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The Clintons Return To Iowa 14.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — White House speculation in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to Iowa to pay tribute to the state's retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were to headline Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola. Sunday's event is expected to draw more than 5,000 party activists who form the backbone of Iowa's presidential campaigns every four years. Following a summertime book tour, Clinton was making her biggest campaign splash in 2014 so far, opening a fall of fundraising and campaigning for Democrats who are trying to maintain a Senate majority during President Barack Obama's final two years. The event was serving as a farewell for Harkin, a liberal stalwart and former presidential candidate who is retiring after four decades in Congress. Obama defeated Clinton in the state's leadoff presidential caucuses in January 2008, and the former ...
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How Obama Became the Oil President 12.9.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment, and renewable energy, you'd think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path. By now, we should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. As it happens, the opposite is occurring. US oil consumption is on an upward trajectory, climbing by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone—and, if current trends persist, it should rise again both this year and next. In other words, oil is back. Big time. Signs of its resurgence abound. Despite what you may think, Americans, on average, are driving more miles every day, not fewer, filling ever more fuel tanks with ever more gasoline, and evidently feeling ever less bad about it. The stigma of buying new gas-guzzling SUVs, for instance, seems to have vanished; according to CNN Money, nearly one out of three vehicles sold today is an SUV. As a result of all this, America's demand for oil ...
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Superstorm Sandy Victims Might Have To Return Some FEMA Funds 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane's victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects received improper payments after the storm, according to program officials and data obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. As of early September, FEMA had asked around 850 of those households to return a collective $5.8 million. The other cases were still under review. FEMA's campaign to recover overpayments, called "recoupment" in agency lingo, typically involves instances where the agency believes a household got more money than allowed under program rules, but not necessarily because of an intentional attempt to cheat the system. Fraud cases are handled separately. Many people asked to return money were deemed ineligible because their ...
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Note to President Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal 9.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Promoting President Obama's Clean Energy Economy 8.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Interview with Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. Over the last decade, Colorado has emerged to boast one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the United States -- something that began under the administration of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. Now, as the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, Governor Bill Ritter is advising the White House on how to achieve its clean energy goals. Natalie Pace: Colorado has a goal of achieving 30 percent renewables by 2020 -- one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the nation. What role did your administration play in setting these standards? Governor Bill Ritter Jr.: In my time as governor, I signed 57 different pieces of legislation, many of which we initiated. We had a 10 percent renewable energy standard when I started. I signed a bill that took us to a 20 percent standard in the 1st year in office. By the 4th year in office, I signed a bill ...
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Mitt Romney: I Would Have Done A Better Job Than Obama 7.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says there is no question in his mind that he would have been more effective in the White House than President Barack Obama. But he reiterates he has no plans to run again.


My time has come and gone, Romney told Fox News Sunday.


Romney cited continuing high U.S. unemployment and growing troubles abroad, and that some of those who voted for Obama might now have some buyer's remorse.


Yet he said he didn't want to dwell on the past, while admitting he had made mistakes in his campaign — and that the Obama campaign did a good job on picking up on them.


Romney said, "I'm not running and not planning on running."

