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Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks before presenting the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis. Obama signed a law passed by the U.S. Congress that blocks any individual from entering the United States who has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity against the United States or if that person may pose a threat to U.S. national security. The United States had already said it would not grant a visa to Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, citing the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:53:15 -0400
Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives prior to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors of Teva's Copaxone drug to go on the market as soon as next month. Teva had sought to prevent the lower-court ruling from going into effect while the Supreme Court considers its appeal in the patent fight. At issue is a July 2013 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of two teams developing cheaper generic forms of Copaxone: one comprising Novartis AG's Sandoz Inc and Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc, and the other comprising Mylan Inc and Natco Pharma Ltd. In his decision on Friday, Roberts, in a brief opinion, wrote that he was not convinced Teva had shown the "likelihood of irreparable harm" if the application was denied, because if Teva wins the Supreme Court case it can seek damages from the generic companies for past infringement on its patents.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:49:07 -0400
Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

President Barack Obama arrives in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014, where he spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout. For the healthcare law to succeed, young, healthy people must sign up and pay premiums to offset the healthcare costs for older Americans. Obama's remarks reflected deep concerns at the White House that Republicans may be able to topple Democrats from control of the U.S. Senate in November elections and build on their majority in the House of Representatives.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:56:26 -0400
House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

A woman holds a cluster of U.S. flags during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in OaklandPresident Barack Obama on Thursday called on the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being held back by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. "There is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said at a news conference. The Congress should act. "Right now what's holding us back is House Republican leadership not willing to go ahead and let the process move forward." Obama said there were Republicans in both the House and Senate who know immigration reform "is the right thing to do." "I also know it's hard politics for Republicans because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this," he said.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:09:11 -0400
Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake CityBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. They were responding to questions posed by journalist Marvin Kalb about whether the court would take up cases arising from the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, most notably by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:46:30 -0400
Nate Silver or Not, GOP Looks Good

Nate Silver or Not, GOP Looks GoodThe tempest over his projection that Republicans will take the Senate forgets probability isn't prediction and that the White House party usually loses in its sixth year.

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0400
Yes, Lincoln Would've Done 'Ferns'

Yes, Lincoln Would've Done 'Ferns'Bill O'Reilly attacked President Obama for making a viral video, saying the Great Emancipator wouldn't stoop so low. History proves the opposite.

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:48:00 -0400
For Obama and Boehner, just maybe, a way forward

Boehner & Obama in the Oval OfficeThe latest snowfall was a bigger story in Washington this week than Tuesday's private meeting between the estranged president and House speaker - their first in more than a year. Since Barack Obama recently signaled he has all but given up on legislating with Republicans, and since John Boehner has flat out said he can't trust the president, the assumption in Washington is that the chances for big legislation anytime soon are basically zero, whether the White House breaks out the good china or not.

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:12:34 -0500
John Kerry finds his calling

U.S. Secretary of State John KerryTen years ago this week, John Kerry barely held off John Edwards in Wisconsin's Democratic primary, prolonging for another few weeks his plodding, uninspiring march to the party's presidential nomination. Kerry went on to lose an eminently winnable election, after which most Democrats in Washington expected him to disappear, like Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis.

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:53:54 -0500
In New York, real populism and real choices

NY Cuomo di BlasioDemocrats in Washington don't have to worry much about the kind of fratricidal disorder that plagues the modern Republican Party. But neither should they take too lightly the intraparty breach that seems to be widening in New York, where the mayor of the nation's biggest city is staring down the governor of its third largest state.

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:55:34 -0500
Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

FILE - This April 17, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. During his upcoming trip to Asia, the president and the region's leaders will be keeping close watch on the Russian troops amassed on Ukraine's border and the status of a tenuous diplomatic deal aimed at keeping those forces at bay. In Asia, the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis is being viewed through the prism of the region's own territorial disputes China. Japan and the Philippines _ two of the four countries Obama will visit _ are locked in tense disputes with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas and will be seeking reassurances that the U.S. would back them if the conflicts boiled over. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) - As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:10:24 -0400
National energy boom blurs political battle lines

