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  • Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US

    October 22, 2014 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S. Obama notes that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S. have been freed from quarantine. And he notes that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected... more »
  • Pres. Obama condemns Canada shooting, offers help

    October 22, 2014 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has condemned deadly shootings in Canada as "outrageous attacks" and has offered to help the U.S. ally with its response. The White House says Obama spoke by telephone Wednesday with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the... more »
  • 'Girlfriend' crack makes Obama voting all laughs

    October 21, 2014 5:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine. But "don't touch my girlfriend?" Not the usual admonition heard by President Barack Obama. Let's be clear: It was a joke. It unfolded while Obama cast an early ballot Monday in Chicago. A young woman,... more »
  • Jindal says only other job he wants is president Play Video

    October 21, 2014 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal told News 2 today that if he stays in politics after his term is over, it would be to run for president. Jindal told Michael Marsh Tuesday it was the only other job in politics he wanted. He said he and First Lady... more »
  • Obama's under-used credit card declined in NY cafe

    October 17, 2014 1:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet? When his credit card was declined last month while dining in New York, President Barack Obama wondered if he had become a victim of identity theft. Obama said Friday at the Consumer Financial... more »
  • Cassidy says vote for Landrieu is vote for Obama

    October 15, 2014 10:16 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Aligned with the party of an unpopular president, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu sought to keep her distance from the Obama administration in the first TV debate featuring all three major contenders in Louisiana's Senate race. But she faced repeated claims Tuesday from her chief Republican challenger Bill Cassidy... more »
  • Obama and the midterms: What's at stake?

    October 13, 2014 12:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party - holding onto the Senate - gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo. Two more years of a divided Congress. Two more years battling... more »
  • Cassidy: Obama 'mishandled' Islamic State strategy

    October 8, 2014 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy says President Barack Obama has mishandled the U.S. effort to defeat the Islamic State group. Cassidy, a GOP congressman, said Wednesday that the president initially ignored the build-up of the extremist group and misjudged its strength. He repeated Republican criticism that Obama... more »
  • Report: Federal budget deficit falls to $486B

    October 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says the federal government's budget deficit has fallen to $486 billion, the smallest pool of red ink of President Barack Obama's six-year span in office. The Congressional Budget Office estimate shows better results than earlier projections by both CBO and the White House budget Office.... more »
  • GOP seizes on Obama comment about his policies

    October 3, 2014 3:56 PM

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - President Barack Obama is giving Republicans a gift of sorts by confirming their midterm election narrative that next month's balloting is a referendum on his policies. Within hours of Obama's remarks, GOP candidates across the political landscape sought to capitalize on his words with ads tying... more »
  • Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda

    September 30, 2014 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is lauding India's new prime minister for focusing on economic growth and addressing the needs of the "poorest of the poor." Obama is meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office. It's Modi's first visit to the White House since his election in... more »
  • Obama concerned intruder got in his family's home

    September 22, 2014 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expressing concern that an intruder carrying a knife was able to get into the White House where his family lives. Obama press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama is "obviously concerned" that a man got through the White House front doors Friday evening a few... more »
  • Obama signs bill to train, arm Syrian rebels

    September 19, 2014 3:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill authorizing the military to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group. Obama signed the bill Friday in the Oval Office. The Senate gave its final approval Thursday, a day after the legislation drew strong bipartisan support... more »
  • Obama unveils campaign against campus assaults

    September 19, 2014 6:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is unveiling new public service announcements against campus sexual assault in a campaign being supported by the NCAA and several media companies with reach among college students. The White House says athletes will appear in the campaign called "It's On Us" that Obama and Vice... more »
  • Obama: Ebola outbreak 'spiraling out of control'

    September 16, 2014 3:27 PM

    ATLANTA - President Barack Obama says the world is looking to the United States to address the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Obama says the U.S. embraces that responsibility. The president is outlining new U.S. efforts to respond to the outbreak during a visit to the federal Centers... more »
  • Vietnam soldiers receive Medal of Honor

    September 15, 2014 3:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a grateful nation honors the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops. Obama is bestowing the Medal of Honor on Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat, nearly half... more »
  • Obama to deliver prime-time address on militants

    September 9, 2014 11:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday to discuss his plans for expanding U.S. efforts to confront militants in Iraq and Syria. The White House says Obama will speak from the State Floor at 9 p.m. EDT. The White House says he will... more »
  • 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 »
  • Obama: US hopeful, skeptical on Ukraine cease-fire

