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  • Obama looks to boost economic, security ties in Asia

    May 22, 2016 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Sunday heads to Vietnam and Japan intent on building stronger economic and security ties with Asian-Pacific allies anxious about the rise of an increasingly muscular China. That forward-looking message will be delivered even as Obama confronts the legacies of two wars long past -... more »
  • Feds issue new standards for Medicaid insurance plans

    April 25, 2016 5:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is setting new standards for Medicaid private insurance plans, now the main source of coverage for millions of low-income people. The rules issued Monday address insurers operating as Medicaid middlemen in 39 states. Each state runs its own program, although the federal government pays... more »
  • Reluctantly, Obama embracing his role as the anti-Trump

    April 6, 2016 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - He won't be on November's ballot, but President Barack Obama is slowly embracing his role as the anti-Trump. Obama is taking on the Republican front-runner in ways that no other Democrat can. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still fighting it out in the Democratic primary. So Obama... more »
  • Obama to address nation's growing problem with opioids

    March 29, 2016 7:32 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Obama administration is issuing a proposed rule that aims to increase medication-based treatment for tens of thousands of people dealing with addiction to opioids. The proposed rule, along with a commitment from 60 medical schools to heighten training for prescribing opioids, will coincide with President Barack Obama's visit... more »
  • White House adds fun run to annual Easter Egg Roll

    March 28, 2016 3:50 AM

    WASHINGTON- Thousands of children will descend upon the White House Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll. And if they have energy to spare after finding the wooden eggs, about 250 of them will join first lady Michelle Obama for a run. The "fun run" is the latest addition to... more »
  • US eases security for ships visiting Cuba

    March 17, 2016 1:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is making it easier for U.S. cruise ships, cargo vessels and even ferries to travel back and forth between the United States and Cuba with much less hassle. The U.S. is removing Cuba from the list of countries considered security risks because of insufficient security... more »
  • US current account trade deficit hits $484.1 billion in 2015

    March 17, 2016 8:56 AM

    WASHINGTON- The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade declined slightly in the final three months of 2015, but for the entire year the deficit jumped to the highest level in seven years. The Commerce Department says the deficit in the current account narrowed to $125.3 billion in the... more »
  • Obama mobilizes federal aid to north La. parishes

    March 13, 2016 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared Louisiana flooding as a major disaster Sunday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in north Louisiana. According to a White House press release, Obama’s order will make federal funding available to individuals affected in Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse,... more »
  • Obama to chop down more Cuba barriers, but is Havana ready?

    March 12, 2016 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is ready to chop down decades-old barriers that have kept Americans and their money out of Cuba. Getting Cuba to do the same could be much harder. Cuban President Raul Castro's government is hungry for dollars but wary of American influence. It has yet to... more »
  • Kerry nearing decision on whether ISIS atrocities are genocide

    March 12, 2016 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is nearing a decision on whether to formally declare that Islamic State group atrocities against religious minorities, including Christians, constitute "genocide." Impatient lawmakers and religious groups are stepping up calls for action. Several administration officials say Secretary of State John Kerry is leaning toward making... more »
  • Ryan, Republicans grapple with alternative to Obama budget

    February 10, 2016 3:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The new boss of the House is confronting the same tea party challenges as his predecessor. Speaker Paul Ryan is scrambling to avoid an embarrassing fiscal defeat this year in the face of a hard-right conservative revolt over last fall's spending-and-tax plan. The same conservatives who forced John... more »
  • Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold

    February 9, 2016 7:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has agreed to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move on Tuesday is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and... more »
  • Gov't finds 'top secret' info in Clinton emails

    January 29, 2016 3:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is confirming for the first time that Hillary Clinton's unsecured home server contained some closely guarded secrets, including material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate.... more »
  • Army official: Security in Afghanistan is worsening

    January 28, 2016 11:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's pick to be the next top American commander in Afghanistan says the security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating. Army Lt. Gen. John W. "Mick" Nicholson, Jr., says he will have a better sense of conditions within a few months if he is confirmed. Nicholson is... more »
  • Obama to meet with Bernie Sanders at the White House

    January 27, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will welcome Bernie Sanders to the White House, but he won't necessarily feel the Bern. The meeting between the sitting president and his sometime critic is a moment for the president to show his public neutrality in a heated and unexpectedly tight race to replace... more »
  • Obama wouldn't run for third term

