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  • Students help first lady harvest White House garden

    October 6, 2015 5:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sweet potatoes, carrots and peanuts are some of the crunchy edibles coming out of Michelle Obama's White House garden. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesday's fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate... more »
  • Obama: Trade pact will open new markets for US farmers

    October 6, 2015 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is touting a new trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries, saying it will provide American businesses and workers with access to new, fast-growing markets. He says the deal will provide a fair shot and level the playing field. However, the... more »
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down

    October 2, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December after 7 years in the Obama administration. Duncan says in a letter to staff that he's returning to Chicago to live with his family. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by a White House official.... more »
  • Obama's personal ties with Xi yield mixed policy results

    September 24, 2015 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has invested more time building personal ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping than with most other world leaders. But as Xi arrives in Washington late Thursday for a state visit, it's clear that Obama's overtures have produced decidedly mixed results. During intimate walks and hours... more »
  • Trump criticized for not correcting questioner who said Obama is Muslim

    September 18, 2015 11:33 AM

    ROCHESTER, N.H. - Donald Trump's campaign manager says Trump had trouble hearing a question yesterday from a man at a town hall event in New Hampshire who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. Trump has been criticized for declining to correct the questioner. Trump was a... more »
  • In Iowa, Obama looks to leave his imprint on 2016 race

    September 14, 2015 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Presidential candidates are a common sight in Iowa as the 2016 campaign intensifies. But on Monday, the White House hopefuls will have some competition from the man they're running to succeed. President Barack Obama will spend the afternoon in Des Moines, the capital of the kickoff caucus state... more »
  • Senate Democrats block disapproval vote on Iran deal

    September 10, 2015 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear deal has survived a key vote in the Senate, in a victory for President Barack Obama. Democrats held together to block a resolution of disapproval against the deal. The vote was 58-42 in favor of proceeding, but 60 votes were needed for the resolution... more »
  • White House: Obama wants to admit more Syrian refugees

    September 10, 2015 1:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama has told advisers he wants to let 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. in the coming budget year. The U.S. has accepted only about 1,500 Syrians since civil war broke out more than four years ago. White House spokesman Josh Earnest... more »
  • Iran deal seems on track after day of discord

    September 9, 2015 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - A day of maneuvering and speechifying in and outside Congress has done little to change the reality. Barring unlikely success of an eleventh-hour gambit by the House, the international accord aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions will move ahead. Congressional Republicans... more »
  • Courting unions on Labor Day, Obama pushes paid sick leave

    September 7, 2015 11:50 AM

    BOSTON - President Barack Obama says Republicans who stand in the way of helping workers have been wrecking the economy for "a long, long time." Obama is marking Labor Day by addressing a major union rally and breakfast in Boston. He says he's glad Republicans are trying to rebrand themselves... more »
  • Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

    September 3, 2015 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it wants to end discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system. The new protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services. The long-delayed rule amounts to a manual for carrying out... more »
  • Obama buys out cinnamon rolls at Anchorage cafe

    September 1, 2015 4:05 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - How many cinnamon rolls does it take to feed a presidential entourage? If you're President Barack Obama and you're unsure, you err on the safe side and take the whole bunch. Obama paid a surprise visit Tuesday to Snow City Cafe, a hopping brunch spot in downtown... more »
  • White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

    August 30, 2015 5:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali. He's giving the mountain its traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska. Denali is an Athabascan word meaning "the high one."... more »
  • Obama in New Orleans for hurricane's 10th anniversary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2015 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is marking 10 years since Hurricane Katrina by celebrating the revival of New Orleans, which suffered the worst of the storm's devastation. He's also using the occasion to press governments to start helping communities prepare for the stronger storms that climate change will cause. ... more »
  • With historic visit, Obama to seek common cause with pope

    August 26, 2015 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to the White House next month will put on display his common cause with President Barack Obama on many issues. When he swept into office in 2008, Obama captured near rock-star status among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new... 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 »
  • McConnell acknowledges difficulty in blocking Iran deal

