February 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON--The Obama administration has selected the locations for seven new regional centers that will help farmers and ranchers adjust to the increasing risks and extreme weather associated with climate change. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce the sites Wednesday, according to a White House official. President Obama unveiled the program this summer as part of his broader plan to address global warming. The centers, which the Agriculture Department calls climate hubs, will link local agriculture producers with universities, industry groups, state governments and federal agencies such as the Department of Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
May 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The drought that caused record wildfires in California and other Western states last year is expected to persist through the summer, but fewer firefighters will battle this year's blazes in other regions because of federal budget cuts, top federal officials said Monday. The U.S. Forest Service will hire 500 fewer firefighters this year, the result of "line by line" budget reductions required by Congress, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a conference call with reporters.
February 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Careful to not let a rare legislative accomplishment go unnoticed, President Obama will jet to an agricultural research hub in Michigan on Friday to sign into law the long-delayed farm bill and deliver a speech on the importance of rural America to the economy. In his brief trip to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Obama will outline a new administration-wide effort to boost exports from rural America and point to a new report from his economic team on the growth in the agricultural sector.
February 9, 2010 |
The White House officially launched its fight against childhood obesity Tuesday morning, with First Lady Michelle Obama appearing in a televised interview announcing it and then standing by her husband as he signed a memo ordering federal agencies to work together on the project. "I love burgers and fries, and I love ice cream and cake, and so do most kids," the first lady told Robin Roberts on ABC News' "Good Morning America." "We're not talking about a lifestyle that excludes all that."
May 13, 2000 |
Residents of Iowa and Kansas surveyed damage Friday from tornadoes that damaged scores of homes and businesses. A 4-year-old girl died in the aftermath of the storms, which also left three people injured. The girl died Friday after a porch roof, which was damaged at her Tonganoxie, Kan., home, collapsed onto her, officials said. The house was believed to have been hit by the tornado Thursday night.
January 21, 2007 |
Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas jumped into the 2008 presidential race Saturday, a favorite of the religious right now in a battle against better-known rivals for the GOP nomination. "My family and I are taking the first steps on the yellow brick road to the White House. It's a great journey," the two-term senator told hundreds of supporters. He pledged to fight for the nation's cultural values and to focus on rebuilding families.
December 13, 2006 |
Democratic Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich launched his second bid for president Tuesday, a longshot candidacy fueled by his frustration with his party's failed effort to end the Iraq war. "I am not going to stand by and watch thousands more of our brave, young men and women killed in Iraq," said Kucinich, a six-term liberal congressman from Cleveland, to applause from a crowd gathered at City Hall. "We Democrats were put back in power to bring some sanity back to our nation.
January 25, 2007 |
THE presidential dash for dollars is officially underway in Hollywood. On Wednesday, DreamWorks trio David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg sent a letter to 700 political donors and activists asking them to donate $2,300 per person to attend a reception for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential exploratory committee at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 20.
September 1, 2012 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On college football's opening weekend, Mitt Romney took the opportunity to mix in some new sports metaphors with his now-familiar critique of President Obama's record. “We are at a 30-year low in startups and new businesses, and that's where jobs are created,” Romney said at an outdoor plaza overlooking the river in Jacksonville. “He said he'd measure success by whether people were able to find new jobs. We have 23 million Americans out of work, or dropped out of the workforce or can't find full-time work.” “Look, if there's a coach whose record is zero and 23 million, you get rid of him and get someone new,” Romney said to huge cheers.
January 31, 2011 |
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans may seem unremarkable -- eat more vegetables, limit saturated fat, etc. But some nutrition scientists are pleased that they seem to do one thing more forcefully than before: Tell us to eat less. "I’m in shock," writes Marion Nestle , an author and New York University professor who has followed these proceedings and written about the politics of them for years: "The new guidelines recognize that obesity is the number one public health nutrition problem in America and actually give good advice about what to do about it: eat less and eat better.