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  • 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 »
  • Obamacare enrollment reaches one million

    December 30, 2013 6:59 AM

    HONOLULU, HI - The Obama administration says its rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark. Independent experts say that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans offered on both federal and state-run markets at about... more »
  • President honors top La. math and science teachers

    December 21, 2013 4:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two Louisiana teachers have been named as the state's recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by President Barack Obama. Donna Lamonte, who teaches first grade at the LSU University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, is Louisiana's winner of the math award.... more »
  • Top Obama advisor not part of Keystone decision

    December 11, 2013 12:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new senior adviser to President Obama will recuse himself from deliberations on the Keystone XL pipeline. The hiring of John Podesta was cheered by environmental groups. Podesta has spoken out against the pipeline. He is the founder of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think... more »
  • U.S. man imprisoned in Cuba writes Obama

    December 3, 2013 8:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - An American man marking four years in a Cuban prison is asking President Barack Obama to get involved in securing his release. Alan Gross was arrested four years ago Tuesday while working covertly in the Communist country to set up Internet access for the island's small Jewish community.... more »
  • Fewer than 400 in La. sign up for insurance

    November 13, 2013 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON- The administration says fewer than 27,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's overhaul. In Louisiana, the number was 387 people. More than 7,700 people in the state have filled out applications... more »
  • Obama: "No question" shutdown hurt job market

    November 8, 2013 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- President Barack Obama says there "no question" that last month's partial government shutdown hurt the nation's jobs market. The president is speaking hours after the Labor Department reported that the economy added 204,000 jobs in October. The burst of hiring was surprising given that the government was shut... more »
  • Obama to pitch US exports at New Orleans port

    November 8, 2013 8:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is heading to the Gulf Coast to make the case that more exports equals more jobs. On Friday, he will tour the Port of New Orleans, where he'll speak about the need to boost exports and spend more on U.S. infrastructure projects like ports, roads... more »
  • Boston prepares for busy day of baseball and Obama

    October 30, 2013 2:34 PM

    BOSTON - Security officials in Boston are preparing for an extraordinary day of World Series baseball and politics in which a presidential visit may be the least disruptive event. The Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. The hometown team has a chance to win its third... more »
  • Obama calls trusted fixer to help health care site

    October 23, 2013 8:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has called in a trusted fixer to help correct problems with the new federal health care website. The White House says Jeffrey Zients will assist a team that is said to be working around the clock on the site. Since it opened Oct. 1, a... more »
  • Obama vows to fix health care signup problems

    October 21, 2013 8:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A lot of people who've been trying to register for the online insurance exchanges that are part of President Barack Obama's health care law have been frustrated by computer problems -- but Obama says nobody is more frustrated about it than he is. Speaking at a Rose Garden... more »
  • Obama presents Afghan war vet with Medal of Honor

    October 15, 2013 2:14 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says a former Army captain who survived one of the Afghan war's deadliest firefights is a reminder that Americans look out for one another even when it's difficult. Obama commented at a White House ceremony on Tuesday before placing America's highest military honor, the Medal of... more »
  • Obama says Yellen is his choice to take over Fed

    October 9, 2013 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says that in Janet Yellen he's found a tough and proven leader to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Yellen currently is No. 2 at the nation's powerful central bank. She would succeed outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke at a pivotal time for... more »
  • Obama: Extortion can't be routine in US democracy

    October 8, 2013 1:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's fighting the budget battle because "we can't make extortion routine as part of our democracy." Obama says he's willing to not only negotiate fiscal issues with Republicans, but changes to health care law. But he says first he wants them to pass a... more »
  • Obama urges Boehner to hold vote to reopen gov't

    October 8, 2013 1:49 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos." Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and... more »
  • Fox News anchor apology

    October 7, 2013 7:18 PM

    NEW YORK- A Fox News anchor apologized via Twitter for falsely saying President Obama offered to pay for the operation of a Muslim museum out of his own pocket during the government shutdown. Anna Kooiman made the remark Saturday on "Fox & Friends" and the news network says it would... more »
  • Obama speaks to Rouhani, says Iran deal possible

    September 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's spoken by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. It's the first conversation between American and Iranian presidents in more than 30 years. Obama says after speaking with Rouhani, he believes the U.S. and Iran can reach a comprehensive solution over Iran's nuclear program.... more »
  • Obama: GOP "grandstanding" in budget battle

    September 27, 2013 3:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a failure to increase the government's borrowing authority would effectively shutter the economy. Obama told reporters at the White House Friday that would have a 'profound destabilizing effect' on the U.S. and global economies. He accused Republicans of "political grandstanding" and said what they... more »
  • New rules approved for home health care workers

