Archives For Obama


1. Volcanoes contributing to hiatus in global warming: study

The Chaparrastique volcano in El Salvador volcano spews ash into the air.

2. Supreme Court takes up challenge to Obama and the EPA (+video)

The key question before the court is whether the Obama EPA overstepped its authority when it sought to expand greenhouse gas regulations to a wide range of sources of such emissions.

3. French organic winemaker faces prison for defying pesticide order

Emmanuel Giboulot to appear before judge in Dijon for refusing to treat vines against insect that spreads devastating disease
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4. Fake food: Criminal gangs move from drugs to a new ‘underground economy’

Industrial dye in children’s sweets and tens of thousands of fake vodka are among the products to have been seized

5. Drought beginning to change how people think about growth in the Sacramento region

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6. Arizona’s drinking-water needs will force trade-offs


Reynolds Allen Wintersmith sentenced for crack cocaine

WASHINGTON —President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.

One of those prisoners is the first cousin of Obama’s friend, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr., 39, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in Illinois in 1994 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

His sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1998.

All eight who were commuted by Obama were sentenced under old federal guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses harsher than those involving the powder form of the drug.

Obama said those whose sentences he commuted Thursday have served at least 15 years in prison, many under mandatory minimums that required judges to impose long sentences even if they didn’t think the time fit the crime.

“If they had been sentenced under the current law, many of them would have already served their time and paid their debt to society,” Obama said in a written statement. “Instead, because of a disparity in the law that is now recognized as unjust, they remain in prison, separated from their families and their communities, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.”

Wintersmith’s relationship to Patrick was first reported by Politico.com.

A White House spokesman, who asked not to be named, said Wintersmith’s relationship to Patrick had no bearing on the president’s decision and said that Patrick had not contacted the White House.

A spokesman for Patrick said the governor has “no recollection” of meeting Wintersmith, noting a difference in their ages, and learned of the commutation only from media reports.


 


52-year-old John Griffin Jr. robbed a bank wearing an Obama Mask read the story here: http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/police-suspect-arrested-fleeing-from-bank-robbery/-/9848876/21888066/-/slqsqkz/-/index.html?absolute=true via @WCVB

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Disrespecting our President.

This behavior at a Missouri Rodeo is shameful and deplorable. No one should have or show such disrespect for our president. To read more on the controversy over clown’s Obama mask at Missouri rodeo click below. Let me know what you think by responding to my poll.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57598061/controversy-over-clowns-obama-mask-at-missouri-rodeo/