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Obama Orders Supercomputer 30 Times Faster Than All Others

President signs executive order calling for astonishingly fast exascale machine

(Newser) - If something called the National Strategic Computing Initiative sounds like a big deal, that's because it is. The White House yesterday announced an executive order from President Obama describing the NSCI plan, a joint effort of the Department of Energy, Defense Department, and the National Science Foundation, Motherboard reports.... More »

Obama Exec Order Opens Up Sanctions for Hackers

US now has power to freeze assets of overseas hackers

(Newser) - President Obama today signed an executive order that creates the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying—and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage. Though no specific penalties were announced, in a post on Medium , Obama broadly writes that "from... More »

Obama Either Ruined or Saved America: 4 Takes

President's immigration order is today's hot topic

(Newser) - Here's a taste of the love-it or hate-it debate unfolding in the wake of President Obama's immigration speech from last night:
  • 'I, Barack': This is "a sorry day for America’s republic," declares an editorial at the Wall Street Journal . Obama's use of "
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Things to Watch in Obama's Immigration Address

He's likely to point out that predecessors have used executive authority on the issue

(Newser) - The AP offers a guide on what to watch for tonight as President Obama unveils his changes to the nation's immigration system:
  • Winners, losers: Up to 5 million people are expected to be covered by the president's plan, including parents of US citizens and permanent residents who have
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What to Expect in Obama's Immigration Order

Immigrants won't get ObamaCare; parents of Dreamers gain no protection

(Newser) - President Obama will lay out his executive order on immigration reform tomorrow night in an 8pm ET speech, one in which he's expected to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. That will mostly involve providing work permits to adult immigrants who have been in the US... More »

Obama Signs Exec Orders to Boost Equal Pay

Twin moves seek to reduce gender pay divide

(Newser) - On National Equal Pay Day, President Obama is taking action to fight the gender wage gap among federal contractors. Today, he signed an executive order requiring the companies to publish their wage data by gender and race, thus pushing them to adhere to laws on equal pay, al Jazeera America... More »

Obama Goes It Alone to Expand Overtime Pay

Aims to limit exemption for 'executive or professional' workers

(Newser) - President Obama is acting to ensure overtime for millions of workers who may currently be working the hours without getting the pay. As it stands, workers ranging from fast-food managers to computer experts may be labeled "executive or professional" by their employers; that designation lets their bosses avoid paying... More »

Obama Raising Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

From $7.25 to $10.10, via executive order

(Newser) - Some federal contract workers will soon be making $10.10 per hour, up from $7.25, thanks to an executive action to be signed by President Obama. The move could eventually affect more than 2 million employees, but Obama's long-term goal is to increase the minimum wage across the... More »

Exec Orders on Cybersecurity Due Tomorrow

But White House still wants Congress to act

(Newser) - President Obama's hotly rumored executive orders to beef up cybersecurity for companies operating America's critical infrastructure are coming tomorrow morning, sources tell the Hill . Obama is expected to mention cybersecurity briefly in tonight's State of the Union address, as he did in last year's; but, with... More »

Obama Mulls Exec Orders on Gay Rights, Environment

Could also take action on mortgage refinancing

(Newser) - If Congress won't move on President Obama's agenda, he may take further action—on mortgage refinancing, gay rights, and other issues—on his own. The process could begin this week with new cybersecurity rules for private firms in certain industries, including transportation, the Washington Post reports. Later, he... More »

Obama's 23 Executive Orders

Includes having the CDC research gun violence

(Newser) - So just what are the 23 executive orders President Obama signed today as part of his plan to curb gun violence? Dave Weigel at Slate runs them down, and here's a sampling from him and AP :
  • "Require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background
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Biden: 19 Ways Obama Can Go It Alone on Gun Control

GOP rep warns of impeachment if Obama opts for executive action

(Newser) - As the White House gears up for a battle over gun control, Joe Biden has presented 19 moves the administration could take on its own. Speaking to House Dems yesterday, he outlined an array of executive actions, including boosting enforcement of current laws, empowering the CDC to research guns, and... More »

Obama: No 'Magic Tricks' for Debt Ceiling

President rules out executive debt ceiling fix

(Newser) - Looks like President Obama really doesn't have a trillion-dollar coin up his sleeve—or any other crafty debt ceiling fix. At what he billed as the last press conference of his first term today, Obama was asked if he'd consider executive action—possibly invoking the 14th amendment—to... More »

Mitt: Abortion Not on My Agenda

But spokesperson walks back Romney's comments

(Newser) - Mitt Romney appeared to shake the etch-a-sketch on abortion yesterday, saying he didn't foresee passing any laws limiting abortion rights. "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," he told the Des Moines Register , though... More »

Obama Orders Sanctions Against Iran's Central Bank

Tougher measures were included under NDAA

(Newser) - President Obama issued an executive order today imposing tough new sanctions on Iran's Central Bank. The order freezes "all property and interests in property of the Government of Iran," and of "any Iranian financial institution." The sanctions were included in the controversial defense bill Obama... More »

Obama's Latest Jobs Push: Putting Veterans to Work

He issues executive orders, urges Congress to act

(Newser) - President Obama took to the Rose Garden today to issue a plea for another part of his jobs plan: a tax credit for businesses hiring unemployed veterans, and an even higher credit for hiring veterans with a disability. After fighting for our country overseas, Obama said, "the last thing... More »

Jobs Plan Stuck, Obama Takes New Tack, New Slogan

Turns to executive orders to create economic relief

(Newser) - Barack Obama's jobs bill may have been stopped in the Senate by Republican filibuster threats , but the president still has plenty of tools at his disposal. Beginning today, he plans to launch a series of measures to help with housing, education, and the economy, reports the New York Times... More »

I Got What I Wanted: Health Reform That's Pro-Life

Anti-abortion Dem answers critics of his reform vote

(Newser) - The health-care bill passed this week is plenty pro-life for Bart Stupak, the anti-abortion Democrat whose amendment didn’t make the final cut but who wrangled an executive order out of President Obama that carries “the full force and effect of law” in prohibiting federal funding for abortion. In... More »

Va. Governor Backtracks, Forbids Gay Discrimination

GOP's McDonnell had eliminated clause

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell today stepped back from his move that excised discrimination protection for homosexuals from rules on state hiring practice, issuing an executive directive that bias against gays is strictly forbidden in the workplace. McDonnell and state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, a fellow Republican, contend that only the... More »

Gov't Will Slash Greenhouse Emissions: Obama

Executive order requires federal agencies to reduce waste, conserve energy

(Newser) - Federal agencies have until 2020 to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 28% under an executive order President Obama signed today. The order also calls for improvements in energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction. "As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to... More »

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