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  • 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 »
  • Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

    January 27, 2015 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago. The White House said Tuesday that Obama will ask Congress to nearly double its funding to fight antibiotic resistance to $1.2 billion. The Centers for... more »
  • Obama promotes religious tolerance in India speech

    January 27, 2015 2:01 AM

    NEW DELHI, India - President Barack Obama is drawing on his own experience as a minority as he gently nudges India to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual." Obama is closing out a three-day visit to New Delhi Tuesday with a speech touting the importance... more »
  • Man tells police drone crash at White House was accidental

    January 26, 2015 5:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - A man has come forward to say he was responsible for the drone that crashed early Monday on the White House grounds. A U.S. official says the man made contact with the Secret Service after reports of the crash spread in the media. The man told the Secret... more »
  • Obama presides over India's grand Republic Day parade

    January 26, 2015 5:27 AM

    NEW DELHI, India - President Barack Obama is presiding over a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities. The crowd erupted in cheers as Obama emerged from his armored limousine and took his place on the... more »
  • Havana talks start with promises by Obama, Cuban caution

    January 21, 2015 2:51 AM

    HAVANA, Cuba - The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades begins two days of negotiations amid grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government. The delegation arrives Wednesday for conversations about a... more »
  • Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns

    January 21, 2015 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A freshman senator from Iowa says Republicans are willing to work with President Barack Obama on some issues but that it will also reject failed policies. Sen. Joni Ernst offered her party's response to the State of the Union Address. She said her party wants to simplify... more »
  • Obama in State of the Union: Economy growing, help middle class, tax very wealthy, seek common ground

    January 21, 2015 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has used his first State of the Union Address to a GOP-controlled Congress to say that the nation's economy is emerging from the "shadow of crisis." The president listed positive economic indicators including higher employment and a lower national debt. After finishing the rundown,... more »
  • B.R. small business against paid sick leave Play Video

    January 20, 2015 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Obama wants all workers to get paid when they're out sick, but the proposal has some small business feeling ill. "We could afford to do it, but its just another mandate that's coming down from government, and we're just trying to run a business," said... more »
  • Obama plans to visit Selma, Alabama to commemorate marches

    January 20, 2015 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to visit Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state. The White House says the March 7 trip also will highlight the upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Obama last visited Selma... more »
  • The State of the Union & You Play Video

    January 20, 2015 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - President Obama is set to deliver his annual State of the Union address before Congress tonight. The main focus of the speech is expected to be economics. It comes just a week after a study revealed the cost of living in Baton Rouge is too high... more »
  • In South Carolina, Cruz blisters Obama, GOP establishment

    January 18, 2015 6:15 PM

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is urging South Carolina conservatives to help nominate a Republican president from their own ranks in 2016 or risk losing a third consecutive national election. The Texan spoke Sunday in Myrtle Beach at the Tea Party Coalition Convention. His remarks reflect the... more »
  • Obama seeking tax increases on wealthy to help middle class

    January 17, 2015 7:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is seeking an increase in taxes on the wealthiest Americans by raising the capital gains rate and eliminating a tax break on inheritances, then using the revenue to fund new tax credits and other cost-saving measures for the middle class. The president's proposals are to... more »
  • Obama warns Congress new sanctions could blow up Iran deal

    January 16, 2015 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the likelihood is very high that nuclear negotiations with Iran would collapse if Congress moves forward with new sanctions. He says he'll veto a sanctions bill if it comes to his desk. Obama is urging members of Congress including Democrats not to pursue new... more »
  • Republicans try to chart path on immigration moves

    January 16, 2015 2:52 AM

    HERSHEY, PA - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's going to try to push a House-passed bill to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies through the Senate. But neither McConnell nor other members of his leadership - and not even senior House Republicans - predict success for the plan that... more »
  • U.S. loosens embargo on Cuba, making trade and travel easier

    January 15, 2015 8:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration says new rules to significantly loosen the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba and open up the communist island to greater American travel will go into effect Friday. They are the next step in President Barack Obama's plan to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. They... more »
  • Obama to meet privately with Senate Democrats on strategy

    January 15, 2015 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining Senate Democrats during a private strategy retreat. The president's appearance before the senators at a Baltimore hotel Thursday afternoon is closed to reporters. The meeting comes as the party grapples with its new status in the Senate minority after losing seats in... more »
  • House takes broad aim at Obama on immigration

