The president responded to critics who accused him of not condemning Iran's crackdown of pro-democracy protesters. But he also kept his options open.
The administration will reduce the number of questions on federal forms – currently so tortuous they deter many from applying.
Thailand and Singapore have longstanding military ties with America but also trade with Burma, where the vessel is headed.
After Sarkozy's speech, France divided over prospect of ban.
The Energy Department made the announcement Tuesday, just as Nissan said it will start selling an all-electric car in the US next year.
The Obama administration directive comes as the president begins to assert control of the immigration issue.
Dire pronouncements aside, the process is just getting started, with legislation at a formative stage and Obama yet to offer his plan.
The US and world are 'appalled and outraged,' Obama said Tuesday. His answer to critics who want stronger censure? 'I am president' of the US.