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Libby Schaaf – Oakland Mayor At White House For President Obama’s Event

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made her first trip to Washington and President Obama’s White House event for the U.S. Conference Of Mayors Winter Meeting, held today, Friday. Here’s the press release, and Mayor Schaaf was kind enough to send the photos you see directly to this blogger. Here’s the press release from The White House: […]

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Obama warns Russia: There will be costs to any military intervention in the Ukraine – Haaretz

HaaretzUkraine has reported that Russian forces have taken control of Crimea’s airports and had flown 2,000 troops into the region; Russia said any troop movement was in keeping with its agreements with the country. By Reuters, The Associated Press and Haaretz …President Obama warns Russia to stay out of Ukraine or face ‘costs’ for military […]

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President Obama blunt in warning Russia not to intervene in Ukraine – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesWASHINGTON — President Obama issued a blunt warning to Moscow on Friday that “there will be costs” if Russia sends its troops into Ukraine, saying he is deeply concerned about reports of Russian military movements in the region. Obama told a hastily …Reports of Russian activity in Crimea prompts stern warning from ObamaWashington […]

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Obama warns Russia of ‘costs’ for intervention in Ukraine – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that military intervention in Ukraine would lead to “costs,” as tension with old foe President Vladimir Putin rose in a Cold War-style crisis. “We are now deeply concerned by reports …Russia Warned Over Unrest in Ukraine’s Crimea RegionWall Street JournalObama warns Russia against Ukraine intervention, […]

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Grim Afghan future if no security pact, says general – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeBAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Depicting a grim future for Afghanistan without US help, the top US military officer said Wednesday that Afghanistan’s refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States may make the fight more difficult this year, …Kerry, Rasmussen Expect Deal After Karzai LeavesRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyUS army chief fears complete troop withdrawal […]

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President Obama pressures Afghanistan leader Karzai on security deal – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesWASHINGTON — Signaling his frustration with events in Afghanistan, President Obama ordered the Pentagon on Tuesday to step up plans to withdraw all U.S. troops by January if Afghan leaders don’t sign a bilateral security agreement. In an unusually blunt …US planning full Afghan pullout, Obama tells KarzaiBBC NewsObama threatens Karzai with total […]

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No bluff: US planning possible withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan – CNN

CNNWashington (CNN) — We’re not bluffing, the Obama administration told Afghanistan on Tuesday in announcing it has started planning for the possible withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of the year if no security agreement is signed. Statements by the …Pentagon war budget request to follow Afghan policy decisionsReutersUS planning full Afghan pullout, […]

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Michelle Obama visits Miami to promote fitness – MiamiHerald.com

Michelle Obama visits Miami to promote fitnessMiamiHerald.comMIAMI — First lady Michelle Obama is celebrating the fourth anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” youth health initiative by hitting the road. Her next move: head to Miami. Obama plans to visit local parks and recreation centers Tuesday afternoon to talk … and more …read more Source: Miami News […]

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Plea to deport Justin Bieber becomes 2nd most popular White House petition – Daily Mail

Daily MailJustin Bieber has inspired more ill will among Americans than the radical group Muslim Brotherhood – at least according to the popularity of a White House petition calling for the deportation of the troubled Canadian singer. The petition created by a …Justin Bieber Deportation Petition Forces White House ResponseGuardian Liberty VoiceOnly one White House […]

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Michael Sam’s marketing power is real—just not until draft day – SportingNews.com

SportingNews.comWith Michael Sam announcing himself as gay ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, sports marketers are weighing in on whether brands might align with the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. For Sam’s new agent, Joe Barkett of Empire Athletes, the past …Obama praises Michael Sam for announcement before NFL DraftCBSSports.comIdentity Politics, Coming to […]

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Obama praises Michael Sam for announcement before NFL Draft – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comOther than several anonymous NFL types suggesting that the league isn’t ready for an openly gay player, and that Sam may have hurt his draft position with his announcement, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Two weeks ago, Sam was …Barack Obama Praises Michael Sam For Announcing He Is Gay Before NFL DraftThe InquisitrObama applauds […]

