Tagged: Obama


Obama signs Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015

By Maniza Habib | Feb. 5, 2016, 10:47 a.m. | In News Blog »

Microbeads are primarily used for exfoliating and cleansing rough skin, or even as an acne treatment. However, the disadvantages of the beads trump their advantages.


Sea level rise will be coastal states' demise

By James Sleigh | July 29, 2014, 10:14 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While the threat of sea level increase may seem trivial to many, several low-lying islands and coastal areas are already experiencing the effects of rapidly swelling oceans and seas.


Sea level rise will be coastal states' demise

By James Sleigh | July 28, 2014, 11 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Scientists recently produced evidence that sea level rise will continue into the foreseeable future. Several low-lying islands and coastal areas are already experiencing the effects of rapidly swelling oceans and seas.


The meeting not to abandon

By Rohan Oprisko | Aug. 22, 2013, 7:38 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

After spending a month in a Moscow airport, Russia granted Snowden one year of asylum. Because of this action, the Obama administration cancelled a scheduled meeting with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in which they would have talked about important issues relating to both countries.


No Thumbs Up for "White House Down"

By Martha Morganstein | June 29, 2013, 3:55 p.m. | In Movies »

After directing the movies "Independence Day" and "2012," director Roland Emmerich is back with his newest action packed movie. For action lovers, "White House Down" guarantees entertainment and summer fun regardless of the movie's numerous flaws. Following "Olympus has Fallen," it is the second movie of the year that centers on a takeover of the White House.


News Chips: The Syrian solution?

By Grace Hill | May 9, 2013, 11:14 p.m. | In News Blog »

President Obama indicated last August that if the Assad regime in Syria utilized chemical weapons against rebel groups or any other civilians, it would cross a "red line."


NewsChips: Obama's budget aims to bridge partisan gaps

By Grace Hill | April 11, 2013, 10:42 p.m. | In News Blog »

President Obama is attempting to do the impossible – reconcile liberal and conservative differences while simultaneously reducing the national deficit.


NewsChips: Sequester showdown

By Grace Hill | Feb. 21, 2013, 6:34 p.m. | In News Blog »

Sequestration, which will happen unless Congress reaches a deal before then, is likely inevitable due to the current gridlock and inaction.


Pro/Con: Government regulation of contraceptives

By Rachel Auerbach Allison Daitch | April 6, 2012, 12:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Beginning on Aug. 1, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will require all health insurance plans to cover women's contraceptives.


Old promises or new beginnings?

By Janvi Raichura | Jan. 28, 2012, 11:56 a.m. | In News Blog »

Although the State of the Union address did not pack the usual Obama punch, he outlined his plans to turn the country's ecomony around.


An unanswered call

By Mimi Verdonk | Sept. 18, 2011, 6:16 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

What the American public wants, and needs, is an actual plan to generate savings, but what Obama provided in his speech earlier this month was a lot of empty words.


Even the president needs a break

By Rachel Auerbach | Aug. 25, 2011, 10:38 a.m. | In News Blog »

Imagine that instead of racing to raise that "D" in Calculus by the end of the quarter, you're trying to get a country out of billions of dollars of debt, attempting to solve conflicts in the Middle East, facing constant criticism and, on top of that, trying to raise a family.


100 days, 100 decisions

By David Tao Kevin Teng | April 29, 2009, midnight | In National »

The course of a presidential legacy is often defined by the actions a president takes in his or her first 100 days of office. These first 100 days, often called "the honeymoon period," are an opportune time for a president to sway the country's policy because of the public and congressional approval granted to a newly elected chief of state.


Barack Obama: the next FDR?

By Sophia Deng | April 28, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

By passing 12 pieces of New Deal legislation during his first 100 days in office, 32nd President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set a monumental standard for subsequent presidents to follow. Although a president's first 100 days were an insignificant matter before FDR's presidency, this period became a benchmark of political effectiveness after Roosevelt set his golden standard. In fact, 70 years later, the first 100 days are still used as a predictor for the future success of a president's term.


National News for April 11 - 24

By Kevin Teng | April 27, 2009, midnight | In National »

Vienna, Va. April 22 - Freddie Mac Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David Kellermann was found dead in an apparent suicide by hanging, according to sources close to the investigation. Kellermann has worked at Freddie Mac for the past 16 years and was made acting CFO in September after the government seized control of Freddie Mac in the midst of the economic crisis. Kellermann's actions at work had been under strict government regulation since he took the position.


