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US House clears $106 bln war funding, Senate next

dollar-stack cashThe $106-billion war funding bill, approved 226 to 202, posed the toughest test yet of President Obama’s ability to rally his party’s left wing, which views his foreign and military policies as too hawkish. Most of the money, $80 billion, will go to the Pentagon for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also includes $400 million for helping train Pakistani military personnel in counterinsurgency tactics. More than $2 billion was included in the bill for eight additional Boeing C-17 cargo planes, despite efforts by the Obama administration to end production. Full Story : LATimes.com….

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Obama Launches US Ocean Protection Plan

Under Sea CableThough it’s in the early stages of development, Obama announced he’s creating an Ocean Protection Plan that will provide a comprehensive national policy for protecting seas, coastal areas, and the Great Lakes. Here’s how he’s going to do it. It’s been called one of Obama’s biggest environmental challenges, but evidently he feels up for the task. With a water crisis looming, making efficient use of our oceans is more important than ever. Full Story : Treehugger.com….

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Obama to urge new U.S.-Muslim engagement

ObamaPresident Barack Obama hopes to begin a new phase of engagement between the United States and the Muslim world when he speaks in Cairo, his speechwriter said. Obama sees his speech Thursday as a chance to advance a dialogue his inauguration “to really start a new chapter of engagement,” speechwriter Ben Rhodes said during a briefing Wednesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the first stop of the president’s Middle East trip. Full Story : UPI.com….

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New poll: Obama is up, Congress way down

obamaPresident Obama has more than double the approval ratings of Democratic congressional leaders, and triple the positives of the Republican Party, according to a new National Research 2000 poll. The poll was taken during a week when Obama made his most important appointment to date, the nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. It found 67 percent of Americans with a favorable opinion of Obama with just 29 percent in the unfavorable category, a figure that has remained largely unchanged for weeks. Full Story : Seattlepi.com……

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad invites Obama to debate at UN

ahmadinijad-iranMonday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invited U.S. President Barack Obama for a debate at the United Nations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said “Earlier, I had invited U.S. ex-president George W. Bush to participate in a live debate with him in the United Nations. If I am elected by the great Iranian nation (as president in the upcoming presidential elections), I will repeat my invitation to Mr. Obama to have a debate in the UN to study the origin of the global issues and the management of the world for international peace.”What he will not debate, however, is Iran’s nuclear program. Ahmadinejad said discussion on that issue is over.Full Story : Xinhua.net…..

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Obama to unveil big increase in required mpg

speedo-meterNew cars and trucks will have to get 30 percent better mileage starting in 2016 under an Obama administration move to curb emissions tied to smog and global warming. While the 30 percent increase would be an average for both cars and light trucks, the percentage increase in cars would be much greater, rising from the current 27.5 mpg standard to 42 mpg starting in 2016. The average for light trucks would rise from 24 mpg to 26.2 mpg. Full Story : MSNBC.com…..

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Obama revives controversial Guantanamo tribunals

obamaPresident Barack Obama on Friday revived the system of military trials for foreign terrorism suspects at Guantanamo, angering supporters who said he had broken a promise to end the controversial tribunals set up by the Bush administration. Republicans welcomed the move. Amnesty International accused Obama, who took office in January, of breaking a major campaign promise. Full Story : Reuters.com…..

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Obama Urges Credit-Card Reform

credit cardPresident Barack Obama on Saturday pressed lawmakers to send him credit-card reform legislation by Memorial Day, May 25, saying consumers need stricter protections against unfair interest-rate hikes and penalties. Mr. Obama said Saturday that it is past time for a fair and transparent set of principles to guide the industry. That includes heightened monitoring, enforcement, and penalties for credit-card companies that break the rules. Full Story : WSJ.com…..

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Obama welcomes Australia’s decision to increase troops to Afghanistan

australiaU.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Australia’s decision to increase troops to Afghanistan, saying Canberra’s contribution is “critical” to prevent the central Asian country from becoming terrorists’ safe heaven, the White House said on Wednesday. President Obama called Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Tuesday evening (U.S. Eastern Time) and thanked him for the decision to “increase military, civilian and financial commitment to Afghanistan,” said the White House in a statement. Full Story : Xinhua.net…..

