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Obama signs payroll-tax holiday into law

February 22, 2012 President Obama on Wednesday signed the payroll-tax holiday extension into law, the White House announced. The measure maintains a lower payroll-tax rate for the duration of 2012, extends federal unemployment benefits, and prevents doctors who accept Medicare from taking a reimbursement cut. The law also increases the amount new federal...

Alleged White House shooter charged with assassination attempt

November 17, 2011 An Idaho man who allegedly fired two shots at the White House last week has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Obama, the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington said on Thursday. Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, of Idaho Falls, was arrested on Wednesday in Pennsylvania and taken into federal custody. He...

State Department issues global travel warning after death of Awlaki

October 3, 2011 The State Department is warning Americans citizens and interests about possible retaliatory attacks following the death of the key al-Qaida in the Arabian Penninsula figure Anwar al-Awlaki. Awlaki, who was an American citizen, was killed by a drone strike in Yemen on Friday. The fact that he was American is...

White House rickrolls its 2.3 million Twitter followers

July 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who said the White House can't have fun on Twitter? Toward the end of Wednesday's White House "office hours," in which National Economic Council Deputy Director Brian Deese answered questions via Twitter, David Wiggs of Franklin, Tenn., had a gripe: (#TCOT stands for top conservatives on Twitter--a hashtag that conservatives...

White House staff holds Twitter 'Office Hours'

July 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Washington feels the heat of the debt-ceiling battle, White House staff is taking to Twitter to answer questions. The White House is calling it "Office Hours," and the first one was held on Tuesday, featuring Brian Deese, deputy director of the National Economic Council. Most questions were focused on...

FAA, controllers' union reach agreement on guidelines to combat fatigue

July 1, 2011 The Federal Aviation Administration will work with the union representing the nation's air traffic controllers to develop new sleep schedules that incorporate fatigue science, it was announced Friday. The agreement comes after a number of reports this spring of controllers falling asleep during overnight shifts, but the new guidelines were...

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