    January 14, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are advancing sweeping legislation to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. The votes will come Wednesday on legislation to finance the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year. Republicans will... more »
  • Obama says US must up its game on cyberthreats

    January 13, 2015 3:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says recent cyberthreats to Sony and the military's U.S. Central Command are reminders of the serious threats facing the U.S. Obama unveiled a proposal for cybersecurity legislation at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center just outside Washington. He says cyberthreats pose "an enormous challenge."... more »
  • Obama sits down with leaders of new GOP-run Congress

    January 13, 2015 3:11 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The guest list hasn't changed, but President Barack Obama faces a different type of crowd when he meets with congressional leaders on Tuesday. Obama's sit-down with House and Senate leaders is his first since the new, fully Republican-run Congress was seated last week. Senate Democratic leader Harry... more »
  • Obama threatens veto on immigration, regulatory bills

    January 12, 2015 5:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Another week, another round of veto threats from President Barack Obama. The White House says Obama would veto legislation backed by House Republicans that would undo the immigration executive orders the president issued late last year. The GOP wants to include provisions blocking the executive actions in a... more »
  • White House: US should have sent other officials to Paris

    January 12, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it erred in not sending a high-level official to an anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday. More than 40 world leaders attended the rally, which was aimed at showing unity following terror attacks by Islamic militants that left 17 people dead. The Obama administration... more »
  • Obama to call for laws on data hacking, student privacy

    January 12, 2015 2:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. A White House official said Obama would announce the proposed... more »
  • U.S. says it didn't hack North Korea

    January 9, 2015 2:41 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two senior U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the U.S. government is not responsible for the sustained electronic attacks that crippled North Korea's Internet infrastructure last month. Those attacks happened just after President Barack Obama promised that his administration would respond to the hacker break-in at... more »
  • House poised to pass pipeline bill as Senate wrangles

    January 9, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. The House will vote later Friday on a bill identical to one headed to the Senate... more »
  • Obama to propose free community college program

    January 8, 2015 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says in a videotaped message that he wants to make community college free "for everybody who is willing to work for it." Obama says in the video posted on Facebook that he will announce his plan to make community college accessible to anyone during a... more »
  • Senate panel takes up pipeline bill despite veto threat

    January 8, 2015 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate committee has taken up a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline with plans to move it toward the full Senate, despite a veto threat from the White House. Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski says lawmakers shouldn't be deterred by President Barack Obama's threat. She... more »
  • Obama to reduce FHA mortgage premium rate to spur buying

    January 7, 2015 2:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - First-time homebuyers whose home loans are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration would benefit from an Obama administration move to lower mortgage insurance premiums. Under the plan, the housing administration will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points, to 0.85 percent. The White House said Wednesday... more »
  • White House issues veto threat on Keystone XL pipeline bill

    January 6, 2015 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama would veto legislation approving construction of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline. A bill that would have forced Obama's hand on the issue failed to clear Congress in its final days last year. But the Congress that convened Tuesday is Republican-controlled... more »
  • GOP focus for Congress: Cut deficit, don't stumble

    January 3, 2015 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - It's the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama. GOP leaders plan to focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget. And avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make Americans wonder if the party can govern competently. When the new Congress raises the curtain Tuesday, Republicans will run... more »
  • Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

    December 29, 2014 4:05 AM

    HONOLULU, HI - President Barack Obama is putting congressional Republicans on notice that he expects to use his veto pen far more often next year. Obama says he hasn't vetoed many bills since taking office in 2009. In fact, he's only done it twice. But with Republicans set to control... more »
  • Obama: Longest war in US history is ending

    December 28, 2014 1:35 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion. Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. The war came to a formal end Sunday with a ceremony in Kabul. Obama says in a statement that the effort... more »
  • North Korea hurls racial slur at Obama, blames US for Internet shutdown

    December 27, 2014 1:54 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - The White House's National Security Council has declined comment on North Korea's latest stream on insults and accusations directed at President Barack Obama amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview." Pyongyang is blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet, while denying it was... more »
  • A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers

    December 18, 2014 4:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is using a streak of recent activism to shake up the governing status quo and create a new normal for his successors. Obama has taken aggressive steps on immigration, Internet access, climate change and Cuba. With them, he is laying down a foundation that while... more »
  • Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

    December 18, 2014 6:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Opponents of President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress. His initiative opened fissures in both parties. Criticism came mostly from Republicans, but some prominent Democrats voiced opposition, too. Opponents spoke of holding up money to... more »
  • US judge says Obama immigration action invalid

