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  • Obama to urge graduates to pursue progress in changing world

    May 15, 2016 2:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama tells college graduates that the pace of change in the world is accelerating, not subsiding. He says progress in America has been bumpy and fitful, but members of the Class of 2016 are well-positioned to lead the U.S. toward a brighter future. Obama is delivering... more »
  • For Obama's legacy, a few bright spots with Trump as nominee

    May 8, 2016 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - There's no cheering at the White House for Donald Trump. Yet for President Barack Obama, things could be worse. Trump's ascent as the presumptive Republican nominee makes some of Obama's main achievements more likely to survive after the next president takes over. Trump's policy prescriptions are full of... more »
  • Obama: US in 'better place' than when he graduated college

    May 7, 2016 5:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has told Howard University's Class of 2016 that the country is "a better place today" than it was when he graduated from Columbia University in 1983. He says America is "by almost every measure" better now. Obama also says the country "also happens to be... more »
  • Obama, first lady review library design proposals

    May 1, 2016 3:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is reviewing design proposals for his future presidential library from the seven architectural firms chosen as finalists. The White House says the president's wife, Michelle, joined him at Sunday's meeting in Washington with staff of the Barack Obama Foundation. The foundation plans to build the... more »
  • President Barack Obama's last chance to zing Washington

    April 30, 2016 4:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is getting one more chance to poke fun at fellow politicians, the press and himself at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. The dinner Saturday night comes amid a fierce presidential campaign that should provide plenty of material for after-dinner remarks by Obama and this... more »
  • Obama announces new steps to reduce gun violence

    April 29, 2016 3:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is announcing new steps to reduce gun violence, mainly by helping manufacturers understand what law enforcement agencies need from so-called smart guns. Smart guns are firearms that use technology designed to prevent accidental shootings or help find a missing gun. In a Facebook post Friday,... more »
  • Justices seem divided over Obama immigration actions

    April 18, 2016 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears divided over Obama administration programs that could affect millions of people who are in the country illegally. The administration's best hope for a favorable ruling after 90 minutes of arguments at the high court Monday appeared to rest with Chief Justice John Roberts.... more »
  • President Obama, Warriors star Stephen Curry team up on PSA

    April 16, 2016 3:35 PM

    OAKLAND, Calif. - President Barack Obama has teamed with reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry on a public service announcement calling for Americans to mentor youth in their community to make a positive impact. The video was shown Saturday on ABC's "NBA Countdown" ahead of Curry's playoff opener with the defending... more »
  • Obama says evidence dictates FBI's review of Clinton e-mails

    April 10, 2016 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he guarantees that evidence, not politics, will dictate the outcome of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails as secretary of state. Obama says he continues to believe Clinton didn't jeopardize America's national security with her private email server. But he adds... more »
  • Poll: Improved economic outlook boosts approval for Obama

    April 9, 2016 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's approval rating is on the rise - thanks to an improving economic outlook and strong backing from young people. An Associated Press-Gfk poll shows that half of those questioned say they approve of the job Obama is doing. That's the highest approval rating since 2013.... more »
  • Obama shortens prison time for 3 Louisiana drug offenders

    March 30, 2016 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentences of 61 people serving time for drug-related offenses, including three from Louisiana. White House counsel Neil Eggleston says more than a third of the inmates were serving life sentences. Obama's commutation shortens their sentences. Most will be released July 28.... more »
  • Obama and family attend Easter service at historic VA church

    March 27, 2016 2:53 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - President Barack Obama and his family are attending Easter service at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church, which traces its origins to when Thomas Jefferson was president. Howard-John Wesley, the church's pastor, is telling the congregation that it's wonderful to welcome back the Obamas, "the gorgeous family"... more »
  • Obama tells Belgians 'America has their back'

    March 26, 2016 2:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is offering his prayers for the families of the two Americans killed in the bombings in Brussels and telling Belgians that "America has their back" in the fight against terrorism. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is renewing his vow to continue the... more »
  • Edwards requests St. Helena, 8 more parishes to disaster area

    March 24, 2016 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards asked Barack Obama to expand the federal disaster declaration to 9 more parishes Thursday. Edwards requested Catahoula, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Rapides, Red River, Sabine and St. Helena parishes to be added to the disaster declaration area. Edwards said those... more »
  • Obama's historic trip to Cuba rife with risk, opportunity