    January 24, 2016 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wouldn't run for a third term even if he could. He says the presidency takes a toll on family life, and the office "should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas." Obama says in an interview airing on CBS he's not... more »
  • Obama: He'll be too emotional to speak at Malia's graduation

    January 20, 2016 3:14 PM

    DETROIT - Malia Obama's high school will have to find another commencement speaker when she graduates this year. Her father, President Barack Obama, says he'll be too emotional to get through a speech without crying. Obama told lunch guests in Detroit on Wednesday that he'll just "cry and sit there"... more »
  • Obama trade official in New Orleans to push Pacific Rim deal

    January 19, 2016 3:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - One of the negotiators for Pacific Rim trade talks says that since the agreement was worked out, about 13 other countries have asked for information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and some of them wanted to join it. Robert Holleyman says he told them it's too late to... more »
  • High court rejects new challenge to Obama health overhaul, ibuprofen appeal

    January 19, 2016 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected another challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The justices on Tuesday left in place lower court rulings that dismissed a lawsuit against the national health care law. The suit argues that the law violates the provision of the Constitution that requires... more »
  • Emotional week for student who introduced president, had speech stolen Play Video

    January 18, 2016 12:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been a roller coaster week for McKinley High School senior Che'dra Joseph. On Tuesday, she found out she was going to introduce President Barack Obama when he visited her school for a town hall event in two days. On the big day, she stood before... more »
  • Signed Obama speech stolen from vehicle Play Video

    January 16, 2016 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said a thief who broke into cars at a McKinley High School basketball game didn't know what he had his hands on, and threw a speech signed by President Barack Obama into the trash. Officers arrested 17-year-old Keondrae Ricks after investigators said he and a... more »
  • Obama promise could help I-10 congestion Play Video

    January 15, 2016 7:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The wheels appear to be in motion for Louisiana to get some badly needed road money from the federal government. Governor John Bel Edwards said Friday his administration received phone calls from Washington D.C. about a potential $100 million grant. This comes after President Obama visited earlier... more »
  • Obama administration halts new coal leases

    January 15, 2016 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review. The question is whether fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American taxpayers and reflect coal's impact on the environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday... more »
  • Rare gaffes during Obama's visit to...where, again?

    January 14, 2016 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There was a lot going on during President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge Thursday, which may explain some bumps in the road during the day's events. The town hall event at McKinley High School was a chance for Obama to push his State of the... more »
  • President Obama greets excited crowd in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 14, 2016 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A crowd of hundreds greeted President Barack Obama with cheers and shouts as he entered McKinley High School Thursday, and the president responded with "Geaux Tigers!" The president was introduced by Che'dra Joseph , McKinley High School's Student of the Year. The school gym where Obama's... more »
  • Louisiana ACA's enrollment tops 193,000

    January 14, 2016 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of Louisiana residents who got coverage through the federal insurance marketplace reached 193,249 as of Jan. 9, roughly 7,000 more than last year's total. For the first time, HealthCare.gov's figures included numbers for the state's metro areas. In the New Orleans area, 79,984 consumers either picked... more »
  • Obama summons Americans to compromise and change

    January 13, 2016 4:01 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- President Barack Obama is casting his seven divisive years as a time of positive change, implicitly asking voters to replace him with a Democrat who would continue his hard-won policies on health care, climate change and Iran. Obama used his final State of the Union address to summon... more »
  • Obama ticket giveaway brings massive crowds, traffic headaches Play Video

    January 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The capital city is getting ready to welcome a very special guest. President Obama will be in Baton Rouge on Thursday speaking to an audience at McKinley High School. Baton Rouge is one of the cities Obama plans to visit after delivering his State of the Union address... more »
  • President Obama to speak at McKinley High School

    January 11, 2016 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama will speak at McKinley High School during his visit to Baton Rouge this week. The White House said Obama's visit is part of a post-State of the Union road trip where the president he will highlight items from his address Tuesday night "to... more »
  • 'Road tour' by Cabinet members to promote Obama proposals

    January 10, 2016 7:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Cabinet members will be traveling around the country in the coming days to help promote President Barack Obama's State of the Union proposals. The White House says the "road tour" is geared toward highlighting pressing issues facing the country such as climate change, health, criminal justice and access... more »
  • Obama moves to require background checks for more gun sales