    September 17, 2013 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has approved new rules that extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home health care workers. The new rules will impact about 2 million workers. Home care aides have been exempt from federal wage laws since 1974, when they were placed in the same category... more »
  • Obama pays tribute to the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001

    September 11, 2013 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hangs over his observance today of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. During a ceremony at the Pentagon, he vowed to "defend our nation" against the threats that endure, even though they... more »
  • Obama: No ground troops, air campaign in Syria

    September 10, 2013 9:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is pledging that he won't deploy ground combat troops or wage a prolonged air campaign against Syria. In his speech to the nation Tuesday seeking public support for a possible military strike against President Bashar Assad's government, the president also promised he would not pursue... more »
  • US distances, then embraces Russia idea on Syria

    September 10, 2013 4:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Twenty-four hours after distancing itself from a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons, the State Department moved to embrace the idea, which the U.S. says President Barack Obama and the Russian president first discussed last year. Russia's surprise announcement came Monday after Secretary of State John Kerry... more »
  • Watch the president's LIVE address to the nation HERE

    September 10, 2013 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is scheduled to address the nation tonight about a possible U. S. response to Syria using chemical weapons against rebel fights and civilians in its ongoing civil war. The president initially called chemical weapons use a "red line" he warned Syria not to cross. Obama... more »
  • Obama backs UN discussion of Syria arms proposal

    September 10, 2013 10:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama has agreed to discussions at the United Nations Security Council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. The official says Obama discussed the proposal Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.... more »
  • Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria

    September 9, 2013 8:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning there will be retaliation against the U. S. for any military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack. In an interview broadcast Monday on CBS' "This Morning," Assad says, quote, "You should expect everything." Asked by anchorman Charlie... more »
  • Obama touts economy at G20 meeting

    September 6, 2013 9:33 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - President Barack Obama says the world's economic powers focused on pursuing financial reforms and addressing tax evasion and avoidance during the G20 summit. Obama says during a news conference that the economies of the U.S. and European nations have emerged from a difficult recession. ... more »
  • Early look at health care law's premiums

    September 4, 2013 4:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's the No. 1 question about President Barack Obama's health care law: Will consumers be able to afford the coverage? Now the answer is coming in. The biggest study yet of premiums posted by states finds that the sticker price for a 21-year-old buying a mid-range policy will... more »
  • La. members of Congress largely undecided on Syria

    September 4, 2013 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's congressional delegation remains hesitant and uncommitted to President Barack Obama's request for support of a U.S. military strike against Syria. Only one member of the state's delegation, Republican Rep. John Fleming, has taken a definitive stance on the proposal. And he's in solid opposition to U.S.... more »
  • Obama has bipartisan support for Syria strike

    September 3, 2013 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's push for a military strike in Syria is gaining significant momentum today. Leaders of both parties in Congress say they're convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, and that the U.S. should respond. Obama met today with more than... more »
  • Boehner says he supports Obama on Syria

    September 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too. The Ohio Republican says the use of chemical weapons must be responded... more »
  • GOP senators say details needed on Syria strategy

    September 2, 2013 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two Republican foreign policy hawks say President Barack Obama must make a strong case for attacking Bashar Assad's Syria if he wants to win congressional backing for the operation. Sen. John McCain tells reporters at the White House that Obama's intervention now will be more difficult because Assad... more »
  • Obama set to speak on Syria at White House

    August 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama is getting ready to speak about Syria from the White House. A White House official says Obama's remarks will not be about an imminent military operation in Syria, but will be an update to the public about his decisions on how... more »
  • Scant foreign support for US strikes on Syria

    August 30, 2013 4:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is poised to become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack a foreign nation without broad international support or in direct defense of Americans. Not since President Ronald Reagan ordered an invasion of the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983 has the U.S.... more »
  • Obama says he's considering 'narrow' Syria action

    August 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria's government carried out last week. Obama says that attack was a... more »
  • Biden unveils gun measures, says Congress must act

    August 29, 2013 8:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says if Congress won't act on gun control, he'll fight for a new Congress. Biden is unveiling two new steps President Barack Obama is taking on gun violence. The executive actions don't require approval from Congress, where gun legislation collapsed earlier this year. One... more »
  • Obama: Syrian gov't behind chemical weapons attack

    August 28, 2013 5:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. has concluded that the Syrian government carried out a large-scale chemical weapons attack against civilians last week. Obama says the U.S. has examined evidence and doesn't believe the opposition fighting the Syrian government possessed chemical weapons or the means to deliver them.... more »
  • Local children are not cut under Head Start funding problem

