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  • 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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