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  • 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 »
  • US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    August 27, 2014 8:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants. The imperiled town of Amirli ('Ah-mur-lee) is about 105 miles north of Baghdad and just a... more »
  • Jindal sues feds over Common Core Play Video

    August 27, 2014 4:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers... more »
  • Obama sends White House aides to Ferguson funeral

    August 23, 2014 7:44 PM

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. - President Barack Obama is sending three White House officials to the funeral service of the Missouri teenager whose death in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked days of racial unrest. Leading the group for Monday's service will be the chairman of the My Brother's Keeper... more »
  • Obama to speak on Iraq, Missouri

    August 18, 2014 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to speak Monday about the situations in Iraq and in Ferguson, Missouri, after meeting with top aides on both trouble spots. The White House says Obama will issue a statement on both developments later Monday afternoon. Obama met with his national security team Monday... more »
  • Obama trumpets proposals to lower college costs

    August 16, 2014 10:35 AM

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress and colleges to help make the cost of higher education more manageable. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says higher education is "the surest ticket to the middle class." But he says paying for that education is a... more »
  • Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State Play Video

    August 14, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum. For... more »
  • US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

    August 11, 2014 3:35 AM

    SYDNEY, Australia - Senior U.S. officials say the Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in Iraq. The U.S. previously had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government. The officials wouldn't say which U.S. agency is... more »
  • Obama opens Gay Games with surprise video message

    August 10, 2014 11:07 AM

    CLEVELAND - President Barack Obama has helped kick off the international Gay Games in Cleveland with a surprise video message shown at the opening ceremonies. Obama welcomed athletes, coaches, families and spectators from around the world to Ohio and the United States as the event began Saturday night. The president... more »
  • Obama set to begin 2-week summer vacation

    August 9, 2014 10:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is opening a two-week summer vacation in Martha's Vineyard just as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq. Obama is due to arrive on the Massachusetts island Saturday afternoon. He's breaking up his vacation with a two-day return to Washington... more »
  • Obama: Airstrikes have destroyed arms, equipment

    August 9, 2014 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have succeeded in destroying arms and equipment that could have been used against the Kurdish capital of Irbil. He says humanitarian efforts continue to airdrop food and water to persecuted religious minorities stranded on a mountaintop, and he says planning... more »
  • Obama to decide on immigration by end of summer

    August 3, 2014 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A senior White House adviser says President Barack Obama will make a decision by the end of the summer on how to use his authority to address immigrants living illegally in the U.S. Dan Pfeiffer called reports that Obama might delay the deportation of up to 5 million... more »
  • Jindal wants details on immigrant children in La.

    July 31, 2014 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is blasting President Barack Obama's administration for providing few details to Louisiana officials about the more than 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to sponsors here. The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in... more »
  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    July 30, 2014 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website last fall. The Government Accountability Office - the investigative agency of Congress - will report Thursday on its... more »
  • US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    July 29, 2014 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. Obama says the sanctions target Russia's energy, weapons and finance industries, including big... more »
  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support

    July 29, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel. While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on... more »
  • Obama's return to White House delayed by suspicious package

    July 18, 2014 2:10 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama was held aboard Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base until the package at the White House... more »
  • Obama pushing research on cars that talk to cars

    July 15, 2014 2:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is envisioning a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America's roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline. Obama on Tuesday will visit a federal highway research center in northern... more »
  • Obama wants large companies to help small businesses

    July 11, 2014 5:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says companies like Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small business. President Barack Obama will launch an initiative Friday called SupplierPay. Twenty-six companies have agreed to participate. The companies are committing to pay... more »
  • Obama tries to shift border crisis political debate Play Video

    July 10, 2014 4:37 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - President Barack Obama is seeking to recast the political debate over young migrants arriving at the border as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis first-hand. Obama turned to one of his chief critics,... more »
  • Nonprofits' contraceptive cases next for justices

    July 6, 2014 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals are leading the next legal dispute over religion, birth control and the health law that's likely to be resolved by the Supreme Court. The issue in more than four dozen lawsuits from religious nonprofit groups that oppose some or all contraception as immoral... more »
  • Putin tells Obama he wants better relations

