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  • No shutdown: House approves bill to keep government open

    September 30, 2015 5:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama that would head off the threat of a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. Democrats helped embattled House GOP leaders pass the measure by a sweeping 277-151 vote with just hours to spare. The Senate passed the legislation by a 78-20... more »
  • House, Senate to send Obama temporary spending bill

    September 30, 2015 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- A temporary government-wide funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline should make its way to President Barack Obama Wednesday with time to spare. The measure has already helped topple the top House GOP leader and exacerbated painful divisions between more pragmatic Republicans and... more »
  • Lobster on menu again for Obama's 2nd China state dinner

    September 24, 2015 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Plenty of things will be different at Friday's White House state dinner for China, ranging from the setting to the decor to the post-dinner entertainment. But the White House decided to keep one thing the same: Maine lobster is back on the menu. The lobster will be... more »
  • Pope Francis on US soil for first time

    September 22, 2015 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis is settling in for his first night in the U.S. The pope arrived just before 5 p.m. at the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington. Well-wishers in fancy clothes stood behind metal fencing, straining for a view of the pope's... more »
  • White House faults Republican Party for not rebuking Trump

    September 18, 2015 2:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is criticizing the GOP and its presidential candidates for failing to rebuke Donald Trump's comments about immigrants and minorities. White House spokesman Josh Earnest is reacting to a Trump town hall. The GOP front-runner declined to correct a questioner who wrongly stated that President Barack... more »
  • Obama: Assad inviting Russian military into Syria

    September 11, 2015 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it appears Syrian President Bashar Assad is inviting the Russian military into his country because he's worried about his grip on power. Obama says the U.S. is warning Russia that doubling down on its support for Assad is doomed to fail. The president's comments... more »
  • Obama trying to boost free community college plan

    September 9, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has been unable to get Congress to approve free access to the nation's community colleges. Now he's trying to boost state and local programs that do just that. Obama is teaming up with Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, on Thursday for a... more »
  • Democrats clinch critical 41 votes for Iran nuclear deal

    September 8, 2015 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have clinched enough votes to block a disapproval resolution against the Iran nuclear deal in the Senate. That could spell a major victory for President Barack Obama. Three undecided senators announced their support for the deal in quick succession - bringing supporters to 41 votes.... more »
  • Israel will keep fighting nuclear deal with Iran

    September 2, 2015 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue fighting against the nuclear agreement signed by Iran, the United States and five other world powers. The Israeli leader has been personally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to block the nuclear pact -- but supporters now have the 34 votes... more »
  • Senate Dems get 34th vote to hand Obama victory on Iran deal

    September 2, 2015 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb... more »
  • Key Democrat: Senate will uphold Obama on Iran nuke deal

    September 1, 2015 11:27 AM

    BALTIMORE - A key Democrat is predicting there will be enough votes in the Senate by week's end to uphold President Barack Obama's veto of a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, tells students at Johns Hopkins... more »
  • Kanye for 2020? White House welcomes rapper's political bid

    August 31, 2015 2:59 PM

    AIR FORCE ONE - Kanye West for 2020? The White House says it is anticipating the rapper's potential bid for president. West claimed he would run for president while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest... more »
  • Jindal to Obama: No climate change talk for Katrina visit

    August 26, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging President Barack Obama to skip talking about climate change when he visits New Orleans on Thursday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Louisiana governor, a Republican presidential candidate, sent a letter to the president Wednesday calling on Obama to... more »
  • Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

    August 24, 2015 9:03 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama wants to give Americans more power to choose what kind of power they use. The president is traveling to Las Vegas on Monday to attend a clean energy conference. He'll announce new efforts to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • White House launches initiative to combat heroin use

    August 17, 2015 11:22 AM

    EDGARTOWN, MA - The White House is launching a new $5 million initiative to combat heroin use and trafficking of the drug, particularly in states along the East Coast. About half of the money will fund a program to link public health and law enforcement agencies, with the goal... more »
  • Obama heralds impact of power plant regulations

    August 3, 2015 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his new power plant regulations are "the single most important step" America has ever taken in the fight against climate change. The president's plan requires states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030. Obama says he is convinced that no challenge... more »
  • Obama and Kenya: 1st trip to father's homeland as president

    July 22, 2015 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name. It was a striking experience for the future president. He was a young man struggling to understand how a country that he had never... more »
  • Obama: No mechanism to revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom

    July 15, 2015 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is rejecting the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations. Obama says there's no precedent or mechanism to take back the medal. He declined to talk about the specific allegations against Cosby because there are pending legal matters.... more »
  • Appeals panel hears arguments on Obama immigration action

    July 10, 2015 2:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - With hundreds of immigration activists rallying outside, a federal appeals court panel heard arguments on whether it should revive President Barack Obama's plan that could protect 5 million people living in the United States illegally from deportation. Republicans criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when... more »
  • Obama: Fight against IS progressing, but still a long slog

    July 6, 2015 4:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama concedes that confronting and destroying the Islamic State group will be a long-term effort, but he says the U.S. and its allies are making progress and have reduced the militants' foothold in Iraq. Obama made his remarks after a rare visit to the Pentagon Monday... more »
  • EPA proposes tougher mileage standards for trucks

    June 19, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says the administration's proposed tough new standards for trucks and vans will deliver "big time" on President Barack Obama's call to cut carbon pollution. The rules being put forward by the agency are aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from the... more »
  • Analysts: Health law repeal boosts economy, adds red ink

    June 19, 2015 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new nonpartisan government study says that repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would boost the economy even as it increases budget deficits. The Congressional Budget Office says that completely repealing the law would, on average, increase the economy by 0.7 percent a year when economic... more »
  • House to vote as early as Thursday on trade bill

    June 17, 2015 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional officials say the House will attempt as early as Thursday to revive trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama and blocked last week in a revolt by union-backed Democrats. The officials say the vote would come on a stand-alone measure that would allow Congress to approve or... more »
  • Obama administration cracking down on trans fats

    June 16, 2015 7:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is cracking down on artificial trans fats, calling them a threat to public health. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will require food companies to phase them out almost entirely. Consumers aren't likely to notice much of a difference in their favorite... more »
  • 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 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 »

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