    September 5, 2014 11:11 AM

    NEWPORT, Wales - President Barack Obama says he's skeptical that pro-Russian separatists and Russia's government will abide by a cease-fire reached Friday. Obama says he's hopeful about the agreement between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels. But he says that based on past experiences he's not sure separatists will follow through... 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 notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

    September 1, 2014 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants. The White House on Monday released a letter formally letting Congress' leaders know that Obama approved the mission that repelled... more »
  • Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

    August 22, 2014 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs. The government is also extending an existing... more »
  • Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    August 20, 2014 12:07 PM

    EDGARTOWN, MA - President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. Obama says the... more »
  • Obama calls for new Iraqi government

    August 11, 2014 4:29 PM

    CHILMARK, MA - President Obama is giving his approval to the appointment of a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki and urging the formation of a new government in Iraq as soon as possible. In brief remarks delivered at his vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, Obama said he and Vice... more »
  • Obama signs veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 11:43 AM

    FORT BELVOIR, VA - President Barack Obama says the government must ensure that the Veterans Affairs Department has the resources to keep up with the demands of troops returning from war. Obama is speaking at a signing ceremony for a $16.3 billion measure allowing the Veterans Affairs Department to hire... more »
  • Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

    August 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here... more »
  • Obama talks to Putin about Ukraine, missile treaty

    August 1, 2014 12:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin to reiterate concern about Russia's support of separatists in Ukraine and about Russian compliance with a 1987 nuclear missile treaty that the U.S. says Moscow breached. The White House says Obama spoke to Putin Friday. The call came... more »
  • Obama signs order on contractor labor violations

    July 31, 2014 1:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says federal contractors that violate labor laws shouldn't get a competitive advantage over companies that play by the rules. Obama is signing an executive order requiring contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes. The order requires companies to disclose labor violations when... more »
  • GOP-led House approves lawsuit against Obama

    July 30, 2014 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - A sharply divided House has approved a Republican plan to file an election-season federal lawsuit against President Barack Obama. The suit will contend that Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law. The vote was 225 to 201. Democrats... more »
  • Obama calls for immediate access to crash site

    July 21, 2014 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling for international investigators to have "immediate and full access" to the site in eastern Ukraine where a passenger jet was shot down last week. Obama accused pro-Russian separatists in the area of removing evidence and bodies from the crash site. He says that... more »
  • Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

    July 18, 2014 11:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says one American was killed on the plane over Ukraine. He says the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists. The president called it a global tragedy in remarks from the White House, one day after Malaysia... 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, Putin discuss Malaysia plane incident

    July 17, 2014 11:31 AM

    MOSCOW - The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have discussed the Malaysia Airlines plane incident over eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin website published a statement late Thursday that says "the Russian leader informed the U.S. president of the report from air traffic controllers that the Malaysian... more »
  • US using all means to get Israel cease-fire

    July 16, 2014 5:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States will use all of its diplomatic resources and relationships to secure a deal on a cease-fire to end violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Obama says the U.S. supports Egypt's continued efforts to restore the 2012 cease-fire. He... more »
  • Obama: Significant gaps on Iran nuclear talks

    July 16, 2014 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says there are "still significant gaps" and more work to do on Iran nuclear talks. The president told reporters Wednesday that he will consult with Congress and allies to determine whether negotiations need to be extended after the July 20 deadline. Two diplomats told The... 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 »
  • Possible compromise emerges on border request

    July 10, 2014 12:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Outlines of a possible compromise over President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency border spending request are emerging on Capitol Hill. They involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly. The top House and Senate Republicans... 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: Congress can act now to fix border crisis

    July 9, 2014 6:18 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama says Congress has the ability to act immediately to address the wave of unaccompanied minors coming over the border from Mexico into the U.S. Obama spoke in Dallas after meeting Wednesday with Gov. Rick Perry and other officials about the unaccompanied minors entering the country... more »
  • Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with border kids

    July 8, 2014 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.8 billion to confront the influx of minors from Central America. The figure also includes extra money for fighting wildfires in the West. The White House says the money would help increase the detention, care... more »
  • Obama backs off border policy changes

    July 7, 2014 5:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster. The approach is a change from what the White House has signaled and follows criticism from immigration advocates who said the administration's planned approach was too harsh.... more »
  • Obama lauds service members at July Fourth picnic

    July 4, 2014 6:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the extraordinary sacrifices by U.S. service members are keeping America safe and free. And he says there's no other group of people that he and first lady Michelle Obama would rather spend time with on the Fourth of July than America's men and women... more »
  • Obama: US always has been a nation of immigrants