    March 19, 2016 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will open a new era in the United States' thorny relationship with Cuba during a history-making trip with two seemingly dissonant goals: locking in his softer approach while also pushing the island's communist leaders to change their ways. Obama's visit starting Sunday marks a crowning... more »
  • Obama, Republicans take Supreme Court fight to airwaves

    March 19, 2016 3:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling again for Senate Republicans to consider his nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. Republicans are countering by warning Democrats not to "seek to further divide our nation" by using the Supreme Court fight "to score cheap political points in an election year."... more »
  • GOP-led House backs legal challenge to Obama on immigration

    March 17, 2016 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to embrace the legal challenge to President Barack Obama's actions on immigration. It's part of an election-year fight over executive authority and the 11 million immigrants living in the United States that has roiled the Republican Party. Republicans says Obama exceeded his constitutional authority... more »
  • Cranking up pressure, Dems ready to bring Garland to Capitol

    March 17, 2016 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court is ready to commence courtesy calls with senators. Democrats hope that when Merrick Garland starts making those rounds in the Capitol, it will ultimately put unbearable election-year pressure on Republicans refusing to consider any Obama nominee. Garland plans to visit... more »
  • Ascension Parish added to federal disaster area Play Video

    March 17, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials announced Thursday that Ascension Parish has been added to the list of locations to receive federal disaster aid. Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Barack Obama Wednesday to consider adding Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu parishes to areas receiving assistance. Edwards said floodwater has damaged... more »
  • Edwards requests Ascension to be added to Federal Disaster Declaration

    March 16, 2016 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards requested Wednesday that President Barack Obama add three additional parishes to the federal disaster declaration issued last week. Edwards asked Obama to add Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu parishes to the list of locations to receive federal aid. Edwards said due to the... more »
  • President Obama makes his Final 4 picks; Kansas as champs

    March 16, 2016 4:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has made his final NCAA Tournament call in office: Rock Chalk, champions. Obama picked Kansas, Texas A&M, North Carolina and Michigan State to all reach the Final Four in a bracket he filled out for ESPN. His choice might be an unpopular one around Kansas,... more »
  • Obama: Politicians should unite, not divide US

    March 12, 2016 3:25 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama says politicians who aspire to lead the country should try to bring Americans together, not divide them. Obama says candidates who won't do that don't deserve the public's support and votes. He says the best leaders remind Americans that what they have common is more... more »
  • Obama: GOP contest 'a circus' and 'a crackup'

    March 10, 2016 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Donald Trump's positions aren't different from those of the other Republican presidential candidates - he's just more provocative in talking about them. Obama weighed in on the 2016 presidential campaign during a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Obama says Trump's... more »
  • Obama cheers economy as 'pretty darn great'

    March 4, 2016 1:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Republicans may be making "doomsday" claims about the economy, but he has another take: "America's pretty darn great right now." Obama delivered his glowing assessment of the economy on Friday as a new Labor Department report showed another strong month for job growth.... more »
  • Obama honors Alabama's championship football team

    March 2, 2016 4:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the University of Alabama football team's fourth appearance at the White House in seven years is a sign that he's brought it some good luck. He says the last time a team went on a similar run was in the 1940s. Alabama won college... more »
  • African-American voters see court fight as affront to Obama

    February 28, 2016 4:02 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - African-American voters see the Republican opposition to President Barack Obama filling the Supreme Court vacancy as the latest affront to the first black president. Obama isn't on the ballot this fall, but plenty of Republicans are. The Supreme Court standoff could galvanize black voters - a crucial component... more »
  • In victory lap, Obama says US better off than 7 years ago

    February 26, 2016 3:36 PM

    JACKSONVILLE - President Barack Obama says anyone who says the U.S. isn't better off than it was seven years ago isn't telling the truth. Obama is taking a victory lap on the economy in Jacksonville, Florida. He's promoting the benefits of the $760 billion economic stimulus bill he signed shortly... more »
  • White House considers Republican governor for Supreme Court

    February 24, 2016 12:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two people familiar with the process say the White House is considering Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada as one of several potential nominees to the Supreme Court. The nomination of a Republican would be seen as an attempt by President Obama to court the Senate GOP. Senate... more »
  • GOP says no hearings, no votes for Supreme Court nominee

    February 24, 2016 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - No hearing. No vote. Don't even bother knocking on our door. That's the message Senate Republicans delivered to President Barack Obama and his sometime-soon nominee for the Supreme Court, an extraordinary election-year rebuff as the GOP insists that replacing Justice Antonin Scalia rests with voters in November's election... more »
  • Pentagon's Guantanamo closing plan lays out costs, savings