International News for April 11 - 24

By Alisa Lu | April 27, 2009, midnight | In International »

April 23 - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted that the world economy will recover from the recession in 2010 after continued shrinking in 2009. Originally, the IMF had predicted that the world economy will grow in 2010 by almost 3.3 percent but it has since downgraded that prediction to 1.3 percent. Although the Chinese and Indian economies are predicted to grow 6.5 percent and 4.5 percent respectively, the economies of Western Europe and North America are expected to contract 3.8 percent to offset the gains in Asia. The report also predicts that unemployment levels will rise around the world before receding in 2010.


Blazers plant trees with Obama

By Jenna Bushnell | April 23, 2009, midnight | In Local »

Juniors Tomas Deza and Richard Adamson met President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Clinton on Tuesday while planting trees in honor of Earth Day. Deza and Adamson are a part of the environmental group Student Conservation Association (SCA) that helps protect and restore national parks.


The bleeding elephant

By Alisa Lu | April 14, 2009, midnight | In News Blog »

In the wee hours of Dec. 16, 1773, American colonists disguised as American Indians snuck aboard a British ship and threw overboard crates of tea to protest the new tea taxes.


National News for March 28 - April 10

By Alisa Lu | April 13, 2009, midnight | In National »

Detroit, Mich. March 29 - General Motors (GM) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard Wagoner resigned under pressure from the Obama Administration. After panning GM for failing to turn itself around earlier this month, the administration asked Wagoner to step aside during a meeting on March 29. Former GM President and Chief Operating Officer Fritz Henderson will take over as Chairman and CEO of the struggling automaker. The administration has given GM 60 days to create a plan to prove that the business can be revived. If GM fails to come up with a viable plan, the government will stop giving federal money and allow the company to file for bankruptcy.


International News for March 28 - April 10

By Kevin Teng | April 13, 2009, midnight | In International »

United States The Obama Administration has agreed to join regular talks with Iran and other nations about Iran's nuclear program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech that he would welcome new talks given that they shifted in an "honest" direction. This approach to foreign policy has differed from the approach taken by the Bush administration, which refused to meet with Ahmadinejad.


National News for March 14 - 27

By Kevin Teng | March 27, 2009, midnight | In National »

March 15 - Insurance firm American International Group (AIG) distributed $165 million in bonuses and sparked an outrage among government officials and concerned citizens, as it received $182 billion in bailout money from the government late last year. In response, the House Financial Services Committee began pushing legislation aimed at instating a 90 percent tax on bonuses to employees working at bailed-out corporations. The bill would not require that AIG employees pay back their bonuses, but would prevent any more bailout money from reaching corporations with such bonuses. President Barack Obama warned the committee that the tax rate was too high, prompting them to revise their proposal, which will be debated and could be passed as early as next week.


International News for March 14 - 27

By Alisa Lu | March 27, 2009, midnight | In International »

March 17 - Former left-wing president Mohammed Khatami dropped out of the Iranian presidential race and endorsed fellow reformist candidate and former prime minister Mir-Hossein Moussavi in an attempt to unite the left-wing faction in Iran. Khatami served as president of Iran from 1997-2005 before transferring power to current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a staunch conservative. Ahmadinejad is widely regarded as the front-runner in the election, backed with support from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The election will be held on June 12, 2009.


The people's house

By Lucas Alvarado-Farrar | March 23, 2009, midnight | In Features »

Monday morning was off to a chaotic start for senior Edith Leiva. Her dog Milano had broken loose from the house and Leiva had just spent the last 10 minutes trying to rein him in. After getting control of the terrier and now a half hour late for school, a text from her sister popped up on her phone: "Go IMMEDIATELY to room 342." Leiva assumed the worst.


Blazers to attend White House dinner

By Lucas Alvarado-Farrar | March 19, 2009, midnight | In Local »

This evening, 10 students from Blair will attend a dinner at the White House in a Celebration of Women's History Month hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The dinner will feature 25 distinguished female speakers from around the nation.


National News for Feb. 28 - March 13

By Alisa Lu | March 15, 2009, midnight | In National »

President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Nancy-Ann DeParle as head of the White House Office for Health Reform. Obama had earlier nominated former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) for both positions but Daschle withdrew over concerns regarding his failure to fully pay his taxes. If confirmed, Sebelius and DeParle will oversee a gigantic overhaul of the United States health care system and make many changes to government programs and agencies such as Medicare and the Food and Drug Administration. Obama has estimated that the cost of overhauling the system will exceed $1 billion.


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