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  • Freedom Caucus leader says he'll force health care repeal vote

    March 28, 2017 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - A member of the House Freedom Caucus says he will force the House to vote on a full repeal of former President Barack Obama's health care law in a month if the chamber hasn't acted to roll back the statute. Alabama Republican Mo Brooks also said Speaker Paul... more »
  • House intel leaders see no evidence on wiretap

    March 15, 2017 11:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Intelligence Committee say they have seen no evidence supporting President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him last year. GOP Rep. Devin Nunes and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff say they're still waiting for evidence from the Justice Department... more »
  • Louisiana governor urges Congress to keep Medicaid expansion

    March 14, 2017 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging Congress to keep the Medicaid expansion program intact as they work to replace President Barack Obama's health care law. Louisiana's Democratic governor sent a letter Tuesday to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders. In it, he says he has "serious concern" with... more »
  • Obama books to be published worldwide, from Ireland to India

    March 13, 2017 10:05 AM

    NEW YORK - The publishing of the upcoming books by Barack and Michelle Obama will be a global event. Penguin Random House announced Monday that it has lined up publishers from Ireland to South Africa for the two books, to be released by the Crown imprint in the U.S. and... more »
  • US Attorney Walt Green announces resignation

    March 13, 2017 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – United States Attorney Walt Green announced Monday that he has submitted his resignation as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana effective March 10, 2017. “I wish to thank my incredible staff and law enforcement family for all their support over the years as... more »
  • Republicans brace for downbeat CBO analysis of health bill

    March 13, 2017 7:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis. It's widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump's promise of "insurance for everybody." The CBO analysis is expected... more »
  • House GOP releases bill replacing Obama health care overhaul

    March 6, 2017 8:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government's health care role and is expected to result in fewer people having insurance coverage. House committees planned votes on the legislation Wednesday. That will... more »
  • Trump alleges Obama had Trump phones wiretapped during race

    March 4, 2017 11:22 AM

    PALM BEACH, Fla. - President Donald Trump is accusing former President Barack Obama of having Trump's telephones "wire tapped" during last year's election, but Trump isn't offering any evidence or saying what prompted the allegation. Trump says in a series of tweets that he "just found out that Obama had... more »
  • Among latest commutations: 2 dozen from Louisiana

    January 20, 2017 11:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - About two dozen people convicted in Louisiana are among the 330 federal inmates granted sentence reductions in one of Barack Obama's last acts as president. The commutations were announced Thursday by the White House. They affect people convicted of federal drug offenses around Louisiana. Some sentences were... more »
  • One more day: Obama in his final hours in the White House

    January 19, 2017 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone, but for President Barack Obama, this is finally the end. The president is spending his last full day at the White House on Thursday before becoming an ex-president. The big decisions and grand pronouncements are... more »
  • Obama expected to defend Manning decision at news conference

    January 18, 2017 12:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expected to defend his decision to shorten the sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning when he holds his final news conference on Wednesday. Obama plans to answer reporters' questions at the White House, two days before he leaves office. Manning asked Obama last November... more »
  • Hall of Famer Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama

    January 17, 2017 9:33 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Barack Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995. It was one of the president's 64 pardons granted Tuesday. Through the Giants, McCovey said: "I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not... more »
  • Obama speaks on Israel, Trump in last White House interview

    January 15, 2017 7:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the increase in the number of Israeli settlements is inhibiting the possibility for an "effective, contiguous Palestinian state." Speaking in his final interview as president, Obama dismissed the idea that there is a "major rupture" in the relationship between the United States and Israel... more »
  • Trump team calls on Obama to stop attacks

    January 15, 2017 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's team is still plenty steamed after a leading House Democrat described Trump as an illegitimate president - and there are now calls for President Barack Obama to act. Trump's incoming White House chief of staff says the congressman, civil rights leader John Lewis of Georgia, is... more »
  • White House urges Trump to mend ties with Lewis