    August 19, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are few implications in the Capital City region from government cuts that are forcing thousands of children out of Head Start programs this school year. The federal government says 57,265 fewer children across the country will participate because of automatic cuts put in place after Congress... more »
  • Obama cancels US-Egyptian military exercise

    August 15, 2013 8:43 AM

    CHILMARK, Mass. - President Barack Obama has scrapped joint U.S.-Egypt military exercises scheduled for next month, saying American cooperation with the Egyptian government cannot continue when civilians are being killed in the streets. The president also directed his national security team to see what additional steps the U.S. might... more »
  • Obama says GOP won't force government shutdown

    August 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think congressional Republicans will force a government shutdown in this fall's budget fight. Obama said at a news conference Friday that the public would not understand a budget confrontation that leads to a cutoff of government services that could weaken the economy's... more »
  • House approves lower rates on student loans

    July 31, 2013 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bill that would lower the cost of student loans has passed the House and is heading to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a bipartisan measure that links student loan interest rates to the financial markets. Most students... more »
  • Government braces for coming changes to NSA powers

    July 31, 2013 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's national security team has been arguing today that the government's sweeping domestic surveillance powers need to be retained. But in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, they acknowledged that some limits appear inevitable. They said they want to work with lawmakers who seem intent on... more »
  • Obama meets with Mideast negotiators

    July 30, 2013 10:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has stepped into the Middle East peace process today, with a private White House meeting involving lead negotiators for the Israeli and Palestinian delegations. Despite the meeting, the official strategy for Obama is to take a mostly hands-off approach to the actual negotiations. Israeli and... more »
  • Obama promising to protect minority voting rights

    July 29, 2013 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promising not to let one election go by without protecting minority voting rights. The president met privately Monday with more than a dozen civil rights leaders to talk about strengthening the Voting Rights Act. Last month the Supreme Court struck down the most powerful... more »
  • Obama hails legacy of late Rep. Lindy Boggs

    July 27, 2013 11:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is remembering late congresswoman Lindy Boggs as a champion of civil rights and women's rights. Boggs represented her Louisiana district for nearly 18 years in the House. She died Saturday at her home in suburban Washington at the age of 97. In a statement Saturday... more »
  • Obama: House GOP budget is 'bad bargain'

    July 25, 2013 3:49 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Barack Obama says the House Republican budget is a "bad bargain" for the middle class. Obama says the House GOP wants to cut spending on education, science and clean energy when the country should be investing in those sectors. He says cutting back in those areas... more »
  • Obama: Washington took its eye off economic ball

    July 24, 2013 1:43 PM

    GALESBURG, Ill. - President Barack Obama is accusing Washington of taking "its eye off the ball" and getting distracted from the economy. The president is trying to refocus debate on pocketbook concerns after months that have been dominated by what he calls "phony scandals" and "stale debates." Obama's remarks come... more »
  • Obama: America needs 'some soul searching' after Trayvon Martin case trial

    July 19, 2013 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the nation needs to do some "soul-searching" following George Zimmerman's acquittal on murder charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. In an impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama declined to wade into legal questions about the Florida case, saying, "Once... more »
  • Senate approves Obama-pick McCarthy to head EPA

    July 18, 2013 2:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, hours after it also approved a new secretary of labor. McCarthy was approved 59-40. Minutes earlier, senators voted 69-31 to overcome Republican objections against her nomination, nine votes more than are needed to end filibusters. McCarthy... more »
  • La. National Guard employees furloughed

    July 17, 2013 11:05 PM

    CARVILLE- Half of the state's full-time National Guard employees are being furloughed. It is related to the national government sequestration. Employees, including guardsmen, could get a 20% reduction in their pay because of the unpaid days off. It started in July and continues until September. Leadership at... more »
  • White House: Obama won't press DOJ on Zimmerman

    July 15, 2013 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama won't involve himself in decisions by the Justice Department on whether to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. White House spokesman Jay Carney says it would be inappropriate for Obama to express an... more »
  • Homeland Security secretary resigning

    July 12, 2013 9:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning to take a senior posting in the University of California system. Napolitano told senior staff Friday she was leaving for California. Napolitano has led the department since the beginning of the Obama administration, just the third person to... more »
  • Obama's ATF nomination sent to full Senate

    July 11, 2013 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nomination of B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been sent to the full Senate. Obama picked Jones to lead the ATF following the mass shooting in December at a Connecticut elementary school where 26 people, including 20... more »
  • La. author among Natl. Medal of Arts winners

