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Jan 6, 2017

Students land Obama in Harvard Law Review

President Barack Obama is spending his final few weeks in the White House trying to do what he can to preserve his legacy. Across social media, in public addresses and exit interviews, the first black president of the United States has reminded Americans what his administration has accomplished: championing same-sex marriage, fighting sexual violence and […]

Dec 27, 2016

Trump can reshape American judiciary

Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office. The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Barack Obama is expected to hand over to Trump in the Jan. […]

Oct 17, 2016

As time runs out, dozens of judge nominees waiting on Senate

Federal judges in New Jersey have struggled with a workload approaching 700 cases each, nearly double what’s manageable, because of judicial vacancies. In Texas, close to a dozen district judgeships remain open, more than any other state. Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama’s nominees slowed to a halt this election year, a common political occurrence […]

Feb 18, 2016

Biden: Obama seeking court nominee who enjoys GOP support

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is looking to nominate a Supreme Court candidate who has enjoyed past Republican support, Vice President Joe Biden said, offering some of the first indications of the president’s criteria in replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In a radio interview that aired Thursday, Biden pushed back against Republicans who insist […]

Sep 26, 2015

Obama issues new sanctions threat over cybertheft

WASHINGTON — Somber against a backdrop of grand pageantry, President Barack Obama laid out a fresh threat of sanctions against China for alleged cybercrimes on Friday, even as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an agreement not to conduct or support such hacking. “It has to stop,” Obama declared. The president, in a Rose […]

Apr 23, 2015

Emotions over trade agenda roil Senate, delay action

WASHINGTON — Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee’s likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. The day began with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, predicting a “strong bipartisan vote” for “fast track” legislation. The measure would renew pres[...]

Apr 21, 2015

Trafficking deal clears path for attorney general vote

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders announced a deal Tuesday that should clear the way for the long-stalled vote on President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee. The agreement aims to solve a dispute over abortion that had delayed passage of a once-popular human trafficking bill for weeks. Attorney General-designate Loretta Lynch has been caught in the middle […]

Apr 1, 2015

Obama order creates new cybersanctions program

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage. The latter category could include state-owned corporations in Russia, China and elsewhere, setting the stage for major diplomatic friction if the sanctio[...]

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Mar 24, 2015

Sentence may be reduced in Obama threat case

The case of a Rochester woman convicted of threatening to kill President Barack Obama is being sent back to U.S. District Court to determine if her sentence should be reduced. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday ruled the District Court should reconsider its evaluation, under the federal sentencing guidelines, of […]

Mar 16, 2015

White House upset about Lynch confirmation delay

WASHINGTON — The White House blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday for holding up confirmation of President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general, arguing the “unconscionable delay” was a stain on the Kentucky Republican’s leadership. McConnell warned over the weekend that he wouldn’t hold a vote on Loretta Lynch’s confirmation before the[...]

Feb 10, 2015

White House asks authorization for military to fight IS

WASHINGTON — The White House circulated a proposal Tuesday that would authorize the U.S. military to fight Islamic State terrorists but assure Congress there would be no “enduring offensive combat” role, officials said. They said the ambiguous wording was designed to satisfy lawmakers with widely varying views on the need for ground operations. Sen. Bob […]

Jan 23, 2015

What issues roil Washington? Veto threats are clues

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has a telling hit list. The veto threats that he’s issued over the last three weeks are a microcosm of American politics, representing the roiling issues of the day, the power struggle playing out between Congress and the White House, and even the pique between the president and GOP congressional […]

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