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Politics Barack Obama

  • A U.S. soldier in Afghanistan

    Trump's decision on whether to ramp up troops comes after he heavily criticized the conflict in Afghanistan.

  • Aug 21- U.S. biofuels regulations, which mandate mixing corn-based ethanol into gasoline, have lately drawn together a diverse cast of political opponents. They include an upstart gas station owners' trade group, a former Obama administration environmental adviser and billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, who owns a refiner and served as U.S.

  • LAME DEER, Montana, Aug 21- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Vice President Mike Pence took a horseback tour in May of a Montana coal mine belonging to the Crow Nation. Their differences reflect a broader divide on drilling and mining among Americas 567 federally recognized tribes.

  • ABERDEEN, Wash.— One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A van, stuffed so full of blankets and boxes they are spilling from the windows, pulls to the curb outside Stacie Blodgett's antiques shop. So she answered Donald Trump's call to...

  • That's the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that "Obamacare" seems here for the foreseeable future. Stability should be the immediate goal, said former Health and Human Services secretaries Kathleen Sebelius, Mike Leavitt and Tommy Thompson. Beyond the urgent need to calm markets by...

  • LAME DEER, Montana, Aug 21- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Vice President Mike Pence took a horseback tour in May of a Montana coal mine belonging to the Crow Nation. Their differences reflect a broader divide on drilling and mining among Americas 567 federally recognized tribes.

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111- year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land. Zinke is expected to recommend that at least some of the national monuments under review- which were all created since...

  • Carl Icahn

    Carl Icahn resigned from a role as special advisor on regulation to Trump ahead of an article detailing potential conflicts of interest.

  • Icahn's departure followed a flurry of changes at the White House. The White House declined to comment. One of Icahn's first tasks was to vet the future Securities and Exchange Commission chairman and a number of candidates met with the octogenarian investor in his Fifth Avenue office just a few blocks north of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

  • Aug 18- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. A call to Icahn's office and an email to the White House were not immediately returned. Icahn's departure followed a flurry of changes at the White House.

  • Robert Mueller

    White House lawyer Ty Cobb said he believes the Russia probe will be wrapped up by Thanksgiving.

  • The HBO entrance at the New York office

    Leaked emails can be worse than piracy for some Hollywood firms.

  • NEW YORK— Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Although the recent HBO leaks so far have fallen well short of the damage inflicted on Sony, there were concerns early on that hackers were setting the stage for an...

  • Republican mega-donor Foster Friess.

    Americans are flocking to President Trump because they hate seeing people bullied, says Foster Friess.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 17- The United States plans to start negotiations with South Korea on Tuesday in Seoul on amending a five-year-old free trade agreement, U.S. Lighthizer announced plans on July 12 for the special session meeting of the Joint Committee under the U.S.- Korea Free Trade Agreement, months after U.S. "Since KORUS went into effect, our trade deficit in...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 17- Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday. In the letter, dated Aug. 11 and sent to Kelly Hammerle, national program manager of the U.S....

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— New Zealand's trade minister said Thursday he believes there's an odds-on chance that a group of 11 Pacific nations including Japan and Australia will sign a free-trade deal, despite the U.S. pulling out. He announced that the New Zealand government had approved a mandate for the country to push ahead with negotiations.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 16- A sale of oil and gas leases in U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico generated $121.14 million in high bids for 90 tracts covering 508,096 acres, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Wednesday. Twenty-seven companies participated, submitting 99 bids totaling $137 million, the Interior Department said in a statement. The sale was the largest in...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 16- The Trump administration will make cost-sharing payments to insurance companies under Obamacare for August, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday, but the announcement did little to quell long-term concerns about the insurance market. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also said on Wednesday that two counties were...

  • In a complaint filed on Wednesday, two nonprofits said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has done nothing to implement legislation signed in July 2012 by former President Barack Obama that required the warnings. The Center for Auto Safety, and Kids and Cars Inc, said nearly 1,000 people are killed annually in the rear seats of U.S. passenger...