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  • Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine

    August 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine. Obama says the U.S. will stand firm with its allies to address the conflict in Ukraine, where the U.S. says Russia is backing pro-Russian separatists. But Obama... 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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Livingston protesters put Hitler mustache on president

    October 8, 2013 9:42 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - There was a discussion about pushing the limits here, after pictures of President Barack Obama with a Hitler mustache showed up along a road Tuesday. The LaRouche PAC, a political activist group, posted the photos in front of the Denham Springs post office. "He's earned... more »
  • Obama thanks FEMA for work during shutdown

    October 7, 2013 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is thanking workers at the Federal Emergency Management Agency for doing their jobs under "less than optimal circumstances" during the government shutdown. Obama made an unannounced visit to FEMA Monday as the shutdown neared the one-week mark. Some furloughed employees at the agency were recalled... more »
  • Obama sees potential breakthrough in weapons idea

    September 9, 2013 5:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control to avoid U.S. military strikes could be a potential breakthrough. Obama told NBC News in an interview Monday that he remains skeptical that Syria will follow through and turn over its stockpile, so he's... more »
  • Obama seeking lawmakers' approval for Syria strike

    August 31, 2013 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. He says congressional leadership plans to hold a debate and... more »
  • Obama: King's dream partly met, still unfulfilled

    August 28, 2013 2:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is claiming his place in Martin Luther King's 50-year-old dream, holding himself up as a symbol of the change King envisioned. But he also pointed to the nation's lingering economic disparities as evidence that King's hopes remain unfulfilled. Obama spoke at Lincoln Memorial Wednesday on... more »
  • LSU's Alexander plays role in Obama college plan Play Video

    August 22, 2013 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four years after making the trek all the way from Minnesota, LSU grad Col Erlandson has returned to campus to move his little sister in. Besides football, money was a factor in his decision to don purple and gold. "LSU is a relatively cheap school... more »
  • Senator calls colleagues racist, dodges questions Play Video

    May 29, 2013 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans and Gov. Bobby Jindal called for a New Orleans state senator to apologize for her recent accusations that opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was based in racism. Senator Karen Carter-Peterson said Monday her colleagues in the Senate opposed President Obama's reform... more »
  • Obama urges Americans to remember the sacrifice of service members

    May 27, 2013 9:08 PM

    ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to remember and honor the sacrifices of the country's fighting men and women. And he says we should "never forget that the nation is still at war," even though the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country's... more »
  • Teen perfomer at inaugural events fatally shot

    January 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    CHICAGO - A 15-year-old majorette who performed at some of President Barack Obama's recent inauguration festivities has been shot to death in Chicago. Police say Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday in a South Side park and died at a city hospital. Authorities say Hadiya was one of... more »
  • GOP turns to governors in post-2012 review

    January 25, 2013 1:06 PM

    GOP turns to governors in post-2012 review Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. KEN THOMAS Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Looking for a new direction, many Republicans are turning to the states for ideas on how to come back from their 2012 election defeat. Republicans are promoting the tax and... more »
  • House gives final passage to fiscal cliff bill

    January 1, 2013 10:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Legislation to block the "fiscal cliff" is headed to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. The bill will avoid, for now, the major tax increases and government spending cuts that had been scheduled to take effect with the new year. Final approval came in the House... more »
  • Obama says immediate action needed on fiscal cliff

    December 28, 2012 5:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says "the hour for immediate action is here" on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. The president says he remains "optimistic" that an agreement can be reached in Congress before a looming year-end deadline to avoid tax increases and spending cuts. If Congress can't... more »
  • Obama and family arrive in Hawaii for Christmas

    December 22, 2012 9:59 AM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised. Air Force One touched down in Honolulu minutes after midnight local time on Saturday. The first family departed the plane and left quickly for their vacation... more »
  • Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

    December 21, 2012 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, saying Kerry's entire life "has prepared him for this role." If confirmed, the Massachusetts Democrat would succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Obama's second-term Cabinet. Clinton did not attend the Roosevelt Room... more »
  • Senate GOP leader calls on Dems to spell out cuts

