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  • Obama to give speech Wednesday on Islamic State Play Video

    September 8, 2014 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria. He'll outline his evolving tactics when he meets with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House on Tuesday and then in a speech... more »
  • US and UK seek partners to go after Islamic State Play Video

    September 5, 2014 2:02 AM

    NEWPORT, Wales - President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed fellow NATO leaders Thursday to confront the "brutal and poisonous" Islamic State militant group that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria - and urged regional partners like Jordan and Turkey to join the effort as well.... more »
  • Leaders: US, UK will 'not be cowed' by militants Play Video

    September 4, 2014 2:47 AM

    NEWPORT, Wales - Faced with a mounting militant threat in the Middle East, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron declared Thursday that their nations will "not be cowed" by extremists who have killed two American journalists. "We will be more forthright in the defense of our values,... more »
  • Obama back in Washington on rare vacation break

    August 18, 2014 2:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for a two-day break from a summer vacation during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans. The exact reason for Obama's return remains unclear, though... more »
  • Obama to talk economy amid fundraising spree

    July 24, 2014 2:06 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - President Barack Obama wraps up a three-day fundraising trip on the West Coast on Thursday, devoting part of his day to promoting his economic agenda at a technical college. Obama is also attending a Democratic National Committee event Thursday before returning to Washington. Obama attended six... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

    July 22, 2014 2:09 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The path for the... more »
  • Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast

    July 22, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is embarking on a mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats. Obama on Tuesday is starting a three-day West Coast trip, during which he is scheduled to attend fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and... more »
  • Obama's return to White House delayed by suspicious package

    July 18, 2014 2:10 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama was held aboard Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base until the package at the White House... more »
  • Obama pushing research on cars that talk to cars

    July 15, 2014 2:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is envisioning a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America's roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline. Obama on Tuesday will visit a federal highway research center in northern... more »
  • Obama to press for action on transportation funds

    July 14, 2014 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states. The White House says Obama will discuss the issue during remarks Tuesday at a facility in Virginia that tests new technologies for highway transportation. He'll also tout the need to... more »
  • Obama wants large companies to help small businesses

    July 11, 2014 5:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says companies like Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small business. President Barack Obama will launch an initiative Friday called SupplierPay. Twenty-six companies have agreed to participate. The companies are committing to pay... more »
  • Obama tries to shift border crisis political debate Play Video

    July 10, 2014 4:37 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - President Barack Obama is seeking to recast the political debate over young migrants arriving at the border as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis first-hand. Obama turned to one of his chief critics,... more »
  • Obama asks for more money to deal with border crisis

    July 8, 2014 6:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending of more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won't seek legal changes to send the children back home more quickly. That decision comes... more »
  • US seeks better teachers for high-needs schools

    July 7, 2014 5:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Education Department is announcing a new initiative to attract quality teachers to the schools that need them most. It comes the same day President Barack Obama is scheduled to have lunch with teachers at the White House to discuss the issue. Education Department data show that... more »
  • Putin tells Obama he wants better relations

    July 4, 2014 5:45 AM

    MOSCOW, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Barack Obama in an Independence Day message that he hopes the countries can improve relations. In a statement published on the Kremlin website on Friday, Putin said "regardless of difficulties and disagreements" he hoped that Russia and the U.S. could "successfully... more »
  • Obama to promote fixing bridges, highways

    July 1, 2014 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is mixing a little Fourth of July patriotism with a pitch to fix the nation's bridges and highways. For good measure, he wants his Cabinet to hit the road. Obama on Tuesday will call on Congress to close tax loopholes and use the money... more »
  • Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

    June 30, 2014 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups. An administration official says Obama plans to nominate McDonald on Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, the 61-year-old McDonald would succeed... more »
  • Obama to create world's largest ocean preserve

    June 17, 2014 7:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world in the Pacific Ocean. The White House says Obama wants to protect a massive stretch of ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife. He's considering expanding protected waters that... more »
  • Insurers will propose changes to Obama health law

