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StopBeef.com — the matchmaking app for New Orleans’ murder mediators — to receive White House honor

Skip Nicholas owns a fried chicken restaurant and a car wash, and was one of the rappers behind the Southern hit “Nolia Clap.” That makes him a legitimate local celebrity. And his celebrity-dom has made him a conflict…  …

Long-time White House reporter Helen Thomas dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who reported on every U.S. president since John Kennedy, died on Saturday at the age of 92, The Gridiron Club and Foundation said. Thomas, who worked the White House beat for 49 years for United Press International and Hearst newspapers, died…

Watch live: George H.W. Bush returns to White House

President Barack Obama welcomes former President George H. W. Bush to the White House to honor service volunteers with Points of Light, Bush’s nonprofit organization. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on July 15.…

Twitter lawyer appointed to top White House aide job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has appointed Twitter lawyer Nicole Wong to a new senior advisory position to focus on internet and privacy policy, a White House official said on Thursday. Wong will work with federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and will join the White House as Obama…

Obama fails to use National Environmental Policy Act despite calls for climate change action

By Patrick Rucker and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has vowed to tackle climate change in his second term, but so far has not acted to strengthen a tool that does not require backing from Congress – the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA, a statute that dates…

U.S. to provide ‘direct military support’ to Syrian rebels

By Matt Spetalnick and Erika Solomon WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has authorized sending U.S. weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, a U.S. official said on Thursday after the White House said it has proof the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against opposition forces fighting to…

Republicans accuse Eric Holder of misleading Congress over leak investigations

Eric Holder has been accused of misleading Congress over his involvement in aggressively investigating journalists for security leaks, forcing the White House to repeatedly defend its embattled attorney general. Republican critics seized on fresh information about attempts to obtain classified emails sent to a Fox News journalist in 2010 and…

House passes bill to speed construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

US lawmakers agreed to a bill that would speed construction of a Canada-US oil pipeline and circumvent the need for President Barack Obama’s approval for the $5 billion project. By a 241-175 vote, the House of Representatives passed the largely symbolic measure to end regulatory delays on the Keystone XL…

White House knew of IRS targeting of tea party groups in April

Wall Street Journal says counsel learned of targeting of conservative groups on 22 April, 18 days before president Barack Obama’s hopes of moving beyond the scandals that have dogged his administration were dashed on Monday, when it was disclosed that the White House had been informed last month about the…

White House releases Benghazi emails

The White House on Wednesday released 100 pages of emails designed to quell a furor about disputed talking points framed for top officials following the attack on the US mission in Benghazi. The release of the documents was an apparent attempt to defuse Republican complaints that the White House initially…

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