    December 16, 2014 3:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama's order in November designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation amounts to "unilateral legislative action" in violation of... more »
  • Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

    December 16, 2014 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year now that they are no longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics. That total would be the highest for any president in two decades. Last year, Democrats... more »
  • Obama: US must remain vigilant in Ebola fight

    December 12, 2014 2:20 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says the U.S. must remain vigilant in the Ebola fight even though there have been no recent domestic transmissions. Obama says as long as the disease is spreading in West Africa, it's likely to come back to the United States. He said, "This is not a... more »
  • Obama, GOP-led Congress prepare for veto showdowns

    December 7, 2014 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama is about to unleash itself on Washington. Until now, controversial Republican-backed legislation rarely reached the president's desk. That's because Senate Democrats blocked it. But Republicans will control both chambers of Congress come January, and that mean Obama finding himself... more »
  • 3 states join 17 states fighting immigration order

    December 6, 2014 10:24 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Three more states have joined a Texas-led multistate coalition suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration. The addition of Arizona, Florida and Ohio brings to 20 the number of states fighting the order in a federal district court in Brownsville. Many top Republicans... more »
  • Multistate coalition sues over immigration order

    December 3, 2014 2:27 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is leading a multistate coalition in suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration. Many top Republicans have denounced the president's unilateral move designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation. But Texas Gov.-elect... more »
  • Immigration hardliners push to oppose Obama

    December 3, 2014 12:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Immigration hardliners in Congress are mounting a challenge to House Republican leaders' plans for legislation to keep the government running. They are insisting that the funding bill include explicit language to block President Barack Obama's move to extend deportation relief to millions here illegally. Sen. Ted Cruz of... more »
  • Appeals court hears challenge to health care law

    December 2, 2014 11:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Opponents of President Obama's health care overhaul law say Democrats used an unconstitutional amendment process to get it through Congress. Health care law opponents told a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the bill violates the Constitution's requirement that tax-raising measures... more »
  • Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

    December 1, 2014 1:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Spurred by the Ferguson, Missouri shooting, President Barack Obama is calling for $75 million in federal spending to get 50,000 more police to wear body cameras that record their interactions with civilians. However, Obama is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide military-style equipment to local... more »
  • Obama: Landrieu's biggest hurdle in Louisiana

    November 29, 2014 12:35 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. - Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu isn't running against President Barack Obama, but she might as well be. The president is intensely unpopular among white voters in Louisiana, and Republicans and Democrats agree that dynamic could doom Landrieu in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy. Landrieu... more »
  • Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

    November 26, 2014 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is announcing steps to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency is calling for a new, lower threshold for ozone pollution of 65 to 70 parts per billion. That's down from the current standard... more »
  • Which turkey will Obama pardon - Mac or Cheese?

    November 26, 2014 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey, but which of two gobblers will get the presidential pass? Will it be Mac? Or is it Cheese? The White House was running an online contest until Wednesday afternoon to let the public decide which of the two nearly 50-pound... more »
  • Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses

    November 26, 2014 2:31 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration have left out some of the business community's top priorities. That's disappointing executives who might have stepped up to defend the policies in face of Republican attacks. Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to persuade the administration to make... more »
  • Gov't to set a stricter smog standard

    November 26, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic - and controversial - moves by the administration to improve air quality. People familiar with the proposal tell The Associated Press that the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce Wednesday a preferred... more »
  • Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom

    November 24, 2014 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom made the world stronger, wiser, more beautiful and more humane. Obama is praising the artists, activists and lawmakers receiving the award at a White House ceremony. Among the recipients are Ethel Kennedy, actress Meryl Streep... more »
  • Obama to award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Brokaw, Streep, others

    November 24, 2014 2:50 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is awarding the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants, scientists and others. The distinguished and high-achieving group includes actress Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat... more »
  • Obama defends moves on immigration

    November 23, 2014 10:29 AM

    HENDERSON, Nev. - President Barack Obama is dismissing criticism that he overstepped his authority by acting unilaterally to shield millions of immigrants from the threat of deportation. Obama says in an interview broadcast nationally Sunday that presidents use "prosecutorial discretion" all the time. He says it was important to prioritize... more »
  • Locals split on Obama's immigration changes Play Video