    June 11, 2014 2:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The insurance industry says more options for bare-bones coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law would entice healthy young adults to sign up, helping to stabilize premiums. Insurers want Congress to change the law to allow subsidies for consumers who buy so-called catastrophic plans. Given the... more »
  • Obama aims to expand student loan relief

    June 9, 2014 7:20 AM

    WASHINGTON ,D.C. - President Barack Obama is signing an executive order that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income in student loan payments. The measure expands on a 2010 law that covered those who started borrowing after October 2007 and kept borrowing after October 2011.... more »
  • Obama, Putin meet; 1st time since Ukraine crisis

    June 6, 2014 8:37 AM

    BENOUVILLE, France - The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the margins of a lunch for world leaders during D-Day commemorations in France. It's the first face-to-face exchange between Obama and Putin since the start of the crisis in Ukraine. The White... more »
  • Obama: US will boost military presence in Europe

    June 3, 2014 7:42 AM

    WARSAW, Poland - President Barack Obama says the United States plans to increase its military presence in Europe by sending in more American troops. Obama is speaking at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama says his new initiative will involve prepositioning more U.S. military... more »
  • Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues

    May 30, 2014 7:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system. President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning. Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers... more »
  • White House touts energy policies as rules loom

    May 29, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House is setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants by casting its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources. A 42-page White House report to be... more »
  • Youth sports concussions draws Obama's attention

    May 29, 2014 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is drawing attention to youth sports concussions with a White House summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others. The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council say not enough is known about how concussions may affect... more »
  • Fix to veterans' health care takes on new urgency

    May 22, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is showing a sudden urgency to resolve a growing crisis over veterans' health care. Obama called in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for a White House meeting Wednesday and repeatedly vowed to take action. Obama also dispatched Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors to... more »
  • Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

    May 14, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling Hudson River bridge to try to pressure Congress into giving America's roads, bridges and ports an infusion of cash. The Tappan Zee Bridge outside New York City is in dire need of replacement nearly six decades after being built.... more »
  • Obama HHS nominee gets first turn before senators

    May 8, 2014 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's nominee to take over the federal health care agency - and assume responsibility for his health care overhaul - is about to face senators who will help decide her confirmation. Sylvia Mathews Burwell appears Thursday before the Senate Health Committee, the first of two... more »
  • Obama California-bound for speech, fundraisers

    May 7, 2014 2:14 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - President Barack Obama is set to come to California for a series of fundraisers and a speech at a Holocaust history foundation. The president is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. From there he'll attend a fundraiser for Democratic... more »
  • Obama, Merkel to display unity against Russia

    May 2, 2014 2:32 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are putting on a display of trans-Atlantic unity against Russia, even as sanctions imposed so far seem to be doing little to change Russian President Vladimir Putin's reasoning on Ukraine. Merkel and Obama will have meetings, a working lunch... more »
  • Obama headed home after 4-country Asia tour Play Video

    April 29, 2014 2:44 AM

    MANILA, Philippines - President Barack Obama is heading home after a four-country swing through Asia. He is still confronting the challenge of how to deal with Russia's threatening moves toward Ukraine. The issue clouded an Obama tour that was meant to reassure anxious allies in the orbit of a rising... more »
  • Obama visits South Korea

    April 25, 2014 4:25 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - President Barack Obama's visit to South Korea is being tinged by the nation's mourning over this month's ferry disaster. Obama was due at the Blue House, the South Korean equivalent of America's White House, on Friday for an evening of talks with President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay).... more »
  • Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo

    April 23, 2014 6:04 AM

    TOKYO, JAPAN - President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night on an official state visit. He was headed straight for a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister... more »
  • Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage

    April 22, 2014 8:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans a brief visit to the Seattle area to survey damage from a mudslide that killed more than three dozen people. Obama is making a brief stopover Tuesday while on his way to the Asia-Pacific region for a four-country visit. He'll also visit with victims... more »
  • Boston prepares for busy day of baseball and Obama

