Lara Jakes / AP
Rebuffed by Russia’s president, the Obama administration toned down demands Tuesday that fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden be expelled from a Moscow airport in a sign that the U.S. believes he is not worth scuttling diplomatic relations between the former Cold War enemies.
Will Englund / The Washington Post
Russia has evacuated all military personnel from its small naval base in Syria, Russian news organizations reported Wednesday.
Eduardo Porter / The New York Times
Are American workers about to experience unwelcome new competition for their jobs? The bill moving through Congress to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, if approved, would give employers access to expanded visa programs that would admit hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers, of both low and high skills, to toil in workplaces from strawberry fields to technology companies.
Brian Handwerk / National Geographic
President Obama launched his climate change policy effort Tuesday in a speech that invoked Hurricane Sandy’s assault on New York, the drought’s devastation in the Midwest, and a recent heat wave in Alaska. “Americans are already paying the price of inaction,” he said. “Our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all humankind.”
Peter Bergen / CNN
There is a one-word subtext to President Obama’s trip to Africa: China.
David M. Herszenhorn, Ellen Barry, and Peter Baker / The New York Times
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday appeared to rule out sending Edward J. Snowden back to the United States to face espionage charges, leaving him in limbo even as Moscow and Washington seemed to be making an effort to prevent a cold-war-style standoff from escalating.
John Upton / Grist
It’s been a week of refreshing news for fans of unpolluted air. As Barack Obama on Tuesday was calling for greenhouse gas limits on power plants, clean air advocates were also celebrating a decision by the Supreme Court to hear an important case on power-plant pollution.
Christopher Helman / Forbes
Oil prices have fallen in the past week, with benchmark Brent crude down more than 5% to less than $100 a barrel on Monday morning. West Texas Intermediate is now trading at $93. With the market plunging and China on the cusp of a liquidity crisis, oil looks likely to continue its swoon. Is it too soon to see relief at the gasoline pump on the horizon? And would that even be a good thing?
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While most of OIG report focused on improving the management troubles that plague IIP, it also discussed some of the problems that are inherent in some of its digital “engagement” efforts.
This afternoon, Joel Wit, of 38 North, gave a unique talk about North Korea’s current nuclear and missile programs and possible American responses to them utilizing satellite imagery.
Climate change is a significant threat to US national security, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is an essential step in the right direction. While the administration’s new climate action plan does not lay out clear rules to combat climate change, it sets the stage for stronger regulation in the future.
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