    July 4, 2014 5:45 AM

    MOSCOW, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Barack Obama in an Independence Day message that he hopes the countries can improve relations. In a statement published on the Kremlin website on Friday, Putin said "regardless of difficulties and disagreements" he hoped that Russia and the U.S. could "successfully... more »
  • Obama to promote fixing bridges, highways

    July 1, 2014 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is mixing a little Fourth of July patriotism with a pitch to fix the nation's bridges and highways. For good measure, he wants his Cabinet to hit the road. Obama on Tuesday will call on Congress to close tax loopholes and use the money... more »
  • Kerry: US open to talks with Iran over Iraq

    June 16, 2014 7:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists. Kerry also says U.S. drone strikes "may well" be an option.... more »
  • Obama says climate change deniers ignoring science

    June 14, 2014 3:33 PM

    ANAHEIM, Calif. - President Barack Obama says denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese. Obama issued a call to action on global warming in a commencement address Saturday to graduates of the University of California, Irvine. Obama says in remarks prepared for delivery that Congress... more »
  • Hagel testifies Wednesday on Taliban prisoner swap

    June 11, 2014 2:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will face angry lawmakers Wednesday as he becomes the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban. Hagel is scheduled to appear before the House Armed Services Committee, which is investigating the deal that secured the... more »
  • First lady set to respond to school meal critics

    May 27, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards. She is holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has... more »
  • GOP pressing Obama to confront Russia over nukes

    May 27, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is stepping up pressure on the White House to confront Russia over allegations that it is cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty. The Obama administration has acknowledged concerns over Russia's testing of a ground-launched cruise missile, which would violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed... more »
  • US honors veterans over Memorial Day weekend

    May 26, 2014 5:45 AM

    NEW YORK - The nation is marking Memorial Day with somber ceremonies, flag planting at cemeteries and parades. The U.S. Marine Corps' chaplain, speaking Sunday to a Manhattan congregation that has tied gold ribbons on the church's fence in honor of fallen soldiers since the Iraq War began, lauded the... more »
  • Obama win on Guantanamo prison may be short-lived

    May 23, 2014 3:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has scored a rare win in his 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A Senate panel has approved giving him the authority to transfer terror suspects to the United States if Congress signs off on a comprehensive plan to shutter... more »
  • Fix to veterans' health care takes on new urgency

    May 22, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is showing a sudden urgency to resolve a growing crisis over veterans' health care. Obama called in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for a White House meeting Wednesday and repeatedly vowed to take action. Obama also dispatched Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors to... more »
  • Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

    May 21, 2014 10:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has put his "heart and soul" into caring for America's veterans. But at the same time, Obama says there will be accountability for any problems. There have been mounting calls for Shinseki to step down amid troubling allegations of... more »
  • Police commissioner calls President Obama n-word

    May 16, 2014 6:05 AM

    WOLFEBORO, N.H. - A police commissioner in New Hampshire is under fire after he referred to President Obama as the "n-word'. A town resident claims Robert Copeland uttered the phrase aloud while dining at a restaurant late last year. It has many people calling for his resignation. Copeland... more »
  • Official says immigration program up for review

    May 16, 2014 2:53 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson is offering the first public hints of executive action the Obama administration might take on immigration. He says he'll be taking a fresh look at a program called Secure Communities that runs the names of people who are booked for local... more »
  • Cost-control plan for health care could cost you

    May 16, 2014 2:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - You just might want to pay attention to the latest health insurance jargon. It could mean thousands of dollars out of your pocket. The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called "reference pricing." It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit... more »
  • Obama: No act of terror can match strength of US

    May 15, 2014 9:28 AM

    NEW YORK - President Barack Obama says no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. He says, quote, "Nothing can ever break us." Obama is speaking at the dedication in New York for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. He says this museum tells... more »
  • Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

    May 14, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling Hudson River bridge to try to pressure Congress into giving America's roads, bridges and ports an infusion of cash. The Tappan Zee Bridge outside New York City is in dire need of replacement nearly six decades after being built.... more »
  • Obama congratulates first openly gay NFL draftee

