Archives for October 28, 2009

Obama signs hate crimes bill into law (CNN)

President Obama on Wednesday signed a law that makes it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

Obama inks defense bill with hate crimes provision (AP via Yahoo! News)

Trumpeting a victory against careless spending, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a defense bill that kills some costly weapons projects and expands war efforts.

Long-running 'Family Feud,' host O'Hurley get lift from changes …

Other changes include a set makeover and video profiles of the competing families, intended to make viewers feel more invested in the contestants, according to the show. A new Wii version of the game was just released

Obama gives donors special access, report says (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama has rewarded top Democratic donors with perks ranging from holiday visits to the White House to policy briefings, carrying on a practice of past presidents despite his promise to change how Washington works, a report published Wednesday shows.

Obama hails Brooke as Congress bestows high honor (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama is hailing Edward Brooke, who made history 43 years ago as the first black man elected by popular vote to the U.S. Senate.

McCain exhorts Obama to make Afghan decision now (AP via Yahoo! News)

Sen. John McCain is exhorting President Barack Obama to make a decision quickly on sending additional troops to Afghanistan, saying U.S allies are nervous and military commanders are frustrated.

Malia, Sasha Obama get their swine flu shots (AFP via Yahoo! News)

The daughters of US President Barack Obama, Malia and Sasha, have received their swine flu vaccinations, a White House spokeswoman said.

New defense bill cuts waste, but not enough: Obama (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama will say on Wednesday there is still too much waste in U.S.

Obama to sign military budget bill (AFP via Yahoo! News)

US President Barack Obama will Wednesday sign a 680-billion-dollar defense authorization bill, which includes funds to train Afghan security forces and for more mine resistant troop carriers.

Envoy: No China-US climate pact from Obama visit (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama’s visit to China next month is not likely to yield a separate accord on countering global warming, though both countries are pushing for progress for upcoming global talks in Copenhagen, the top U.S. envoy on climate change said Wednesday.