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Obama pledges to address gender pay gap, warns Dems could get ‘clobbered’ in midterms

President Barack Obama used a speech at a community college on Thursday to begin a series of events highlighting economic issues affecting women such as the gender pay gap in which women earn three-quarters as much as their male counterparts. He spoke at the Orlando campus of Valencia College, a…

Obama national security aides meet at White House to discuss Ukraine crisis, response

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s national security team discussed the Ukraine crisis in a session at the White House on Saturday after a last-ditch bid to find a diplomatic solution to the Cold War-style standoff with Russia floundered. Secretary of State John Kerry, who just returned…

Obama and Obamacare could doom Democrats in November

His name is not on the ballot, but with Republicans on the rise, Barack Obama has a strong incentive to battle hard for Democrats in November’s mid-term elections. But the president who twice carried his party to the White House may struggle to find a candidate willing to stand with…

Obama seeks to update regulations to boost number of workers eligible for overtime pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to increase the number of people who earn overtime pay by updating regulations that exempt broad swaths of supervisors, managers and office workers from making overtime, a White House official said on Wednesday. On Thursday, Obama will ask the Labor Department to…

Bernie Sanders wants to unite Tea Party and progressive voters in 2016 White House run

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said he’s prepared to run for president in 2016 because he doesn’t see anyone willing to stand up for progressive values. “This country faces more serious problems than at any time since the Great Depression, and there is a horrendous lack of serious political discourse or…

Obama to propose tax breaks for middle class and poor Americans in new budget

By Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will propose an expansion of popular tax credits for middle class and working poor Americans on Tuesday in a fiscal 2015 budget designed to serve as a blueprint for Democrats in this year’s congressional elections. The budget, which…

Newly-revealed memos show Clinton administration’s difficulty in presenting ‘Hillarycare’

Secret papers documenting Bill Clinton’s time in the White House were released Friday, but it was the role of then-first lady Hillary, now a prospective 2016 presidential hopeful, that attracted most scrutiny. The National Archives made public more than 3,500 pages of internal memos, notes and other documents were posted…

Obama, tech firms to announce $400 million software donations to U.S. schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to announce on Friday that private companies have donated more than $400 million worth of software and software licenses to bring more technology to classrooms. Adobe Systems, the San Jose-based software company, will make over $300 million of software available to students…

White House state dinners are the new ‘black bucks driving Cadillacs and buying t-bones’

You might be excused for thinking that, after five years, a certain segment of America- the Real Americans – would have finally accepted the fact that a nice black couple and their two kids had taken up residence in the neighborhood and they won’t be moving out for a few…

U.S. bans commercial trade of elephant ivory

The United States banned the commercial trade of elephant ivory on Tuesday as part of a new drive to help African countries stem the rising threat to wildlife from poachers. The White House administrative action prohibits all commercial imports of African elephant ivory, including antiques, and all exports, — except…

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