    February 23, 2016 10:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the detention center at Guantanamo Bay undermines America's national security and needs to be closed. Obama says the detention center is counterproductive in the fight against terrorism because it's used as propaganda to recruit terrorists and drains military resources. The White House... more »
  • Obama talks to governors about the need to work together

    February 21, 2016 8:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - At a dinner with the nation's governors, President Barack Obama says he's not naive in believing politics can be a noble endeavor. The president and first lady Michelle Obama are playing host Sunday to dozens of governors in town for a National Governors Association conference. Obama has made... more »
  • What to do if US begins capturing more suspected terrorists?

    February 21, 2016 2:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has refused to send any suspected terrorists captured overseas to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. But if the U.S. starts seizing more militants in expanded military operations, where will they go, who will hold them and where will they be tried? Those are questions... more »
  • Supreme Court scuffle triggering a constitutional clash

    February 20, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - It only took one man's death to give Congress the opening to permeate its dysfunction throughout the rest of government. Republican opposition to letting President Barack Obama replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia has sparked a constitutional clash over the president's right to fill Supreme Court vacancies. Democrats... more »
  • Republicans urge Obama to use Ebola funds to fight Zika

    February 18, 2016 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top House Republicans say the fastest way for President Barack Obama to obtain money to combat the spread of the Zika virus is to tap leftover funding from the 2014 battle against Ebola. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and other senior panel members told White House budget... more »
  • Obama meeting with civil rights leaders at the White House

    February 18, 2016 1:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama meets with civil rights leaders on Thursday afternoon to discuss issues such as criminal justice and building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The list of invitees includes representatives from the NAACP and the National Urban League. A representative of Black Lives... more »
  • Obama says Cuba visit will boost efforts to restore US ties

    February 18, 2016 11:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his upcoming visit to Cuba will advance U.S. efforts to restore ties with the communist nation and improve the lives of Cubans. Obama will be making the first trip to Cuba by a sitting president in more than half a century. He says on... more »
  • Supreme Court may face extended period with 8 justices

    February 17, 2016 3:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Is eight enough? The Supreme Court has managed to function effectively at less than its full nine-member strength for two extended periods in the past 50 years. The question now is whether the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in the middle of the court term and a polarizing... more »
  • Obama faces political puzzle in naming Scalia successor

    February 15, 2016 6:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - For most presidents, choosing a Supreme Court nominee is a puzzle. For President Barack Obama, the chance to pick a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia is even more complicated. As the White House carries out a rare election-year search for a nominee, the president's lawyers and top... more »
  • Jeb Bush: Senate court vote 'not important' to him

    February 14, 2016 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush says it doesn't matter to him whether Senate Republicans vote on any Supreme Court nominee President Barack Obama may send to Capitol Hill to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Bush tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the decision is up to Majority Leader Mitch... more »
  • Schumer slams Obama budget cuts to anti-terror funds

    February 14, 2016 3:33 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs. The New York Democrat notes that the recently released budget proposal would reduce the Urban Area Security Initiative from $600 million to $330 million. The initiative helps cities... more »
  • Edwards to Obama: Scrap offshore drilling money proposal

    February 12, 2016 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Barack Obama to drop his attempt to take offshore drilling money away from the Gulf Coast. In its proposed budget for 2017, the White House recommends repealing a 2006 provision that establishes a formula for sharing revenues from offshore... more »
  • Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

    February 9, 2016 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sending Congress his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists. The new spending plan, for the budget... more »
  • Obama to seek double funding for clean energy R&D by 2020

    February 6, 2016 9:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his 2017 budget proposal would double spending on research and development of clean energy by 2020. Obama says new investments will be included to help the private sector create jobs faster, make clean energy more affordable and help renewable power replace "dirty fuels." Obama... more »
  • President Barack Obama takes victory lap on economy

    February 5, 2016 1:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is using new jobs numbers to take a victory lap on the economy. Obama says the U.S. has "the strongest, most durable economy in the world." He pointed to wage and income growth, job growth, lower oil prices and increasing health insurance as evidence of... more »
  • Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

    February 4, 2016 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 tax for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation. Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected to be dead-on-arrival among Republicans... more »
  • General says troop cuts constrains Afghan training mission

