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Guantanamo activist force-fed at White House protest

A US hunger striker was force fed through a nasal tube in front of the White House Friday, in a protest aimed at showing the procedure used at Guantanamo is “torture.” Weakened by his 61-day fast, Andres Thomas Conteris sat on a chair outside the White House, clad in an…

White House report on Syrian chemical weapons use faces high bar after Bush Administration’s Iraq lies

The White House prepared Thursday to issue a report accusing Syria’s government of waging chemical warfare, but faces a high burden proof due to the hangover from botched Iraq war intelligence and disquiet in Congress. The report is meant to bolster the case for a probable US military intervention in…

Former White House ‘intellectual property czar’ immediately jumps ship to Microsoft-driven anti-piracy lobbying group BSA

This was rumored for weeks before the former White House IP czar (technically “Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator”) even had announced that she was stepping down from her job, but now it’s been confirmed: just weeks after leaving the White…  …

Barack Obama outs Sunny the dog as source of White House ‘leaks’

US President Barack Obama admitted Friday to a new source of leaks in the inner corridors of the White House, saying first puppy Sunny has had a “couple of accidents.” In an interview with CNN Obama said the new dog was keeping him and wife Michelle company as they see…

White House: ‘Difficult to imagine’ authorities demanding destruction of hard drives

The White House distanced itself from Britain’s handling of the leaked NSA documents when representatives said it would be difficult to imagine the US authorities following the example of Whitehall in demanding the destruction of media hard drives. As a former lord chancellor said the Metropolitan police had no legal…

U.S. says it did not sanction holding Glenn Greenwald’s partner at Heathrow, but was told his name was on passenger list

Britain is facing intense pressure to give a detailed explanation of the decision to detain the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald after the White House confirmed that it was given a “heads up” before David Miranda was taken into custody for nine hours at Heathrow. As the UK’s…

White House says Egypt’s new regime is on the ‘wrong path’

The White House has stepped up condemnation of the interim Egyptian government as its bloody crackdown on protesters put the US under growing pressure to rethink its tacit support for the new military rulers. In its harshest criticism yet, White House spokesman Josh Earnest accused the military of breaking its…

White House rejects calls to boycott Winter Olympics over LGBT persecution

The White House shot down calls for a US boycott of the Sochi winter Olympics on Thursday as it tried to draw a line under recent disputes with Russia ahead of ministerial talks scheduled in Washington. Amid concerns that this week’s decision to cancel a planned presidential summit had set…

White House: U.S. will be ‘willing partner’ if Iran’s new president halts nuclear program

The inauguration of the new president of Iran, Hasan Rouhani, presents “an opportunity” for Tehran to resolve concerns over its nuclear programme and better engage with the West, the Obama administration said on Sunday. In a statement marking the formal handing over of power to the moderate cleric from his…

Obama won’t pick Fed chair until fall: White House

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House moved on Friday to damp down speculation about President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Federal Reserve when Ben Bernanke’s term expires, saying no decision has been made and no announcement is likely until the fall. Bernanke’s second four-year term as…

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