    December 11, 2012 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Republican leader is calling on President Barack Obama and Democrats to spell out where they would cut government spending as part of any deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Sen. Mitch McConnell complained on Tuesday that Obama has spent his time talking about raising tax... more »
  • Governors ask for flexibility in fiscal cliff deal

    December 4, 2012 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of governors says they sought assurances from President Barack Obama that any cuts in spending to address the looming "fiscal cliff" would not shift the financial burden onto states. They say they want flexibility from the federal government on mandated programs to allow them to... more »
  • Source: Obama officials, lawmakers set for talks

    November 28, 2012 1:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - An administration official says two of President Barack Obama's top negotiators on the "fiscal cliff" will meet separately on Thursday with leading lawmakers. The sessions are seen as an important step in determining how the government will avoid a year-end package of tax increases and spending cuts that... more »
  • Obama: US can't afford across-the-board tax hike

    November 14, 2012 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all Americans and is calling on congressional Republicans to support an extension of existing tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less. Obama says he is confident that he and Congress can reach an agreement that... more »
  • CIA director quits over extramarital affair

    November 9, 2012 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. According to his letter of resignation, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to allow him to resign. Obama accepted Petraeus' resignation today, saying the general has 'made our country safer and... more »
  • Obama: Wealthy must see higher taxes under plan

    November 9, 2012 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says raising taxes on wealthiest Americans must be part of deficit reduction plan but says he is "open to compromise" and "new ideas." Obama says he will refuse to accept any approach that "isn't balanced." Obama says in his first public comments since the election... more »
  • Small Va. college reports post-election unrest

    November 8, 2012 12:50 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - Officials say about 40 students at a small all-men's college in Virginia shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union within hours after President Barack Obama's re-election. Hampden-Sydney College President Chris Howard said in an email to parents Thursday that the... more »
  • Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech Play Video

    November 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    CHICAGO - Here is the full text and video of Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech after securing a second term in the 2012 race for the White House. ----- Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its... more »
  • Another 4 years for Obama

    November 7, 2012 8:32 AM

    CHICAGO - President Barack Obama has been reelected to another four years in the White House. Obama told supports early this morning that their citizenship doesn't end with their vote and that the "best is yet to come." Obama also says he wants to meet with Republican rival Mitt... more »
  • Obama, Romney campaign in Virginia

    September 27, 2012 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's campaign is keeping up its focus on the national debt -- saying that in the two minutes that it takes to view the Obama campaign's new TV ad, the debt grows by at least $5 million. In the new ad, President Barack Obama promotes what... more »
  • Romney draws boos from NAACP when he dings Obama

    July 11, 2012 10:18 AM

    HOUSTON - Republican Mitt Romney is telling black voters that he's a better choice than President Barack Obama to help build their neighborhoods and lessen unemployment among African Americans. But Romney was greeted with boos from attendees at the NAACP's annual meeting Wednesday in Houston when he pledged to repeal... more »
  • Jindal sent to Ohio, Pennsylvania to rebut Obama

    July 5, 2012 9:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - To offer a rebuttal to President Barack Obama, Republicans are dispatching Gov. Bobby Jindal to some of the same towns Obama is touring in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Jindal is a potential vice presidential nominee for Republican Mitt Romney. Obama is departing Thursday on a two-day bus tour... more »
  • News organizations don't all get ruling right

    June 28, 2012 12:34 PM

    NEW YORK - A bid for speed in reporting the Supreme Court's decision on President Barack Obama's health care law has tripped up some news organizations. Both CNN and Fox News Channel incorrectly reported Thursday that the law's central provision, requiring virtually all Americans to have health insurance, had been... more »
  • Health care arguments: Now what about Medicaid?

