The nation’s jobless rate edged down to 7.5 percent in April from 7.6 percent in March and employers added 165,000 jobs to their payrolls last month.
A White House official reiterated much of what was in the letter sent to Capitol Hill, but added that “all options were on the table in terms of our response.” The official said that reports of the use of chemical weapons in Aleppo in March was one of the incidents being examined.
A bipartisan compromise that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases has been rejected by the Senate.
During a short statement to the country, President Obama promised to find out who perpetrated a bombing attack at the Boston Marathon this afternoon.
Another year passes without the mine safety reform promised by members of Congress and President Obama in the wake of the worst mine disaster in this country in 40 years.
Legislators in Connecticut, where 20 children and six educators were killed four months ago in one of the worst mass shootings in the nation’s history, approved legislation early Thursday that puts extensive restrictions on the sale of weapons, ammunition and ammunition magazines in the state.
The United States spent nearly $4 million on the the pensions, travel, office space, staff of former presidents.
A federal appeals court has rejected an effort by the CIA to deny it has any documents about a U.S. drone program that has killed terrorists overseas, ruling that the agency is stretching the law too far and asking judges “to give their imprimatur to a fiction of deniability that no reasonable person would regard as plausible.”
Backpedaling, the Obama administration is now admitting that it released more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants from immigration jails because of budget contraints prompted by the sequester.
The National Labor Relations Board says it will ask the Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that invalidated three of President Obama’s recess appointments, casting a legal cloud over more than 1,000 board actions over the past year.