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Obama to ask for $1 billion for climate change projects

President Obama will ask for $1 billion for projects to better understand the impact of climate change in his proposed fiscal 2015 budget next month, a Feb. 14 White House fact sheet says.

Obama bumps federal contractor minimum wage to $10.10

President Obama made good on a promise in his State of the Union address and raised the minimum wage Wednesday for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour starting in 2015.

ACA exchanges enroll 3.3 million since October, HHS officials say

About 3.3 million people signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act exchanges through the end of January, Health and Human Services officials said on a Feb. 12 press call.

FISC approves Obama's surveillance reforms

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved two proposals from President Obama to reform surveillance programs Feb. 5. The National Security Agency will now be allowed to query the telephony metadata it collects only following a court finding that reasonable, articulable suspicion exists that the telephone number is associated with an international terrorist group. Previously, it was up to the NSA to decide if its suspicion was reasonable and articulable. President Obama proposed the change during a speech Jan. 17.

House Republican leaders back off tying ACA and Keystone to debt limit

With the debt ceiling deadline approaching, House Republicans leaders are backing off a fight to repeal Affordable Care Act provisions or Keystone XL pipeline approval in exchange for a debt limit hike.

White House drug official: Marijuana policy unchanged

Pressed by lawmakers at a hearing of the House Oversight subcommittee on government operations, Michael Botticelli, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, did agree that by some measures, marijuana is less dangerous than other illegal drugs.

CBO: Era of declining deficits won't last

The federal budget deficit is set to reach its lowest point of the Obama presidency this year, then start growing again two years later, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Agencies shouldn't punish applicants who are long-term unemployed, Obama says

The federal government shouldn't discriminate against applicants that are long-term unemployed or facing financial hardships, a Jan. 31 White House memo says.

Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any President since Grover Cleveland

President Obama's promise in his State of the Union address to make robust use of executive orders this year belies the fact that he's the executive-in-chief to have so far made the least frequent use of orders since Grover Cleveland occupied the White House.

U.S.-EU split on data privacy could upend the Internet, diplomat says

Suspending the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework would have major repercussions – not just for trade, but for the nature of the Internet, said Francois Rivasseau, deputy head of the EU Delegation to the United States.