    August 17, 2015 5:51 PM

    GEORGETOWN, KY - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell grudgingly acknowledges President Barack Obama has "a great likelihood of success" in his showdown with congressional Republicans on the Iran nuclear deal. The GOP-led Senate and House are expected to turn down the deal next month. Obama has pledged to... more »
  • Obama defends nuclear deal to youth in Iran, Israel

    August 10, 2015 11:12 AM

    CHILMARK, Mass. - President Barack Obama says there was no way to secure a nuclear deal with Iran without first inflicting severe sanctions that made life harder for people in Iran. Obama is defending the nuclear deal to young people in Iran, Israel and the U.S. in an interview... more »
  • Republicans look for more Democrats to oppose Iran deal

    August 7, 2015 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Now that the leading Jewish Democrat in the Senate has announced his opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, Republicans are urging other Democrats to defy the administration and vote against the agreement. But there's no indication yet that the announcement by Chuck Schumer of New York will... more »
  • President Obama hosts first White House Demo Day

    August 4, 2015 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is hosting top innovators and startup founders from across the country for the first White House Demo Day. The White House will showcase work Tuesday by more than 30 startup teams of women, minorities and young people - all underrepresented in entrepreneurship. The exhibits... more »
  • Obama says he could win a third term

    July 28, 2015 11:39 AM

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Could President Barack Obama win a third term in office? He's convinced that he could -- if he were allowed to do so. Speaking in Ethiopia today, Obama urged African leaders to leave office peacefully after their terms expire. As for his own situation,... more »
  • Obama opens first visit to Ethiopia by US president

    July 26, 2015 12:12 PM

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - President Barack Obama is making the first-ever visit by an American president to Ethiopia. Obama arrived in the capital of Addis Ababa from Kenya, where he made a historic return to the country of his father's birth. He'll meet with Ethiopian leaders and speak at... more »
  • Obama and Kenya: 1st trip to father's homeland as president

    July 22, 2015 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name. It was a striking experience for the future president. He was a young man struggling to understand how a country that he had never... more »
  • Obama likens Iran deal critics to Iraq war jingoists

    July 21, 2015 12:14 PM

    PITTSBURGH - President Barack Obama says the people criticizing the Iran nuclear deal are the same people who rushed into war with Iraq. Obama is speaking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' national convention in Pittsburgh. He's likening the deal's critics to people who "were so quick to go to... more »
  • Obama nominates economist Kathryn Dominguez to Fed board

    July 20, 2015 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is nominating economist Kathryn Dominguez to serve on the Federal Reserve's board of governors. In a statement, Obama says Dominguez's deep knowledge of the financial system, monetary policy and international markets qualifies her to serve at "this important time for our economy." The White House... more »
  • Landmark agreement reached on Iran's nuclear program

    July 14, 2015 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says every path to a nuclear weapon will be cut off for Iran under a historic agreement announced in Vienna. Obama spoke from the White House Tuesday morning after the deal was announced. Addressing skeptics of the agreement, Obama said, "This deal is not built on... more »
  • Obama commutes sentences of 2 Louisiana men

    July 13, 2015 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two Louisiana men were among 46 inmates nationwide whose prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses were commuted by President Barack Obama. On Monday, Obama cut the sentences of Brian Nickles, a 46-year-old man from New Orleans, and James Nathan Walton, a 42-year-old man from Thibodaux. Both men... more »
  • US: More than 21 million affected by government data breach

    July 9, 2015 3:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says hackers stole Social Security numbers from more than 21 million people and took other sensitive information when government computer systems were compromised. The Office of Personnel Management says more than 19 million who had applied for background investigations were affected. The government also said... more »
  • Fort Polk to lose 388 troops amid Army cuts

    July 9, 2015 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Fort Polk Army base in central Louisiana is in line to lose 388 troops as the Army announces cuts in active duty forces. Members of the state's congressional delegation said Thursday they were disappointed in the cuts, but added that the reduction at Fort Polk could... more »
  • ISIS fighter makes July 4 threat, reportedly killed that day

