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Obama Denies Pardon Request for Siegelman

President Barack Obama will not pardon former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. The Department of Justice informed Siegelman’s attorneys Thursday that his clemency petition had been denied. Siegelman’s supporters had long hoped the president would free the former Alabama governor before leaving office. The 70-year-old Democrat is serving a 6½ year sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice in a federal…

3 Alabama Men Benefit in Latest Obama Commutations

Among convicts granted sentence commutations by President Barack Obama are three from Alabama. A White House press release Thursday says men from Tuskegee, Jasper and Adamsville each saw their drug-related sentences cut: -Ernest Moore Jr., of Tuskegee, was sentenced to 180 months in prison in February 2005 for distribution and possession of cocaine base and carrying a firearm during a…

Obama Settling in on Martha’s Vineyard With Lots of Golf

When President Barack Obama goes on vacation, he plays a lot of golf. And when he plays, he likes to hang out with big-name basketball players. Five days into his family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, the president has spent four of them hitting the links. While the president rarely plays basketball anymore, he could put together a pretty strong pickup…

Obama Signs Bill Requiring Labeling of GMO Foods

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time. The legislation passed by Congress two weeks ago would require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone that indicates whether the food contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The…

White House Cites Weather, Cancels Annual July Fourth Picnic

The White House says it’s canceling its annual Fourth of July picnic and fireworks watch because of rainy weather soaking the nation’s capital. But scheduled performances by rapper Kendrick Lamar and singer-songwriter Janelle Monae will go on indoors. The artists will perform in the White House East Room for an audience of military families, administration staff, and supporters and guests…

President Obama Meets Pilot of Thunderbird That Crashed

An Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed south of Colorado Springs just after a flyover for a graduation of Air Force Academy cadets where President Barack Obama had spoken. Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michal Kloeffler-Howard said Thursday the pilot ejected. There was no information on the pilot’s condition. No injuries on the ground were reported. Obama was still at the…

Overtime Pay to Become Reality For More US Workers

More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. The policy changes are intended to counter an erosion in overtime protections, which date from the 1930s and require employers to pay 1 ½ times a worker’s regular salary for any work past 40 hours a week. Vice President…

Two Prisoners, One Pardon

White House pardons a drug dealer, not a Governor.

President Obama has commuted the sentence of a Montgomery man convicted of drug crimes, but has taken no action to pardon former Governor Don Siegelman, who is in the same prison at the freed convict. The pardons are part of a White House effort to release federal prisoners who received severe sentences for non-violent drug offenses. Jerome Lee Menefee was…

Former State Attorneys General Ask President to Pardon Former Alabama Governor

A group of more than 100 former state attorneys general is asking President Barack Obama to pardon former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who’s serving a prison sentence for bribery. The letter was sent to the White House on Wednesday. Former New York Attorney General Bob Abrams said they believe the Democrat’s conviction was unjust and tarnished by politics. Siegelman was…

Obama Nominates Merrick Garland to U.S. Supreme Court

Merrick B. Garland, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, following the death of Antonin Scalia. In a Rose Garden ceremony today at the White House, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States. Merrick Garland, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court…