    March 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's liberal justices are making clear they will vote to uphold the massive expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans that is part of the health care overhaul. In the finale of three days of arguments over President Barack Obama's health care law, the justices... more »
  • White House makes case for rejecting oil pipeline

    January 18, 2012 1:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is presenting its case for rejecting a Canadian company's plan to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. White House spokesman Jay Carney stopped short of saying a decision had been made. But amid a flurry of reports Wednesday that President Barack Obama would... more »
  • Obama defends decision on morning-after pill

    December 8, 2011 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is defending his administration's decision to stop plans to allow the Plan B morning-after pill to move onto drugstore shelves next to condoms. Obama says as a father of two daughters, the government should "apply some common sense" to rules when it comes to over-the-counter... more »
  • White House non-committal on paying for tax cut

    November 29, 2011 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is refusing to say whether President Barack Obama would sign into law an extension of payroll tax cuts that is not paid for. Spokesman Jay Carney says Obama would prefer that lawmakers find a way to pay for the cuts and not add to... more »
  • Obama sends note for Heavy D funeral

    November 18, 2011 1:03 PM

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Heavy D was remembered with laughter and tears at his funeral on Friday. Diddy and Usher were among the celebrities in attendance, and the Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a message for his young daughter, which he said was directly from President Barack Obama. Sharpton... more »
  • Congress easily OKs bill for vets, contractors

    November 16, 2011 5:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bill helping government contractors and unemployed veterans, finally giving President Barack Obama the chance to sign the first, tiny shred of his $447 billion jobs bill into law. The House consented to the popular legislation Wednesday 422-0 as Democrats and Republicans rallied... more »
  • Perry says "no doubt" Obama is an American citizen

    October 26, 2011 1:02 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Rick Perry now is saying that he has no doubt that President Barack Obama is an American citizen. The Texas governor made the comment in an interview with Bay News 9's "Political Connections" in Tampa, Fla., and the St. Petersburg Times. Perry said that he... more »
  • BR mortgage expert says housing plan could work

    October 24, 2011 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- President Barack Obama announced a plan that could make it easier for some people to refinance their mortgages. The plan applies to people with federally guaranteed mortgages who are current on their payments. it eases restrictions for people who have little or no equity in their home.... more »
  • Obama offers mortgage relief on Western trip

    October 24, 2011 3:54 PM

    LAS VEGAS - President Barack Obama is offering mortgage relief to struggling homeowners in hard-hit Nevada and around the country - saying he can't wait for an "increasingly dysfunctional Congress" to act. The president said Monday that "where they won't act, I will." He made the comments in remarks... more »
  • NPR host steps down after husband joins Obama team

    October 24, 2011 11:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - NPR host Michele Norris is temporarily stepping down from the afternoon news show "All Things Considered" because her husband has taken a senior role in President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. In a note sent to NPR staff Monday and posted on the network's website, Norris says her... more »
  • Obama blames plot to kill Saudi diplomat on Iran

    October 13, 2011 2:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. can support all the allegations of an alleged assassination plot against a Saudi Arabian diplomat and show the world that it was reckless behavior on the part of the Iranian government. There will not be a dispute over what happened, Obama... more »
  • Obama awards Medal of Honor to Marine

    September 15, 2011 3:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is awarding the military's highest honor to a Marine credited with saving 36 lives during an intense fire-fight in Afghanistan. Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on 23-year-old Dakota Meyer during a White House ceremony. Meyer saved the lives of three dozen U.S. and... more »
  • House GOP to advance Obama's disaster aid request

    September 12, 2011 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top Republican leader has announced that the House will quickly advance President Barack Obama's request for emergency aid for victims of recent natural disasters like Hurricane Irene. Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the president's request for immediate funds needed to avoid a cutoff of emergency help... more »
  • Orion spaceship set for new round of tests in Colorado

    August 12, 2011 12:23 PM

    DENVER - A spaceship Lockheed Martin is building for NASA is being prepared for the next round of tests as engineers attach a tower designed to lift the ship and its astronauts to safety if something goes wrong during launch. Lockheed Martin said Friday the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle... more »
  • Federal deficit tops $1T for third straight year

    August 10, 2011 1:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a third straight year, adding pressure on Congress and the White House to make more progress on a long-term plan to shrink the growing imbalance. The Treasury Department says the deficit through July totals $1.1 trillion. Three... more »
  • Obama honoring US forces killed in Afghan attack

    August 9, 2011 12:50 PM

    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - President Barack Obama is privately honoring the U.S. forces killed in the costliest attack of the Afghanistan war. The president is at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where fallen troops come home. His trip was unannounced in a measure of security.... more »
  • Obama: Debt deal is only a first step

