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  • 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 »
  • Obama speaks from Oval Office on terrorism

    December 6, 2015 8:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it's clear the two killers in the California shootings had gone down the "dark path of radicalization." Obama is giving an Oval Office address on terrorism and the U.S. response following attacks in California and Paris. He's calling it an "act of terrorism designed... more »
  • Obama to give address after California shootings

    December 5, 2015 7:23 PM

    SAN BERNARDINO - The White House says President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday about the steps the government is taking to keep people safe after the attack this past week in California. Obama will provide an update on... more »
  • Obama calls California shootings 'act of terror'

    December 5, 2015 3:18 PM

    SAN BERNARDINO - President Barack Obama says this week's deadly California shootings were "an act of terror" carried out by attackers who were possibly radicalized to commit it. The president's comments came during his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, a day after the FBI said it was investigating Wednesday's... more »
  • Obama lights National Christmas Tree

    December 3, 2015 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has jumpstarted the holiday season by lighting the National Christmas tree. Obama, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson together flipped a switch to light the tree. The festive ceremony featuring a variety of musical performances is taking place under... more »
  • House backs sweeping energy bill to boost oil, natural gas

    December 3, 2015 11:58 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a sweeping bill to boost U.S. energy production, lift a four-decade ban on crude oil exports and modernize the aging electric grid. The vote was 249-174. The bill also would speed natural gas exports and hasten approval of natural gas pipelines across public lands.... more »
  • Study finds problems in detecting fraud among asylum seekers

    December 2, 2015 3:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is having trouble detecting fraud in asylum requests from immigrants seeking to stay in the United States for their protection. A new study says problems at Citizenship and Immigration Services include a paper filing system that doesn't allow officers to capture electronically some key information... more »
  • Obama, Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine during climate talks

    November 30, 2015 9:45 AM

    LE BOURGET, FRANCE- President Barack Obama is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to decrease tensions with Turkey following the shoot-down of a Russian jet by Turkish forces. Obama and Putin met briefly on the sidelines of global climate talks outside Paris. The White House says Obama expressed regret for the... more »
  • Local free community college plans may be template for US

    November 27, 2015 12:08 PM

    CHICAGO - The concept of free community college has been touted by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans. The idea is to curb student debt and boost employment by removing cost from the equation. However, some educators are concerned the push could divert students and scholarships away... more »
  • Obama: Holiday means food, football, and not-too-dry turkey?

    November 26, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Thanksgiving is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry." Even if the White House's thyme-roasted bird isn't the moistest, the first family's menu boasts more than enough other choices to fill the stomach. There's honey-baked... more »
  • Obama admin says states lack authority to block refugees

    November 25, 2015 6:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is reminding state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees. A letter sent Wednesday by the Office of Refugee Resettlement says states may not deny benefits and services to refugees based on a refugee's country... more »
  • Obama set to pardon "Honest" and "Abe" before Thanksgiving

    November 25, 2015 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will soon spare two turkeys named for one of the nation's most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition that provides a refreshing sense of amusement and bipartisan cheer no matter how troubled the times. The White House says Obama will pardon "Honest" and his... more »
  • Obama: No credible intelligence about plot against US

    November 25, 2015 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says there's currently no specific, credible intelligence that would indicate a potential terrorist plot in the U.S. during the holidays. Obama says his administration is taking "every possible step" to keep the country safe. He says that if there were to be a credible threat,... more »
  • Obama says US, France must destroy IS together

    November 24, 2015 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the Islamic State group cannot be tolerated and must be destroyed. He says the U.S. and France must destroy it together. Obama is speaking after an Oval Office meeting with French President Francois Hollande. Obama says he and Hollande agreed the nations in... more »
  • House votes to curb Syrian refugees, snubs Obama veto threat

    November 19, 2015 2:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has rebuked President Barack Obama by ignoring his veto threat and approving a Republican bill erecting fresh barriers for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States. Thursday's passage came on a 289-137 vote - exceeding the two-thirds majority that would be needed to... more »
  • Obama vows to veto bill increasing screening for refugees

