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  • Court won't lift hold on Obama immigration action

    May 26, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued the 2-1 ruling Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice had asked the court... more »
  • Obama restricts police military gear

    May 18, 2015 4:08 PM

    CAMDEN, NJ - President Barack Obama says the use of militarized gear by local police departments can give the public the feeling that law enforcement is like "an occupying force." He says such an image can "alienate and intimidate" people and send the wrong message to the community the police... more »
  • Obama gets his own POTUS account, joins Twitter age

    May 18, 2015 2:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is embracing short-form communication. Twitter has a new POTUS account. For years, White House officials have used Twitter to communicate White House policy and occasional personal observations. But Obama himself stayed out of the social media fray. No longer. With a frugal 91-character message -... more »
  • Senate adopts GOP budget compromise

    May 5, 2015 6:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has adopted a compromise GOP budget, paving the way for an assault on President Barack Obama's health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall. The Senate passed the nonbinding measure by a nearly party-line vote of 51-48. The House adopted... more »
  • Japan PM sidesteps question on apologizing for WWII abuses

    April 28, 2015 1:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sidestepped a question on whether he would apologize for the sexual enslavement of women by Japan's army during World War II. Abe instead said he was "deeply pained" by the suffering of "comfort women." He was using a euphemism for tens of... more »
  • Obama removes Cuba from state sponsor of terror list

    April 14, 2015 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama is removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a key step in President Barack Obama's bid to normalize relations between the two countries. The White House says on Twitter that Obama has submitted to Congress required reports and... more »
  • Obama and Raul Castro speak by phone

    April 10, 2015 9:05 AM

    PANAMA CITY- President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have spoken by phone ahead of an expected encounter at a regional summit in Panama. Jorge Leganoa is deputy director of Cuba's state-run National Information Agency. He says Obama and Castro spoke by phone Thursday evening. The White House declined... more »
  • Obama says climate change is harming Americans' health

    April 7, 2015 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says climate change isn't just affecting the nation's weather, it's harming Americans' health. Obama says, for example, that increasing wildfires are putting more pollution in the air, allergy season is growing longer and insect-borne diseases are on the rise. Obama spoke Tuesday at Howard University... more »
  • GOP moves ahead on budget plans; eyes Obamacare repeal bill

    March 24, 2015 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate Republicans are moving toward likely approval of balanced budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out the five-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade. Obama is all but certain to veto the legislation... more »
  • Obama: US to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

    March 24, 2015 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. will keep just under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 at the request of Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani. Obama says Afghanistan "remains a dangerous place" and it's important to maintain security cooperation between the two countries. Obama had... more »
  • Labor secretary says new overtime rules coming soon

    March 18, 2015 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Labor Secretary Tom Perez says his agency is still working on President Barack Obama's directive a year ago to come up with new overtime rules so more workers would be eligible for higher pay for working beyond their scheduled hours. Perez told a House panel that his department... more »
  • Obama calls for thorough probe into military copter crash

    March 11, 2015 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's confident there will be a detailed and thorough investigation into an Army helicopter crash off the coast of Florida. Obama spoke by phone Wednesday with Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, who heads the Marine Corps special forces, and Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis of the... more »
  • Obama calls for effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

    March 9, 2015 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling for a home-grown, high-technology workforce to will help boost higher-wage employment at a time of stagnant incomes. Obama announced a $100 million federal government grant program to improve training and hiring of high-tech workers. He says the U.S. needs to position itself for... more »
  • Obama visits Selma 50th Anniversary

    March 7, 2015 11:55 AM

    SELMA - Thousands of people are gathering in Selma, Alabama to see President Barack Obama at the 50th anniversary of a landmark event of the civil rights movement. Charter buses from across the nation are clogging traffic in the riverside town of 20,000. It's a carnival atmosphere with vendors selling... more »
  • Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill

    March 4, 2015 1:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate has failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-37 vote Wednesday was the latest chapter in the fight between the GOP-led Congress and the White House over energy policy. It was the first of many... more »
  • Obama: Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to Iran talks

    March 3, 2015 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress. Obama says he read a transcript of Netanyahu's speech Tuesday. He says "there was nothing new" in the speech. Obama says Netanyahu made... more »
  • GOP: Our plan would help people losing health subsidies