    February 4, 2016 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The senior American commander in Afghanistan says the ability to train and advise the still inexperienced Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500, as President Barack Obama has proposed. Army Gen. John F. Campbell tells the Senate Armed Services Committee... more »
  • Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP

    February 3, 2016 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans need to stop fighting angrily among themselves and not be distracted by guns or other "hot-button" issues that President Barack Obama raises. The Wisconsin Republican said Wednesday that instead, the GOP needs to unite behind a conservative, pro-growth agenda they can display... more »
  • Obama anti-Muslim bias hurts US, must be tackled 'head on'

    February 3, 2016 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says bias against any segment of American society tears at the fabric holding the nation together and must be tackled "head on." In an address Wednesday at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Obama pushed back against bias that Muslim Americans say is on the rise... more »
  • Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

    January 30, 2016 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for billions in new spending to help students learn computer science skills. Obama announced the plan in his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday. He says developing analytical and coding skills is a must for jobs in the new economy.... more »
  • Obama forced again to rethink troop numbers in Afghanistan

    January 30, 2016 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, 15 years into a war that few Americans talk about any more. That's preventing the clean ending that President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office. Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging new offensives, the Islamic State group... more »
  • White House: Obama doesn't want to serve on Supreme Court

    January 28, 2016 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Don't expect Barack Obama to wind up on the Supreme Court -- he doesn't want the job. The White House says Obama's post-presidency plans don't include becoming a Supreme Court justice. When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked in Iowa if she'd nominate Obama if she were... more »
  • Obama creates new federal task force on cancer

    January 28, 2016 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is creating a new federal task force to accelerate cancer research. He's tapping Vice President Joe Biden to chair the effort. Obama signed a presidential memo Thursday establishing the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. The memo says the goal is to double the rate... more »
  • Congressional agency reduces health law sign-up predictions

    January 25, 2016 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report confirms that fewer people than expected are purchasing health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Congressional Budget Office study released on Monday says that 13 million people are likely to purchase policies through the Affordable Care Act, down about 8 million from... more »
  • Obama says he doesn't yearn for third term

    January 24, 2016 4:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wouldn't run for a third term even if he could. He says the presidency takes a toll on family life, and the office "should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas." Obama tells CBS' "Sunday Morning" that he's not yearning for... more »
  • Michigan Gov. asks Obama to declare emergency

    January 15, 2016 5:29 AM

    FLINT, MI- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking President Barack Obama to issue an emergency and major disaster declaration amid the Flint water crisis. Snyder's office said in a statement late Thursday night that it had asked for the declarations and is seeking additional federal aid for both individuals and... more »
  • Left outside but still glad to see president

    January 14, 2016 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 200 people lined the streets of Old South Baton Rouge to see President Obama's motorcade whiz by Thursday. They were left out in the cold, unable to get a ticket into his town hall meeting at McKinley Senior High. However, the conditions didn't put a... more »
  • McKinley students watch President from feed in classrooms

    January 14, 2016 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Only 20 students at McKinley High School were lucky enough to watch the President live in the auditorium as he addressed nearly a thousand people in a town hall style setting. The rest of the student body had to watch President Barack Obama through a feed... more »
  • Edwards to meet Obama during La. visit, at least briefly

    January 13, 2016 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards, the rare Democratic statewide elected official in the Deep South, will be on the tarmac to greet President Barack Obama as he arrives in Louisiana this week. But whether the two men will have a sit-down meeting remains uncertain. Obama will land in Baton... more »
  • Edwards signs executive order to begin Medicaid expansion

    January 12, 2016 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-minted Gov. John Bel Edwards signed his first executive order Tuesday, beginning the process to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. The signing comes two days before President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge, where he'll champion his federal health care overhaul that allows for the Medicaid expansion.... more »
  • Man who allegedly went to DC to kidnap Obamas' dog arrested

    January 8, 2016 6:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials in Washington say they've arrested a North Dakota man who allegedly traveled to the nation's capital to kidnap a dog belonging to President Barack Obama. D.C. Superior Court documents say Secret Service agents interviewed Scott D. Stockert of Dickinson, North Dakota, at a Washington hotel after... more »
  • La.'s new governor working to set meeting during Obama visit

    January 8, 2016 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards hopes to meet with President Barack Obama when he's in Louisiana next week, but no meeting has been scheduled yet. The Obama administration announced the Democratic president will travel to Baton Rouge on Thursday, three days after Edwards is sworn into office as... more »
  • Obama to visit Baton Rouge next week Play Video

