By Deepa Seetharaman DETROIT (Reuters) – Chrysler Group LLC and Tesla Motors Inc , both led by media-savvy executives, are trading public jabs over the definition of payback. Tesla wired $452 million on Wednesday to repay the remaining portion of its U.S. Department of Energy loan with interest. The company described itself as “the only American car company to have fully repaid the government. Chrysler's snappy rejoinder came four hours later: “Not exactly, Tesla.” In 2009, Tesla won a federal loan as part of a DOE program to promoted advanced vehicle development. That same year, the U.S. …
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his administration informs Congress about every drone strike America orders.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — After five years of trying, President Barack Obama has placed his first nominee on a key appeals court.
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At some point, the federal government violated the U.S. Constitution while conducting electronic surveillance. Discovering the details of that violation, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation is trying to do, involves unlocking two of the most impenetrable obstructions known to man: secrecy and bureaucracy. Meet the secret court that authorizes surveillance — the sort of tool Obama offers as one way in which his drone program might be made more transparent.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his administration is willing to consider accepting increased oversight of lethal drone strikes outside of war zones like Afghanistan.
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By Lauren Tara LaCapra SALT LAKE City (Reuters) – After dozens of meetings with executives and regulators, 100,000 hours of employee training and an immeasurable amount of public grief, Goldman Sachs Group Inc CEO Lloyd Blankfein claimed success in putting his bank and his legacy back on track. At Goldman's annual meeting on Thursday, Blankfein unveiled details of a three-year review and overhaul of the bank's practices in dealing with clients, following high-profile missteps that tarnished its reputation in the aftermath of the financial crisis. …
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring America at a “crossroads” in the fight against terrorism, President Barack Obama on Thursday revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret.
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By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) – Maine’s Democratic-controlled legislature on Thursday passed a bill that would expand access to its Medicaid program as outlined by the Affordable Care Act, setting up a showdown with the state’s Republican governor, who has vowed a veto. At issue is lawmakers’ effort to link expanded access to the health insurance program for low-income residents to a plan to pay the state’s share of $484 million in debt owed to Maine’s hospitals. …
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Wallabies in captivity carry antibiotic-resistant gut bacteria, which they could potentially transmit to wild populations, a new study finds.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys on Thursday released photos and text messages from 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s cellphone ahead of a hearing that will determine whether they can be used at Zimmerman’s murder trial.
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