    November 18, 2015 5:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is vowing to veto a bill from House Republicans that would increase screening for Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they enter the United States. The White House says the legislation would introduce "unnecessary and impractical requirements" that would harm efforts to assist some of the... more »
  • Officials: Only 14 Syrian refugees in Louisiana this year

    November 15, 2015 3:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – One day after Bobby Jindal sent a letter to President Obama demanding information about Syrian refugees in Louisiana, the U.S. State Department confirmed only 14 refugees have been resettled in the state. According to a WWL-TV report , seven Syrian refugees were settled in Kenner, six... more »
  • Obama visits Arlington National Cemetery to honor veterans

    November 11, 2015 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging the nation to keep veterans in their thoughts long after Veterans Day and ensure that they receive the care and benefits they've earned. During a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, the president is noting some of the problems that veterans have... more »
  • In Newark, Obama to call for breaking cycle of incarceration

    November 2, 2015 5:13 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - President Barack Obama is announcing new rules that will prevent federal agencies from quickly screening out job applicants just because they have criminal records. Obama says too many employers dismiss applicants because they've checked a box stating they have a criminal history. Obama says employers should "give... more »
  • White House calls Ryan's immigration remarks 'preposterous'

    November 2, 2015 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Looks like the honeymoon's over for President Barack Obama and new House Speaker Paul Ryan. Just four days after Ryan took the helm in the House, the White House is accusing him of "pandering to the extreme right wing" of his party. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says... more »
  • Ryan: No comprehensive immigration overhaul with Obama

    November 1, 2015 3:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan is ruling out comprehensive immigration reform while President Barack Obama is in office. The new leader of the Republican-controlled House says in several interviews Sunday that he will not work with Obama because the president went around Congress with an executive order to shield... more »
  • Feds: Switch plans, save on health insurance

    October 30, 2015 3:47 PM

    CHICAGO- "It pays to shop" is the message from the government, two days before the start of the third sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The Department of Health and Human Services released data Friday on next year's prices in the insurance markets established by the law.... more »
  • US commandos heading into Syria

    October 30, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says that sending fewer than 50 special operations forces for deployment on the ground in northern Syria will have an impact and intensify the U.S. effort against the Islamic State. Without specifying the exact number, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday that the new... more »
  • Obama honors US women's soccer team for World Cup victory

    October 27, 2015 12:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is honoring the U. S. women's soccer team for their victory in the 2015 World Cup. During a ceremony at the White House, Obama said the team's victory had inspired the whole country. The U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 during the final to collect... more »
  • Obama wants smarter, fairer criminal justice system

    October 22, 2015 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wants the U.S. criminal justice system to become smarter, more effective and just plain fair. He's also arguing for more opportunity for poor kids, saying police and prosecutors can't shoulder the entire burden for fixing what politicians agree is a criminal justice system... more »
  • Obama announces US will tackle prescription drug abuse

    October 21, 2015 3:11 PM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - President Barack Obama says prescription drug abuse is exacting a terrible toll across the country and causing pain for millions of families. Obama was in West Virginia on Wednesday to highlight the problem. He announced new steps to help improve doctor training and ease access to... more »
  • Demonstrators: Appeals court delaying immigration ruling

    October 14, 2015 3:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Immigration activists are accusing the federal appeals court in New Orleans of delaying a ruling about President Barack Obama's immigration proposal in an effort to prevent it from reaching the U.S. Supreme Court during the current term. At a news conference Thursday, speakers with the Fair... more »
  • No shutdown: House approves bill to keep government open

    September 30, 2015 5:12 PM

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

    September 30, 2015 10:30 AM

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

    September 24, 2015 5:56 PM

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

    September 22, 2015 3:02 PM

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

    September 18, 2015 2:45 PM

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

    September 11, 2015 3:38 PM

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

    September 9, 2015 11:24 AM

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

    September 8, 2015 11:35 AM

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

    September 2, 2015 2:22 PM

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

    September 2, 2015 11:04 AM

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

    September 1, 2015 11:27 AM

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

    August 31, 2015 2:59 PM

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

    August 26, 2015 6:30 PM

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

    August 24, 2015 9:03 AM

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

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

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

    August 17, 2015 11:22 AM

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

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