    January 8, 2016 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first trip to the Capital City during his presidency, according to an announcement from the White House Thursday night. Obama will visit the state capital next Thursday, Jan. 14. Other times and locations for the trip have yet... more »
  • Obama mocks 'conspiracy' at gun forum

    January 8, 2016 12:35 PM

    FAIRFAX - President Barack Obama mocked conspiracy theorists and tore into the National Rifle Association for pushing "imaginary fiction," as he described his plans to tighten gun control rules as modest first steps toward tackling gun violence in America. In a prime-time, televised town hall meeting Thursday, Obama fielded tough... more »
  • For Democrats, a stable of surrogates ready to campaign

    January 8, 2016 12:33 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS - While Hillary Clinton has been rallying Democrats out West, former President Bill Clinton has been carrying her campaign's message through Iowa. Next week, when the Democratic front-runner returns to Iowa herself, her daughter, Chelsea, will be courting supporters in New Hampshire. The family tag-team across the early... more »
  • Obama vetoes bill to repeal signature health care law

    January 8, 2016 12:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation to repeal his signature health care law. It's one of many repeal measures pushed by Republican lawmakers since 2010, when Obama signed the health care program into law. But it's the first bill to clear both houses of Congress and make... more »
  • Survey: US progress on health insurance stalled in 2015

    January 7, 2016 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - A major survey out Thursday finds that progress has stalled on reducing the number of uninsured Americans under President Barack Obama's health care law. The share of U.S. adults without health insurance was 11.9 percent in the last three months of 2015, and essentially unchanged from the start... more »
  • Obama plugs final State of Union address on new video

    January 6, 2016 5:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his final State of the Union address will focus on the "big things" he thinks will make the country stronger and more prosperous. The White House on Wednesday released a brief video of Obama sitting on top of his Oval Office desk and talking... more »
  • House vote to send health law repeal to Obama for first time

    January 6, 2016 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - After dozens of failed attempts to undo President Barack Obama's health care law, the GOP-led Congress will finally put a bill on the president's desk Wednesday striking at the heart of his signature legislative achievement. Obama will veto the bill, and so the ultimate outcome will be... more »
  • Haley's response to Obama not 1st time on national stage

    January 6, 2016 11:12 AM

    COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's selection to give the Republican response to the State of the Union address won't be her debut on the national stage. Haley drew wide praise for her leadership after the June 17 slaying of nine parishioners of historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston... more »
  • US sees Assad staying in Syria until March 2017

    January 6, 2016 11:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's best-case scenario for political transition in Syria does not foresee Bashar Assad stepping down as the country's leader before March 2017, outlasting Barack Obama's presidency by at least two months, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. An internal timeline prepared for U.S.... more »
  • Amy Schumer, other Hollywood stars tweet on Obama gun plan

    January 5, 2016 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A slice of Hollywood is tweeting support for President Barack Obama's executive actions on guns. Celebrities Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer, Janelle Monae and Elizabeth Banks went on Twitter to applaud Obama's announcement. And Obama's aides happily retweeted their expressions of support. Schumer tweeted: "Let's go. We... more »
  • Emotional Obama presents plan to increase background checks on gun sales

    January 5, 2016 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is making good on his pledge to politicize gun violence. Obama's do-it-himself plan for keeping guns away from those who shouldn't have them falls far short of what he'd hoped to accomplish through legislation after a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School shook the... more »
  • Ryan: Obama is 'subverting' Congress

    January 4, 2016 2:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Even before President Barack Obama's meeting this afternoon with his attorney general and others, Republicans are voicing opposition to the executive actions Obama is expected to announce to tighten the nation's gun laws. House Speaker Paul Ryan says at the very least, Obama is "subverting the legislative branch"... more »
  • Vote to repeal Obama's health law marks testy start to 2016

    January 4, 2016 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House gets back to work today, and its first item to tackle is another vote to undo President Barack Obama's health care law. It's no surprise that the president will veto the repeal bill, which also would cut money for Planned Parenthood. So Republicans plan to schedule... more »
  • Obama starts 2016 with a fight over gun control

    January 4, 2016 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Even before President Barack Obama's meeting this afternoon with his attorney general and others, Republicans are voicing opposition to the executive actions Obama is expected to announce to tighten the nation's gun laws. House Speaker Paul Ryan says at the very least, Obama is "subverting the legislative branch"... more »
  • Obama returns from Hawaii saying he's 'fired up' for 2016