    January 4, 2016 5:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is moving ahead on plans to require background checks for guns purchased from dealers even if they're bought online or at gun shows. The White House is coming out with a series of long-awaited executive steps aimed at curbing gun violence despite opposition in Congress... more »
  • US treads warily amid Iran-Saudi tensions

    January 4, 2016 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is treading warily around inflamed tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia that threaten several key U.S. foreign policy objectives. A U.S. official said Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken with Iran's foreign minister. The official Saudi Press Agency reported Kerry had also... more »
  • Obama considers executive action on gun control

    January 1, 2016 11:08 AM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama says he can't "sit around and do nothing." So one of his early actions in the new year will be to meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss how to make it harder for "a dangerous few" to get their hands on guns.... more »
  • Obama: Trump exploiting blue-collar fears in campaign

    December 21, 2015 2:08 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama, in a broadside against the leading Republican presidential candidate, says billionaire Donald Trump is "exploiting" the fears that working-class men in particular have about the economy and stagnant wages. In a year-end interview with NPR News, Obama said demographic changes combined with the "economic stresses"... more »
  • President dashes to Star Wars after last 2015 press conference

    December 18, 2015 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama covered a wide range of topics in his last press conference of 2015, then moved to the item on everyone's agenda. "Okay everybody, I've gotta get to Star Wars," Obama said as he ended Friday's media briefing. Obama finaliza conferencia de prensa:... more »
  • House, Senate rush to send huge budget and tax deal to Obama

    December 18, 2015 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON- The House and Senate are rushing to send President Barack Obama a massive budget package that would fund the entire government through September 2016 and shower tax breaks on working families, businesses and a wide swath of special interests. Friday's vote promises to finish up a surprisingly productive, bipartisan... more »
  • In climate deal, Obama sees legacy he hopes won't be undone

    December 14, 2015 6:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is counting on the global climate accord to leave a lasting imprint on the world, even as his opponents begin working to whittle it away. The agreement marks one of Obama's most significant diplomatic achievements. Getting nearly 200 countries to sign a carbon-cutting deal seemed... more »
  • Obama calls China's Xi to work together at talks

    December 11, 2015 10:39 AM

    PARIS - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are recommitting to close cooperation toward a global climate agreement as talks head into overtime. Obama and Xi spoke on the phone on Thursday evening. The White House says Friday the call was to coordinate efforts at the talks outside... more »
  • U. S. flags ordered to half-staff for California shooting victims

    December 3, 2015 12:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is ordering U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting in California that left 14 people dead. The White House says Obama signed the proclamation Thursday. It calls for flags to remain at half-staff through Monday and affects... more »
  • White House letter to Louisiana about Syrian refugees Play Video

    December 1, 2015 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The White House sent Governor Bobby Jindal a letter Monday offering specific information concerning refugees already resettled in the state. In the letter, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough writes the federal government would provide monthly reports about refugees resettled in Louisiana for the past year if... more »
  • Negotiators take heart at Obama climate change comments

    December 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    LE BOURGET, France - France's environment minister is welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama's pledge to push for a climate accord that includes legally binding promises. Obama said on the sidelines of climate negotiations in Paris that parts of the accord should be binding to hold countries accountable. But Obama's remarks... more »
  • Obama: Business needs seat in climate efforts

    November 30, 2015 6:28 PM

    PARIS - President Barack Obama says the private sector needs to have a seat at the table as the world's governments attempt to curb global warming. He says that governments will set the targets that nations will try to reach, but it will be scientists, private sector investors and workers... more »
  • Obama makes holiday appeal for acceptance of Syrian refugees

    November 26, 2015 8:04 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is appealing anew for acceptance of Syrian refugees, saying "so much of our greatness comes from our generosity." In his weekly radio address broadcast Thursday, Obama noted his commitment to accept an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. He said he's been touched by the generosity... more »
  • Native Americans in Louisiana swamps seek tribal recognition

    November 26, 2015 5:47 AM

    LAFITTE- Giovanni R. Santini has spent decades trying to prove he's an American Indian, and folks in his bayou town no longer doubt he's a proud member of Louisiana's 17,000-strong Houma tribe. Not so for the federal government. For decades, efforts by the Houma to become a federally recognized native... more »
  • Obama says Turkey has right to defend airspace