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Many on Twitter are quick quitters

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Data from Nielsen Online, which measures Internet traffic, found that more than 60 percent of Twitter users stopped using the free social networking site a month after joining. President Barack Obama used Twitter during last year’s campaign and other prominent celebrities on Twitter include basketballer Shaquille O’Neal and singers Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. Full Story : MSNBC…..

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Obama to Get Back BlackBerry at Last, Toughened by NSA

blackberry-curveThe presidential BlackBerry is undergoing final testing before being handed back. The NSA is hammering on the SecurVoice software which has been loaded onto the Obama-phone and is in the last stages of testing just how secure it might be. The BlackBerry is an 8830, the standard business handset, but the added software encrypts both calls and messages. Full Story : Wired.com…..

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Obama, Biden Relocated After Small Planes Stray

small-planePresident Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were relocated briefly while at work at the White House after two small planes strayed today into restricted airspace over the Washington area. Two Coast Guard helicopters and two Air Force F-16 fighters were sent to intercept the planes. Full Story : Bloomberg.com…..

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Zawahri tells Muslims not to be fooled by Obama

Ayman al-ZawahiriAl Qaeda’s second-in-command told Muslims not to be fooled by U.S. President Barack Obama’s policies which, he said on an Islamist website on Monday, are no different to those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. “Obama did not change the image of America among Muslims…America is still killing Muslims,” said the Egyptian militant leader. Full Story : Reuters.com….

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Obama admits U. S. policy toward Cuba has ‘failed’

cubaU. S. President Barack Obama called for a new era in relations with Cuba Friday, saying his recent overtures towards the island nation were because U. S. policy toward Cuba had failed. “The United States seeks a new beginning with Cuba,” Obama added. “I am not interested in talking for the sake of talking . . . but I do believe that we can move U. S.-Cuban relations in a new direction.” Full Story : CalgaryHerald….

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CNN Reporter Battles Tea Partiers Calling Obama Fascist

A video showing a CNN reporter in Chicago, interacting with the throng of Teabaggers who’ve shown up to stammer incoherently and wave provocative signs.

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Obama releases Reagan records Bush held up

reaganPresident Barack Obama is ordering the release of nearly a quarter of a million pages of records from the Reagan White House that were kept from the public during a lengthy review by President George W. Bush. In recent years, historians and open-government groups complained bitterly that the review process President George W. Bush instituted was causing a backlog that was stalling the release of tens of thousands of pages of presidential records. Full Story : Politico.com……

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Obama seeks additional $83.4 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan

us-troopsPresident Barack Obama wants Congress to act quickly on his $83.4 billion request for U.S. military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, an appeal that’s disappointing the most liberal, anti-war wing of his party. Obama also requested $350 million in new Pentagon funding for counter narcotics and other security activities along the U.S.-Mexico border, with another $400 million in counterinsurgency aid to Pakistan. Full Story : Chicagotribune…….

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Americans cheer Obama’s tough auto moves

gm-auto makerAmerican taxpayers cheered President Barack Obama’s tough steps to shore up the reeling auto industry. Obama forced out General Motors (GM.N) chief executive Rick Wagoner, pushed Chrysler LLC toward a merger with Italy’s Fiat SpA (FIA.MI), and threatened bankruptcy for both, marking an escalation in Washington’s involvement in rescuing the faltering economy. Full Story : Reuters.com…..

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Obama unveils new Afghan strategy

AfghanistanBarack Obama has unveiled his administration’s new strategy in Afghanistan, including the deployment of an additional 4,000 US troops to train Afghan forces, following a review of policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan. The US currently has about 38,000 troops in Afghanistan, in addition to the 17,000 US forces Obama ordered to be deployed in February and around 42,000 Nato troops. Full Story : Aljazeera.net….

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Obama turns to Web to take questions from public

obama-web-meetingPresident Barack Obama kicked off a first-of-its-kind Internet-era town hall at the White House. Obama told his Internet audience and about 100 people assembled in the East Room that his injection of stimulus spending into the housing market now makes it possible for 40 percent of all homeowners to take advantage of record-low mortgage interest rates. He encouraged eligible Americans to refinance. Full Story : Physorg.com….

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