    January 3, 2016 3:57 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama returns to the rancor of the nation's capital after two weeks of fun and sun in his native Hawaii, saying he's "fired up" for the year ahead and ready to tackle unfinished business. At the top of the list appears to be executive action that... more »
  • Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress

    January 2, 2016 3:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - This will be the year when Republicans finally put legislation on President Barack Obama's desk repealing his health care law. It's the first order of business when the House reconvenes this coming week. And it's a sharply partisan start on Capitol Hill to an election year in which... more »
  • Source: Obama to act next week on gun background checks

    December 31, 2015 3:08 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama is expected to take executive action next week to expand background checks on gun sales, according to an individual whose gun control advocacy group has been briefed by administration officials about the timing. The person was not authorized to discuss details before the announcement and... more »
  • In final year, Obama seeks to stave off lame duck status

    December 26, 2015 4:00 PM

    BC-YE--Obama (Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. ) By AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama heads into the final quarter of his presidency with a string of wins, including an Asia-Pacific trade agreement and the historic nuclear accord with Iran. But Obama's last year as president also... more »
  • Obamas, Bidens share favorite holiday tunes on Spotify

    December 23, 2015 3:52 PM

    HONOLULU - Just in time for Christmas, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are sharing their favorite holiday music on Spotify. Topping the list for Obama and his wife, Michelle, is "O Tannenbaum" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio as featured in "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Biden and his... more »
  • Obama vetoes anti-climate change measures passed by Congress

    December 19, 2015 3:17 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama has vetoed two bills that would have blocked steps that his administration is taking to address climate change. One bill would have nullified carbon pollution standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The second bill would have voided a set of national standards designed to... more »
  • La. drug offenders get sentences commuted by Obama

    December 18, 2015 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two drug offenders from Louisiana are among the 95 whose prison sentences have been commuted by President Barack Obama. Both men were serving lengthy prison terms for nonviolent crimes involving cocaine. On the list of sentence commutations released Friday by the White House were Eddie... more »
  • US officials defend Iran deal before skeptical senators

    December 17, 2015 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is defending Iran's steps to implement the nuclear deal to skeptics in the Senate. Republicans say economic sanctions should not be lifted in light of Tehran's recent ballistic missile tests in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and... more »
  • Leaving 'No Child' behind: New law heartens educators

    December 16, 2015 11:43 AM

    BUFFALO - School leaders and teachers who have argued that test scores alone shouldn't make or break a school are hopeful the new federal education law will offer a truer picture of success. States still will have to test students in math and reading to judge school quality under the... more »
  • House delays vote targeting Planned Parenthood, health law

    December 16, 2015 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders have decided to delay until January a House vote to unravel President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and block federal money for Planned Parenthood. The measure has already cleared the Senate, and House passage seems assured. Congress is ready to tackle major budget bills this week... more »
  • US looking at ways to better screen would-be immigrants

    December 14, 2015 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is reviewing procedures for vetting would-be immigrants and its policies on accessing social media. The Homeland Security Department says it is reviewing policies on looking at social media posts to vet would-be immigrants applying for certain visas. Certain DHS officials are now allowed... more »
  • Obama offers some details on special forces actions against ISIS

    December 14, 2015 1:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is offering some of the first public details about the activities of U.S. special forces that have been sent to fight the Islamic State group. He says those forces in Syria have started helping local groups cut off supply lines used by the militants,... more »
  • Obama aims to allay concerns about terror-fighting strategy

    December 13, 2015 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Fears of terrorism are hanging over America's holiday season, and President Barack Obama is trying to allay concerns about his strategy for stopping the Islamic State group. White House officials say Obama's visits this coming week to the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center are part of an... more »
  • Obama optimism over climate pact tempered by GOP opposition

    December 13, 2015 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the newly passed international climate change agreement as a major achievement that could help turn the tide in global warming. Obama said the climate agreement "can be a turning point for the world." He and Kerry predicted it... more »
  • Gun sales: White House to seek expanded background checks

    December 10, 2015 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review "in short order." She says the recommendations... more »
  • Senate clears major new education bill, sends it to Obama

    December 9, 2015 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - With an overwhelming show of support, the Senate has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a massive education bill that would return to the states significant control over school accountability and testing. Obama was expected to sign it. The bill would continue federally mandated reading and math... more »

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