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Obama heads north to Alaska, where drilling decision looms large
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. The trip is part of a broad campaign to seal an international deal later this year to curb carbon emissions, something the White House hopes will cap Obama's legacy on climate during his time in office. While Obama pushes the world to wean itself from fossil fuels, his administration gave Shell the green light earlier this month to drill in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea.
Biden beloved by top Democrats; his candidacy, not so much
By Luciana Lopez MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Joe Biden got plenty of love from top Democrats on Friday, but their views about a possible White House run by the vice president were decidedly more mixed. While Biden was nowhere near the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, his potential late entry into the party's presidential race against front-runner Hillary Clinton dominated conversations in meeting rooms and hallways. In more than a dozen interviews, top Democrats expressed admiration and affection for Biden, but several cast doubt on whether he should get in the race.
Democratic support for Clinton at lowest since 2012: Reuters poll
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's support among Democrats has dropped to its lowest point since Reuters/Ipsos began polling on her chances of winning the party's nomination for the 2016 election almost three years ago. Clinton has suffered a steady erosion in the number of people in opinion polls who see her as trustworthy as controversy has grown over her use of a private email account when she served as America's top diplomat. The Reuters/Ipsos survey, a rolling poll taken over the previous five days, put Clinton at 45 percent, with Sanders at 25 percent.
Planned Parenthood goes to court to fight funding cuts in Alabama
By Letitia Stein (Reuters) - (This 28 August 2015 story was refiled to add the dropped word "court" in the first paragraph) Planned Parenthood filed a complaint in Alabama federal court on Friday seeking to stop the state from defunding its health clinics after the release of covertly recorded videos attacking the organization's handling of aborted fetal tissue. The reproductive-health organization took similar legal action earlier this week in Louisiana, which also plans to terminate its contract with Planned Parenthood to provide medical services to low-income residents. Planned Parenthood, joined in the suit by the American Civil Liberties Union, said in court filings that Alabama's Republican governor illegally terminated its contract to provide health services under Medicaid, a federal and state healthcare program for the poor.
What I saw visiting post-Katrina New Orleans with President Bush
George W. Bush says criticism over his response to Katrina was the worst moment of my presidency. Holly Bailey was there when he finally landed on the ground in New Orleans.Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:40:37 -0400
High-tech policing: Do cities need Big Brother to lower crime?
In so enthusiastically embracing crime-fighting technology, the Camden County police department has become an example of a dystopian policing experiment that may have grown too big, too fast to understand its side effects.Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:23:24 -0400
As South Carolina debates Confederate flag, controversy spreads to other states that display it
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag
In a press conference Monday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined those calling on state lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag from a war memorial on the state Capitol grounds. The announcement comes days after the massacre of nine members of Charleston's historic Emanuel church by alleged gunman Dylann Roof. Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric hosted a live stream of Gov. Haley's address and was joined for discussion by Morris Dees, co-founder of Southern Poverty Law Center and Jon Ward, Yahoo Senior Political Correspondent.Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:50:05 -0400
Uniquely Nasty: Original documents and White House recordings
FAA Approves Use of First-Ever Paper Airplane Drone
Under FAA requirements, drones may not be operated outside restricted airspace and below 200 feet. This smartphone-controlled paper airplane -- also known as the PowerUp 3.0 -- has a flight time of 5 to 10 minutes and a range of 180 feet, according to the company. The petition for exemption for the PowerUp 3.0 was filed by Peter Sachs, a lawyer with a concentration in drone law and pilot who wants to use the paper airplane drone to take aerial videos and photos.