    November 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People around Baton Rouge have mixed feelings about President Obama's expected changes to immigration policy. Legal immigrants we spoke with say the new policy gives them and their family members hope. "It's a great opportunity. Everyone is waiting for that, and it's been so long... more »
  • Obama to announce immigration steps

    November 20, 2014 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - The steps being announced tonight by President Barack Obama on immigration could mark the start of one of the fiercest partisan confrontations of his presidency. His measures could make as many as 5 million people eligible for work permits, shielding them from deportation. But none would have a... more »
  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

    November 19, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. After the bill failed by one vote Tuesday, McConnell said the pipeline legislation... more »
  • Hopes and fears as health law sign-up season opens

    November 15, 2014 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health overhaul opens Saturday, and the hope is that consumers will have a positive experience this time. The fear is that entrenched political opposition and renewed legal challenges could yet collapse the program. With 7 million paying customers in new... more »
  • Ebola workers ask Congress for help

    November 12, 2014 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn't letting up. They are making that pitch as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease. Despite reports that the number of infections... more »
  • Obama to confront shortcomings in Myanmar reforms

    November 12, 2014 2:14 AM

    BEIJING, China - When President Barack Obama arrives in Myanmar, he will confront a nation backsliding in its pledges to enact economic and political reforms that were rewarded with U.S. sanctions relief and made the long-isolated country a darling of Obama's efforts to stake out a legacy in Asia. The... more »
  • Obama, Putin circle each other warily in China

    November 11, 2014 1:59 AM

    BEIJING, China - On the surface, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are all niceties - a pat on the back here, a pleasantry there. But away from the cameras, the two leaders are circling each other warily at a global summit in China. That's where Obama and... more »
  • Obama's net neutrality stance draws fire from GOP, Big Cable

    November 10, 2014 3:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - When it comes to the issue of "Net Neutrality," the White House is coming down on the side of consumer activists. They're afraid that if Internet providers are allowed to charge more money to Netflix and other big sources of content -- to make sure their material is... more »
  • 1 Dem Senate candidate welcoming Obama's help

    November 1, 2014 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is finding something unusual in his late campaign push before Tuesday's election - a Democratic Senate candidate willing to appear with him. Obama is headlining a Saturday evening rally in Detroit rally for Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. About 5,000 people... more »
  • Before midterms, Obama to plug policies for women

    October 31, 2014 2:31 AM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - President Barack Obama wants women to know what his administration is doing to help them succeed. Four days before midterm elections in which Obama's fellow Democrats need a big turnout from female voters, Obama is delivering a speech Friday in Rhode Island on growth in the U.S.... more »
  • Feds vs. states: Who decides on Ebola quarantines Play Video

    October 28, 2014 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says the Constitution prevents President Barack Obama from forcing all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients. A hodgepodge of state policies is sowing confusion about what's really needed to stop Ebola from spreading in the United States. While... more »
  • Obama kicks off campaign swing with Wisconsin stop

    October 28, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is kicking off a weeklong, six-state campaign spree with a visit to Wisconsin. Obama will attend a rally at a Milwaukee high school Tuesday for Mary Burke. She's the Democrat trying to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Defeating Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender,... more »
  • Obama taking action to push manufacturing

    October 27, 2014 5:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers. The White House is announcing the executive actions Monday as part of the day's focus on manufacturing,... more »
  • Gov't seeks supplies for immigration documents

    October 22, 2014 2:54 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Homeland Security Department appears to be readying itself for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to seek work permits once President Barack Obama announces his executive action plans to change immigration rules. A draft contract proposal the government published earlier... more »
  • Despite demands, Syria no-fly zone a no-go for US

    October 11, 2014 1:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is boxed in by its promise to limit U.S. military engagement against Islamic State extremists, making it tough to agree to Turkey's condition for joining the fight in neighboring Syria. Turkey and other U.S. allies want the U.S. to create a no-fly zone inside Syrian... more »
  • Obama's midterm campaign effort getting off to late start

    October 7, 2014 3:00 AM

    WASHINTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's campaign schedule is getting off to a late start, with midterm elections less than a month away. Obama is raising money for Democrats this week from coast to coast, but he is steering clear of any public campaign events with Democrats, which would hand... more »
  • Health officials: US well-equipped to stop Ebola

    October 4, 2014 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is seeking to allay fear about the single confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, saying that despite some initial missteps the health care system is doing what needs to be done to prevent an outbreak. The chief of infectious diseases at the National... more »
  • Obama highlighting nation's manufacturing gains

