Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States. President Obama is a Democrat and was originally elected to the Presidency in 2008. He was elected for a second-term in November of 2012.
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New Report Outlines 5 Year Plan to Achieve Cancer Moonshot

The Cancer Moonshot Task Force has just released its 5 year plan for implementing President Obama’s “Cancer Moonshot” program (“Report”). The initiative, announced during President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address, is...more

A Subtle Snare of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act for Businesses Indirectly Supporting International Terrorism

While countless news outlets have reported the recent Congressional override of President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), few have given much thought to the more nuanced consequences...more

Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Immigration

For those of you who missed the third and final Presidential debate, immigration was an important topic discussed by the 2016 Presidential candidates. Moderator Chris Wallace asked both candidates about their positions and...more

Lifting of Myanmar sanctions

On October 7, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order lifting U.S. sanctions against Myanmar (also known as Burma) imposed under earlier executive orders and setting aside other statutory blocking and...more

Obama’s Not Slowing Down On Cuba: New Steps Forward Open Doors (and Humidors!) for Collaboration

With fewer than 100 days left in office, President Obama is not slowing down on his efforts to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Today, several changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

U.S. Authorities Amend Cuba Sanctions Regulations

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (31...more

Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize – Cuba Slowly Opening for Business (under the FCPA)

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature. Those were words I never thought I would see in the same sentence, let alone write in the same sentence. Yet here we are, the first rock and roller to win the Nobel Prize. While...more

US Terminates Burma Sanctions Program, Accompanied by Limited FinCEN Relief

On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma (Myanmar), revoking the Burma sanctions Executive Orders, and waiving other statutory blocking and...more

After Nearly 20 Years, US Lifts Burma Sanctions

After nearly two decades, the United States has formally ended economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar). Citing substantial efforts undertaken to promote democracy, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, on October 7,...more

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Implementing Executive Order Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

On September 29, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued regulations (the “final rule”) implementing Executive Order 13706, which requires federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their employees. According to...more

JASTA Amendments to FSIA Become Law

On September 28, 2016, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly voted to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a bill whose purpose was to curtail foreign states’ ability to invoke...more

Burma Sanctions Lifted—Political and Reputational Risks Remain

If you read one thing… - On October 7, 2016, President Obama issued an Executive Order that effectively eliminates sanctions against Myanmar (referred to as Burma by the White House) and removes the sanctions...more

EB-5 Regional Center program extended until December 9, 2016 by Continuing Resolution

Déjà vu all over again? Last Thursday, President Obama signed the Continuing Resolution, or CR, passed by Congress for the principal purpose of avoiding the shutdown of the Federal government by continuing to fund...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Requiring Covered Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

Covered federal contractors must provide their employees a minimum of 56 hours of paid sick leave per year, pursuant to a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on September 30, 2016. The new paid sick leave...more

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

On September 30, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published the Final Rule implementing President Obama’s 2015 Executive Order 13706, “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors” (EO 13706) requiring federal...more

DOL Issues Final Rules for Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On September 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the long-awaited Final Rule implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13706, which requires federal contractors (and their subcontractors) to provide workers...more

Are You Covered by the DOL's New Final Rule Regarding Paid Sick Leave for the Employees of Federal Contractors?

The DOL issued the Final Rule this week regarding President Obama's Executive Order 13706, which requires some federal contractors to provide up to 7 days of paid sick leave to all of their employees starting January 1, 2017....more

Public Health Bills Advance

On September 30, 2016, President Obama signed into law S 1878, the Advancing Hope Act, which modifies the FDA’s priority review voucher program for rare pediatric diseases and extends the program through December 31, 2016. In...more

Legislation To Delay Overtime Rule Passed By The House Of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted 246 to 177, largely along party lines, in favor of legislation which would delay the rule’s effective date by six months, from December 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017. Prior to the...more

Madeleine Albright Writes About Her Experience as a Refugee

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, sent the below message to the White House ahead of President Obama’s remarks at a U.N. Refuge Summit: I came to the United States as a refugee when I was 11 years old....more

Administration’s Biotechnology Working Group Updates Coordinated Framework & Unveils National Strategy

After launching with an ambitious agenda fourteen months ago, last Friday the Obama Administration announced that its Biotechnology Working Group had completed its two main tasks. The Working Group has proposed an Update to...more

Lumber War May Be Imminent

Negotiations to keep the peace in the complex and long-running international trade dispute between the United States and Canada over U.S. imports of Canadian softwood lumber appear to have stalled. Parties on both sides of...more

Senators Urge President Obama To Raise Cybersecurity During G20 Summit

In advance of the 2016 Group of 20 (“G20”) Summit, which convened in Hangzhou, China, on September 4 and 5, several Democratic Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to make cybersecurity a priority. The...more

Climate change and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

President Obama has established the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine. His presidential proclamation establishing the monument under federal law cites climate change in two ways: both as an object of study...more

Final Rule for Fair Pay and Safe Workplace: Scant Relief for Federal Contractors

The final rule makes agency allegations of employment law violations reportable events that could result in denied federal contracts or terminated existing contracts. On August 25, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory...more

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