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The New York Times
Obama Preparing Big Effort to Curb Climate Change
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:03:07 GMT
Officials said President Obama would announce new policy initiatives in the coming weeks, including the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.
The Caucus: Alaska’s Murkowski Becomes Third G.O.P. Senator to Support Gay Marriage
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:39:50 GMT
Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican who has emerged as one of her party’s more moderate members in the Senate, said Wednesday that she supports same-sex marriage.
Merkel Challenges Obama on Surveillance
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:10:21 GMT
Speaking Wednesday in Berlin, President Obama said that German terrorist threats were among those foiled by American surveillance programs, which the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, seemed to confirm.
The Caucus: The Early Word: Frenemies
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:00:46 GMT
Political news from today’s Times and a look at the latest happenings in Washington.
Dissent Festers in States That Obama Forgot
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:00:09 GMT
In a country splintered by partisanship and race, President Obama’s near-complete absence from more than 25 percent of states may have consequences.
The Washington Post
Congress approves plan to avoid Customs and Border Protection furloughs
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:46:50 GMT
Congress has approved a plan to avoid furloughs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees during fiscal 2013, according to a Wednesday statement from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Read full article >>
Who will be the next Republican senator to embrace gay marriage?
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:18:15 GMT
Note: We originally posted this item on April 5. We're resurfacing it now, in light of Sen. Lisa Murkowski's Wednesday announcement that she supports gay marriage. With the Supreme Court expected to rule soon on cases involving gay marriage, the issue is front and center once again. So, it's worth revisiting which Senate Republican might be next to follow in the footsteps of Murkowski and Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). We've taken Murkowski off the list, and reached out to the offices of the remaining senators on it. We will update with any change in position. Read full article >>
Obama to reveal plan to combat climate change, aide says
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:12:15 GMT
President Obama will outline his plan to address climate change in "the weeks ahead," an effort that will focus on at least three broad areas in which the administration's rule-making powers can have significant impact, the White House's top adviser on energy and the environment said Wednesday. Read full article >>
Biden on emancipation: 'Finally, the message got to Texas'
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:09:07 GMT
Vice President Biden said Wednesday at a ceremony honoring abolitionist Frederick Douglass that it "took a long time" for emancipation to make its way to Texas. Speaking at a ceremony unveiling a statue of Douglass in the U.S. Capitol, Biden talked about how Wednesday's Juneteenth holiday honors the day Texas became the last state to learn the Civil War -- and by extension, slavery -- was over. Read full article >>
WATCH: The biggest presidential speeches in Berlin
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:28:08 GMT
On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's speech of solidarity to Berliners, President Obama spoke at on the east side of Berlin's famous Brandenburg Gate to call for the simultaneous reduction of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads. In his speech, Obama reiterated the reality of many post-Cold War challenges and but emphasized the importance of collaboration. Read full article >>