    October 30, 2013 2:34 PM

    BOSTON - Security officials in Boston are preparing for an extraordinary day of World Series baseball and politics in which a presidential visit may be the least disruptive event. The Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. The hometown team has a chance to win its third... more »
  • Obama laying out vision for good governance

    July 8, 2013 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says huge swaths of the federal government are more efficient, transparent and accountable than at any time in U.S. history. Obama is touting "smarter government" programs at an event to highlight his vision for delivering better government services at lower taxpayer expense. He's citing FEMA's... more »
  • Obama says immediate action needed on fiscal cliff

    December 28, 2012 5:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says "the hour for immediate action is here" on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. The president says he remains "optimistic" that an agreement can be reached in Congress before a looming year-end deadline to avoid tax increases and spending cuts. If Congress can't... more »
  • Obama and family arrive in Hawaii for Christmas

    December 22, 2012 9:59 AM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised. Air Force One touched down in Honolulu minutes after midnight local time on Saturday. The first family departed the plane and left quickly for their vacation... more »
  • Senate GOP leader calls on Dems to spell out cuts

    December 11, 2012 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Republican leader is calling on President Barack Obama and Democrats to spell out where they would cut government spending as part of any deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Sen. Mitch McConnell complained on Tuesday that Obama has spent his time talking about raising tax... more »
  • Governors ask for flexibility in fiscal cliff deal

    December 4, 2012 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of governors says they sought assurances from President Barack Obama that any cuts in spending to address the looming "fiscal cliff" would not shift the financial burden onto states. They say they want flexibility from the federal government on mandated programs to allow them to... more »
  • Source: Obama officials, lawmakers set for talks

    November 28, 2012 1:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - An administration official says two of President Barack Obama's top negotiators on the "fiscal cliff" will meet separately on Thursday with leading lawmakers. The sessions are seen as an important step in determining how the government will avoid a year-end package of tax increases and spending cuts that... more »
  • Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech Play Video

    November 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    CHICAGO - Here is the full text and video of Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech after securing a second term in the 2012 race for the White House. ----- Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its... more »
  • AP: Obama re-elected to 2nd term

    November 6, 2012 10:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has won re-election to a second term as president, beating back a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney. Obama prevailed despite a weak economy and high unemployment. Democrats have also retained control of the Senate, according to election results in so far. Republicans look... more »
  • Romney draws boos from NAACP when he dings Obama

    July 11, 2012 10:18 AM

    HOUSTON - Republican Mitt Romney is telling black voters that he's a better choice than President Barack Obama to help build their neighborhoods and lessen unemployment among African Americans. But Romney was greeted with boos from attendees at the NAACP's annual meeting Wednesday in Houston when he pledged to repeal... more »
  • Obama to celebrate July Fourth at White House

    July 4, 2012 7:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will be celebrating the nation's 236th birthday today at the White House. The president returns from Camp David this morning. Then he'll deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active-duty service members in the East Room. In the evening, the president and the... more »
  • Roemer: Presidential candidates are "pitiful" Play Video

    June 4, 2012 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Days after his failed attempt at the White House, Former Louisiana Governor and presidential hopeful Buddy Roemer isn't blown away by the remaining candidates for president. "I'm not impressed. I think President Obama has done a terrible job of leading. I think Mitt Romney refuses to... more »
  • Obama: Mubarak's resignation starts transition

    February 11, 2011 2:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Hosni Mubarak's resignation is the beginning, not the end, of the transition to democracy in Egypt. Speaking just hours after Mubarak relinquished the presidency, Obama said the longtime Egyptian leader responded to his people's hunger for change. But he warned that there will still... more »
  • Obama: World witnessing history unfold in Egypt

    February 10, 2011 12:54 PM

    MARQUETTE, Mich. - President Barack Obama is calling for an "orderly and genuine" transition to democracy in Egypt. He had no direct comment on reports that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is stepping down. As the latest upheaval in Egypt commanded attention, Obama said the world was witnessing history unfold. He... more »
  • La. leaders ask Obama for meeting on Gulf drilling

