Obama to Announce New Executive Action on Guns

President Barack Obama is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales, people familiar with White House planning said. Described as "imminent," the set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the White House says could help curb gun deaths. Plans for the action are not yet complete, and those familiar with the process warn that unforeseen circumstances could...
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Russia to Boost Forces Near Western Border in Response to US Troop Buildup

Stationing heavy U.S. military equipment in the Baltic states and eastern Europe would amount to "the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO" since the Cold War, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian Defense Ministry official as saying on Monday. "Russia would be left with no other option but to boost its troops and forces on the western flank," General Yuri Yakubov was quoted as saying. A U.S. official said at the weekend that Washington planned to store heavy military equipment in...
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Obama Threatens Russia with more Sanctions at G7

The leaders of the G7 states are ready to impose additional sanctions on Russia, if the situation in Ukraine worsens, according to a joint statement issued by the member states, following a two-day summit in the south of Germany. On Monday, the G7 issued a joint communiqué summing up the results of their meeting. In regard to the Ukrainian crisis, the leaders agreed, “that the duration of sanctions should be clearly linked to Russia’s complete implementation of the Minsk agreements and respec...
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Former Gov. Official: US Already Started WWIII

Top economic and political experts say we’re drifting towards World War 3. And see this. We noted in March that we’re already at war with Russia. Many experts agree … Former White House official Dr. Philippa Malmgren – former presidential adviser and member of the U.S. President’s Working Group on Financial Markets – said last December that the United States isalready at war with China and Russia: I was recently at a meeting with a lot of very senior people from the defense community...
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US Nuke Deal with China Raises Concerns

It seemed like a typical day for President Barack Obama. He taped a TV interview on trade, hosted the champion Nascar stock car racing team on the South Lawn, and met the defence secretary in the Oval Office. Not so typical was something that didn’t appear on the public schedule: notification to Congress that he intends to renew a nuclear cooperation agreement with China. The deal would allow Beijing to buy more US-designed reactors and pursue a facility or the technology to reprocess plutoni...
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Arab Gulf Leaders No Longer Trust America

Arab Gulf leaders meeting with President Barack Obama at Camp David this week are expected to seek big security guarantees from the United States. Some states want new, advanced weaponry such as the F-35 fighter jet and Gulf diplomats in Washington said they wanted a formal defense treaty with the United States. For its part, the Obama Administration has said the Camp David summit will focus on defense cooperation on ballistic missile defense, cyber warfare, and terrorism. Washington is also ...
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Persian Gulf Leaders Upset with Obama

Persian Gulf leaders, led by King Salman of Saudi Arabia, are making their growing displeasure with the Obama administration known and searching for ways to ensure their security in an era when they might not be able to rely on the United States. Many observers here are worried that the gulf countries’ alliances with Washington that have served for decades as a linchpin of regional order are fraying as President Obama presses for a nuclear agreement with Iran that could greatly empower a regi...
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Obama Deal with Iran may Lead to Nuclear War

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) said that the current deal between the Obama administration and Iran could potentially lead to nuclear war, in an interview with The Atlantic. Cotton expressed grave concerns over the agreed upon framework for a nuclear nonproliferation deal with Iran, saying: “If we agreed to the kind of proposal the Obama administration has made, then military confrontation may be further off, but it might also be nuclear.” He believes that the proposal could actually empower Ira...
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China’s new Development Bank seen as embarrassment for Obama

China's new development bank, which was announced just five months ago, is becoming a massive headache for the US. Try as it might, the US government can't persuade its allies to stop joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The bank will be a bit like the World Bank, providing loans to developing countries in Asia for infrastructure projects. Unlike the World Bank, China will hold the reins of the AIIB. The US administration is publicly worried that the institution will...
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Rueters Poll: Republicans see Obama as Greater Threat than Putin

A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked ...
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