    July 7, 2015 12:56 PM

    A day after a purported high-profile Western member of ISIS posted an ominous message on Twitter saying this Fourth of July would be a "day to remember," U.S.-led coalition missiles may have kept the promise for him - just probably not the way he meant. Today other Twitter accounts... more »
  • Man charged with threatening Obama's life in online post

    July 6, 2015 12:13 PM

    BOSTON - A Massachusetts man has been charged with posting on an FBI website that he planned to kill President Barack Obama. Andrew O'Keefe, of Mansfield, has been charged with a felony count of posting an online threat against the president. According to court documents, when law enforcement officers tried... more »
  • Obama heads to Pentagon for meetings on Islamic State

    July 6, 2015 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is making a rare visit to the Pentagon today to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State. Obama's meetings follow a wave of weekend airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Syria. The coalition says it was one... more »
  • New proposal may raise overtime requirements

    June 29, 2015 9:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has some new things to say about overtime pay. The Labor Department is proposing a plan that would make some 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay. The president says the current requirements are based on outdated numbers, and many people are working... more »
  • Obama's trade agenda survives key Senate procedural vote

    June 23, 2015 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's trade agenda has survived a crucial Senate vote and seems well-positioned to become law. The Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to begin full-blown debate on Obama's request for "fast track" negotiating authority. That was the exact number needed to avoid a filibuster. The vote continued a... more »
  • GOP leaders putting together trade rescue plan

    June 16, 2015 3:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - After talks with President Barack Obama, top Republican leaders in Congress are putting together a quick rescue plan to resurrect a highly controversial trade legislation that was derailed in the House last week. Officials said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner were likely to... more »
  • US to send up to 450 more troops to train Iraqis

    June 10, 2015 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says the United States will send up to 450 more troops to Iraq to boost the training of local forces. It's a response to recent setbacks at the hands of the Islamic State and Baghdad's appeals for more help. Under the plan, the number of... more »
  • Obama: High court shouldn't consider health care challenge

    June 8, 2015 11:14 AM

    ELMAU, Germany - President Barack Obama says the U.S. Supreme Court probably shouldn't have taken up the latest challenges to his signature health care law. Obama says there was no reason for the health program to end up in court, maintaining that "it's working." The high court is expected to... more »
  • House conservatives offer plan to replace Obama's health law

    June 4, 2015 5:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - House conservatives are offering their plan for repealing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and replacing it with tax breaks and other changes. But they're divided over whether to replace that law's subsidies for lower-earning people should the Supreme Court annul them this month. The Republican Study Committee,... more »
  • Obama welcomes passage of NSA surveillance bill

    June 2, 2015 6:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's gratified that Congress has finally approved legislation reviving and remaking surveillance laws that lapsed temporarily Sunday night. He says he'll sign the bill as soon as it hits his desk. Obama says he's been calling for 18 months for reforms to the surveillance... more »
  • More than 10M enrolled this year under Obama's health law

    June 2, 2015 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials say more than 10 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama's law, surpassing a goal the administration set last fall. The positive numbers could turn out to be just a high-water mark for the president's signature legislation if... more »
  • House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits

    June 2, 2015 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A GOP-controlled House panel has approved using $37 billion in unrequested war money to match President Barack Obama's 7 percent budget boost for the military. This, over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment. The move came as... more »
  • Obama muses about his legacy, offers counterpoint to GOP

    June 1, 2015 4:18 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is offering a glimpse into how he would want history to judge his presidency by emphasizing the U.S. recovery, his health care law and his foreign policy. His summary was as much legacy building as it was a response to criticism of his tenure from the... more »
  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle

    May 21, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's trade agenda has cleared a key Senate hurdle to move toward a final vote. The Senate has topped the 60 votes needed to begin substantive action on Obama's bid for "fast track" negotiating authority. The vote was 62-38. Obama says fast track authority will improve... more »
  • 2 WWI heroes at last to be recognized with Medal of Honor

