The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government cant force companies like Hobby Lobby Inc. to pay for birth control, sending the administration scrambling for a way to ensure their employees can still get birth control one way or another at no added cost. The dual decisions mark the Obama administrations latest effort to address a long-running conflict that has pitted the White House against churches and other religious groups. The dispute has sparked dozens of legal challenges, fueling an election-year debate about whether religious liberty should trump a womans access to health care options. What these rules do is help ensure that women have access to contraceptive coverage while respecting religious beliefs, said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.
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Nor would the Yazidis, or the hundreds of thousands of Syrians murdered by gas and artillery and barrel bombs, or the 100,000 Bosnians and others killed in the heart of Europe in the late 20th century, or the 1 million Rwandans killed in 1994, or the roughly 2 million Cambodians massacred between 1975 and 1979. History, in all cases, looked on impassively. In Obama's telling, history is making American might unnecessary because the "tide of war is receding." Others believe that wars are won or lost. They don't ebb and flow like oceans. Sadly for the president and the country he leads, his own over-eagerness to disengage from global responsibilities and to back away from military commitments has stimulated just the sort of forces he describes as retrograde.
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The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs. The government is also extending an existing accommodation to some for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby thats currently available only to nonprofits. That accommodation requires groups to sign a form transferring responsibility for paying for birth control to their insurers or third-party administrators. The dual decisions embrace suggestions included in recent Supreme Court rulings. But theyre unlikely to go far enough to satisfy religious groups.
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Rhodes declined to say whether Obama was seeking congressional authorization for additional actions in Syria. The strikes in Iraq were at the invitation of that government. The president is unlikely to get a similar invitation from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who Obama has called on to step down and threatened with airstrikes. As weve done against al-Qaeda around the world, well take whatever action is necessary to protect our people, Rhodes said. U.S.
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said it hasnt yet finished a definition for closely held companies covered by the ruling. Its a moral question that different people here. may have different answers on, Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty , which has represented many of the groups, said in a phone interview. I dont think its going to make all the religious ministries cases go away. Three days after its June 30 decision on behalf of the craft-store chain Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., the Supreme Court issued an order saying Wheaton College, a Christian liberal-arts school outside Chicago , didnt have to fill out a government form to facilitate contraceptive coverage for its employees and students. Morning-After Pills The school said that completing the form would make it complicit in the coverage. While Wheaton covers most birth control, it objects to two pills, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) s Plan B One-Step and Actavis Plc (ACT) s Ella.
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Earlier this month, Park helped the White House lure Google engineer Mikey Dickerson to Washington to take a role bolstering the government's computer systems. In his new assignment, Park will help channel ideas from the tech community, the source added. It is unclear who will replace Park. The White House has held discussions with former executives at Google, LinkedIn and Twitter about a potential replacement, according to Fortune, which first reported his move on Friday. Park was a donor to Obama's 2008 election campaign. He was recommended for his current job by Aneesh Chopra, Obama's first chief technical officer.