Turning the Tide: Can a Former CEO Clean Up the VA Disaster?

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As a young man, Robert McDonald studied war and trained as a paratrooper to help wage it. Now, he’ll turn his mind to the aftermath of conflict.



Obama Makes Crack Joke About Pastry Chef’s Pies

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During Monday’s LGBT Pride Month reception, the president acknowledged members of his staff and administration, including White Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, whose pies are apparently quite popular with the Obamas.



Bill Clinton: States should experiment with marijuana legalization

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Former President Bill Clinton gestures during a televised conversation hosted by Bloomberg TV titled "A New Competitive Era: America in the World," on the final day of the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America, at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (Brennan Linsley/AP Photo)Former President Bill Clinton, who once famously said he smoked marijuana but "didn't inhale," says he thinks legalization should be an issue for the states to decide.

U.S. top court lets some public employees avoid union dues

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Two men talk as the sun rises over the Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Amanda Becker and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court dealt unions a setback Monday by ruling that state-paid, in-home care workers in Illinois cannot be compelled to pay union dues, but stopped short of blocking organized labor from collecting such fees from other public employees. In a narrowly crafted 5-4 ruling written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, the court said plaintiff Pamela Harris and others who provide in-home care for family members and others with disabilities are "partial" or "quasi" public employees and cannot be forced to financially support a public employees union. The court did not, as the plaintiffs asked and unions feared, overturn its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. In that case, the high court affirmed that collective bargaining agreements can require public-sector employees to pay the portion of union dues not spent on political activities.

Israel weighs strikes on Hamas in West Bank, Gaza after teenagers found dead

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The Israeli government is weighing a possible broad offensive against the Islamic Hamas group in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after soldiers on Monday discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who went missing 18 days ago.

U.S. justices uphold firms’ religious objections to contraception

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Pro-choice demonstrators rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that owners of private companies can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires employers to provide insurance covering birth control for women. The decision, which applies only to a small number of family or other closely-held companies, means an estimated several thousand women whose health insurance comes via such companies may have to obtain certain forms of birth control coverage elsewhere. In a 5-4 vote along ideological lines, the justices said the companies can seek an exemption from the so-called birth control mandate of the law known as Obamacare. The companies in the case said they did not object to all birth control but certain methods they said were tantamount to abortion, which they oppose for religious reasons.

Obama Nominates former CEO to Transform VA

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President Barack Obama on Monday nominated former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.



Obama says to reform immigration on his own, bypassing Congress

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U.S. President Obama speaks about immigration reform from the Rose Garden of the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday he would take executive action to reform the U.S. immigration system after hopes of passing legislation in Congress officially died. Republican John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, told Obama last week that his chamber would not vote on immigration reform this year, killing chances that a wide-ranging bill passed by the Senate would become law. The collapse of the legislative process delivers another in a series of blows to Obama's domestic policy agenda and comes as he struggles to deal with a flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have entered the United States.

Obama Explains Actions He’ll Take on Immigration Issue

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President Barack Obama talks about using executive action to deal with issues at the U.S.-Mexico border.



Obama: Boehner Told Me He’ll Block Immigration Bill

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President Barack Obama talks about immigration reform legislation in Congress and House Republican Speaker John Boehner.