    July 10, 2013 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - An author from Pointe Coupee Parish was among 24 recipients of national medals for contributions in the fields of the arts and humanities recognized today by President Barack Obama. Ernest J. Gaines is most known for his novels "A Lesson Before Dying" and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane... more »
  • Catholic hospitals accept birth control rule

    July 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - A trade group for Catholic hospitals says it can accept the Obama administration's compromise on birth control coverage. The Catholic Health Association says it's pleased with final rules for faith-affiliated nonprofits from the Department of Health and Human Services. The new health care law requires employers to cover... more »
  • Obama laying out vision for good governance

    July 8, 2013 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says huge swaths of the federal government are more efficient, transparent and accountable than at any time in U.S. history. Obama is touting "smarter government" programs at an event to highlight his vision for delivering better government services at lower taxpayer expense. He's citing FEMA's... more »
  • Obama admin delays major requirement of health law

    July 2, 2013 5:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's delaying a major part of the president's health care overhaul law, the requirement that medium and large companies offer coverage. In an announcement late Tuesday from the Treasury Department, the administration said it has heard requests from business groups for additional time to... more »
  • Obama: US will give allies info on spying claims

    July 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - President Barack Obama says all nations in the world with intelligence services try to understand what other nations are thinking. He says that's why they have intelligence services. Obama is pushing back against opposition from key allies who are upset about revelations regarding secret U.S.... more »
  • Obama: Make climate change a must for your vote

    June 29, 2013 10:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging Americans to rally support for his plan to combat climate change. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Americans are already paying the price for climate change. He says America will be judged by how it responds. Obama's national plan involves... more »
  • Obama nominates Polite to be US attorney in NO

    June 27, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama has nominated Kenneth Polite Jr. to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The White House announced the nomination Thursday. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, had announced in February that she was recommending Polite for the New Orleans-based position. If... more »
  • Obama: Marriage benefits should cross state lines

    June 27, 2013 7:28 AM

    DAKAR, Senegal - President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage were a victory not just for gays and lesbians, but for American democracy. He says as president, he believes federal benefits should be granted to couples married in a state that recognizes gay marriage even... more »
  • Both sides hopeful after Obama's pipeline comments

    June 25, 2013 3:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas are each finding some reason for optimism in President Barack Obama's comments today about the standard that should be applied in approving or rejecting the project. Obama, in a speech at Georgetown University, said the pipeline... more »
  • First Lady to address conference in New Orleans

    June 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - First Lady Michelle Obama will give the keynote speech at a Latino conference next month in New Orleans Obama will be speak at the National Council of La Raza's annual conference that will be held July 20-23 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Others scheduled to... more »
  • White House "not buying" decision to let Edward Snowden leave

    June 24, 2013 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it is "not buying" that the decision by Hong Kong authorities to let admitted leaker Edward Snowden leave for Russia was a technical decision. It says it was a deliberate choice to release a fugitive and that "unquestionably" damages U.S.-China relations. White House spokesman... more »
  • Obama renews call for nuclear reductions

    June 19, 2013 8:10 AM

    BERLIN - President Barack Obama is calling for a one-third reduction of the world's nuclear stockpiles. Obama spoke today at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, a powerful symbol of the Cold War. He says it's possible to ensure American security and a strong deterrent and also reduce nuclear weapons. He says... more »
  • Biden reporting progress on gun executive actions

    June 18, 2013 8:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is reporting progress on President Obama's initiatives to reduce gun violence, but says the most important step would be getting a reluctant Congress to pass new firearms laws. Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the administration has completed or significantly advanced 21 of the... more »
  • Pro-Obama group airing health ads

    June 17, 2013 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - An outside group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda plans to air a series of ads this summer promoting Obama's health care overhaul. Organizing for Action intends to spend at least $1 million this summer on ads to draw attention to the implementation of the health care law, including... more »
  • Obama chooses lawyer as Guantanamo closure envoy

    June 16, 2013 5:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has chosen a high-powered Washington lawyer with an extensive government experience to be the State Department's new special envoy for closing down the prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Officials familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that Clifford Sloan is... more »
  • Google asks to publish more government information

    June 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google is asking the Obama administration to allow the Internet company to disclose more details about the U.S. government's closely guarded demands for emails and other information that people transmit online. The request was made Tuesday in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director... more »
  • Obama defends broad phone, Internet spy programs

    June 8, 2013 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging Americans to "make some choices" in balancing privacy and security. Obama is defending once-secret surveillance programs that sweep up an estimated 3 billion phone calls a day and amass Internet data from U.S. providers in an attempt to thwart terror attacks. The president... more »

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