    March 2, 2015 3:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans are sending a message that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: The country's health care system won't crumble if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law. Three top senators said Monday that if the court invalidates federal... more »
  • Rick Perry tells CPAC: Obama has made the world less safe

    February 27, 2015 10:52 AM

    OXON HILL, MD - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the Islamic State group seizing territory in the Middle East represents the worst threat to freedom since communism. The likely Republican presidential contender spoke Friday morning in front of an audience of conservative activists at the second day of the... more »
  • Jindal tells GOP Congress to 'grow a spine' on DHS funding

    February 26, 2015 5:17 PM

    OXON HILL, MD - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for fellow Republicans who control Congress: "Grow a spine." Jindal spoke critically of his party's leaders in Washington on Thursday during a turn before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. As he spoke to CPAC, House Republicans were considering... more »
  • Obama to veto Keystone XL oil pipeline bill on Tuesday

    February 24, 2015 9:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will veto a Republican bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The bill arrived at the White House from Congress on Tuesday morning. The White House says Obama will veto it by the end of the day. It's... more »
  • US seeks stay of ruling on Obama immigration action

    February 23, 2015 11:00 AM

    HOUSTON - The federal government has filed a notice of appeal of a ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. The three-page notice was filed Monday with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. The appeal will be handled by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court... more »
  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright speaking at Southern this morning

    February 19, 2015 6:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A nationally-known preacher is scheduled to speak at Southern University Thursday morning. Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be on the Bluff today. He sparked controversy during the 2008 presidential election, when he served as the pastor for then-candidate Barack Obama. Rev. Wright garnered unwanted attention following comments... more »
  • Americans applaud Obama's unemployment efforts

    February 8, 2015 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans' views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months. On the rise, too, are opinions about the direction of the country and the health of the economy. A slim majority now approves of the way Obama is... more »
  • Obama: US must resist urge to 'overreach" abroad

    February 6, 2015 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. must resist the urge to "overreach" when it comes to involvement in global crises. In a new document outlining his national security priorities, the president says the U.S. will always defend its interests and uphold commitments to partners and allies. But he... more »
  • Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

    January 27, 2015 11:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing to open up drilling off a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast for the first time, even as it restricts drilling off Alaska. The plan, unveiled Tuesday, envisions auctioning areas off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies come 2021.... more »
  • House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

    January 27, 2015 10:58 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans plan to vote to authorize legal action against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration. House Speaker John Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday. He told them GOP leaders are finalizing plans to authorize litigation to block Obama's... more »
  • Obama in State of the Union: America is turning the page

    January 20, 2015 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says America is turning the page after years of war and recession. Obama is using his State of the Union address tonight to argue for his economic policies, including a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans to help those less fortunate. He is declaring that... more »
  • Obama aims to influence 2016 debate with State of the Union

    January 20, 2015 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging President Barack Obama to come up with ways to work with Republicans to shore up Medicare and Social Security and to balance the budget, not just propose, in his words, "more tired tax hikes." Obama is expected to include in his... more »
  • Obama renews push for paid leave for working parents

    January 15, 2015 12:39 PM

    BALTIMORE - President Barack Obama is renewing his push for paid leave for parents and other workers. Visiting a Baltimore cafe that offers earned sick leave to its small workforce, Obama said he's astonished that so many people don't get it. The White House said this week that Obama will... more »
  • House votes to overturn protections for young immigrants

    January 14, 2015 10:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed legislation to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration actions and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children. The measures were part of a $39.7 billion spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The vote was 236-191. The legislation faces tough... more »
  • Obama wants to remove barriers to greater broadband access

    January 13, 2015 5:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration wants to provide greater access to fast broadband service in towns and cities across the country by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to remove legal barriers to competition by Internet service providers. It also wants to help local communities improve their service with government loans... more »
  • Keystone bill clears Senate hurdle despite Obama veto threat

    January 12, 2015 5:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has cleared an initial hurdle in the Senate, a victory for Republicans newly in charge and now eager for a veto showdown with President Barack Obama. The vote was 63-32, three more than the 60 needed to advance... more »
  • Senate moves ahead on Keystone despite Obama veto threat

    January 12, 2015 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate is moving ahead on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline despite President Barack Obama's veto threat. A test vote was scheduled for late Monday, though winter weather could delay the roll call. The legislation would authorize construction of the 1,179-mile pipeline. It would... more »
  • Jindal criticizes Obama's college plan, supports TOPS check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 9, 2015 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's governor, who has ambitions for national office, released a statement Friday criticizing President Barack Obama's proposal for a plan that would make it free for most people to attend community colleges in the U. S. Meanwhile, Governor Bobby Jindal is a supporter of the TOPS... more »
  • Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

