Barack Obama

President Obama has ordered the intelligence community to conduct a "full review" of "malicious cyber activity" timed to U.S. elections, the White House said Friday. The review will go all the way back to the 2008 campaign when China was found to have hacked both the Obama and McCain campaigns , White House spokesman Eric Schultz said at a Friday press briefing. In the 2016 election, U.S. intelligence officials charged that Russia had interfered. In early October, they released a strongly...

The Obama administration is challenging a federal judge's decision last month to block the implementation of a new rule that would have made 4 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay. The Department of Labor and its co-defendants filed a notice of appeal at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday, the same day that the rule was set to take effect before the temporary injunction was issued. "The Labor Department's sweeping overhaul to the overtime rule...

With just over a week before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge has blocked the implementation of an Obama administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to some 4 million Americans. The Labor Department's sweeping overhaul to the overtime rule required employers to pay time-and-a-half to their employees who worked more than 40 hours in a given week and earned less than $47,476 a year. That salary threshold is about twice what currently allows workers to be...

At his first news conference following his party's shocking loss at the ballot box last week, President Obama appeared to needle Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign for not paying enough attention to rural voters who eventually handed President-elect Donald Trump the upset victory. "When your team loses, everybody gets deflated, and it's hard, and it's challenging," Obama said. "I think it's a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to go through some reflection." "We have to compete...

Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning is asking President Obama to grant her clemency saying she is requesting "a first chance at life." Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after perpetrating one of the largest leaks of classified information in U.S. history. Manning's lawyers argue that she has already served the longest sentence of "any other whistleblower in American history" and Obama's decision should be influenced by the fact that Manning was held in harsh conditions and solitary...

It was perhaps the unthinkable: President Obama meeting with his successor at the White House in the first step to carry out the peaceful transition of power in the American republic — and that successor is Donald Trump. But that's exactly what happened Thursday morning in what amounts to one of the more surreal moments in American political history. President-elect Trump, who rose to political fame by falsely questioning the birthplace of the sitting president, said he had "great respect"...

The federal government, filled with creaky computer systems that are a poor match for the cybersecurity threats that agencies face from an array of hackers, criminals and foreign governments, is hoping for a multibillion-dollar capital infusion to modernize its IT infrastructure. U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott says trying to protect current federal IT infrastructure, some of which is decades old, is like "trying to put air bags into an old car." It can be done, he says, but it's...

Psy-ops in the guest box continues at the third and final presidential debate. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both using guest tickets in a calculated effort to rattle their rivals, or at least send a signal to voters watching on TV. The in-your-face guest list includes two billionaire critics of Trump, the mother of a Benghazi victim, and President Obama's Kenya-born half-brother. Trump invited Malik Obama to sit in his silent cheering section after the president's relative endorsed...

President Obama had some harsh words for Donald Trump's charges that the presidential election is going to be rigged — "Stop whining." With the GOP nominee trailing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the polls, Trump has turned to claiming that if he loses, the election is rigged. Both Democrats and Republicans have called such rhetoric very dangerous, and election law experts, including Ohio State University's Edward Foley on Tuesday's Morning Edition , have said such a scenario is ...

As of Monday, U.S. citizens who travel to Cuba will no longer be limited to bringing back goods worth up to $400 — including $100 worth of tobacco and alcohol. President Obama ordered the changes, which also clear the way for Cuban-origin pharmaceuticals to gain U.S. regulatory approval. Instead of those special quotas, normal limits on Americans' importation of foreign products for personal use will apply. The changes are meant to "open up space for Cubans to improve their livelihood," said...

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