The president's decision not to prosecute CIA agents for torture is being criticized by right advocates.
Agency’s move lays the foundation for expanding US regulation of thousands of companies.
Though they hit poor Americans hardest, stiff taxes on tobacco can reduce healthcare costs by billions.
US president discussed Armenian massacre, democracy, and EU membership.
The House and Senate both approved budget resolutions of about $3.5 trillion, backing key Obama priorities such as green energy and healthcare reform.
The bill, which is being called the most sweeping land protection law in a quarter century, would set aside more than 2 million acres of desert and forest in nine states.