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Obama, Biden to unveil $600 million in job grants

Obama, Biden to unveil $600 million in job grants

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs. They were making the announcement Wednesday at the Community College of Allegheny County […]

Obama taps Sylvia Burwell to head HHS

Obama taps Sylvia Burwell to head HHS

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run “Obamacare,” would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington’s toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the health care industry. In selecting Burwell to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Obama chose a veteran technocrat who members […]

Secret Service Agents reassigned

Secret Service Agents reassigned

The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year. The division has also changed the rules about when agents are allowed to drink before duty and on presidential trips. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the division’s special agent […]

Poll says Obamacare accomplishing goal

Poll says Obamacare accomplishing goal

The percentage of Americans without health insurance dipped to its lowest in nearly six years due in part to U.S. President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, commonly known as Obamacare, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Some 15.6 percent of Americans lacked health insurance in the first three months of 2014, down from […]

Testing Obama’s work policies on federal contractors

Testing Obama’s work policies on federal contractors

President Barack Obama is using the federal government’s vast array of contractors and subcontractors as a labor policy incubator, ready to sidestep Congress to impose workplace rules on wages, pay disparities and hiring on a segment of the private sector that gets taxpayer money and falls under the chief executive’s control. Obama this week plans […]