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Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war: CNN interview

U.S. President Obama answers a question about the cyberattack on Sony Pictures after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limiting U.S. anger over the incident which Washington blames on North Korea. Obama and his advisers are weighing how to respond in kind to the attack, which prompted the Hollywood studio owned by the Japanese firm to withdraw a comedy, "The Interview," prepared for release to movie theaters during the holiday season. "No, I don't think it was an act of war. ...

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:21:36 -0500
Lawmaker calls for strong U.S. response to Sony hack, including sanctions

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers speaks at the Reuters Cybersecurity SummitWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman on Sunday called for a "very serious" U.S. reaction, including sanctions, to a North Korean cyber attack on Sony Pictures, saying it was not enough for the United States to restrict that country's cyber capability. U.S. Representative Mike Rogers criticized President Barack Obama on "Fox News Sunday" for getting on a plane to Hawaii on Friday and not acting immediately against North Korea. "The problem here was not that the fact that we didn't have the capability to do something nearly in immediate time. ...

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:44:04 -0500
Obama vows 'do everything I can' to close Guantanamo: CNN interview

A sign marks a closed-off area at Camp Justice the location of the U.S. Military Commissions court for war crimes, at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay CubaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do "everything I can" to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after four Afghan detainees held there were sent home. Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison when he took office nearly six years ago, saying it was damaging America's image around the world. But he has been unable to do so, partly because of obstacles posed by the U.S. Congress. ...

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:14:12 -0500
Obama says Putin presiding over economic contraction: CNN interview

Russian President Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in MoscowWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. president Barack Obama has rejected the charge that he has been outmaneuvered by Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying in a TV interview due for broadcast later on Sunday that Putin was presiding over "a huge economic contraction" due to the Ukraine crisis. Obama, in an interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" program rejected the notion that Putin "is the chess master and outmaneuvering the West and outmaneuvering Mr. Obama and this and that and the other." The United States and Europe have imposed a series of economic sanctions on Russia. ...

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:12:33 -0500
NYC's Mayor Bill de Blasio weathers blowback on police reform after cop slayings

In the wake of two cop killings in Brooklyn this weekend, police unions and their allies are blaming recent calls to bring more accountability to Americas police force from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Obama administration.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:40:10 -0500
Obama speaks on North Korea's 'cyber vandalism,' not being 'rolled' by Putin, and closing Gitmo

In a wide-ranging interview, the president addressed a variety of topics, including North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures; Cuba; Russian President Vladimir Putin; race relations in America; and the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:27:21 -0500
What police departments can learn about race relations from the LAPD

Los Angeles police chief Charlie BeckLos Angeles used to be a hotbed of racial profiling and unrest. Now Chief Charlie Beck thinks his force could be a model for the rest of the nation.

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:25:46 -0500
Boston Marathon bombing survivor waves fake leg at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev supporters outside courthouse

Accused Boston Marathon Bomber Makes Rare Court AppearanceMarc Fucarile showed his prosthetic limb to conspiracy theorists who think Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might be innocent.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:28:48 -0500
Secret Service report: White House needs a taller fence and more, better-trained agents

RNPS - REUTERS NEWS PICTURE SERVICE - PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014After a prostitution scandal and consternation over how a fence-jumper at the White House got deep into the presidential mansion before he was stopped, the Secret Service needs to make sweeping changes like building a taller fence, hiring many more agents and stepping up their training, an independent commission says.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:05:16 -0500
Sony Hacking: President Obama Says Company Made 'Mistake' in Canceling 'The Interview'

Sony Hacking: President Obama Says Company Made 'Mistake' in Canceling 'The Interview'President Obama says Sony Pictures Entertainment made a "mistake" in canceling its planned release of the movie "The Interview" following a destructive cyber attack the U.S. government says was launched by North Korea."Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. Im sympathetic to the concerns that they faced," Obama said. "Having said all that, yes I think they made a mistake. ...

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:25:23 -0500
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