A link has been sent. internet Done Obama strengthens gay, transgender workplace rights 4 hours ago . View photo US President Barack Obama signs an Executive Order to protect LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) employees from workplace discrimination at the White House in Washington, DC, July 21, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad) Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday outlawing federal employment discrimination based on gender identity and strengthening other LGBT protections. Supporters of expanded anti-bias protections for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities have sought legal action for years, but in the absence of legislative moves by Congress, the president exercised his executive authority to end certain discriminations. Obama’s order prohibits sexual orientation-related discrimination by companies that contract with the federal government, a move affecting firms that employ millions.
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President Barack By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the troubled agency plagued by healthcare delays and accusations of mismanagement and fraud. Bob McDonald, the former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co, the world’s largest manufacturer of household products, told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that he would work to reorganize the VA to deliver care more efficiently to veterans. In a confirmation hearing brimming with corporate management buzzwords, McDonald said he would immerse himself in the VA’s operations and devise ways to focus each of the department’s 341,000 employees on its core mission of serving veterans. “In order to retain the trust of the American people, and most importantly, veterans, we must ensure every employee has an action plan in their annual performance review that rolls up to the strategic plan and the mission of the department,” he said.
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Obama accused the separatists of removing evidence and bodies from the site, actions that he said raise the question of “what exactly are they trying to hide?” The White House has been seeking to pin responsibility on the separatists for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying nearly 300 people. Officials have also pointed a finger at Russia, arguing that it would be all but impossible for the insurgents to operate the sophisticated missile system needed to shoot down a passenger jet without some level of assistance from Russia. Obama offered no new evidence Monday as to who was responsible for shooting down the plane. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest said a clear picture of what happened in the incident was coming into focus. “Russian claims to the contrary are getting both more desperate and much harder to believe,” Earnest said.
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The government has been searching for solutions since the Supreme Court decided an evangelical college can avoid filling out the form while its case is being appealed. The form lets faith-affiliated groups transfer responsibility for paying for birth control to insurers or third-party administrators. But Wheaton College says just filling out that form makes it complicit in subsidizing coverage they oppose. The Obama administration says that within one month, it will release new regulations creating an alternative way for religious groups to indicate their objection. The administration says it won’t involve shifting the costs to employees.
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Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Obama, Polish president discuss need for unity after downing of plane July 21, 2014 9:06 PM 0 shares Content preferences Done WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski discussed on Monday the need for increased defense spending in Europe and for transatlantic unity after the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine, the White House said. “President Obama and President Komorowski agreed on the importance of raising defense spending among European members of NATO, as well as on the importance of alliance-wide and credible contributions to NATOs reassurance efforts in Central and Eastern Europe,” the White House said in a statement about the call between the two men.
Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Senate Democrats’ legislation puts them on a collision course with Republicans who control the House. They, too, have described plans to dramatically scale back Obama’s spending request, but like Republicans in the Senate they have made changes to the 2008 trafficking victims law a condition for approving any money. “I don’t believe the American people will support sending more money to the border unless both parties work together to address these policies and actually solve this problem,” House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday. The 2008 law guarantees judicial hearings for unaccompanied youths arriving here from Central America, which in practice allows them to stay in this country for years because of major backlogs in the immigration court system. Republicans want the law changed so that unaccompanied Central American kids can be treated like those from Mexico, who can be sent back by Border Patrol agents unless they can demonstrate a fear of return that necessitates further screening.