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  • 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 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 »
  • 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 »

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