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US president warns Uganda over anti-gay bill – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident Barack Obama has warned Uganda’s President Yoweri Musuveni that enacting an anti-gay law will complicate relations with the US. Under the proposed legislation, those convicted of homosexual acts could face life imprisonment. The law would …Obama warns Uganda over anti-gay billXinhuaObama says Uganda anti-gay bill would be ‘step backward’AFPObama: Anti-gay bill step backward […]

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Obama-appointed climate change task force meets in Los Angeles – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesObama administration officials met with a nationwide task force of state and local leaders in Los Angeles Thursday to hear what the federal government can do to help communities confront climate change. Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric …Gov. Quinn in Los Angeles: White House climate task force meetingVoicesObama officials meet […]

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CVS Caremark To Stop Sale Of Cigarettes: President Obama’s Statement

CVS Caremark has posted this note on its website from Larry Merlo, CVS Caremark President and CEO: CVS/pharmacy will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014. Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for […]

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Watchdog: Afghan ministries cannot properly account for how US dollars are spent – Fox News

Fox NewsThe U.S. government is keeping tens of millions of dollars flowing to Afghanistan despite a pair of private audits that found Afghan ministries could not properly account for the funds, according to a pointed watchdog report released on Thursday. The lengthy …Afghan ministries incapable of managing US aidAFPObama administration slams report on potential waste […]

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Obama Announces New myRA Retirement Accounts – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalPresident Barack Obama said he is directing the Treasury Department to create a new type of retirement savings account for millions of Americans that would include a government guarantee. These investments, which Mr. Obama called “myRAs,” would serve …Obama to launch government-backed retirement savings programReutersObama to tout economic security proposals Wednesday in Md., […]

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Real Income Inequality: A Look at the Income Gap Between Washington DC and … – Town Hall

Town HallBy now we’re all well aware President Obama will focus heavily on “income inequality” in America tonight during his State of the Union Address, but one thing you won’t hear the President talk about is the income disparity between Washington D.C. and …The real inequality is in Washington, DCDaily CallerObama to set new minimum […]

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Philadelphia abuzz over possible 2015 visit by Pope Francis – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesThough the Vatican hasn’t made an official announcement, news that Pope Francis may visit Philadelphia in 2015 has generated buzz among the Catholic community and city residents. Vatican officials told the National Catholic Reporter on Friday that Pope …Obama and Pope Francis likely to touch on poverty, abortion and Middle East …Washington PostPope: […]

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President Obama Appoints David Simas, Broderick Johnson, Others, To Key Posts

President Obama announced the following individuals will serve in key White House posts: · David Simas, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach · Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary · Amy Brundage, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director · Anne Wall, […]

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How safe is Sochi? Travelers weigh their options as Olympics near – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Tracey Madigan was looking forward to watching hockey games at the Olympics with her three kids this year. Now, she’s scrambling to cancel their plane tickets because Sochi just doesn’t seem safe. Growing security concerns surrounding the …Obama and Putin talk Sochi security, SyriaNBCNews.comTerrorist threat to Olympics called hoax, still adds to Sochi […]

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Keeping Wide Net, Obama Sets Limits on Phone Spying – New York Times

New York TimesThe president announced the end of the telephone metadata program, the way it exists now, after the disclosure of the practice by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden. WASHINGTON — President Obama, acknowledging that …Obama acknowledges real-world limits on changing US intelligence practicesWashington PostObama Explains How NSA Should WorkNBCNews.com5 Takeaways […]

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Changes to US surveillance policy in detail: What happens next – Washington Post

Washington PostHeadline goes here. President Obama announced a series of changes to U.S. surveillance policies on Friday, but his announcements mark only the start of reform. In some cases, Congress will have to take action; in others, the president has asked the Justice …Anti-NSA activists don’t like Obama speechCNNObama pledges greater safeguards for intelligenceLos Angeles […]