    January 15, 2017 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's chief of staff says Donald Trump should mend relations with civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis to send a message to the American people and the world. The president-elect tore into Lewis on Saturday for questioning the legitimacy of his White House victory, intensifying a... more »
  • Obama urges public to embrace the 'work of citizenship'

    January 14, 2017 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling on all Americans to "throw ourselves into the work of citizenship," regardless of party. In the final radio and internet address of his presidency, Obama says the country's success depends on everyone participating - not just at election time, but during the course... more »
  • Obama awards Biden Presidential Medal of Freedom

    January 12, 2017 5:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is awarding Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A teary-eyed Biden accepted the medal, the highest civilian honor, at a ceremony at the White House Thursday. Obama says he is bestowing the honor on Biden for "faith in your fellow Americans, for... more »
  • Obama scrapping 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans

    January 12, 2017 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is ending the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas. That's according to a senior administration official, who said the policy change was effective immediately. The official said the U.S. and Cuba have spent... more »
  • Twitter: Obama's 'thank you' tweet his most popular ever

    January 11, 2017 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's tweet following his farewell address to the nation has become the most popular post on the presidential account. Obama tweeted from the POTUS account Tuesday night: "Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe_not in... more »
  • Obama says Biden was his 1st, best choice

    January 10, 2017 9:25 PM

    CHICAGO - President Barack Obama says choosing Joe Biden to be his vice president was the first and best choice he made. He says Biden - "the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware's favorite son" - has not only been a great vice president during the past eight years,... more »
  • Obama derides 'reckless' plan to repeal now, replace later

    January 6, 2017 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is deriding as "reckless" a Republican plan to repeal his health care law now and replace it later. Obama is urging lawmakers to come up with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act before voting to gut it. He writes in the New England Journal... more »
  • GOP Sen. Rand Paul blasts party leaders for ignoring debt

    January 4, 2017 7:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blasted fellow GOP lawmakers for ignoring the government's spiraling debt problem in their rush to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. Paul, who hails from the GOP's small-government, libertarian wing, was the sole Republican to oppose party leaders and President-elect Donald... more »
  • GOP unveils initial 'Obamacare' repeal measure

    January 3, 2017 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have already introduced legislation that's a precursor to repealing much of the Affordable Care Act. Successful passage of the measure would allow a detailed follow-up repeal bill to pass through Congress without fear of a filibuster by Senate Democrats. Tuesday's measure doesn't contain any policy language.... more »
  • Republican John Kennedy sworn in as new Louisiana US senator

    January 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's newest U.S. senator, Republican John Kennedy, has taken the oath of office as the latest term of Congress began. Also sworn in Tuesday were two new U.S. House members for Louisiana's delegation: Republicans Clay Higgins in the southwest Louisiana-based 3rd District and Mike Johnson in the... more »
  • State Department: 35 Russian diplomats leave US

    January 1, 2017 3:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department is confirming that the 35 Russian diplomats President Barack Obama ordered out of the country have departed the United States. Obama expelled the diplomats, saying they were really spies, and ordered new sanctions on Russian spy agencies for alleged Russian hacking of political sites during... more »
  • Obama has few options to protect young immigrants

    January 1, 2017 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is under pressure in his final weeks as president to secure the future for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who could face deportation under the Trump administration. His options appear to be few. Numerous Democrats are pushing Obama to grant... more »
  • AP FACT CHECK: Obama didn't ban Christmas cards to military

    December 23, 2016 7:34 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A widely shared story claiming President Barack Obama ordered a ban on Christmas cards sent to the military is not true. The story appeared Dec. 12 on the website tdtalliance using banners and logos from Fox News . The network never aired such a story. ... more »
  • Obama tees off vacation with round of golf

    December 17, 2016 4:34 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama started off his first day of vacation in Hawaii with a round of golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Obama's motorcade left his Kailua vacation rental home midday under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 70s, after arriving from chilly Washington D.C. Friday night.... more »
  • Obama blames hacks on highest levels of Kremlin

    December 16, 2016 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is stopping short of saying President Vladimir Putin himself orchestrated the Russian hacking of U.S. political sites during the election. But he is confirming that it was done at the highest levels of the Kremlin. Obama says not much happens in Russia without a nod... more »
  • White House unloads on Trump over Russia hacking

