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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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President Obama's Speech a Sign of Strength for Environmental Community 30.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama's address at the League of Conservation Voters' annual Capital Dinner was a major milestone for our organization. But his speech was bigger than that. It was a symbol that the environmental community has emerged as a truly effective and significant force in the political process. As The New York Times recently noted , "major organizations like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council have strengthened their political operations and grass-roots networks, and they have raised and spent more money than ever before." Together, we're changing the politics of climate change and energy and putting the deniers on defense. The entire environmental community has seen some amazing wins in recent years despite oil and coal-backed groups pouring unprecedented resources into key races to try to defeat our allies and elect more climate change deniers. In 2012, the Koch Brothers alone pledged to spend $200 million to try and wipe environmental allies off the map. But together, we fought ...
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Barack Obama And The Rationale For Ecosystem Service Markets 27.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Share If there's one thing US President Barack Obama understands, it's the danger of sticker shock. "People don't like gas prices going up," he said on Wednesday. "They don't like electricity prices going up." He was addressing the League of Conservation Voters , and he went on to warn that environmentalists who ignore those rising prices do so at their own peril: "If we're blithe about saying [climate change] is the defining issue of our time, but we don't address people's legitimate economic concerns, then even if they are concerned about climate change, they may not support efforts to do something about it." It's a point well-taken, and one that's addressed in one of the longest-running environmental successes in the country, which the President also defended on Wednesday: the Clean Water Act: "We've got to dredge up that old tape of the Cuyahoga River on fire, and the Chicago River, and just remind people that this thing (the Clean Water Act) worked," he said. He could have added that "this thing ...
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Under President Obama's Climate Action Plan, a Year of Progress at EPA 25.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate change supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life. On behalf of our kids and future generations -- we have a moral obligation to act. That's why in June, President Obama unveiled his Climate Action Plan to cut the harmful carbon pollution fueling climate change, build a more resilient nation to face climate impacts today, and lead the world in our global climate fight. As part of the president's plan, he called on EPA to act. And over this past year, we've been answering that call. • In September, we proposed standards to limit carbon pollution from new power plants yet to be built. This past June, we proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants by laying out a Clean Power Plan. Both of our proposals were built from extensive outreach and advice from states, cities, industry and the public. We're continuing those crucial conversations on standards for existing plants throughout a 120-day comment period which closes on October 16, 2014. We plan to ...
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President Obama Establishes Task Force To Save Bees 22.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Honeybees are dying off , and now a team of environmental regulators has been tasked with determining why. On Friday, President Barack Obama announced plans for a task force to help save the bees . The team, which will be co-chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, will investigate the causes of bee losses and develop a strategy to promote the health of pollinators. In a memorandum released by the White House, the administration said: Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, from the environment. The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment. Since ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Voters Dislike Both Parties, Remain Split On Midterms 19.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama gets increasingly negative marks for foreign policy, while voter preferences for the U.S. House remain closely divided. A new Republican polling/data firm emerges. And the debate over what went wrong with polling in Virginia's 7th District continues. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, June 18, 2014. BROAD SUPPORT FOR EPA RULES, EVEN WITH OBAMA'S NAME ATTACHED - We reported earlier this month on a Post/ABC poll that found wide support for federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions, but cautioned that the survey didn't explicitly attach President Obama's name to the proposal. A new NBC/WSJ survey, however, opens its question with "President Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency…" and find. similar results. Ashley Alman: "Two-thirds of Americans back President Barack Obama's push to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. An NBC poll released Wednesday shows that 67 percent of Americans support Environmental Protection Agency rules released this month that will cut ...
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The Bush Doctrine Failed Twice: The Opportunity Costs of Two Gulf Wars 19.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The ISIS debacle in Iraq, which threatens to tear apart the war-fatigued nation, has become a political blood sport of blame and finger pointing. When has any hot subject lately not been politicized? Yet, it appears most of the barbs have been fired at President Obama. Why? Some it of might be justified, but most of them should be aimed at two of his predecessors: George H. W. Bush and his son George W. Bush -- presidents Nos. 41 and 43. During the First Gulf War, the elder President Bush had every opportunity and reason to put an end to Saddam Hussein's terrorist rule during the winter of 1991. Sure, he said the objective to the war was to liberate Kuwait and nothing more. But when Saddam unleashed a scorched earth assault on the environment early in the conflict, the dynamics of the war changed. Photo: Offshore Oil Platform [Credit: Thinkstock, purchased by author.] Fumbling a Secure Future For the first time in centuries, a nation should have been punished for the widespread ecological poison it ...
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President Obama addresses seafood fraud and illegal fishing 18.6.2014 Environmental News Network
This morning, President Barack Obama announced an initiative to tackle seafood fraud and illegal fishing in the United States. His announcement coincides with the Global "Our Ocean" conference convened by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. In President Obama's announcement, he referenced the negative financial repercussions of overfishing as one of the key reasons for the initiative.
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