    January 9, 2015 1:47 PM

    KNOXVILLE, TN - President Barack Obama says his plan for two years of free community college for any American will help train the workforce and improve U.S. competitiveness with other countries. The White House says the program will cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years. Details on... more »
  • House GOP takes broad aim at Obama immigration policies

    January 9, 2015 11:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans plan to take broad aim at President Barack Obama's immigration policies next week, including votes to overturn protections for immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids. The plan emerging Friday satisfies demands from the most conservative lawmakers and goes beyond the approach initially discussed within... more »
  • Obama: Paris shooting a cowardly attack on journalists

    January 7, 2015 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered U.S. assistance to pursue the terrorists responsible for a "horrific shooting" at a satirical weekly newspaper that left 12 people dead. In a statement, Obama condemned the shooting and offered thoughts and prayers for the people of France, which he called "America's... more »
  • GOP preps plan to block Obama on climate in 2015

    January 5, 2015 1:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress. Republicans have promised to send Obama a barrage of bills to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development. GOP leaders will be... more »
  • Army couple relocates wedding for Obama golf game

    December 29, 2014 11:59 AM

    HONOLULU - A couple getting married near President Barack Obama's vacation spot in Hawaii learned the hard way that the big day rarely goes exactly as planned. Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr. - both U.S. Army captains stationed in Hawaii - were scheduled to tie the knot Sunday at... more »
  • Obama sends prayers, best wishes on Kwanzaa

    December 26, 2014 1:11 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their prayers and best wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa. The Obamas say in a statement that the Kwanzaa celebration highlights the rich heritage of African Americans. They say families come together on Kwanzaa to reflect on the past... more »
  • Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

    December 22, 2014 2:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell heard arguments Monday in a case brought by an Arizona sheriff who claims the program will let more... more »
  • Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'

    December 19, 2014 6:16 PM

    NEW YORK - Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release. Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in dropping... more »
  • Obama pledges proportional response to Sony hack

    December 19, 2014 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. will respond "proportionally" to North Korea's punishing hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment at a place, time and manner "that we choose." Obama says the attack "caused a lot of damage." Says Obama: "We will respond proportionally and we will respond in a... more »
  • Obama: 2014 made 'significant strides where it counts'

    December 19, 2014 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama claims an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. At a news conference... more »
  • Obama: US ending outdated approach to Cuba

    December 17, 2014 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. will end its outdated approach to Cuba that has failed to advance U.S. interests. Obama is announcing Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties. Obama says the U.S. is changing its... more »
  • Obama to sign Russia sanctions legislation

    December 16, 2014 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will sign congressional legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama continues to have concerns about the bill but believes the legislation still gives him the flexibility he needs. The president is expected... more »
  • Senate approves Obama surgeon general nominee

    December 15, 2014 5:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general. The 51-43 vote late Monday came despite opposition from some lawmakers over Murthy's support for gun control and past statements calling gun violence a public health concern. Democratic Sen. Joe... more »
  • Vitter to sit on Judiciary committee in US Senate

    December 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he has been appointed to sit on the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee - placing the Republican Louisiana politician in the middle of what likely will become major disagreements in the next Congress: Fights over President Obama's nominee for the attorney general and... more »
  • Vitter opposing Obama's pick for attorney general

    December 10, 2014 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he'll oppose President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general because of his disapproval of the president's executive actions on immigration. The Republican senator announced Wednesday that he won't support the nomination of Loretta Lynch during the Senate confirmation vote, which is expected... more »
  • Nearly 9 in 10 doubt Obama, GOP can break gridlock

    December 10, 2014 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - An Associated Press-GfK poll finds 86 percent of Americans lack confidence that Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican Congress can work together to solve the nation's problems. Approval ratings for the president and Congress are about the same as before the election, with 41 percent approval for... more »
  • Lawmakers seal deal on $1.1T spending bill

    December 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say a final agreement has been sealed on a massive $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown and fund most of the government through next September. The hard-fought agreement would delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until... more »
  • Obama set for 'The Colbert Report' visit

