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Obama selects Kagan for Supreme Court

Solicitor General Elena Kagan will be nominated Monday to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, a person familiar with the president’s thinking says, positioning the high court to have three women justices for the first time. Obama plans to announce his choice at 10 a.m. in the East Room of the White House. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision, which came after a monthlong search, had not been made public. Kagan is known as sharp and politically savvy and has enjoyed a blazing legal career. She was the first female dean of Harvard Law School,
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White House claims Taliban link to Times Square bomb attempt

Saying they obtained new evidence, senior White House officials said Sunday that the Pakistani Taliban were behind the failed Times Square bombing. The attempt marks the first time the group has been able to launch an attack on U.S. soil. And while U.S. officials have downplayed the threat — citing the bomb’s lack of sophistication — the incident in Times Square and Christmas Day airline bomber indicate growing strength by overseas terrorist groups linked to al-Qaida even as the CIA says their operations are seriously degraded. The finding also raises new questions about the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, which is
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Obama laments technology, shallowness of information age

President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media. Obama, who often chides journalists and cable news outlets for obsessing with political horse race coverage rather than serious issues, told a class of graduating university students that education was the key to progress. “You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on
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Obama claims health care law already helping

President Barack Obama said Saturday that millions of Americans already are reaping benefits from the new health care law, including tax breaks for some small businesses and help for families with young adults. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama vigorously defended the new law, which passed Congress with no Republican votes and continues to stir strong emotions nationwide. He acknowledged that many provisions will not take effect for years. But he said others are helping some families now. Four million small business owners and organizations have been told of a possible health care tax cut this year, Obama
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White House lied about oil spill response

To hear Obama administration officials tell it, they’ve been fully engaged on the Gulf Coast oil spill since Day One, bringing every resource to bear and able to ensure without question that taxpayers will be protected. Not quite. Take President Barack Obama‘s repeated claims that BP will be responsible for all the costs associated with the devastating spill that began after an oil rig operated by the company exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and later sinking. “Let me be clear: BP is responsible for this leak; BP will be paying the bill,” Obama said while touring the area Sunday.
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Obama defends response on oil spill

Authorities raced Monday to stem the tide of a disastrous oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico a day after President Barack Obama fiercely defended his response and promised federal help for as long as needed. In drizzling rain and gusty winds in front of Venice harbor, the hub of the relief effort, Obama on Sunday described the unfolding nightmare offshore as “a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.” Rain running down his forehead as he spoke, Obama stressed that BP was fully responsible and must pay for the cleanup, as he acknowledged the pain of Louisianans in a strong
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Hillary on Supreme Court job: It ain’t me babe

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed speculation she was interested in being named to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying intended to keep her current position in the Obama administration. Clinton had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who has announced his retirement from the high court. When asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program aired on Sunday if she would continue serving as Secretary of State for the remainder of the Obama administration’s first term in office, Clinton replied, “I intend to … I think so.” “I do not and never have wanted
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Obama wants new restrictions on campaign finance

President Barack Obama on Saturday pressed Congress for swift action on measures to restrict political advertising by corporations and labor unions, saying that “no less than the integrity of our democracy” is at stake. Legislation introduced in Congress this week would require that corporations and unions identify themselves in political ads they pay for and that the chief executive or other top official state that “I approve this message.” The measures are in response to a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in January that upheld the First Amendment rights of these groups to spend money on campaign ads, thus enhancing their
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Second thoughts on the Presidency of George W. Bush

Once considered by some as the worst President of modern times, former President George W. Bush’s legacy may be ready for rehab. While the current administration of Barack Obama seldom misses an opportunity to trash Bush and blame the former President for problems that persist, history may be ready to re-judge some of Bush’s actions and policies while in office. And history may be far kinder to Bush than anyone predicted. Writes McClatchy Newspapers: Is George W. Bush about to start a political comeback? Written off as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history when he left office, the
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Obama interviews Montana judge for Supreme Court slot

President Barack Obama has accelerated his search for his next Supreme Court nominee, meeting in the Oval Office with one of the candidates, federal judge Sidney Thomas of Montana, a person familiar with the conversation says. Obama’s meeting with Thomas on Thursday was his first known formal interview for the upcoming vacancy on the court. He is holding conversations with other candidates, and it is not clear whether he has already had other personal meetings with contenders. Vice President Joe Biden interviewed Thomas at the White House in a separate meeting Thursday, said the person familiar with the conversations, who
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