    May 14, 2015 4:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 years after their heroics on the battlefields of France, two World War I veterans will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor next month by President Barack Obama. Army Sgt. William Shemin, who was Jewish, raced across the battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to... more »
  • Obama pitches trade at Nike with jobs, labor rights at issue

    May 8, 2015 3:36 AM

    PORTLAND, OR.- President Barack Obama is in Oregon to visit Nike headquarters to promote his trade agenda in an export-dependent region of the country. The pitch at the giant athletic wear company is the latest in his uphill fight to win Democratic support for a massive Trans-Pacific commerce agreement. The... more »
  • Obama: Truth about what happened in Baltimore must come out

    May 1, 2015 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it's "absolutely vital" that the truth about what happened to Freddie Gray comes out. Obama commented Friday shortly after Baltimore's top prosecutor announced criminal charges against the six police officers who were suspected after the 25-year-old Baltimore man suffered a fatal spinal injury in... more »
  • Appeals court hears arguments on Obama immigration action

    April 17, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal appeals judges peppered lawyers on both sides with questions in a fight over President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Friday held a special hearing in a closely watched case that is holding up Obama's... more »
  • Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down

    April 16, 2015 8:24 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A friend of the Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol's lawn says he feared the man would get shot down. Mike Shanahan was quoted by The Tampa Bay Times as saying that Doug Hughes called him Wednesday and said he... more »
  • White House backs compromise Iran bill in Senate

    April 14, 2015 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama would be willing to sign a compromise bill giving Congress a say on the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Republicans and Democrats on a key Senate panel reached a compromise Tuesday. The compromise shortens the congressional review period and makes other... more »
  • Castro defends and thanks Obama

    April 11, 2015 1:11 PM

    PANAMA CITY - Cuban President Raul Castro has delivered a stunning defense of President Barack Obama in a speech at the Summit of the Americas. Castro called Obama "an honest man" and absolved him of responsibility for the U.S. blockade against Cuba. He said there were many U.S. presidents to... more »
  • Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 8, 2015 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The open enrollment deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act passed in February, but some people are getting another chance. A special enrollment period is happening through the end of the month. This morning Doug Wilkinson, from the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition,... more »
  • Energy secretary: Obama seeks "forever agreement" with Iran

    April 6, 2015 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran shouldn't be described as a 10-year pact but a "forever agreement" in its beginning stages. Moniz, a nuclear physicist who has become the face of the science behind the nuclear deal, says the plan would bring... more »
  • Obama hails Iran framework as 'historic' understanding

    April 2, 2015 2:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. and its negotiating partners have reached a "historic" understanding with Iran over its nuclear program. Obama is speaking shortly after negotiators in Switzerland announced an understanding outlining limits on Iran's nuclear program. He says that if the framework leads to a final... more »
  • Obama signs law on donations to slain NY officers' families

    April 1, 2015 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing people to write off donations they made this year to the families of two slain New York police officers. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Dec. 20 by a man... more »
  • CDC: 11 million fewer uninsured since passage of Obama's law

    March 24, 2015 2:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A couple of government reports say the number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that still would leave about 37 million people uninsured.... more »
  • Judge: Sanctions possible in Obama immigration action

    March 19, 2015 3:39 PM

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Justice Department might face sanctions if a federal judge determines its attorneys misled him about whether part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented prior to it being put on hold by the judge. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen last month halted... more »
  • Obama to order gov't to cut its greenhouse gas emissions

    March 19, 2015 5:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is directing the federal government to cut its emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House on Thursday. The White House says a number of major companies that sell to the... more »
  • Poll: Many see negative impact if court nixes health law aid

    March 19, 2015 2:52 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds that most Americans are totally unaware of a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law. When the potential fallout is explained, though, most say it would hurt the country. Thursday's poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation is... more »
  • Obama to visit VA hospital, check progress on veterans care

