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Jun 8, 2010

Obama has strong words as Gulf spill spreads

VENICE, La/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said he wanted to know “whose ass to kick” over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, adding to the pressure on energy giant BP Plc as it sought to capture more of the leak from its gushing well.

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answer so I know whose ass to kick,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News’ “Today” to air on Tuesday.

Jun 2, 2010

Arizona governor to meet Obama on immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said on Tuesday that she intends to press the issue of border security in a meeting this week with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Brewer recently signed a controversial bill cracking down on illegal immigrants. The measure that goes into effect at the end of July has drawn criticism and prompted boycotts of the state.

May 20, 2010

Small business lending plan advances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A $30 billion proposal by President Barack Obama to spur lending to small businesses cleared a U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday with no Republican support.

The House Financial Services Committee approved the Small Business Lending Fund Act by a vote of 42-23. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement the legislation would be brought up for vote soon in the full House.

May 20, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Second-grader puts Michelle Obama on the spot

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As her husband made his case for sweeping immigration reform in the White House Rose Garden, first lady Michelle Obama got a first-hand peek at the human face of the debate as she visited an elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland, with Mexico’s first lady Margarita Zavala.

Obama answered questions from a group of second graders who wanted to know things like what’s the president’s favorite sport and whether her daughters exercise. But one little girl asked about immigration.

May 19, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Specter Loses, “Tea Party” Wins

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It’s curtains  for Arlen Specter’s career in the  U.S. Senate. The veteran senator from Pennsylvania  went down in defeat on Tuesday, losing to challenger Rep. Joe  Sestak in a tight race for the Democratic Senate nomination.

Specter’s loss makes him the latest incumbent to get the boot from  angry voters unhappy with just about everybody in Washington.

May 17, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Mrs. Obama makes good on a promise

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“Well, I am a woman of my word,” first lady Michelle Obama said Sunday, making good on a promise as  she spoke at the  George Washington University graduation ceremony.

In September,  Obama issued a challenge to the GWU class of 2010 – promising that if students performed 100,000 hours of community service during the school year, she would speak at their commencement ceremony.

May 13, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

“Everything but the kitchen sink” poll

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The oil spill, immigration, racial profiling, President Obama’s policies, the Tea Party — you name it, Americans were asked about it in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll.

The pollsters surveyed 1,000 people from Thursday through Monday (when there was a lot of news happening) and came away with what NBC says were “striking results.”

May 11, 2010

Obesity task force urges action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Economic incentives to provide inexpensive healthy food and insurance coverage for prevention are among a list of 70 immediate steps that can reduce U.S. childhood obesity, a White House task force recommended in a report on Tuesday.

The report to U.S. President Barack Obama calls for specific actions that can be taken by government and private industry to battle a national health crisis but does not call for new funding or legislation.

May 11, 2010

U.S. obesity task force urges action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Economic incentives to provide inexpensive healthy food and insurance coverage for prevention are among a list of 70 immediate steps that can reduce U.S. childhood obesity, a White House task force recommended in a report on Tuesday.

The report to U.S. President Barack Obama calls for specific actions that can be taken by government and private industry to battle a national health crisis but does not call for new funding or legislation.

Apr 26, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Schumer vs. Facebook

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Charles Schumer, the senior senator from New York, is concerned about the protection of  private information people give to Facebook and other social networking websites. And the Democrat wants new federal guidelines to help members of  these online communities keep control over how their personal details “can be shared or disseminated to third parties.”

Schumer (or someone posting on his behalf) says so on his Facebook page. He also posted a press release on his page and echoed concerns about privacy on social networking sites on Sunday at a news conference in his Manhattan office.

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