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Obama and Modi Signal a Shift Towards Action on a Global Climate Deal 27.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy Fellow Amidst the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi signaled a stronger relationship in fighting global climate change and growing clean energy markets. The leaders of...
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5 things about Obama's move to protect ANWR from drilling 27.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.
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5 things about Obama's move to protect ANWR from drilling 27.1.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.
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US CEO forum: Can Modi-Obama chemistry give push to economic ties? 26.1.2015 FirstPost: Business

Can the new Modi-Obama chemistry and slogans like ‘Chale Saath Saath’ (lets move together) and ‘Make in India’ give a push to long-term, sustainable bilateral trade and investment between India and the US?

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Obama's Alaska move triggers fight 26.1.2015 CNN: Top Stories
The Obama administration is moving to block oil and gas production along a major part of Alaska's northern coastline, setting off another energy battle with Republican lawmakers.
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Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge 26.1.2015 LA Times: Opinion
President Obama proposed Sunday to designate 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, setting off a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress over oil and gas drilling in pristine areas of northern Alaska.
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Middle East instability a test for relations between Obama and new Saudi leader 25.1.2015 Washington Post
In the late 1980s, a U.S. diplomat in Riyadh went to ask a small favor from then Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who replied: A friend who doesn’t help you is no better than an enemy who does you no harm.Read full article ...
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Obama Says Treating Drug Use As a Criminal Problem Is "Counterproductive" 23.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama continues to speak out against mass incarceration, the devastating impact of our drug policies on communities of color and his expectation that marijuana legalization will continue to spread . Obama's comments came today during his YouTube interviews with YouTube bloggers, Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green. Some Obama nuggets from today's interview include this on marijuana: "What you're seeing now is Colorado, Washington through state referenda, they're experimenting with legal marijuana," the president said in response to a question from host Hank Green. "The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal substance, but we're not going to spend a lot of resources trying to turn back decisions that have been made at the state level on this issue. My suspicion is that you're gonna see other states start looking at this." Obama also addressed how we should treat people who are not violent drug offenders. "What I ...
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YouTubers interview President Obama 23.1.2015 LA Times: Top News
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SOTU and the U.S.- China Climate Change Agreement 23.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing: On Tuesday, January 20, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union 2015 address. We at NRDC were excited to see President Obama focus so much attention on climate change in his speech, which the White House made available...
Jon Stewart Gives 'Implodey' Award For Worst State Of The Union Response 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
After Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the Republicans delivered their response . And their response . And their response . And their response . So many Republicans who represent the Tea Party wing of the GOP delivered responses that "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart wondered aloud, "How many fucking people are at this Tea Party?" On Wednesday night's broadcast, Stewart presented his "Implodey" award "for outstanding achievement in unforced response speech errors." The nominees: Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Curt Clawson, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz. And the winner ...
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Meet The YouTube Stars Who Will Interview The President 22.1.2015 NPR News
On Thursday, President Obama will sit down for a round of unconventional interviews with some unconventional questioners.
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Republicans Really Don't Like Obama Taking Credit For Anything 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- After spending the past six years laying the blame for most of the nation's ills on President Barack Obama and his policies, Republicans sure weren't happy that he offered some new proposals and claimed some credit for the country's rebounding economy Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. Obama touted millions of new jobs added on his watch, an economy that's finally growing and a deficit that's shrinking. But Republicans did not want to hear about the successes of what they've derided for years as the "Obama economy." Even before the president spoke, potential 2016 GOP candidate Carly Fiorina declared in an interview that Obama deserves only blame, not credit. "He will apparently declare victory on the economy tonight, but of course, whatever life there is in the economy is not due to his policies, it's in spite of his policies," the former Hewlett-Packard head honcho told Newsmax . Not longer after, another possible 2016 contender, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), went even further, ...
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The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India 22.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Durwood Zaelke and Veerabhadran Ramanathan It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India next week. Because these two leaders have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century, a critical period for avoiding irreversible impacts. To do this, the leaders need to extend the climate and energy agreement they reached last September, and add a program to reduce black carbon soot, methane, and ground-level ozone, the main component of urban smog. Their earlier agreement included using the Montreal Protocol to cut hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used as refrigerants and for insulating foams. During next week's meeting they can agree on a fast timetable for doing this ahead of the UN climate meeting in December in Paris, providing new momentum for those climate negotiations as well. When combined with China's new rules ...