FILE - This March 25, 2014 file photo shows perforating tools, used to create fractures in the rock, lowered into one of six wells during a roughly two-week hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The energy boom is scrambling national politics. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups. Some deeply-conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the technique largely responsible for the surge. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) - The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:53:24 -0400
Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 18, 2014, where he presented the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team. The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:01:38 -0400
Scenes from the never-dull Clinton White House
Glimpses into behind-the-scenes workings of President Bill Clinton's White House, as revealed in newly released documents:
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:53:23 -0400
Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:44:50 -0400
Washington Insiders Say Chris Christie Won 2013
After a whirlwind year of crippling partisanship, bungled policy rollouts, and a government shutdown, most public figures are leaving this year with quite a few more chips to their image than they had in January. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie-a growing puzzle for Democrats and continuing headache for his fellow Republicans-emerged as the winner of 2013 on the political stage, according to a National Journal Political Insiders poll. Sixty percent of Democrats said Christie had the best 2013 of political figures, while 71 percent of Republicans said the same. The runners-up were barely any competition, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton scoring 24 percent from Democrats and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pulling a mere 11 percent from GOP insiders.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:40:05 -0500
Sorry Pope Francis, 2013 Was the Year of Quinoa
This year has seen tanking approval ratings for just about everybody in Washington, thanks to bungled policy initiatives, stalled legislation, and a government shutdown. It's quinoa, a highly nutritious, centuries-old grain, at least according to the United Nations. In February, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization declared 2013 the international year of quinoa, not for the grain's place in Western society as a healthy, even upscale ingredient that's tough to pronounce, but for its impact on food security around the world. The price of quinoa, often called "the miracle grain of the Andes" for its origins, has tripled since 2006, The Guardianreported early this year.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:56:47 -0500
2013 Was Actually the Year of Quinoa
Between bungled or stalled policy initiatives and a government shutdown, moving the needle on progress on either side proved nearly impossible. According to the United Nations, 2013 was the year of quinoa, a highly nutritious, centuries-old grain. In February, the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization declared 2013 the international year of quinoa, not for the grain's place in Western society as a healthy, even upscale ingredient that's tough to pronounce, but for its impact on food security around the world. The price of quinoa, often called "the miracle grain of the Andes" for its origins, has tripled since 2006, The Guardianreported early this year.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:41:49 -0500
Republican Insiders to Tea Party: You're Not Helping Us
For Republicans, the group is something akin to a flesh-eating virus that threatens to chomp away at the GOP. The civil war between establishment and tea-party Republicans intensified this week when House Speaker John Boehner slammed outside conservative groups for "ridiculous" pushback against the bipartisan budget agreement, which cleared his chamber Thursday. Sixty-five percent of Republican influencers on the Hill called tea-party challengers to Republican lawmakers "very unhelpful" to the GOP, according to a National JournalPolitical Insiders poll published Friday. Their presence on the campaign trail leads to further splintering of the Grand Old Party, whose widening rift between establishment and tea-party members has not gone unnoticed by both Democratic opponents and the general public.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:31:57 -0500
Republican Look-Alike Sites Mocking Democrats May Violate Rules
The National Republican Congressional Committee proudly launched a faux campaign website for Democratic candidate Domenic Recchia this week, mocking him as a "career politician . asking for your vote." They even bought Google ads to direct New Yorkers to, designed at first glance to look like it could be Recchia's own, down to the same yellow star replacing the dot in the 'i' of his last name. The problem is such a look-alike site, with a banner blaring "Domenic Recchia for Congress," may violate Federal Election Commission regulations for confusing the public, election lawyers say. (Screengrab) "This doesn't even strike me as a close call," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan campaign watchdog group. The Recchia site is just the latest in a series of mocking microsites the NRCC has put online to attack, taunt, and otherwise annoy Democratic congressional candidates from Montana to New York to West Virginia.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 04:30:06 -0500
Obama: 8 Million Health Care Sign-Ups a Boon for Democrats
President Obama has many times declared victory for the Affordable Care Act, most recently with the announcement earlier this month that 7 million people have signed up in the law's inaugural year. Today, with a slight grin, he added a big exclamation point. Now, 8...
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:34:15 -0400
Obama Tells Wounded Warriors They Are 'Inspiration'

Obama Tells Wounded Warriors They Are 'Inspiration'President Obama welcomed Wounded Warriors on their Ride to the White House today calling the participants "an incredible inspiration to me and to our country." "Biking nearly 60 miles in three days would be a challenge for anybody, but for all of you, this is...