    July 4, 2014 12:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says 25 foreign-born service members who became U.S. citizens on the Fourth of July are vivid reminders that America is and always has been a nation of immigrants. He says it's that rich diversity that makes the country the best in the world. To keep... 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 sending 200 more US troops to Iraq

    June 30, 2014 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's sending about 200 more U.S. troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of U.S. forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect... more »
  • Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

    June 30, 2014 3:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs Department as it attempts to confront reports of lengthy waiting times and mismanagement. Obama said the administration is establishing a, quote, "new culture of accountability" at the VA. Obama praised... more »
  • Obama condemns terror against teens in Mideast

    June 30, 2014 3:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls a "senseless act of terror against innocent youth" in the Mideast and offering U.S. help to find those who killed three teenagers. Obama is extending condolences to the families of the teens found by the Israeli military on Monday, two... more »
  • Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

    June 30, 2014 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own. Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action. Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration... more »
  • GOP-led House backs limits on Obama's authority

    June 20, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted overwhelmingly for a $570 billion defense bill that limits President Barack Obama's authority on handling detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The vote was 340-73 on Friday for an election-year measure that also would impose new curbs on the National Security... more »
  • Obama: US will send up to 300 military to Iraq

    June 19, 2014 12:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting. The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team. Obama said U.S. forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq but... more »
  • White House opposes House's $570B defense bill

    June 17, 2014 4:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is objecting to the House's $570 billion defense spending bill, complaining about congressional restrictions on handling detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and obstacles to Pentagon cost-saving moves. The Obama administration said Tuesday that the bill would hamper efforts to reduce unneeded... more »
  • Obama: 275 US forces deploying to Iraq

    June 16, 2014 5:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq. Obama says the forces are going to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He says the forces are equipped for combat and will remain in... more »
  • Obama to sign order extending protections to gays

    June 16, 2014 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation. The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to sign the order. The White House has... more »
  • Obama heads back to Washington facing Iraq choice

    June 16, 2014 2:17 AM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, CA - President Barack Obama is returning to Washington faced with a choice on Iraq. Obama was wrapping up a four-day weekend in the Palm Springs area Monday. The White House says Obama got several updates on a violent insurgency bringing chaos to Iraq during his getaway with... more »
  • For White House, little joy in Cantor's defeat

    June 12, 2014 2:13 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans' staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama's agenda. Now, Cantor's stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway... more »
  • La. projects in $12.3 billion water projects bill

    June 10, 2014 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill that will finance improvements across the nation and includes several provisions that will directly benefit Louisiana. The legislation won overwhelming support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in a fiercely divided Congress. The... more »
  • Obama: No apology for Bergdahl prisoner exchange

    June 5, 2014 10:31 AM

    BRUSSELS - President Barack Obama says he makes no apology for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in a prisoner exchange that has caused a furor in the United States and has followed the president on his European trip this week. Obama says the U.S. has... more »
  • Sender of ricin letters sentenced on state charges

    May 27, 2014 3:49 PM

    JACKSON - A Mississippi man who sent letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on unrelated state charges of fondling three martial arts students. James Everett Dutschke was sentenced Tuesday in Lee County Circuit Court. District... more »
  • Poll: Sign-ups rise but little love for health law

    May 23, 2014 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama celebrated when sign-ups for his health care law topped 8 million, exceeding expectations. But a new poll shows Americans remained unimpressed. The Associated Press-GfK poll finds that public opinion is still deeply negative on the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature effort to cover the uninsured.... 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 says US preparing for more Russia sanctions

    May 2, 2014 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States and Germany are preparing to impose sanctions on Russia's economic sectors if destabilization continues in Ukraine. Obama says he hopes not to have to use such sanctions, but will if Russia's disruptions threaten Ukraine elections scheduled for May 25. So far,... 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 »
  • Jindal: GOP needs 'Obamacare' alternative

    April 2, 2014 10:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering an alternative to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, saying states should play a greater role in containing health care costs. The potential 2016 presidential candidate says Obama's health care law should be "repealed in its entirety" but says fellow Republicans need... more »
  • Obama lauds health care sign-ups of over 7 million

    April 1, 2014 3:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says 7.1 million Americans enrolled for health care coverage by Monday's midnight deadline. He's praising the achievement of overcoming lost weeks at the start of sign-ups last fall. Obama says the law has not fixed the health care system but it has made it a... more »
  • Vatican: Obama talks included birth control

