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Obama unveils restrictive nuclear weapon use policy

The Obama administration is unveiling a new nuclear weapons policy that seeks to narrow the circumstances under which the United States would use such weapons while preserving long-standing assurances of nuclear protection for allies, U.S. officials said. It is a delicate balance that the administration will describe in a policy document, called a nuclear posture review, to be released Tuesday following a full year of deliberation led by the Pentagon in consultation with allied governments. The document is expected to include language reducing U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons for its national defense by narrowing potential U.S. nuclear targets. That reflects
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White House propaganda shades truth on slow job recovery

White House propagandists hit the talk show circuit Sunday to claim success in reversing the longest recession since the Great Recession but the glowing claims downplayed the economic reality of a slow recovery that will do little to help the millions of Americans who remain unemployed and have little hope of finding jobs in the near or distant future. The Obama administration claims of adding 162,000 new jobs in March downplays the fact that most of those jobs are temporary census workers who will soon be out of work again when the national count is complete. Most of the 8.4
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Obama offers offshore oil drilling program

President Barack Obama, who campaigned against offshore drilling for oil during his 2008 Presidential campaign, now wants to allow such drilling 50 miles off the Virginia coast and may open up other stretches of the Atlantic coast and areas off Alaska. Obama will offer a program that reverses the long-standing ban on coastal drilling outside the Gulf of Mexico, a move that will anger environmentalists and the left-wing of the Democratic Party. According to the Los Angeles Times, the plan would eventually open up two-thirds of the eastern Gulf’s existing resources for drilling, allow drilling off the Virginia coast, study
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Obama chooses politics over principle, forces White House Counsel out

President Barack Obama backtracked on yet another campaign promise for change by choosing political expediency over principle when he ignored his White House Counsel and forced him out so a political hack could take his place. Greg Craig, who served as Obama’s conscience and top lawyer for 11 months, resigned in late 2009 as part of a determined campaign by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to convince the President that politics should control legal decisions by the administration. Craig has argued that Obama should follow the principles he had promised during his historic campaign for President but Emanuel
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Obama caps big week with surprise visit for Afghanistan

After weeks dominated by health care, President Barack Obama‘s secret trip to Afghanistan turned attention back to another issue whose progress this year could help define the success of his presidency. By deciding in December to order a massive buildup to the war he inherited, Obama placed a big bet. Nearly tripling the U.S. presence with 30,000 more troops, he escalated an unpopular war that has seen few gains in its eight years. Those new forces are still flowing in, and the first major campaign under Obama’s new strategy was launched last month, in the south. Although Afghanistan has been
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Another TSA nominee bites the dust

President Barack Obama is back to square one — again — in finding a transportation security chief to shore up the nation’s defenses against terrorist threats from the air, road and rail. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding took himself out of the running Friday night as head of the Transportation Security Administration, another setback for Obama after his first choice withdrew in January because he faced a tough confirmation struggle in Congress. The Obama administration has called the job the most important unfilled position on Obama’s team. Harding’s past as a defense contractor raised complications for his nomination. He
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New White House rules for help on mortgages

The White House plans to announce on Friday that it will require lenders to lower the mortgage payments of some unemployed workers and encourage lenders to eliminate some principal debt of homeowners who owe more than their home is worth, sources familiar with the plan said on Thursday. The plan comes as President Barack Obama is under increasing political pressure to change his strategy for helping struggling homeowners and stem the tide of rising foreclosures and is the second major housing initiative announced in as many months. Delinquencies on U.S. mortgages rose to nearly 14 percent in late 2009, led
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Obama signs executive order banning payments for abortions

President Barack Obama signed an executive order barring taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions, keeping to a pledge he made to help push his health care reform through Congress. The White House issued a photograph of Obama signing the measure in the Oval Office, surrounded by pro-life Democrats led by Representative Bart Stupak, whose votes were crucial in the 216-212 passage of the historic health bill on Sunday. Stupak last year co-sponsored a bipartisan amendment to the bill that severely restricted federal funding for abortions in the United States. In negotiations before Sunday’s vote in the House,
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Obama signs health care overhaul

A broadly smiling President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the November elections. Celebrating “a new season in America” — the biggest accomplishment of his White House and one denied to a line of presidents before him — Obama made the massive bill law with an East Room signing ceremony. He was joined by jubilant House and Senate
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Crippled health care bill headed to Obama for signature

It took more than a year, a lot of compromise and back-room dealing and — finally — some legislative sleight-of-hand for Congress to pass and send President Barack Obama a health care “reform” bill that falls far short of the lofty goals originally promises. While the package extends — and mandates — coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and denies insurance companies the right to reject insurance for “pre-existing” conditions, it does not provide a “public option” nor will it reduce the skyrocketing cost of insurance premiums. A last minute deal with pro-life Democratic moderate Bart Stupak and his followers
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