    October 3, 2014 3:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession. Obama visits a steel manufacturer Friday in Princeton, Indiana, as part of a new fall... more »
  • First Lady in New England to boost Democrats

    October 3, 2014 2:16 AM

    BOSTON, MA - First lady Michelle Obama is making a political visit to New England on behalf of Democrats running for governor in Massachusetts and Maine. Obama's first stop on Friday will be the Strand Theatre in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, where she is scheduled to highlight a rally for state... more »
  • Obama talks economy ahead of midterm elections

    October 2, 2014 2:34 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - President Barack Obama is trying to frame the closing economic arguments of the midterm campaign with a speech at Northwestern University. The speech Thursday is designed to let voters know that he hasn't forgotten about their financial struggles despite weeks of being consumed by global crises. A... more »
  • Details of presidential security breaches evolve

    October 1, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service. Despite more than three hours of questioning by lawmakers Tuesday, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson neglected to mention another security breach that occurred just days before a knife-carrying Army veteran climbed over... more »
  • Economy, foreign affairs at center of midterm elections

    October 1, 2014 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's escalating militarism in the Middle East has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign... more »
  • Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    October 1, 2014 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen. The U.S. military says... more »
  • Obama, Israeli prime minister to meet as Iran deadline looms

    October 1, 2014 2:31 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship. Much of Wednesday's Oval Office discussion is expected... more »
  • US awards $450M to link job training to industry

    September 29, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is awarding nearly a half-billion dollars to community colleges that are partnering with employers on job training. Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts and Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley Technical College are the largest recipients and will each get about $20 million. A Maryland program will receive... more »
  • US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

    September 26, 2014 3:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and others would say only that they faced deportation. It turns out that tens of... more »
  • Obama to address UN amid new Mideast strikes

    September 24, 2014 2:31 AM

    NEW YORK - President Barack Obama will address the United Nations on Wednesday as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in trajectory for a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region. Administration officials say Obama... more »
  • Weekly address promotes Islamic State countermeasures

    September 20, 2014 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his weekly media message to promote his policies aimed at blunting Islamic State militants who control large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Emphasizing that it's not just America's fight, Obama repeated his vow not to commit troops to fighting another ground war in Iraq,... more »
  • Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

    September 12, 2014 4:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. The Associated Press analyzed figures from the Homeland Security Department and found the agency is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants... more »
  • Obama declares Napa earthquake major disaster

    September 12, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Northern California because of the Napa Valley earthquake, releasing emergency federal funding for the state. The White House announced the move in a statement Thursday night. It comes nine days after Gov. Jerry Brown sent a letter to... more »
  • Petraeus: Obama Iraq plan a good starting point

    September 12, 2014 2:08 AM

    DENVER, CO - Retired Gen. David Petraeus says President Barack Obama's decision to intensify the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is a good start. Speaking in Denver at a 9/11 commemoration Thursday, Petraeus said Obama made a forceful case for battling militants who control large... more »
  • Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants Play Video

    September 10, 2014 2:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address Wednesday outlining an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad. But administration officials say Obama will press... more »
  • Hearing set in Jindal Common Core lawsuit Play Video

    September 9, 2014 3:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to wait a few months to have his day in federal court in his lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Common Core education standards. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick set a Nov. 20 hearing date to consider the Republican governor's claims.... more »
  • Obama to give speech Wednesday on Islamic State Play Video

    September 8, 2014 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria. He'll outline his evolving tactics when he meets with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House on Tuesday and then in a speech... more »
  • Obama to delay immigration action

    September 6, 2014 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - White House officials say President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections. The officials say Obama believes taking steps on his own during the midterm campaign would politicize the issue and hurt future efforts to pass a broad... more »
  • US and UK seek partners to go after Islamic State Play Video

    September 5, 2014 2:02 AM

    NEWPORT, Wales - President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed fellow NATO leaders Thursday to confront the "brutal and poisonous" Islamic State militant group that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria - and urged regional partners like Jordan and Turkey to join the effort as well.... more »
  • Leaders: US, UK will 'not be cowed' by militants Play Video

    September 4, 2014 2:47 AM

    NEWPORT, Wales - Faced with a mounting militant threat in the Middle East, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron declared Thursday that their nations will "not be cowed" by extremists who have killed two American journalists. "We will be more forthright in the defense of our values,... more »
  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    August 30, 2014 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine whether the recovery will... more »

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