Politics

Clinton Supporters Hope for Big Lift From Obama Speech

Mary Alice Salinas VOA News WHITE HOUSE—Democrats are hoping that President Barack Obama will help presidential candidate Hillary Clinton energize the party to win the White House when he delivers a highly anticipated speech Thursday at the Democratic National House officials say the president continues to work on the speech, which he began to craft weeks ago. Obama, who remains wildly popular within the Democratic Party, will reflect on the country’s progress during his time in office and why he believes Clinton should be elected the 45th president of the United States. For her part, Clinton has vowed to build…
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US: ‘Revolution’ of Cyber Attacks Prompts New Protection Efforts

VOA News The warned Tuesday of a "revolution" of computer hacking threats against the country from foreign governments and non-state actors like the so-called Islamic State, and it issued new guidelines to protect American interests. A White House directive outlined a five-point scale to assess the severity of new attacks, the degree to which a cyber security breach might affect national government operations, municipal utilities, private corporations or other interests. The new effort, years in the making, would assign six levels of severity to any breach, such as a level three or above incident that would be considered "significant" and…
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White House Joins Snapchat

The White House has joined popular video sharing app Snapchat. According to a news release, the move is an attempt to connect with younger Americans. The White House said the app boasts more than 100 million daily users and that 60 percent of those aged 13-34 use it. “In light of the number of Americans who use the service to consume news and share with their friends, the White House is joining Snapchat to engage this broad cross-section of the population in new and creative ways,” according to the release. One of the first offerings the “WhiteHouse” Snapchat account will…
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Obama Vetoes Bill to Repeal Key Healthcare Law

Amanda Scott US President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation that would repeal major portions of his signature domestic achievement: the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The bill would also defund the reproductive health organization Planned Parenthood. "Because of the harm this bill would cause to the health and financial security of millions of Americans, it has earned my veto," Obama said in a veto statement. The statement continued: "The Affordable Care Act includes a set of fairer rules and strong consumer protections that have made healthcare more affordable." The legislation would have dismantled the health law's key pillars,…
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Survey: 40 Percent of Americans See Terrorists Winning War on US

VOA News December 28, 2015 A new poll sponsored by news channel CNN shows more Americans dissatisfied with anti-terror efforts than any time since September 11, 2001, with 40 percent saying terrorists are winning the war on the United States. Those findings, published Monday, come just weeks after deadly terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. They show nearly three-quarters of Americans critical of anti-terror efforts by the Obama administration — far surpassing the 61 percent who voiced similar sentiments against the George W. Bush White House in 2007. The survey, conducted jointly with the Opinion Research Corporation, shows…
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Health

US Plan Takes Aim at Deadly Strain of Tuberculosis

VOA News The Obama administration has unveiled a plan to help combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the United States and globally. While about 100 cases of MDR-TB are diagnosed annually in the , the disease affects nearly half a million people around the world every year. The plan released Tuesday is the first from the White House to address the global threat of MDR-TB, the deadlier strain of tuberculosis. The National Action Plan is built on three goals: strengthening domestic capacity to combat MDR-TB; improving work with other countries to better address the disease; and accelerating basic and applied research…
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Obama to Soften Ransom Policy for Hostage Families

The government will no longer threaten to prosecute families who try to negotiate with the captors of Americans being held hostage overseas or pay ransom to win their release, media reports said. President Barack Obama is expected to soften a policy when he releases a broad review of hostage guidelines Wednesday at the White House alongside several hostage families. The six-month review was prompted by sharp criticism of the Obama administration by some victims' relatives, who said they had been threatened with prosecution if they tried to raise money to pay a ransom. officials say new administrative measures will improve…
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Friction Increasing Between White House, Israel

WHITE HOUSE— The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the Congress next week. National security adviser Susan Rice’s remarks on the subject Tuesday on the "Charlie Rose" interview show, the strongest yet from the administration, have raised further questions about the state of relations between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East. “On both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it's destructive of the fabric of the relationship,” Rice said. At issue…
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SITE: IS Says US Hostage Killed in Jordanian Strike

Islamic State militants claim a Jordanian airstrike has killed an American aid worker the insurgent group has been holding, the SITE intelligence group reported Friday. The White House said it could not confirm the claim. "We are obviously deeply concerned by these reports," said Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, in a statement. "We have not at this time seen any evidence that corroborates ISIL's claim." State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the State Department has acknowledged there are Americans being held overseas, including by the Islamic State, but said she could not get into any…
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President Obama cancels political trip to deal with Ebola threat

WASHINGTON - President Obama abruptly canceled a political trip to New Jersey and Connecticut on Wednesday to remain in Washington to meet with members of his Cabinet about the Ebola threat. The change came as a second health worker in Dallas tested positive for the disease. Obama was supposed to headline an event in Union, to raise money for Senate Democrats, and campaign in Bridgeport, Conn., on behalf of Gov. Daniel Molloy. The cancellation of the trip follows criticism that the health care system in the is not adequately prepared to deal with Ebola patients. The change in plans also…
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