    May 11, 2014 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sends his congratulations to Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. Obama calls the selection of Sam "an important step forward." Obama says that from the playing field to the corporate boardroom, gay and lesbian Americans, quote, "prove every day... more »
  • Obama HHS nominee gets first turn before senators

    May 8, 2014 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's nominee to take over the federal health care agency - and assume responsibility for his health care overhaul - is about to face senators who will help decide her confirmation. Sylvia Mathews Burwell appears Thursday before the Senate Health Committee, the first of two... more »
  • House set to approve select Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up. Democrats are considering a boycott of the committee,... more »
  • Obama California-bound for speech, fundraisers

    May 7, 2014 2:14 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - President Barack Obama is set to come to California for a series of fundraisers and a speech at a Holocaust history foundation. The president is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. From there he'll attend a fundraiser for Democratic... more »
  • GOP's point man on Benghazi is seasoned prosecutor

    May 7, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republicans' newest point man on the Benghazi attack, congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, is a seasoned prosecutor determined to apply his courtroom skills to an election-year examination of the Obama administration. The two-term congressman will lead a special select committee investigating the events surrounding the... more »
  • GOP sharpens focus on Benghazi as midterms loom

    May 6, 2014 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans are sharpening their focus on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, as midterm elections loom closer, with a likely vote this week on establishing a select House committee to investigate the Obama administration's response. Wrangling over a subpoena of Secretary of State John Kerry will... more »
  • White House concerned as unrest spreads to Odessa

    May 5, 2014 3:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it's "extremely concerned" by the deteriorating situation in southern Ukraine. The U.S. and Europe have been focused on eastern Ukraine, near Russia, where pro-Russian separatists have been occupying buildings for weeks. But the unrest has spread to Ukraine's southern port of Odessa, where Ukraine's... more »
  • Senators pushing for Keystone pipeline vote

    May 1, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is joining with Republicans to authorize the immediate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Landrieu and Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota introduced the legislation and expect a vote within the coming days. They say they have the support of... more »
  • GOP: Health insurance signups lagging

    April 30, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report by House Republicans says that one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through new federal exchanges hadn't paid their first month's premium as of mid-April. But administration officials, outside experts and the insurance industry questioned the conclusions. The report by Energy and... more »
  • Obama blames Republicans for blocking wage vote

    April 30, 2014 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama blames Republicans for blocking an election-year increase in the federal minimum wage and says their vote denied millions of Americans a way out of poverty. Republicans argue that an increase in the minimum wage would result in job losses. In a mostly partisan vote, the... more »
  • White House: New sanctions will hit Putin's circle

    April 27, 2014 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says new penalties expected this week against Russia for its action against Ukraine will affect the people closest to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken says sanctions already in place are projected to push the Russian economy into negative growth. He... more »
  • Obama pushes again for minimum wage increase

    April 26, 2014 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is again encouraging Congress to pass a bill raising the minimum raise to $10.10 an hour. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says increasing the pay for minimum-wage workers would help 28 million workers. He says Republican lawmakers not only don't want to... more »
  • Obama visits South Korea

    April 25, 2014 4:25 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - President Barack Obama's visit to South Korea is being tinged by the nation's mourning over this month's ferry disaster. Obama was due at the Blue House, the South Korean equivalent of America's White House, on Friday for an evening of talks with President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay).... more »
  • Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo

    April 23, 2014 6:04 AM

    TOKYO, JAPAN - President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night on an official state visit. He was headed straight for a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister... more »
  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    April 17, 2014 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says 8 million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges. That's 1 million more than congressional scorekeepers had initially projected. Obama also says 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of 35. Enrolling substantial numbers of younger, healthier... more »
  • Michelle Obama to address Dillard graduates

    April 17, 2014 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The First Lady of the United States will address 243 graduating students along with their friends and family during Dillard University's 2014 commencement ceremony. The ceremony is set for May 10 at 10 a.m. Michelle Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton and graduated from Harvard... more »
  • US: 'Overwhelming evidence' Russia driving E. Ukraine unrest

    April 14, 2014 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says there's "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. However, President Barack Obama has not yet concluded that the actions warrant broader sanctions. White House spokesman Jay Carney says the administration is "actively evaluating" how the U.S. should respond to the situation.... more »
  • Reprising grim role, Obama to grieve at Fort Hood Play Video