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Time for Congress to Join President Obama in Continuing America's Conservation Legacy 3.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On September 3, 1964 -- exactly 50 years ago -- President Lyndon B. Johnson signed two bills into law: The Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). From the White House Rose Garden he praised these conservation measures, declaring them "in the highest tradition of our heritage as conservators as well as users of America's bountiful natural endowments." At their core, both the Wilderness Act and the LWCF are congressional tools for conserving our natural and cultural heritage. In particular, the Wilderness Act preserves the untouched nature of notably pristine federal lands. Congress is tasked with designating these lands as wilderness areas where commercial activities -- motorized access, roads, human infrastructure -- are prohibited. As for the LWCF, it facilitates outdoor recreation by helping fund everything from expanding national parks like Rocky Mountain National Park to preserving Civil War battlefields like Gettysburg to building urban parks like Los Angeles' MacArthur ...
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Obama's toxic relationship with golf 29.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Nothing infuriates President Barack Obama’s adversaries more than his golf outings, which have become so frequent that even his sympathizers have started to mutter about the unseemly symbolism of a commander in chief who practically lives on the ...
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As Obama Settles on Nonbinding Treaty, "Only a Big Movement" Can Take on Global Warming 28.8.2014 Democracy Now!
As international climate scientists warn runaway greenhouse gas emissions could cause "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts," the Obama administration is abandoning attempts to have Congress agree to a legally binding international climate deal. The New York Times reports U.S. negotiators are crafting a proposal that would not require congressional approval and instead would seek pledges from countries to cut emissions on a voluntary basis. This comes as a new U.N. report warns climate change could become "irreversible" if greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked. If global warming is to be adequately contained, it says, at least three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. We speak to 350.org founder Bill McKibben about why his hopes for taking on global warming lie not in President Obama's approach, but rather in events like the upcoming People's Climate March in New York City, which could mark the largest rally for climate action ever. "The Obama administration, which ...
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10 Free Things For Ferguson Area Families And Kids To Do 21.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Ferguson-Florissant School District has announced it will remain closed to students through Friday, Aug. 22. Here are some free resources and options for parents looking to keep their kids busy during these turbulent times. Florissant Valley Branch of St. Louis County Library Visit the library between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 20-22, to participate in art activities, play board games and build with Legos. The Magic House will offer make-and-take projects, and free lunch will be offered at 12 p.m. from Operation Food Search. And, of course, kids are encouraged to get lost in a great book. The Florissant Valley Branch is at 195 New Florissant Road South, Florissant, MO, 63031. Get the details. Community Resource Drop-in Center The United Way will be operating a drop-in center starting Wednesday, Aug. 20, for families living in the 63135 and 63136 zip codes with proof of residency. The center is at Dellwood Recreation Center (10266 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63136). The center offers hot meals, ...
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Uber Hires Former Obama Adviser David Plouffe To Take On The 'Taxi Industry Cartel' 20.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
David Plouffe, one of the key players in President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, is headed to on-demand car service Uber to help with the startup's political strategy Plouffe, who was Obama's 2008 campaign manager and later served as a senior adviser in the White House, will join the popular app-based service as a senior vice president of policy and strategy, CEO Travis Kalanick announced in a Tuesday statement. "Starting in late September, David will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts," Kalanick said. "I will look to him as a strategic partner on all matters as Uber grows around the world." In a statement accompanying Kalanick's announcement, Plouffe welcomed the opportunity to take on the "taxi industry cartel" with the San Francisco-based company. "Uber has the chance to be a once in a decade if not a once in a generation company," Plouffe said. "Of course, that poses a threat to some, and I’ve watched as the taxi industry cartel has tried ...
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The Obama Tactic 12.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
American aircraft are once again waging war over the skies of Iraq. President Obama, as many have pointed out, is now the fourth United States president in a row to order some form of military offensive in Iraq. As always, plenty of critics immediately popped up to loudly explain what the president was doing wrong. The usual characters on the right demanded a much more intensive military action, the ones on the left warned darkly about slippery slopes and possible blowback, and the American people seemed to heave a sigh of resignation, in a "here we go again" moment. One big complaint about Obama's action (or lack thereof) was that it failed to fit into some unifying overall Middle East strategy. This can be summed up in the form of a question: "What is the Obama Doctrine?" Where is the logical, rational explanation of what American stands for in this volatile region of the world? Why can't Obama just go on television and soothe the nerves of the country by putting it all into some sort of ...