    December 15, 2016 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is sharply criticizing President-elect Donald Trump for his response to allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Trump should stop attacking the U.S. intelligence community. He says instead, Trump should be supporting the investigation into what occurred that... more »
  • Obama and Trump once traded insults, now it's phone calls

    December 8, 2016 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - An apparent rapport is brewing between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump that few, if any, saw coming. A few months ago they were trading insults. Today it's telephone calls and pleasantries. Apparently membership in one of the world's most exclusive clubs - the club of U.S.... more »
  • Friends, family, turkey and touchdowns for Obamas' holiday

    November 24, 2016 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and his family are spending Thanksgiving with friends, family, turkey and touchdowns, as he puts it, and reflecting "on what truly binds us as Americans." He says the country has just emerged from "a noisy, passionate and sometimes divisive campaign season." But he says in... more »
  • President Obama pardons his last Thanksgiving turkeys

    November 23, 2016 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's another last-time for President Barack Obama -- who today took part in his final traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey. And there was also a first -- with Obama's nephews standing in for daughters Malia and Sasha. The light-hearted ceremony in the Rose Garden also featured... more »
  • Obama hits 1,000 mark for commutations granted

    November 22, 2016 2:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has surpassed the 1,000 mark for commutations granted during his presidency after shortening sentences for 79 people. Obama has been granting commutations at rapid-fire pace in his final months in office. The White House says he's commuted more sentences than the past 11 presidents combined.... more »
  • Obama to meet Australia, Canada leaders

    November 20, 2016 12:02 PM

    LIMA, Peru - President Barack Obama is holding separate meetings with the leaders of Australia and Canada before he wraps up the final foreign trip of his presidency. He'll meet Sunday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in between other sessions with world leaders... more »
  • Obama says Trump likely to send signal of unity

    November 14, 2016 3:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he thinks Donald Trump will seek to "send some signals of unity" to people alienated by his ferocious campaign. In a White House news conference Monday, Obama said he advised Trump "to reach out to minority groups or women or others that were concerned... more »
  • Obama pays tribute to vets in ceremony at Arlington cemetery

    November 11, 2016 11:31 AM

    ARLINGTON - President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the nation's veterans in a solemn Veteran's Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. On a crisp fall morning, the president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Friday and bowed his head in silent tribute before a bugler... more »
  • WATCH: Trump says he looks forward to Obama's counsel following meeting at White House Play Video

    November 10, 2016 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump says he's looking forward to benefiting from President Barack Obama's "counsel" in the future. Trump was speaking at the end of his meeting Thursday with Obama in the Oval Office. He's suggesting he may turn to Obama for advice on governing. Trump said he looks... more »
  • Obama says he'll smooth transfer of power

    November 9, 2016 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump. Obama spoke Wednesday in the White House's Rose Garden following Trump's upset victory in Tuesday's presidential election. He noted that he and Trump have had big differences.... more »
  • GOP Senate candidates seize on news of rising premiums

    October 26, 2016 3:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican Senate candidates are jumping on news of sharply rising premiums under President Barack Obama's health care law as they seek advantage in the closing days of the election. The unpopular law was already an issue in some key Senate races, a recurring attack line for GOP candidates... more »
  • Hacked emails show Clinton campaign's fears about Sanders

    October 26, 2016 2:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - Allies of Hillary Clinton felt threatened by the power of Sen. Bernie Sanders' candidacy and wondered about getting some signal of support from President Barack Obama in the heat of the Democratic primaries, according to the latest emails in a hacked trove from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.... more »
  • Obama hails climate change deal as potential turning point

    October 5, 2016 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is welcoming the news that the Paris agreement on climate change will take effect in a month as a historic achievement. Obama, speaking in the Rose Garden, says that on this day, "the world meets the moment." Obama says that if nations follow through on... more »
  • Obama signs flood aid, government funding bill

