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Zelizer: How Obama can avoid lame-duck blues

Monday, 21 April 2014 19:00
STORY HIGHLIGHTSJulian Zelizer: The last midterm election that a president faces matters very much Zelizer: If GOP gains control of Senate and retains control of House, its power increases He says President Obama might turn into a lame-duck president with little clout Zelizer: If Democrats lose the Senate in November, Obama will accomplish little Editor's note:Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter"…
Warmer temperatures boost US economy
Monday, 21 April 2014 17:58
WASHINGTON — Spring’s thaw is reviving the economy, too. A recent batch of government and business reports show a U.S. economy emerging from winter’s deep freeze. Economists had expected growth to accelerate in 2014 after two years of slow and steady improvement. But an unusually bitter winter sent factories, hiring and consumer spending into hibernation. Now, as temperatures rise, the economy is regaining momentum. Factories are busier. Consumers are spending more. Banks are making more…
Okla. Supreme Court stays executions of 2 challenging drug secrecy
Monday, 21 April 2014 17:30
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has stayed the execution of two death row inmates who have challenged the state's secrecy protocol surrounding the source of lethal injection drugs. In a 5-4 decision, the high court issued the stay Monday, just one day before death row inmate Clayton Lockett was scheduled to be executed for the 1999 shooting death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman. The second inmate, Charles Warner, was convicted in the 1997…
Sherpas weigh boycott of Everest climbs
Monday, 21 April 2014 17:30
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. Nepal's government said late Monday it would consider the Sherpa's demands for more insurance money, more financial aid for the families of the victims, the formation of a relief fund and regulations that would ensure climbers' rights.
Obama names W. Neil Eggleston next White House counsel
Monday, 21 April 2014 16:30
President Obama will name W. Neil Eggleston as the successor to White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, who is stepping down next month, according to the New York Times. Eggleston, currently a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, is best known for his work defending government officials under investigation ranging from Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to former White House Political Affairs Director Sara Taylor, who was questioned in…
Maybe immigration reform isn't dead after all
Monday, 21 April 2014 16:30
STORY HIGHLIGHTSImmigration reform could get a second life under the threat of executive actionPresident Barack Obama has suggested he might act to curb deportationsSome Republicans backing reform worry the President will act by late summerThe next few months offer a narrow window for the GOP to sidestep executive action Washington (CNN) -- Conventional political wisdom suggests that immigration reform in a midterm election year has a snowball's chance in July of getting any traction.
Should Obama use the power of his pen?
Monday, 21 April 2014 16:30
STORY HIGHLIGHTSActivists, some Democrats want Obama to use executive action to stem deportationsRepublicans warn that using the pen will risk broader immigration reform effortsImmigration and political analysts say Obama could do more but must tread carefullySome Democratic lawmakers, immigration activists expect the President to act soon Washington (CNN) -- Immigration champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez feels confident that President BarackObama will use his executive powers to push through reform. House Speaker John Boehner feels confident that…
Man shot dead after attacking witness at federal courthouse
Monday, 21 April 2014 16:30
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A defendant died after being shot by a U.S. marshal on Monday during an attack on a witness during a trial in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, the FBI said. Siale Angilau, 25, died at a hospital after he was shot in the chest as he rushed the witness with a pen in an "aggressive, threatening manner," the FBI said in a news release.
Thawing out: Warmer temperatures lift US economy
Monday, 21 April 2014 15:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spring's thaw is reviving the economy, too. A recent batch of government and business reports show a U.S. economy emerging from winter's deep freeze. Economists had expected the growth to accelerate in 2014 after two years of slow and steady improvement. But an unusually bitter winter sent factories, hiring and consumer spending into hibernation. Now, as temperatures rise, the economy is regaining momentum. Factories are busier. Consumers are spending more.
DHS may limit deportations of illegal immigrants
Monday, 21 April 2014 15:15
WASHINGTONHomeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is considering limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally but without serious criminal records, according to the Associated Press. On President Obama's orders, Johnson is conducting a politically charged review of U.S. deportation policy. The potential change could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because of repeated immigration violations, such as re-entering the country after being deported. The change would fall short of…