    April 9, 2014 6:50 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is returning once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with families of those killed last week at Fort Hood. He's reprising his role as chief comforter as he offers solace to the nation in the face of another tragedy. It's a... more »
  • Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

    March 27, 2014 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul. That's a milestone, fulfilling a goal set by Congressional Budget Office and embraced by the White House. The president made the announcement during an international... more »
  • Healthcare sign-up deadline extended

    March 26, 2014 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is giving more time for people to complete applications for health insurance, if they had already started the process. Health and Human Service spokesman Aaron Albright said the administration will be ready to help people "in line" by the March 31 deadline finish their... more »
  • Health insurance deadline looms Play Video

    March 24, 2014 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan is fast approaching and already insurance agents are seeing a boom in the number of people rushing to sign up. "Right now I'm working seven days a week, and the thing that's really frustrating about that is... more »
  • President Obama calls for equal pay for women

    March 20, 2014 2:45 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla.- President Barack Obama is blending his economic and political pitches by calling for equal pay for women and for Congress to pass more family-friendly workplace policies. Obama says women should get equal pay for equal work and says they should be able to have a baby without fear... more »
  • Obama continues telephone outreach on Ukraine

    March 8, 2014 12:53 PM

    KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is continuing his telephone outreach on Ukraine during his Florida vacation. The president spoke individually Saturday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande. Obama also held a conference call... more »
  • Ukraine premier: Crimea will remain in Ukraine

    March 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    KIEV, Ukraine - In his first interview since taking office, Ukraine's new prime minister vigorously defended the legality of his government against attacks coming from Russia, but said Wednesday that Ukraine would be willing to consider granting more autonomy to the Crimea region to assuage the concerns of the province's... more »
  • Tensions ease, but Russia still talks tough

    March 4, 2014 3:36 PM

    MOSCOW - Russia's Vladimir Putin is still talking tough on Ukraine -- but he has also helped ease tensions today. Putin says Russia has no intention to "fight the Ukrainian people" -- but he's reserving the right to use force in order to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine. ... more »
  • Obama: Ukraine can be a friend to the West and to Russia

    March 4, 2014 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Russia's military invasion of Ukraine could end up driving countries away from Russia, instead of closer to it. He says there is room for Ukraine to be a friend of both the West and of Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent... more »
  • Obama plans Texas fundraiser in April

    March 1, 2014 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will travel to Houston in April to raise money for House and Senate candidates. That's according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Associated Press. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California are scheduled to... more »
  • Obama applauds Missouri gay player for coming out

    February 16, 2014 7:03 PM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Barack Obama is praising University of Missouri football player Michael Sam for announcing he is gay before the NFL draft. Obama says Sam's attitude is that he knows he can play great football and that he should be judged only on those facts. Sam could... more »
  • Obama signs debt ceiling measure into law

    February 15, 2014 5:47 PM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Barack Obama has signed separate measures lifting the federal debt limit and restoring full cost of living benefits for military retirees. Obama signed the bills into law Saturday during a weekend golf vacation in Southern California. The debt limit measure frees the government to borrow... more »
  • Obama to seek additional financial aid for Jordan

    February 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Seeking crucial help for a key Middle Eastern ally, President Barack Obama announced late Friday that he will ask Congress to approve a new round of financial aid for Jordan, which is struggling to manage the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the civil... more »
  • Minimum wage talk hits Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 31, 2014 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some business owners in Baton Rouge say raising minimum wages to $10.10 per hour as President Obama suggests would cost consumers more money. But workers like Khadija Lamraoui say minimum wage increases would make day-to-day life better. "There's some people out here that get paid... more »
  • Obama vows to improve education at all levels

    January 28, 2014 8:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promising to improve American education from preschool to college in his State of the Union address. Obama promised to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed broadband in the next two years. It's part of the goal he announced last summer to... more »
  • Obama: Pot is not more dangerous than alcohol

    January 19, 2014 4:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. Obama doesn't argue for legalizing pot. But he says in an interview with "The New Yorker" that pot is less dangerous than alcohol, quote, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer." The president... more »

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