    December 5, 2014 11:44 AM

    NEW YORK - Comedy Central says President Obama will be on hand next week as Stephen Colbert begins his final two weeks as the fake cable news bloviator on "The Colbert Report." Obama is scheduled to appear on Monday, Dec. 8 during Colbert's one-day visit to Washington. Colbert is taking... more »
  • Obama: Job growth means 'real progress' in economy

    December 5, 2014 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the November jobs numbers show the American economy is "making real progress." The government reported Friday that employers added 321,000 jobs in November. Obama spoke before nominating Ashton Carter as his new Defense secretary. Obama says the pace can continue if Congress keeps government... more »
  • Officials: Ashton Carter is Obama's likely Pentagon pick

    December 2, 2014 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Administration officials say Ashton Carter has emerged as the top candidate for the job of defense secretary. But the officials caution that President Barack Obama hasn't made a final decision. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the president's decision-making process publicly. Carter... more »
  • Some immigrants get benefits under Obama's actions

    November 26, 2014 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House. Under Obama's actions, immigrants who are spared deportation would be eligible... more »
  • Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

    November 25, 2014 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans available through President Barack Obama's health care law. But experts say it's going to take time for families to find the best deal for their finances - even as a... more »
  • Glass shattering? Flournoy tops Pentagon shortlist

    November 24, 2014 3:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Michèle Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the U.S. military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation. Passed over by Obama for the job 20 months ago, Flournoy heads a... more »
  • Obama announces Hagel resignation from Pentagon

    November 24, 2014 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded it's an "appropriate time" for him to complete his service. Obama says Hagel will stay in place at the Pentagon until a successor is confirmed. Hagel has had a rocky tenure of nearly two years in which he's... more »
  • Landrieu splits with Obama on immigration action

    November 21, 2014 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties. By executive order, Obama extended legal protection to keep nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Landrieu said while... more »
  • Obama to Ferguson: 'Keep protests peaceful'

    November 21, 2014 12:58 PM

    HENDERSON, NV - President Barack Obama says his message to Ferguson, Missouri, as it awaits a grand jury's decision in this summer's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man is to keep protests peaceful. Obama says everyone has the right to express their views and to peacefully assemble to... more »
  • Forgetful Obama? President leaves something behind

    November 21, 2014 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - Anyone can relate. You get in your mode of transport -- car, boat, helicopter -- and you realize you forgot something: glasses, wallet, cell phone. So it went for President Barack Obama Friday. On his way to Las Vegas to promote his immigration executive actions, Obama boarded his... more »
  • New enforcement focus in Obama's immigration plan

    November 20, 2014 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says President Barack Obama's immigration plan will focus enforcement efforts on immigrants who are serious criminals - and those who crossed into the U.S. illegally or were ordered from the country in the last year. Johnson is detailing the plan to Homeland Security... more »
  • Obama to announce immigration plans Thursday

    November 19, 2014 12:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - People familiar with White House planning say President Barack Obama will announce on Thursday executive action on immigration that will sidestep Congress and shield potentially millions of immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. The administration is considering steps that would provide work permits for up to... more »
  • Obama: US needs to bring schools into 21st century

    November 19, 2014 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States needs to bring its schools into the 21st century when it comes to technology. Obama says less than 40 percent of public schools have high-speed Internet in their classrooms. He says that's not good for the country where the Internet was... more »
  • Obama condemns Jerusalem attack

    November 18, 2014 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is strongly condemning Tuesday's attack at a synagogue in Israel that killed four people, including three U.S. citizens. The president says there can be no justification for such attacks. Obama is urging both Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to "work cooperatively to lower... more »
  • Black Democrats bemoan decision to run from Obama

    November 12, 2014 3:03 PM

    ATLANTA - Some black political leaders are unhappy that Democrats kept their distance from President Barack Obama during the midterm election campaigns. They say it caused a lack of enthusiasm among African-Americans in states where they anchor the party's base of voters. They point to losses in Senate races in... more »
  • Obama seeks $6.2 billion to fight Ebola

    November 5, 2014 12:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to fight Ebola. The request covers spending to confront the disease at its source in West Africa and to secure the United States against any possible spread. Administration officials say the money would be apportioned into... more »
  • Obama says US can't shy away from Ebola battle

    October 28, 2014 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States can't be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola. Obama did not directly criticize quarantine policies for returning health care workers implemented in New York and New Jersey. But he says the response to Ebola needs to be sensible and... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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