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The US government formally pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent over 2005 levels within the next decade, ahead of a major climate conference later this year (AFP/David McNew)

U.S. Renews Pledge To Cut Emissions 26 To 28 Percent By 2025

Environmentalists are giving cautious approval to the Obama administration’s big announcement.

March 31, 2015
President Barack Obama leaves Air Force One with Sen. Barbara Boxer after arriving at LAX on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Los Angeles. Obama will tape an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and attend a DNC event. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Obama Administration Collects Data To Sell Iran Nuclear Deal

The White House is preparing for a tough sell on a nuclear deal with Iran.

March 16, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 11, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The committee is hearing testimony from top administration officials on President Obama's request to Congress for authorization to use force against ISIS. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Biggest U.S. Foreign Policy Split In Generation Emerges On Iran

American politics once stopped at the water’s edge. Now, it doesn’t even slow down.

March 11, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a World Bank Forum.

Hillary Clinton’s Emails: Is This A Scandal? Or A ‘Scandal’?

Is there any evidence of actual wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton and her staff – or merely the same old stink of insinuation?

March 4, 2015
Photo: A US Senate panel has voted unanimously in support of Ashton Carter to be the new secretary of defense (AFP/Mandel Ngan)

Senate Confirms Ashton Carter As New Defense Secretary

President Obama’s fourth secretary of defense will be sworn in next week.

February 12, 2015
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Deportations From U.S. Dropped In Last Year

Find out why deportations have dropped sharply.

December 5, 2014
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Obama Names Ex-Defense Official Ashton Carter As Pick To Run Pentagon

Meet the new secretary of defense.

December 5, 2014
Ashton Carter

Report: Ashton Carter Likely Next U.S. Defense Secretary

The former deputy defense secretary has reportedly been picked to lead the Pentagon.

December 2, 2014
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Obama Heads Home After ‘Pretty Good Week’ Overseas

For a “lame duck,” President Obama is getting an awful lot done.

November 17, 2014
Obama nominates Loretta Lynch for attorney general

Attorney General Nominee Lynch: ‘Doesn’t Play The Political Game’

But Lynch is about to get a crash course in partisan politics.

November 17, 2014
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Obama Administration Rules Target For-Profit Colleges

Find out how the Obama administration is protecting vulnerable students.

October 30, 2014
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Attorney General Eric Holder To Resign: Official

After nearly six years, change is coming to the Justice Department.

September 25, 2014
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Report: No ‘Deliberate Wrongdoing’ By Obama Administration In Benghazi Attack

Republicans who won’t stop trying to turn the 2012 Benghazi attack into the second coming of Watergate now have even less credibility. The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a report that states that the Benghazi scandal is — surprise! — not a scandal at all. “The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing […]

August 4, 2014
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U.S. Data Sweep ‘Harms Press, Democratic Rights’

By Rob Lever Washington (AFP) — Large-scale surveillance by the U.S. government has begun to have an impact on press freedom and broader democratic rights, a study released Monday said. The report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch found that the vast surveillance efforts aimed at thwarting terrorist attacks have undermined […]

July 28, 2014
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Don’t Send Kids To U.S., Obama Tells Central American Parents

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau MINNEAPOLIS — President Barack Obama is telling Central American parents considering sending their children to the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty to keep them at home. “Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” Obama told ABC News […]

June 27, 2014
Syria

Obama Asks Congress For $500 Million To Train Syria Rebels

By Christi Parsons and Michael Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday asked Congress for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq, U.S. officials said. Obama asked for […]

June 27, 2014
Supreme Court

Supreme Court Limits Presidents’ Recess Appointment Powers

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday modestly curtailed a president’s power to unilaterally appoint officials during a Senate recess. In a limited defeat for President Barack Obama and his White House successors, the court unanimously ruled that Obama improperly appointed several members to the National Labor Relations Board […]

June 26, 2014
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Another Report Shows Devastating Effects Of Climate Change — But Elected Republicans Still Don’t Care

A bipartisan group released a report on Tuesday titled “Risky Business,” arguing that U.S. businesses need to treat the threat of climate change as a serious business risk that will cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars. The group asked businesses to “lead the way” in reducing risks from climate change — for the good of the planet, […]

June 24, 2014
White House

White House Holds Summit On Work-Life Balance

By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Monday hosted its first White House Summit on Working Families, part of a national dialogue about how to update workplace policies for modern families that is already reshaping wage and work laws across the country. The summit brought together academics, executives, labor leaders, […]

June 23, 2014
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Memo Justifying Drone Killing Of American al-Qaida Leader Is Released

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A previously secret Justice Department memo, released by a federal appeals court Monday, justified the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011, on the grounds that as a leader of an al-Qaida affiliate, he was […]

June 23, 2014
Neighborhoods

‘Fair Housing’ Gets New, Expanded Push

By Ariel Hart, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ATLANTA — Forty-six years after the Fair Housing Act took aim at racial segregation and poverty in America, the federal government has declared the effort half-hearted and is setting out to fix it. Within months, the Obama administration is expected to require local governments to devise new strategies to […]

June 23, 2014
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Questions Abound On The Surge Of Central American Children Into U.S.

By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times TUCSON, Ariz. — As a crush of unaccompanied Central American children illegally enters the United States, politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle are increasingly weighing in on what should be done to stop the surge. Shelters established for unaccompanied children are overflowing — news reports have […]

June 23, 2014
Same-sex marriage

All Same-Sex Married Couples Eligible For Family Leave, Administration Says

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will announce Friday that it plans to make same-sex spouses eligible for emergency family leave to care for their partners regardless of whether the state in which they live recognizes their marriages. The Department of Labor will issue a proposed rule making clear […]

June 20, 2014
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Iraq PM Under Fire As U.S. Mulls Air Strikes On Militants

Baghdad (AFP) – Top U.S. officials warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against “sectarian” policies as President Barack Obama Thursday weighed calls for air strikes on Sunni insurgents bearing down on Baghdad. The sharp criticism of the embattled premier came as he scrambled to push back militants who have seized the second city Mosul and […]

June 19, 2014
Guantanamo Bay

Official: More Transfers From Guantanamo Prison Not ‘Imminent’

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working on more transfers out of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in the wake of last week’s release of five Taliban fighters but said Wednesday it doesn’t have a timeline for progress. One national security official said Wednesday that […]

June 11, 2014
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