill so controversial and why the changes made…

House passes Republican payroll tax cut plan

WASHINGTON — Defying a White House veto threat, the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to tie a payroll tax cut extension to the swift approval of the controversial “Keystone XL” US-Canada oil pipeline. US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes used their majority to muscle the bill to passage in…

Provocative U.S. nuclear chief faces political test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The embattled chief of the U.S. nuclear safety regulator found some powerful political support on Saturday ahead of Capitol Hill hearings next week that will scrutinize his bid to enact sweeping safety reforms. Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is locked in a bitter…

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…

White House presses hard for consumer chief

WASHINGTON — The White House Wednesday warned that Republican opposition to the nomination of a chief for a new consumer watchdog agency left millions of Americans open to abuses from the finance industry. Republicans are opposing the President Barack Obama’s pick of former Ohio state official Richard Cordray to head…

Lady Gaga takes anti-bullying campaign to White House

WASHINGTON — Eccentric pop diva Lady Gaga took her anti-bullying campaign to the White House where she was lauded as a source of strength for many young people who are scared at school. Her visit follows a White House bullying conference earlier this year, called to mitigate the plight of…

White House refuses apology over Pakistan strike

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday dismissed the notion of offering an apology to Pakistan over the NATO air strikes that killed 24 soldiers, insisting an inquiry was still ongoing as to how the men died. “I, speaking for the White House and the president, offered condolences on behalf…

Cain to decide in next week on White House bid

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain pressed on in the White House race Wednesday charging Democrats were out to torpedo him, but saying he would decide whether to quit in the coming days. Cain, a former pizza company executive, is fending off allegations that he had a 13-year affair,…

White House shooter declared fit to stand trial

WASHINGTON — A man charged with attempting to assassinate US President Barack Obama by firing an assault rifle at the White House has been declared fit to stand trial, but the government Monday called for more tests and a full competency hearing. Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, 21, who allegedly called Obama the…

White House calls for speedy Egypt power transfer

The transfer of power to a civilian government in Egypt must be “just and inclusive” and take place “as soon as possible,” the White House said Friday. “Most importantly, we believe that the full transfer of power to a civilian government must take place in a just and inclusive manner…

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