    November 24, 2015 12:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey points to an "ongoing problem" with Russia's airstrikes in Syria. Obama says Turkey "has a right to defend its territory and its airspace." And he says that Russia is operating very close to the Turkish border... more »
  • Obama says U. S. stands with France in destroying Islamic State

    November 24, 2015 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the Islamic State group cannot be tolerated and must be destroyed. He says the U.S. and France must destroy it together. Obama is speaking after an Oval Office meeting with French President Francois Hollande. Obama says he and Hollande agreed the nations in the... more »
  • Obama promises to veto bill that would bolster checks on Syrian refugees

    November 19, 2015 6:07 AM

    WASHINGTON- Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States. President Barack Obama is promising a veto. Many Democrats say the effort is election-season grandstanding, but political pressures are pushing others to support it. Republicans are... more »
  • Republican lawmakers may try to block Syrian refugee plan

    November 16, 2015 12:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers may try to use must-pass government spending legislation to block President Barack Obama's plans to increase the number of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. Pressure to do so follows Friday's deadly attacks in Paris. Congress is facing a Dec. 11 deadline to approve a spending bill... more »
  • Obama decries critics who 'pop off' with opinions on IS

    November 16, 2015 10:57 AM

    ANTALYA, Turkey - President Barack Obama is sending a message to critics he says "pop off" with their opinions about the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State. He says they should present a specific plan. And if his critics think their advisers are smarter than Obama's, the president says, "I... more »
  • Appeals court rules against Obama's immigration action

    November 9, 2015 8:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally has suffered another setback in court. In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a Texas-based judge's injunction blocking the Obama... more »
  • Obama administration nixes Keystone XL pipeline

    November 6, 2015 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - After seven years of federal review, the Keystone X-L oil pipeline has been rejected. President Barack Obama says he made the decision because the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests, and would have undercut the country's global leadership on climate change. Speaking at the White... more »
  • In Newark, Obama to call for breaking cycle of incarceration

    November 2, 2015 5:13 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - President Barack Obama is announcing new rules that will prevent federal agencies from quickly screening out job applicants just because they have criminal records. Obama says too many employers dismiss applicants because they've checked a box stating they have a criminal history. Obama says employers should "give... more »
  • First lady to make solo visit to Middle East

    October 28, 2015 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama is making her first solo visit to the Middle East, stopping in Qatar and Jordan to promote her global education initiative for girls. The White House says the trip is planned for next week. Mrs. Obama is scheduled to speak at a world education summit in... more »
  • Homicide spike draws alarm from Obama administration

    October 27, 2015 8:20 AM

    WASHINGTON- Rising homicide totals in many large American cities have raised alarms within the Obama administration. Federal officials have been drawing attention to the problem, with the Justice Department convening a summit for police chiefs. On Tuesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Barack Obama are expected to discuss criminal... more »
  • Obama vetoes $612 billion defense bill in rebuke to GOP

    October 22, 2015 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill in a rebuke to congressional Republicans. Obama says the bill does a number of good things, but falls woefully short in other areas. He says it "resorts to gimmicks." The White House invited reporters and photographers... more »
  • Virtual currency groups form alliance with law enforcement

    October 22, 2015 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Obama administration is joining with private companies to train law enforcement officials about the virtual currency Bitcoin and how to fight crime arising from Bitcoin's use. The partnership - called Blockchain Alliance - aims to educate investigators on the ins and outs of the technology. The alliance also... more »
  • Obama administration backs bill to reduce prison time

    October 19, 2015 3:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is signaling support for bipartisan Senate legislation that would reduce prison sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that the bill is "a good step" toward striking a balance in sentencing such offenders.... more »
  • Obama to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016

    October 15, 2015 9:14 AM

    WASHINGTON- Senior administration officials say President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017. Obama's decision casts aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensures he hands the conflict off to his successor. Obama had originally planned to... more »
  • Clinton opposes Pacific Rim trade deal

    October 7, 2015 4:11 PM

    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she opposes the big Pacific Rim trade accord backed by President Barack Obama. The Democratic presidential candidate says in an interview with PBS there are too many "unanswered questions" about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She says, "What I know about it as... more »
  • Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan clinic

    October 7, 2015 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has apologized to Doctors Without Borders for the U.S. air attack that hit the group's medical clinic in Afghanistan. Obama spoke to the group's international president, Joanne Liu, on Wednesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama offered his condolences to the aid... more »
  • 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 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 »

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