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:51:39 -0400
PETA Enlists Kids To Tell First Lady Easter Egg Policy is Rotten
While the annual White House Easter Egg Roll celebration isn't one typically embroiled in controversy, three young girls are letting First Lady Michelle Obama know they aren't happy about it. Well, three young girls on behalf of PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment...
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:45:20 -0400
Mark Twain, Writing Coach

Mark Twain, Writing CoachYoung writers besotted by the image of a swaggering, confident Twain should take heart: Underneath that white suit lurked an author as insecure and neurotic as those who idolize him.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:36:36 -0400
Millennials and the American City

Millennials and the American CityMichael Tubbs, a 23-year-old councilmember in Stockton, California, and the star of the documentary 'True Son,' says that now is the time for young people to engineer social change.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:14:36 -0400
Burma's Badass Gun-toting Medics

Burma's Badass Gun-toting MedicsThe Free Burma Rangers are one of the few aid groups left operating in Myanmar's contested ethnic states-and their work often straddles the line between humanitarian relief and armed activism.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:14:34 -0400
Ehrenreich Gives God a Going Over

Ehrenreich Gives God a Going OverSocial critic, scientist, muckraking journalist, Barbara Ehrenreich has never been one to take things on faith. But now she's giving God another look.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:22:44 -0400
Billionaire Bounty-Hunting Club

Billionaire Bounty-Hunting ClubAn oligarch hopes that offering rewards for captured Russians will motivate the public and the troops, but so far all he's inspired is cynical-and desperate-laughter.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:22:42 -0400
Was There Really An Empty Tomb?

Was There Really An Empty Tomb?What makes Jesus different from the prophets of the world's other great religions? The claim that he rose from the dead and left behind an empty tomb. But how much do we know about it?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:22:41 -0400
The Week's Best Longreads

The Week's Best LongreadsFrom the hunt for musicians who disappeared without a trace to a baseball player's secret escape from Cuba, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:04:38 -0400
The Cheerleader Murders

The Cheerleader MurdersFor five long and very strange years, death haunted tiny Dryden, NY, a town near the Finger Lakes where a plague of car accidents, suicides, and even grisly murders involving two popular cheerleaders just kept mounting up.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:50:50 -0400
Can HRC Count on Women This Time?

Can HRC Count on Women This Time?They famously supported her in 2008-until they helped Obama win Iowa. So will the grandmother-to-be inspire female voters next cycle, or will they judge her on a harsher scale?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:26:22 -0400
Watch the Week in 90 Seconds

Watch the Week in 90 SecondsFrom the death of a literary titan to the shooting spree at Kansas Jewish centers to NASA's discovery of Earth's 'cousin,' catch up on the past week's biggest stories.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:26:21 -0400
Rand Paul and the Welfare Rancher

Rand Paul and the Welfare RancherThe Nevada rancher's escalating standoff with the feds raises a worrisome question: Can Americans' relationship with their government-and each other-be saved?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:29 -0400
Hollywood's Worst Medical Errors

Hollywood's Worst Medical ErrorsFrom doctors doing surgery without masks on to Wolverine's true love dying via diuretic, TV and film are full of medical errors.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:25 -0400
The Fringe Faith Duping The GOP

The Fringe Faith Duping The GOPIt's a tiny religion featuring fembots, creationists, and a leader who says his 'Holocaust Deception' book was a mistake. Why are so many in the GOP appearing on its TV network?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:23 -0400
The Afghanistan to D.C. Express

The Afghanistan to D.C. ExpressAn illustrated story about a Marine officer recovering in the hospital after being evacuated from Afghanistan.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:22 -0400
Another U.S. Mumps Outbreak

Another U.S. Mumps OutbreakThis week, New Jersey joined New York and Ohio as the third U.S. location to have a mumps outbreak this year-and it probably won't be the last. Is it time for mandatory vaccines?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:21 -0400
The Search for General Tso

The Search for General TsoA new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival explores how and why General Tso's chicken became a cultural touchstone.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:20 -0400
Hollywood's 'Twink' Pool Parties

Hollywood's 'Twink' Pool PartiesWild nights of no clothes and lots of alcohol: one attendee reveals what went on at X Men director Bryan Singer's infamous pool parties.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:18 -0400



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