    September 29, 2016 3:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week. Lawmakers eager to leave town to campaign for re-election gave themselves breathing room by voting to continue existing spending levels for another 10 weeks, beyond the... more »
  • Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $500 million in flood aid

    September 28, 2016 10:28 PM

    WASHINGTON- Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus as well as $500 million for Louisiana flood aid. The House cleared the measure by a 342-85 vote just hours after... more »
  • Obama aims to define his global leadership in last UN speech

    September 17, 2016 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will try to define how his leadership has made the planet safer and more prosperous when he gives his farewell speech this coming week to U.N. General Assembly. Obama's address Tuesday to the annual gathering of heads of state is one of his last major... more »
  • Trump finally acknowledges Obama born in US

    September 16, 2016 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has finally acknowledged the fact that President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Trump said Friday that "that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period." As he did so, the Republican nominee repeated the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign... more »
  • Obama hosting political, business leaders for trade event

    September 16, 2016 12:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will meet with a variety of political and business leaders as he continues to push for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson are among those on the White... more »
  • Obama: Oceans key to protecting planet from climate change

    September 15, 2016 12:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he created the first monument in the Atlantic Ocean because the planet cannot be protected without trying to safeguard the oceans. Obama announced the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument while he attended at a State Department conference on Thursday. The monument consists... more »
  • White House asks Congress for $2.6 billion to help Louisiana

    September 13, 2016 10:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is asking Congress for $2.6 billion to help Louisiana rebuild from disastrous floods that have ravaged the state. The White House request is for rebuilding damaged homes and infrastructure, helping small businesses and funding community development projects. It comes as Gov. John Bel Edwards returns... more »
  • Obama: Nation will never forget 9/11, praises US resilience

    September 11, 2016 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the nation will never forget the lives of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Obama said at a Pentagon memorial service that he is inspired by the resilience of the victims' families. He quoted Scripture: "Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you.... more »
  • On 9/11 anniversary, Obama hails meaning of being American

    September 10, 2016 10:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is hailing what it means to be an American while remembering the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Obama says a lot has changed in the 15 years since 9/11, but the core values and resilience that define and... more »
  • Barack Obama is officially now a parasite (it's an honor)

    September 8, 2016 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's no Nobel Peace Prize, but Barack Obama has a new honor to brag about. Scientists have named a parasite after him - and there's no worming out of it. Meet Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles' blood. A new study officially names the... more »
  • Obama to mark 15 years since 9/11 at Pentagon ceremony

    September 8, 2016 11:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will deliver remarks at a Pentagon ceremony Sunday marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The White House says Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will also attend. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in New... more »
  • Obama nominates Muslim American for federal bench

    September 7, 2016 11:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated a Washington, D.C., attorney for the federal bench. If confirmed, he would be the first Muslim American to serve as a federal judge. Obama has nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi of Maryland for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Qureshi's bio... more »
  • Obama says he supports veterans' health care recommendations

    September 1, 2016 5:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he supports a congressional panel's recommendation to create a veterans' health care system that coordinates government and private care. The recommendation is among a total of 18 issued in July by the Commission on Care. Congress created the panel following a scandal over long... more »
  • President Obama met with Nick Tulliers family during La. trip

    August 24, 2016 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE – President Barack Obama met privately with the family of East Baton Rouge Sheriff Deputy Nick Tullier during his Tuesday trip to Louisiana. Tullier was one of six officers ambushed on July 17 on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. He remains in the hospital fighting for his... more »
  • Zachary residents turn out for Obama visit

    August 23, 2016 4:38 PM

    ZACHARY - People turned out along the roadside in Zachary to see President Barack Obama's motorcade during his tour of Louisiana's flood damage. Jazz Matthews saw her house inundated by flooding in the nearby town of Central, and now it's unliveable. Standing roadside to glimpse Obama, she dismissed criticism... more »
  • President Obama meets with family of Alton Sterling

    August 23, 2016 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama will meet with the family of the black man whose death last month in a police shooting sparked protests and mass arrests. Obama planned to meet with Alton Sterling's relatives at the airport in Baton Rouge before returning to Washington on Tuesday afternoon.... more »
  • Obama to visit Baton Rouge on Tuesday