    February 2, 2011 1:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Political leaders in south Louisiana are asking President Barack Obama to meet with them to discuss how local economies have been hurt by the slowdown in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Six parish presidents and two mayors sent a letter Tuesday to Obama asking him... more »
  • AP source: Obama envoy tells Mubarak time is up

    February 1, 2011 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - A senior American official says that the special envoy dispatched to Egypt by President Barak Obama told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that the U.S. saw his presidency at an end and urged him to prepare for an orderly transition to real democracy with elections. The official said Tuesday... more »
  • Egypt: Obama convenes aides as protests spread

    January 28, 2011 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has convened his national security team on the growing protests in Egypt as aides voice concern about violent clashes between demonstrators and police. Obama's 40-minute session in the Oval Office on Friday took the place of his daily national security briefing. It included Vice President... more »
  • Obama: Challenges are "bigger than party"

    January 25, 2011 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Declaring a new era of shared responsibility, President Barack Obama is imploring Republican and Democratic lawmakers to work with him to revitalize the economy, saying in his State of the Union address the enormity of the challenge is "bigger than party, and bigger than politics." In brief excerpts... more »
  • House votes to repeal year-old health care reforms

    January 19, 2011 5:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has voted to repeal the health care law President Barack Obama signed last year. The 245-189 vote marks the fulfillment of a promise many Republicans made in last fall's political campaigns. The measure has little or no chance of passing the Senate, where Democratic supporters... more »
  • Boehner asks Obama to Jan. 25 State of the Union

    January 11, 2011 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 25, the first opportunity for the president to address the full assembly of lawmakers under new divided government. The address is typically an... more »
  • Obama: Clear trend of improving economy

    January 8, 2011 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is talking up the latest economic news as a clear trend toward an improving economy. The president used his weekly radio and Internet address today to press for bipartisan action in the newly divided Congress on measures to spur growth. He presented the December jobs... more »
  • House Republicans schedule health care repeal vote

    January 3, 2011 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders in the new House say they'll hold a vote next week to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The announcement of the Jan. 12 vote by the No. 2 House Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, sets the stage for a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate.... more »
  • Obama's agenda calls for quiet Christmas

    December 25, 2010 9:40 AM

    HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama's Christmas wish may simply be to have a quieter holiday than last year. Obama was with his family in the same oceanfront neighborhood on the island of Oahu last December, when a 23-year-old Nigerian man allegedly attempted to blow up a plane bound for... more »
  • Obama optimistic about bipartisan deal on taxes

    December 2, 2010 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he is optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will come to agreements on several issues in the coming weeks. Obama says the most important issue lawmakers must resolve is making sure taxes don't increase for middle-class families when Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end... more »
  • Obama places Thanksgiving call to troops overseas

    November 25, 2010 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has called 10 members of the armed services stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan to wish them and their families a happy Thanksgiving. The White House says Obama thanked two each from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy for their service and... more »
  • Winners of 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom announced

    November 17, 2010 3:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says former President George H.W. Bush, poet Maya Angelou and investor Warren Buffett are among the 2010 winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. President Barack Obama will present the awards to the 15 honorees early next year. Other winners... more »
  • Obama: 'Credible' terrorist threat being probed

    October 29, 2010 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the terror probe into suspicious packages believed to be linked to a plot by Yemen's al-Qaida branch is a "credible terrorist threat." The president spoke at the White House. He was first briefed about the terror probe Thursday night. Authorities are investigating a... more »
  • Rep. Cao responds to Obama pitch for opponent

    October 4, 2010 2:38 PM

    Hoping to overcome President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of his opponent, U.S. Rep. Ahn "Joseph" Cao is accusing Obama of failing to properly check out the people he's endorsing. Cao is a Vietnamese-American Republican in a mostly black, Democratic district where President Barack Obama is popular. Cao's statment notes past... more »

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