Obama administration is close to announcing measures to punish Russia for election interference

The Obama administration is close to announcing a series of measures to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election, including economic sanctions and diplomatic censure, according to U.S. officials. The administration is still finalizing the details, which are also expected to include covert action that likely will involve cyber operations, the officials said. An announcement on the […]

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In a race to the finish, Obama administration presses ahead with ambitious rules

As the future Trump administration begins to take shape, the Obama White House is engaged in a frenzied, final effort to put in place as many new rules and regulations as time allows. The goal: to complete several major regulations and other executive actions before President Obama leaves office on Jan. 20. Under consideration are executive actions that would affect land […]

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Obama Administration Warns Beijing About Chinese Agents Operating in U.S.

Agents are arriving on tourist visas to harass Chinese nationals to return home The Obama administration has warned Beijing about the presence of Chinese agents in the United States who are secretly attempting to pressure prominent expatriates to return home to China immediately. Citing anonymous U.S. government officials, the New York Times reports that the Chinese efforts are part of […]

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Obama Administration Could Expand Pell Grant Eligibility to Prisoners

Education Secretary Arne Duncan hinted recently that administration is “developing experimental sites” that would make Pell Grants available to prisoners The Obama administration could soon unveil a plan that would make federal college grants available to prisoners. On Monday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hinted during a policy speech that the administration is “developing experimental sites” that would, among other […]

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New Snowden Documents Reveal Obama Administration Expanded NSA Spying

The Justice Department was looking for evidence of computer hacking schemes The Obama administration expanded warrantless surveillance of Americans’ Internet searches, according to new National Security Agency documents released by Edward Snowden. According to ProPublica, which obtained documents from Snowden, in 2012 the Justice Department authorized the NSA to search Internet cables on American soil without a warrant for evidence […]

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Obama Administration Unveils New Fracking Rules

Tightens use of chemicals on federal land The Obama Administrationannounced Friday the first major nationwide hydraulic fracturing safety rules since the technology sparked an energy boom in the U.S. Under the rules, companies drilling on federal land must publicly disclose what chemicals they use in “fracking” — a mining technique by which rocks are fractured by pumping a liquid compound […]

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Obama Administration Unveils New Rules to Fight Tax Inversions

The U.S. Treasury Department said Monday it will take steps to curb the practice of companies moving their headquarters overseas by trimming the tax benefits of those transactions — known as corporate tax inversions — and, in some cases, stopping them entirely. “Inversion transactions erode our corporate tax base, unfairly placing a larger burden on all other taxpayers, including small […]

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