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Lawmakers Continue Pushing For Iran Legislation, Despite Obama's Veto Threat 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Less than twelve hours after President Barack Obama directly warned lawmakers against nudging their way into talks over Iran’s nuclear program, members of Congress made clear that they weren’t planning to heed his cautions. “I have met no one that believes that us weighing in would do anything to destabilize these negotiations,” newly-minted Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said at a Wednesday hearing. “Not a single one of [our negotiating partners] has any concerns whatsoever with Congress having the ability to vote up or down on a final deal. Many of them believe it strengthens our hand.” Obama promised in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that he would veto any new sanctions legislation that makes it to his desk. His administration has been insistent that it does not consider Congress' approval necessary for signing a deal capping Iran's nuclear program. In more than two hours of adversarial exchanges, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and ...
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President Obama Could Have Talked More About Ferguson And Racial Politics In His State Of The Union Address 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last night's State of the Union address was largely celebrated for invoking issues plaguing minority groups, but to some, the speech served as a "missed opportunity" to dig deeper into issues directly impacting the lives of African-Americans. Such is the opinion of Ifeoma Ike , Co-Creator & Campaign Director of Black and Brown People Vote, who had hoped that Obama would've given racial equality more than just a fleeting mention. "I understand that it's the State of the Union address, but it's really frustrating at times when the issues that actually impact you on a daily basis are just mushed into one run-on sentence of really different issues," she lamented in a HuffPost Live conversation on Wednesday. She elaborated: He talked about Ferguson and Staten Island, which deals with the police brutality towards the black community, and then you go into the unfortunate violence that occurred with officers that were killed in New York City, and then you lump that in with the decrease in crime rates. And so, in ...
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After SOTU, it’s Time to Make Good on US Climate Action Commitments 21.1.2015 WRI Stories
“2014 was the warmest year on record,” noted President Obama during last night’s State of the Union address. “Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does—14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.” 2014 certainly was the hottest year on record, but it’s also been one of the hottest for U.S. climate action commitments. The country entered into an historic agreement with China, promising to reduce its emissions 26-28 percent below 2005... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Maternity Leave, Equal Pay And Affordable Childcare Spotlighted In President Obama's State Of The Union Speech 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama's State of the Union address last night seemed to promise a renewed commitment to issues related to women and gender equality, specifically policies regarding maternity leave, equal pay and affordable childcare. According to blogger Anushay Hussain, of Anushay'sPoint.com , feminists had high hopes for the president's speech, which Hussain feels were largely met. "Leading up to it, so many feminist writers were talking about what our kind of wish list was that he would bring up, so it was amazing to finally hear him make a point about the fact that the U.S. is one of the few industrialized countries in the world that doesn't have mandated paid maternity leave, so I just thought it was amazing," she told HuffPost Live in a conversation on Wednesday. Obama also addressed reproductive rights and increased access to contraception . But making a public declaration to prioritize maternity leave, Hussain says, was especially exciting. "[For] The State of the Union to discuss paid maternity leave, ...
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Obama Stands Up for Climate Action, Vows to Veto GOP Obstruction 21.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change in his State of the Union Address. As the president laid out his plans to revitalize the economy, strengthen security, and expand opportunity, he made it clear that the path to a brighter tomorrow leads straight through climate action. "No challenge - no challenge - poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change," the president said. The president underscored the overarching scale of the climate crisis. It's the sweeping hazard that imperils everything from our health with dirty air to our economy with costly damages. No one wants their children and grandchildren to inherit these dangers. And that's why President Obama vowed to redouble his administration's Climate Action Plan. And that's why he promised to preserve this plan from attack. "I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts," he said . This is a full-throated promise to veto congressional attempts ...
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Obama Stands Up for Climate Action, Vows to Veto GOP Obstruction 21.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Rhea Suh, President of NRDC, New York City: President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change in his State of the Union Address. As the president laid out his plans to revitalize the economy, strengthen security, and expand opportunity, he made it clear that the path to...
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