    August 22, 2016 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Baton Rouge this week after federal disaster declarations have been made in several South Louisiana parishes. The President's visit will be on Tuesday with Obama expected to meet some thousands of people involved in the federal aid request. ... more »
  • Obama is down to the final hours of his summer vacation

    August 21, 2016 6:02 PM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama is down to the final hours of his summer vacation. Obama is due back at the White House late Sunday after spending 16 days on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughters. He played plenty of golf, but also took his family to the... more »
  • Edwards: Trump visit 'helped shine a spotlight' on Louisiana

    August 21, 2016 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says people around the U.S. are just starting to pay attention to the extent of flooding that killed at least 13 people in the state. Edwards tells CNN's "State of the Nation" on Sunday that the disaster has received less attention because... more »
  • President plans Tuesday visit to Baton Rouge area

    August 19, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit flood-ravaged areas next week, WBRZ has learned. The president will be in the Baton Rouge area Tuesday. He is scheduled to "get a first hand look at the ... flood damage in the state," ABC News reported. " The... more »
  • Obama to host Mexican president for White House talks

    July 22, 2016 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is welcoming Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to the White House for talks on trade, climate change and possibly Donald Trump. Pena Nieto's visit Friday comes hours after Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination. The Mexican leader has said Trump's negative attitude toward Mexicans, including... more »
  • White House seeks more charging stations for electric cars

    July 21, 2016 7:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says that commercial charging stations for electric vehicles will be eligible to receive loan guarantees from the federal government as the Obama administration works to increase the number of stations. There are 16,000 currently in place. The White House says that up to $4.5 billion... more »
  • 8 years after hope and change, voters are angry, anxious

    July 16, 2016 3:07 PM

    ARVADA, Colorado - Eight years ago, Barbara Conley was one of the millions of Americans swept up in Barack Obama's promises of hope and change when he accepted the Democratic nomination at a packed stadium a few miles from her home in the Denver suburbs. But those optimistic days are... more »
  • Obama: US should reject despair after shootings

    July 12, 2016 3:36 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama says the shootings of five Dallas police officers would appear to have exposed the "the deepest fault line of our democracy" but that Americans must reject such despair. Obama spoke Tuesday at the memorial service for the five, honoring the work of law enforcement... more »
  • Obama says guns contribute to police tensions

    July 9, 2016 4:04 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama says the proliferation of guns is part of the broader tensions that sometimes arise between police departments and the communities they serve. Obama is defending his calls for stricter gun measures in the wake of the Dallas shootings that killed five and injured seven police... more »
  • Obama has flags lowered to honor Dallas victims

    July 8, 2016 3:30 PM

    DALLAS - President Barack Obama has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor the 12 police officers and two civilians who were shot in an attack in Dallas. Obama's proclamation Friday applies to American flags flown at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, military installations and... more »
  • Obama slows troop drawdown in Afghanistan

    July 6, 2016 11:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is slowing the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, leaving 8,400 troops there into next year. Originally he had planned to drop troop levels to 5,500 by the end of the year. The numbers reflect a compromise between Obama's original plan and what... more »
  • Obama campaign machine revving up to elect Clinton

    July 3, 2016 3:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The vaunted data-driven machine that twice got President Barack Obama elected is revving up to help elect Hillary Clinton, as Democrats look to recreate the tactical advantage they used against Republicans in 2008 and 2012. With Obama's popularity rebounding, Democrats have been eagerly awaiting the president's return to... more »
  • Seeking post-Brexit calm, Obama walks back UK trade warning

    July 2, 2016 3:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - When Britain was considering leaving the European Union, President Barack Obama urged its citizens to consider the full ramifications, including going to the "back of the queue" for a U.S. trade deal. Now that Britain is on its way out, Obama is walking back from that warning. As... more »
  • US: Up to 116 civilians killed in drone, other air attacks

    July 1, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says between 64 and 116 civilians have been killed by drone and other U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Friday's disclosure was the administration's first public assessment of the number of civilians killed in these types... more »
  • Obama urges Congress to pass Zika prevention bill

