Tag: Obama Administration

Chelsea Manning Released From Prison

Chelsea Manning, who was in prison on a 35-year sentence for passing classified information to WikiLeaks, has been released after serving seven years. Manning’s sentence was commuted by President Obama as one of his final acts before leaving office. Manning was in the Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas. Chelsea Manning is expected to walk…

Obama Heads Into Final News Conference With Approval Rating High

President Obama will hold his final news conference Wednesday, two days before he leaves office, the White House said. Obama is wrapping up his eight-year presidency with his approval rating at 60 percent, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. That is his highest mark since 2009, putting him near the top in the list of…

Jobs Report: Payroll Employment Rises By 156,000 In December

U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring. The report is the last major snapshot of the economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President Barack Obama. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.7 percent from a nine-year low of 4.6 percent. Hourly pay…

Israel Censures Ambassadors For UN Vote [VIDEO]

Israel has summoned ambassa-dors from countries that voted against for a United Nations resolution this week against settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The measure passed after the United States did not vote instead of vetoing the measure. “From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated…

Obama Bans New Oil & Gas Drilling In Areas Of The Atlantic And Arctic

President Obama announced Tuesday he has indefinitely blocked offshore drilling along most of Alaska’s coast and from Norfolk, Virginia, to the Canadian border. Obama is rushing to protect his environmental policies before he leaves office in January, and he used an obscure provision of the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to enact the ban,…

Obama Talks Russian Hacking, Trump’s Intel Briefings [VIDEO]

President Obama sat down with Trevor Noah for Monday’s Daily Show, but he wasn’t in a joking mood when it came to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. “We determined and announced in October that it was the consensus of all the intelligence agencies and law enforcement that organizations affiliated with Russian intelligence were…

Judge Blocks Obama Administration Rule Extending Overtime Pay

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked a Labor Department rule that would double the salary level for workers entitled to time-and-a-half pay for work beyond 40 hours in a week. The rule had been scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. It would have extended mandatory overtime pay to four million workers by doubling…

U.S. Economy Adds A Solid 161,000 Jobs In October

The U.S. economy added 161,000 non-farm jobs in October, according to the jobs report released Friday. The gains fell just short of the 175,000 increase predicted by economists surveyed by MarketWatch. Hiring figures from the two prior months also were adjusted slightly higher than initially reported. Together, the figures added to recent upbeat data supporting…

Trevor Noah: Syria ‘Kind Of’ Gets Boots On The Ground [VIDEO]

Trevor Noah reminded us of that time President Obama promise not to send troops into Syria to fight ISIS but despite this the President makes dubious changes to U.S. military strategy in the Middle East. “But here you are with your boots on the ground,boots on the ground, boots on the ground, looking like a…

U.S. Sending Special Ops to Syria [VIDEO]

The Obama admin. is expected to announce Friday that it is sending a number of special-operations forces to Syria. NBC News reports the troops will be based in northern Syria, but that the new developments will be described as a “shift” but not a “change” in policy. The forces will be working alongside some groups…

Obama Admin To Provide $20 Million For Police Body Cameras [VIDEO]

The Obama administration will provide $20 million in grants to local police departments to help buy body cameras for officers, the US Justice Department said on Friday. The grants represent the first portion to be approved by Congress of a $75 million, three-year body camera funding program requested in December by President Barack Obama. Demand…

Stewart Blast Obama Admin’s Prosecution of Whistleblowers [VIDEO]

Jon Stewart used a case about an HSBC whistleblower to go after the Obama White House for its repeated prosecution of whistleblowers under the Espionage Act. Stewart went over the many uses of the Espionage Act by the White House, and while he mistakenly believed whistleblowers are normally rewarded with “ten million dollars and unlimited…

Obama expands mission in Afghanistan

President Obama has approved the expansion of the U.S. military’s role in Afghanistan next year, according to media reports. Under a classified order signed in recent weeks by the president, U.S. forces will be able to carry out missions against militant groups, such as the Taliban, that are threatening troops or the Afghan government, according…

Penny Pritzker To Face Key Senators For Commerce Bid

With Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker set to be grilled by senators Thursday at her Commerce secretary confirmation hearing, Bill Daley feels her pain. Daley, a son and brother of Chicago mayors, faced his own confirmation hearing in 1997 before he took the same job under President Bill Clinton. “Lookit, I had never testified before Congress,…

White House Urges Court To Overturn Proposition 8

The Obama Administration filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to declare California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The brief filed by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli mentions bans on same-sex marriage in seven other states that grant broad domestic partnership rights and suggests they are also unconstitutional, but the Justice Department did not directly…