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Obama: Into Africa 7.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama is definitely "into" Africa. As much as possible in a world riven by multiple crises, the president has made the continent a focus of his policymaking. Turning his own Kenyan heritage into a personal bridge to the region, he has visited Africa three times as president -- in 2009, 2011, and 2013. He has touted his administration's multi-billion initiatives such as Power Africa to bring electricity to millions of homes, a fellowship program for young African leaders, and the continuation of efforts to fight HIV-AIDS and other infectious diseases. At a time when criticism is mounting about the way the president is handling the rest of the world, Africa is shaping up to be Obama's major  play for a legacy . This week, to better position this effort, Obama welcomed delegations from 51 African countries to Washington for an unprecedented summit. As part of its press blitz, the White House released  a fact sheet  that detailed all the State Department's high-profile programs including support ...
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Obama: 'I Have No Green Light' To Act Without Congress 7.8.2014 NPR News
At a news conference Wednesday, the president said he would act when he can without Congress but said there are limits to his authority. He also spoke about a range of foreign policy issues.
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The Fix: All 274 gifts given to Barack Obama between 2009 and 2012, ranked 4.8.2014 Washington Post: Politics
One of the nice things about being the most powerful person in the world is that people give you presents. It's unlikely that gifts from foreign countries do much to sway American diplomacy, but foreign visitors bestowing cumbersome or weird gifts is almost certainly one of the more entertaining parts of President Obama's job. He doesn't get to keep the gifts, mind you; they're usually spirited away by the National Archives and Records Administration. But imagine someone showing up and handing you a four-by-five-foot rug with your own face on it, as Russia did in 2009. That's good ...
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Obama: 'Russia doesn't make anything,' West must be firm with China 4.8.2014 Yahoo: Politics
President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a nation that "doesn't make anything" and said in an interview with the Economist magazine that the West needs to be "pretty firm" with China as Beijing pushes to expand its role in the world economy. Obama has tried to focus U.S. foreign policy on Asia, a response to China's economic and military might. Russia is the world's third-largest oil producer and second-largest natural gas producer. Obama downplayed Moscow's role in the world, dismissing President Vladimir Putin as a leader causing short-term trouble for political gain that will hurt Russia in the long ...
President Obama: Be Even Bolder on Global Warming 30.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There's a terrific new report out by the White House on the economic damage that will be wreaked by global warming, and it is good to see them be so strong about the dangers not only to our environment but to the economy. The actions the Obama administration has taken so far given that the Congress is refusing to act- including regulating carbon emissions in coal plants, getting the car companies to agree to higher average gas mileage, and issuing a good set of executive orders to help address the issue- are all good steps forward. But given the truly massive consequences scientists and economists see coming, for the sake of future generations, the seriousness of this issue needs to be addressed with even bigger, bolder ideas right away. As hamstrung as Obama is by Congress, he needs to push much harder for a truly comprehensive executive branch plan of regulatory measures, executive orders, and agency-by-agency reviews. The place he needs to start is to put a stop to the Keystone pipeline foolishness ...
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Evan Bayh May Run For Governor Again 10.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh (D) said he hasn't ruled out running for governor again in 2016. "I think it's less likely than more likely," Bayh told Howey Politics . "I haven’t ruled it out." Bayh, a Fox News contributor, wrote of his decision to retire from Congress in a 2010 New York Times op-ed in which he panned the "institutional and cultural impediments" of the Senate. Instead of going back to Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, where he lectured before winning his Senate seat, Bayh made a lucrative life for himself after Congress as a partner at the lobbying firm McGuireWoods , a senior advisor at Apollo Global Management and a member of the CIA's advisory board. Bayh currently has $9.8 million in his inactive campaign account. Bayh's potential opponent, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), is seen as a prospective 2016 presidential ...
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Secret Trade Doc Calls For More Exports Of U.S. Oil And Gas To Europe 9.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The European Union is making its desire to import more oil and natural gas from the United States very clear in the course of discussions over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal, according to a new leaked document. The document, which The Washington Post first reported on Tuesday morning, shows the EU pressuring the U.S. to lift its ban on crude oil exports and make it easier to export natural gas to Europe. It's similar to another leaked paper The Huffington Post covered earlier this year . The previous paper dates back to September 2013; this new one is from May 27 . When asked by The Washington Post about the new document, the U.S. Trade Representative declined to comment and the Council of the European Union did not respond. In the latest paper from the EU, there is a more explicit emphasis on TTIP's role in "reinforcing the security of supply" of energy for the member countries. It points to the political situation in Ukraine, which became an ...
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White House takes over Cheesman Park for 2 days for President Barack Obama event 9.7.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
President Barack Obama at a rally in Denver's City Park in 2012. He had nearly a dozen rallies in Colorado during his reelection ...
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