    August 2, 2011 12:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the emergency bill Congress passed to prevent a government default is just the first step to ensuring the country lives within its means. Speaking in the Rose Garden, Obama says lawmakers still need to find a balanced approach to reducing the deficit that... more »
  • BP denied White House emails on oil spill response

    July 20, 2011 12:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has refused to order the White House to provide BP with emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration's response to last summer's massive Gulf oil spill. A company lawyer said emails by Carol Browner, Obama's former adviser... more »
  • Obama: 'Some progress' being made in debt talks

    July 19, 2011 12:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says there has been "some progress" in negotiations with bipartisan lawmakers over raising the nation's debt ceiling. But Obama says lawmakers are nearing the "11th hour" as an Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling nears. He praised a proposal from leaders... more »
  • Senate to stay in session until debt hike passes

    July 18, 2011 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The leader of the Senate says the chamber will meet every day - including weekends - until Congress sends President Barack Obama legislation to make sure the government doesn't default on its obligations. Nevada Democrat Harry Reid said there's no more important task than ensuring the U.S.... more »
  • Marines to be among first to leave Afghanistan

    July 6, 2011 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The second-ranking U.S. commander in Afghanistan is providing new details on the planned pullout of U.S. troops this year. Army Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday that by the end of this summer the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment - based in... more »
  • Hacking on Fox News Twitter reports Obama's death

    July 4, 2011 10:58 AM

    NEW YORK - Hackers broke into Fox's political Twitter account early Monday, posting updates saying President Barack Obama had been assassinated. A series of six tweets coming from the FoxNewsPolitics account reported that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and the shooter was unknown. In a... more »
  • Texas governor says he might run for president

    May 27, 2011 12:50 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll consider seeking the Republican nomination for president. The longest serving governor in Texas history reversed course Friday after saying for months he wasn't interesting in running for the White House. Perry said he will decide whether to enter the... more »
  • Trump says no to presidential run

    May 16, 2011 12:32 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump says he's not running for president. The reality TV star said in a statement Monday that he won't seek the Republican nomination. He made his announcement as NBC rolled out its fall lineup. The network is home to Trump's television show, "The... more »
  • Protest aims to bump Trump from Indy 500 pace car

    May 4, 2011 1:02 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - The pick a month ago of Donald Trump to drive the Indy 500 pace car is causing some heat for race officials. A Facebook page calling on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to dump Trump has more than 10,000 supporters, many objecting to Trump's questioning of whether President... more »
  • Obama will not release photos of bin Laden

    May 4, 2011 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the White House will not release a photo of Osama bin Laden's body. Obama made the remarks during an interview Wednesday with CBS' "60 Minutes." The White House had been weighing the release of a photo, in part to offer proof that... more »
  • White House: bin Laden photo 'gruesome'

    May 3, 2011 1:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says the photograph of a dead Osama bin Laden is "gruesome" and that "it could be inflammatory" if released. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the White House is mulling whether to make the photo public, but he said officials are concerned about... more »
  • Obama keeps up push to end gas, oil tax breaks

    April 30, 2011 9:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says oil companies are profiting from rising pump prices and he wants Congress to end $4 billion in annual tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. "These tax giveaways aren't right," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. "They aren't smart.... more »
  • La. lawmakers pushing ahead with 'birther' bill

    April 28, 2011 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The two sponsors of a proposal to require presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can be included on Louisiana's ballot say they won't scrap the bill, even after President Barack Obama released his detailed birth certificate this week. Republicans Rep. Alan... more »
  • Obama to visit storm ravaged Alabama Friday

    April 28, 2011 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Alabama on Friday to view damage from the deadliest tornadoes in nearly 40 years and meet families devastated by the storms. The Southeast has been hit by dozens of tornadoes in recent days, killing more than 200... more »
  • Obama reissues call to end oil company tax breaks

    April 26, 2011 12:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging congressional leaders to take steps to repeal oil industry tax breaks, reiterating a call he made in his 2012 budget proposal earlier this year. The president wrote a letter to the bipartisan congressional leadership on Tuesday, a day after Republican House Speaker... more »
  • Obama to host social media town hall at Facebook

