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Obama to sign defense bill with Guantanamo restrictions WASHINGTON: The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping defense policy bill on Tuesday and the White House said President Barack Obama will sign it, despite provisions making it more difficult to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The Senate vote was 91-3 in favor of the measure, which authorizes $607 billion in defense spending and includes $5 billion in cuts excluded from an earlier version vetoed by Obama.The president had objected to the previous bill both because of the Guantanamo language and because it eased military spending cuts without also loosening restrictions on domestic spending.The defense bill, which was revised to reflect a two-year budget deal Obama signed into law last week that resolved the spending dispute, easily passed the House last week.The votes for the National Defense Authorization Act, known as the NDAA, dealt a blow to Obama's pledge to close the prison before leaving office in 2017.White ...

Obama takes immigration reform to Supreme Court WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to uphold White House measures shielding up to four million undocumented migrants from deportation.Thrusting the country's top court into the role of arbiter in a emotionally charged political debate, the Justice Department said it would challenge lower court rulings that blocked Obama's efforts to reform immigration policy.A year ago, Obama tried to bypass Congress by ordering government agencies to focus on deporting serious criminals, ...
Obama administration to appeal immigration setback to US top court WASHINGTON: The Obama administration said on Tuesday it plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court decision that blocked President Barack Obama's executive actions aimed at shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.The Justice Department said it will appeal a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday that blocked Obama's immigration actions. The case was brought by 26 Republican-governed states that contend Obama exceeded his presidential powers ...
US defense bill sails through Senate despite Guantanamo language WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a sweeping defense policy bill that contains provisions that could make it more difficult for President Barack Obama to close the controversial detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The vote was 91-3 in favor of the measure, which authorizes more than $600 billion in defense spending and includes $5 billion in cuts not in an earlier version of the bill.Congressional aides said they expect Obama will sign the ...
White House confident in legal power of immigration reform actions WASHINGTON: The Obama administration believes strongly in the legal power of its executive actions on immigration reforms, despite an appeals court decision that blocked their implementation, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday."We continue to believe strongly in the legal power of the arguments we've been making for nearly a year now about the importance of giving our law enforcement officials the discretion to implement our immigration laws in a way that focuses on those ...
Obama likely to sign revised defense bill into law: White House WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will likely sign a revised version of the National Defense Authorization Act into law because he believes it contains important provisions, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday."What the president does believe though is that there are a number of provisions in the NDAA that are important to running and protecting the country. So that's why I would expect you'd see the president sign the NDAA when it comes to his ...
Fraud claims cast shadow over Haiti's election returns PORT-AU-PRINCE: Seven presidential candidates in Haiti called Monday for an independent investigation of "fraudulent" initial vote results.Jovenel Moise, backed by President Michel Martelly, drew 32 percent of the ballots October 25, followed by Jude Celestin, of the Lapeh party, with 25 percent, according to the official results. The two are scheduled for a runoff December 27.But signatories of the letter charged that the official returns were farcical, non-transparent and "totally beholden to the government in ...


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