    July 1, 2016 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in "fairly short order" if Congress acts quickly to pass a bill to prevent the spread of the disease. Obama says researchers are beginning to develop and test a vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus. He... more »
  • Obama's legacy: immigration stands as most glaring failure

    June 30, 2016 3:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Immigration overhaul will stand as the most glaring failure in President Barack Obama's 7 ½-year effort to enact his vision of social change. Despite two campaigns full of promises and multiple strategies, Obama imposed only incremental, largely temporary changes on the immigration system. He leaves behind a system... more »
  • Obama loses reliable partner, faces uncertainty after Brexit

    June 25, 2016 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - For the first 7½ years of his presidency, Barack Obama could rely on the United Kingdom to back him up at nearly every turn. Obama enters his final months in office with that sense of certainty shattered by the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union and the... more »
  • Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU

    June 24, 2016 4:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama tried to reassure Britons Friday that the special relationship between Washington and London would withstand an impending and likely messy divorce from Europe, as his administration scrambled to assess the fallout. As stock markets tumbled, Obama offered words of calm and continuity, saying the... more »
  • Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU

    June 24, 2016 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama tried to reassure Britons Friday that the special relationship between Washington and London would withstand an impending and likely messy divorce from Europe, as his administration scrambled to assess the fallout. As stock markets tumbled, Obama offered words of calm and continuity, saying the shocking... more »
  • Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court

    June 23, 2016 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency. A tie vote sets... more »
  • Obama to sign toxic chemical rules; 1st overhaul in 40 years

    June 22, 2016 1:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law the first overhaul of toxic chemical rules in 40 years while hailing a rare moment of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats. Lawmakers from both parties plan to join Obama on Wednesday for the ceremony, along with environmental advocates and... more »
  • Attorney general: Silent on Clinton email case with Obama

    June 19, 2016 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server hasn't been compromised by President Barack Obama's endorsement of Clinton in the 2016 White House race. Lynch tells "Fox News Sunday" that she's never spoken with Obama about the investigation and she doesn't see... more »
  • Obama: Teach children to love and cherish differences

    June 18, 2016 3:35 PM

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - President Barack Obama is asking parents to teach their children to love, not hate, and to appreciate differences as something to cherish, not fear. In his weekly Saturday address, Obama says he's been thinking a lot about parents who've had to explain the Florida nightclub shooting... more »
  • McCain: Obama 'directly responsible' for Orlando shooting

    June 16, 2016 7:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. John McCain said Thursday that President Barack Obama is "directly responsible" for the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, because of the rise of the Islamic State group on the president's watch. But he later issued a statement saying that he "misspoke." "I did not mean to... more »
  • Obama says no signs Orlando shooter was part of larger plot

    June 13, 2016 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says there's no clear evidence that the shooter at an Orlando nightclub was directed to conduct his attack or part of a larger plot. He says it appears the shooter was inspired by extremist information disseminated over the internet. Obama says the investigation... more »
  • Obama urges Senate to pass Puerto Rico aid bill quickly

    June 11, 2016 3:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to swiftly send him a bill to help Puerto Rico manage its staggering debt crisis. In his weekly Saturday address, Obama says a pending bipartisan bill is not a perfect solution. But he says it's the only option to keep the... more »
  • Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind Clinton

    June 9, 2016 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is announcing his formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton. In an online video, Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind his former secretary of state's bid and "build on the progress" of his eight terms in the White House. "I want you to be the first... more »
  • US-led summit to seek to double number of resettled refugees

    June 3, 2016 3:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says an international summit hosted by President Barack Obama will seek to double the number of refugees resettled around the world. Obama plans to host the summit on refugees in September on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. White House national security adviser Susan... more »
  • Air Force jet crashes after flyover at Colorado Obama speech

    June 2, 2016 4:09 PM

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - An Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed south of Colorado Springs just after a flyover for a graduation of Air Force Academy cadets where President Barack Obama had spoken. Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michal Kloeffler-Howard said Thursday the pilot ejected. There was no information... more »

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