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A Shift in White House Budget Strategy?
blogs.rollcall.com
For years, President Barack Obama has made a demand Republican leaders would not accept: He would only replace automatic spending cuts with a package that included a tax increase. [...]
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Flying ‘quad copter’ triggers White House alert
www.bbc.co.uk
A flying device triggered a security alert when it landed in the grounds of the White House, a US official says. The US Secret Service said a "quad copter" - a small machine powered by four rotor blades - had been found. An investigation has been launched. [...]
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Obama’s crackdown on methane emissions is a really big deal
www.motherjones.com
This morning the White House announced a new plan to crack down on the oil and gas industry's emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The move is the last major piece of President Obama's domestic climate agenda, following in the footsteps of tougher standards for vehicle emissions and a sweeping plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. [...]
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Washington’s Next Two Years: More Fissures, More Fights
spectator.org
Congress needed just one month to preview Washington’s next two years. The federal spending bill completed in December showed how fractious Obama’s relations with Congress will be for the remainder of his presidency. [...]
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The American Absence at the Paris March
www.theatlantic.com
"It’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there," Josh Earnest said. The most conspicuous absence at Sunday's enormous anti-terror march in Paris, which drew some 40 world leaders and more than a million French citizens, was any high-ranking official from the United States. [...]
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White House says ‘absence’ at Paris rally a mistake
www.bbc.co.uk
The US government has said that it should have sent "someone with a higher profile" to Sunday's Paris unity rally. It comes after US media criticised President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for not attending the demonstration. [...]
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Keystone clears hurdles, stage set for Washington showdown
www.reuters.com
The Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared two hurdles on Friday, setting up a showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama who has raised new questions about the project after more than six years of review. [...]
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UPDATE 3-White House says FHA to cut annual mortgage insurance premiums
www.reuters.com
The Federal Housing Administration will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage point to 0.85 percent from 1.35 percent, the White House said on Wednesday. [...]
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White House Promises to Veto GOP’s Keystone Legislation
blogs.rollcall.com
The new GOP-led Congress is moving quickly to put a bill expediting the Keystone XL Pipeline on President Barack Obama’s desk, despite a new veto threat from the White House. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, in his daily briefing Tuesday, said the president has no plans to sign the legislation. [...]
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Sony cancels North Korea movie in apparent win for Pyongyang hackers
www.reuters.com
Sony Pictures has canceled the release of a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its abilities [...]
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White House does not dismiss idea of Castro visit
www.reuters.com
The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans [...]
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Obama uses ‘memos’ in place of congressional action
www.usatoday.com
Spokesman Josh Earnest says executive action is moving the country forward. [...]
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Cuba Embargo News: White House Fact Sheet
blogs.rollcall.com
The White House releases a fact sheet about its Cuba embargo change. [...]
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Christmas tree arrives at White House
www.reuters.com
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama received the annual Christmas tree delivery at the White House on Friday, heralding the start of the holiday season. [...]
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Surprise! There may be a way to fix Washington.
blogs.reuters.com
Some prescriptions for fixing Washington may seem politically incorrect, but they are founded on not only the work of the Bipartisan Policy Center's researchers in residence but also the long experience of the center's four co-founders -- George Mitchell, Tom Daschle, Robert Dole and the late Howard Baker. [...]
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