    March 13, 2015 2:53 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ - President Barack Obama is making a first-time visit to the Arizona veterans' hospital that triggered a national examination into how the government cares for its former service members. The president will get an appraisal on the health system's progress and its lingering needs. Obama is traveling to... more »
  • Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

    March 10, 2015 2:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats in the White House and Congress are accusing 47 GOP senators of undercutting President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations is tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran. In a letter Monday to the leaders... more »
  • Obama to announce effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

    March 9, 2015 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers as well as local governments in 20 regions of the country to train and hire high technology workers... more »
  • Netanyahu to use Congress' bully pulpit to assail Iran talks

    March 3, 2015 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the dangers of a nuclear deal that President Barack Obama and U.S. allies might sign with Iran. Netanyahu, who says he is privy to emerging details of... more »
  • Obama-Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after

    March 2, 2015 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - This was never happily-ever-after waiting to happen. When President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult. The cerebral president and the brash prime minister have stark differences in personality,... more »
  • U.S. looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

    February 26, 2015 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration's commitment to taking in thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among some law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard says those who come to the U.S. will be subject to intensive screening before entering the country.... more »
  • Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

    February 24, 2015 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency. The move puts... more »
  • Governors to meet with Obama at the White House Monday

    February 23, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Many of the nation's Republican governors are blaming President Barack Obama for a budget standoff that threatens a potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown. They'll be able to make their case in person when they convene at the White House on Monday morning. The meeting comes days... more »
  • Budget impasse could harm states

    February 23, 2015 2:23 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is warning states that the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would harm the nation's ability to counter the extremist appeal of the Islamic State group within the U.S. and help communities struggling with winter snowstorms. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says... more »
  • Obama open to changes to military authority against ISIS

    February 23, 2015 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says President Barack Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on many elements of his request for war powers against Islamic State militants. That includes his proposed three-year limit on U.S. military action and the use of American troops. But the White House says... more »
  • DOJ to seek stay of ruling on Obama immigration action

    February 20, 2015 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will seek a stay of a federal judge's decision temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's action to protect millions of immigrants from deportation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the paperwork will be filed with the court by Monday. Earnest said Friday that the decision to... more »
  • Sen. Cassidy talks immigration, healthcare and more check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been whirlwind few months for new U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. At the end of 2014, the then-representative defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to earn a spot in the Senate. Now that he's been sworn in, he's in the think of debates over immigration, healthcare and energy.... more »
  • Cassidy supports Texas Judge against immigration reform

    February 18, 2015 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy agrees with the federal judge in Texas who struck down President Obama's immigration reforms. Cassidy says the President's policies only encourage more illegal immigration. "Literature clearly shows, that when people come here illegally, they both take jobs and depress wages for people who were... more »
  • At summit, Obama aims to broaden world approach to extremism

    February 18, 2015 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. is not at war with Islam but with people who have perverted the religion. Some have criticized the White House for avoiding linking terrorism directly to Islamic extremism. But Obama says those fighting for the Islamic State group and al-Qaida are not... more »
  • At summit, Obama aims to broaden world approach to extremism

    February 18, 2015 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is focusing Wednesday on the need to combat the underlying ideologies that entice otherwise modern individuals - including many disaffected youth - to join violent extremist movements. Obama is convening a White House summit on the threat of violent extremism. It is not the... more »
  • US to allow export of armed military drones

    February 17, 2015 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is amending its weapons sales regulations to allow the export of armed military drones to friendly nations and allies. The State Department said Tuesday the new policy would allow foreign governments that meet certain requirements - and pledge not to use the unmanned aircraft illegally... more »
  • Obama to focus on cybersecurity

    February 13, 2015 2:36 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - President Barack Obama is responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks by encouraging members of the private sector to share information with each other and with the federal government as a first line of defense. Obama is headlining a White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer... more »
  • Congress to postpone sending Keystone-pipeline bill to Obama