    March 27, 2014 10:46 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says the Catholic Church's objection to a contraception requirement under the Affordable Care Act was raised during President Barack Obama's visit. The Vatican says other areas of discussion during Obama's historic visit included abortion, immigration reform, human trafficking and international issues. The Vatican... more »
  • Obama: Right to self-determination being tested

    March 26, 2014 12:39 PM

    BRUSSELS - President Barack Obama says the ideal that individuals have the right to determine their own destiny is being tested in Europe. In a speech in Brussels, Obama says the ideal that all men and women are created equal is being threatened by an older, more traditional view of... more »
  • Obama says NSA proposal satisfied public concerns

    March 25, 2014 10:50 AM

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - President Barack Obama says a proposal to have U.S. telephone companies hold onto call record data satisfies public concerns about government being in control of the data. The Obama administration is expected this week to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program to end the... more »
  • White House hints at wiggle room on deadline

    March 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it won't push back the March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. But if you already started an application, you may get some extra time to finish it. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Friday that the... more »
  • Obama levies new round of sanctions on Russia

    March 20, 2014 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States is levying a new round of economic sanctions on individuals in Russia, both inside and outside the government, in retaliation for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine. Obama says he has also signed a new executive order that would allow the U.S.... more »
  • Obama picks Michigan St. as men's basketball champ

    March 19, 2014 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is picking Michigan State to win the NCAA men's basketball championship over defending champion Louisville. In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday. Florida and Arizona rounded out... more »
  • Obama unveils plans to put young, minority boys on path to success

    February 27, 2014 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has launched and initiative called "My Brother's Keeper." Speaking at the White House, Obama said stronger efforts are needed to create more opportunities for young minority men and to improve conditions that keep them impoverished and imprisoned in disproportionate numbers. Ticking off statistics on... more »
  • Jindal defends criticism of Obama economic policy

    February 26, 2014 6:53 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending his harsh criticism of President Barack Obama within yards of the Oval Office, saying "in America we don't have a king." The Republican was criticized by a Democratic governor Monday after Jindal emerged with others from a meeting with Obama and said... more »
  • Fox News to interview President Obama before Super Bowl

    February 2, 2014 1:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is getting some time in front of the cameras before sitting down to watch the Super Bowl. He's doing a live interview from the White House with Bill O'Reilly about two hours before kickoff, during the Fox pregame show. The interview comes less than a... more »
  • Shreveport's Centenary buys into Obama's minimum wage

    January 29, 2014 10:51 PM

    SHREVEPORT- A private college in north Louisiana is taking the president's State of the Union address seriously and raising what the school considers minimum wage for its employees. The president of Centenary College, David Rowe, said that the wage scale is increasing for its regular, full-time and part-time staff... 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 sees potential breakthrough in weapons idea

    September 9, 2013 5:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control to avoid U.S. military strikes could be a potential breakthrough. Obama told NBC News in an interview Monday that he remains skeptical that Syria will follow through and turn over its stockpile, so he's... more »
  • Obama: King's dream partly met, still unfulfilled

    August 28, 2013 2:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is claiming his place in Martin Luther King's 50-year-old dream, holding himself up as a symbol of the change King envisioned. But he also pointed to the nation's lingering economic disparities as evidence that King's hopes remain unfulfilled. Obama spoke at Lincoln Memorial Wednesday on... more »
  • Obama holds Martin Luther King as personal hero

    August 27, 2013 1:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation's first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial... more »
  • Jags fans petition Obama to make team add Tebow

    May 6, 2013 8:38 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fl. - Dear Mr. President, please order the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow. That was the gist of a petition started by some Jaguars fans Monday, hoping President Barack Obama makes their team bring the popular quarterback to Jacksonville for a happy homecoming. It received a few hundred... more »
  • Senate mail service to resume on Monday

    April 19, 2013 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate offices will begin receiving mail again on Monday, a few days after a Mississippi man was arrested on charges he sent letters containing ricin addressed to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator. Senate mail will temporarily be screened at a House mail sorting facility, but that... more »
  • News 2 Looks at gun background checks Play Video

    January 16, 2013 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Background checks can work to keep guns out of the wrong people's hands, according to one licensed firearms seller. News 2 went through the steps of background checks, considered very thorough by licensed dealer Jeffery Knight. "I want people to have to fill out this... 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 »
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    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 »
  • Another 4 years for Obama

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    CHICAGO - President Barack Obama has been reelected to another four years in the White House. Obama told supports early this morning that their citizenship doesn't end with their vote and that the "best is yet to come." Obama also says he wants to meet with Republican rival Mitt... more »
  • AP: Obama re-elected to 2nd term

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    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 »

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