In our news wrap Thursday, the California State Assembly voted to require that nearly all public school children get their shots, or otherwise be homeschooled. Also, Congress completed work on a major trade package, clearing the way for the Obama administration to return to negotiating an Asian free-trade deal. Continue reading
As the number of American hostage deaths have surged in the past year, some families have spoken out about being threatened with prosecution for considering paying ransom and feeling stonewalled by the government. Judy Woodruff reports on the White House’s efforts today to change the policy for families. Continue reading
The White House cleared the path for the families of hostages to be able to pay ransom, and offered other changes for how the government handles hostage cases. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner gets reaction from Michael Scott Moore, a former hostage who was held in Somalia. Continue reading
A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency complied with the law in deciding which areas of the country failed to meet federal limits on smog-forming pollution. Continue reading
The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group. Continue reading
Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts Thursday about a legal challenge to the Obama administration’s far-reaching plan to address climate change. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — A week shy of the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration proposed new regulations Monday aimed at strengthening oversight of offshore oil drilling equipment and ensuring that out-of-control wells can be sealed in an emergency.
With the U.S. poised to become the largest producer of oil and gas in the world, the Obama administration announced the first federal regulations for fracking. Though the regulations are only for federal lands, they’re seen as a benchmark for states. Amy Harder of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan to take a look at the new regulations and the pushback. Continue reading
Despite a pledge to deliver the most open and transparent administration in U.S. history, some say that the Obama White House has fallen short on that promise, with harsh punishments for high-profile whistleblowers and a record number of Freedom of Information Act request denials. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Stephen Engelberg of ProPublica. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.