    February 12, 2015 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders are delaying sending a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the White House for a likely veto until after the recess break. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, the chief Republican sponsor, told reporters Thursday it would be better if Congress was in town... more »
  • Senate on track to confirm Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

    February 12, 2015 3:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate is on track to confirm President Barack Obama's pick to run the Pentagon. A vote is scheduled for Thursday afternoon on Ashton Carter's nomination. If confirmed, Carter will be Obama's fourth defense secretary in six years. He will replace Chuck Hagel, the Vietnam War veteran... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans suicide prevention bill today

    February 12, 2015 3:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining with lawmakers and top government leaders to cast a spotlight on the issue of suicide among veterans. Obama on Thursday will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. First lady Michelle Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald... more »
  • Obama's war power plan seeks its first supporter

    February 12, 2015 2:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - One day after sending Congress legislation backing the use of military force against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is still searching for his first outright supporter for the measure. Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, senior lawmakers and newcomers to Congress, lawmakers across the congressional spectrum... more »
  • Obama: Islamic State is going to lose

    February 11, 2015 3:01 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says his new war-powers request to Congress won't become the authorization for another ground war like the U.S. fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama spoke on Wednesday after submitting his request for a new authorization to use military force against the Islamic State group. Obama... more »
  • President Obama formally asks Congress to authorize war against Islamic State

    February 11, 2015 8:06 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is asking Congress to formally authorize war against Islamic State militants and says the group could threaten the U.S. homeland if left unchecked. The president is sending Congress a proposed three-page resolution on Wednesday to authorize military force. In a letter to lawmakers accompanying... more »
  • Obama to ask for authority to act against Islamic State

    February 5, 2015 3:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will ask Congress in the coming days for authority to use U.S. military force against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. But House Speaker John Boehner warns that it won't be easy to pass the measure. He says it will... more »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • Obama, Dalai Lama due at prayer breakfast

    February 5, 2015 2:35 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - How much will President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama interact during the National Prayer Breakfast? Heaven only knows. Obama is to sit at the head table Thursday morning with other speakers. Event organizers say the spiritual leader of Tibet will be seated in the audience of... more »
  • Obama-GOP overlap? Public works, corporate taxes, defense

    February 3, 2015 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Some of the proposals in President Barack Obama's new budget address major concerns of the Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Republicans could find common ground on proposals to increase defense spending, upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure and fix the corporate tax system. Full agreement on any one of... more »
  • New food safety agency proposed

    February 2, 2015 10:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is proposing a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe. It would consolidate parts of the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration. The proposal in the president's budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illness linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts... more »
  • Obama says budget must balance economic, national security

    February 2, 2015 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is warning congressional Republicans he won't accept a spending plan that boosts national security at the expense of domestic programs for the middle class. Obama is discussing his $4 trillion budget proposal during a visit to the Homeland Security Department. Obama says he will not... more »
  • Senate takes up bill to lower suicide rate among veterans

    February 2, 2015 2:23 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans appears headed to the president's desk. The Senate is expected to take up a bill Monday named for Clay Hunt, a 26-year-old veteran who killed himself in 2011. The bill is aimed at reducing a wave... more »
  • Obama sending $4 trillion spending plan to Congress

    February 2, 2015 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed during tough economic times. The budget being proposed Monday would also ease... more »
  • Wistful, humorous Romney looks back as he ponders '16

    January 29, 2015 3:25 AM

    STARKVILLE, MS - Mitt Romney still says he's thinking about running for president again in 2016. But he's doing his best not to tip his hand. At Mississippi State University on Wednesday, Romney acted like a candidate when he shook hands and posed for pictures at a local barbecue joint.... more »
  • Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

    January 28, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is ordering immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them. Internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press also show that agents are being told to review... more »
  • Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

    January 28, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get underway as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general. If approved, Loretta Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the U.S. attorney for the... more »
  • Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

    January 28, 2015 2:01 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll says most Americans would want Congress to restore federal subsidies for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of that aid. A poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says more than 6... more »

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