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  • 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 »
  • Louisiana, 10 other states sue over federal transgender directive

    May 25, 2016 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools. The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Texas, Utah and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools... more »
  • New Orleans mayor to travel to Cuba for mayors' conference

    May 25, 2016 1:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is traveling to Cuba as part of a delegation of mayors from around the country. The trip was announced Wednesday in a news release from the mayor's office. It will take place May 25 through May 29. The trip is the... more »
  • Obama uses light moment with Vietnamese rapper to promote free speech

    May 25, 2016 9:50 AM

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - President Barack Obama's parting shot before leaving communist Vietnam: let people express themselves. He may have been referring to rap but the subtle message was aimed at his hosts who have been criticized for muzzling dissent. During his three-day visit, Obama had... more »
  • 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 »
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    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 »

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