    April 20, 2011 12:21 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook users are deluging President Barack Obama with questions as he readies for a town hall meeting at the Silicon Valley headquarters of the social media giant. More than 36,000 users of the site have said they will virtually attend the Wednesday afternoon meeting that will... more »
  • House passes $6T spending cut plan

    April 15, 2011 1:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a Republican budget blueprint proposing to fundamentally overhaul Medicare for future beneficiaries while combating out-of-control budget deficits. It would impose sharp spending cuts on social safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid. The GOP proposal passed 235-193, with every Democrat voting... more »
  • No deal yet as possible government shutdown looms

    April 6, 2011 1:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's second ranking Democrat said Wednesday that negotiators on the budget are making progress but that conservative GOP policy prescriptions remain obstacles as they scramble to avert a government shutdown this weekend. "I feel better today than I did yesterday," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "There's... more »
  • Glenn Beck leaving his Fox News Channel show

    April 6, 2011 12:27 PM

    NEW YORK - Glenn Beck is leaving his Fox News Channel show later this year. The network and Beck's company, Mercury Radio Arts, announced the departure on Wednesday. Fox and the company said they will work together to create other projects for Fox News television and digital. ... more »
  • House Republicans seek IRS probe of AARP

    March 30, 2011 1:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans want the IRS to investigate whether AARP's lucrative insurance business violates its status as a tax-exempt organization. The seniors lobby pushed for President Barack Obama's health care law, which was solidly opposed by Republicans. On Wednesday, three senior GOP lawmakers released a report estimating... more »
  • Commander says civilians under attack in Libya

    March 22, 2011 1:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The on-scene commander of the international coalition for Libya is confirming that civilians are under attack by government forces in Misrata, the North Africa nation's third largest city. U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear told Pentagon reporters Tuesday that the coalition is "considering all options" in light... more »
  • Space robot's debut being moved up after clamor

    March 4, 2011 12:38 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA is moving up the unveiling of the first humanoid robot in space. Space station astronaut Catherine Coleman said Friday everyone wants to get R2, the robot, out as soon as possible. R2 flew to the International Space Station aboard Discovery. In a... more »
  • Obama offers states health care leeway

    February 28, 2011 1:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is offering to let states unhappy with his health care overhaul design their own plans as long as they fulfill the goals of his landmark law. The law already allows states to submit their own plans, but not until 2017. A White... more »
  • Some Americans trapped in Libya

    February 23, 2011 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Some Americans who want to leave Libya will apparently need some help. U.S. officials say some Americans are trapped in Libya outside of the capital and want to leave. The Obama administration says it's working with other countries to get them out. State Department spokesman... more »
  • WH: Obama wants civil discussion over spending

    February 16, 2011 12:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama wants a civil and reasonable discussion with Republicans as he negotiates reductions in Social Security and Medicare spending. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that making needed changes in the two massive programs will require compromise. He would... more »
  • Obama promotes plan for near universal wireless

    February 10, 2011 12:58 PM

    MARQUETTE, Mich. - President Barack Obama says tomorrow's economy can't thrive on yesterday's infrastructure and that it's time for virtually every corner of the country to have high-speed Internet access. Obama visited Marquette, Mich., a university town of 20,000 overlooking Lake Superior on Thursday. He saw high-tech wireless... more »
  • Obama condemns Russia airport blast as terrorism

    January 24, 2011 1:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is condemning an explosion that killed at least 35 people at Moscow's busiest airport, calling it "an outrageous act of terrorism against the Russian people." Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, said it looked like a terror attack. A state news agency says the blast... more »
  • House votes to repeal year-old health care reforms

    January 19, 2011 5:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has voted to repeal the health care law President Barack Obama signed last year. The 245-189 vote marks the fulfillment of a promise many Republicans made in last fall's political campaigns. The measure has little or no chance of passing the Senate, where Democratic supporters... more »
  • Boehner asks Obama to Jan. 25 State of the Union

    January 11, 2011 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 25, the first opportunity for the president to address the full assembly of lawmakers under new divided government. The address is typically an... more »
  • Obama signs 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

    December 22, 2010 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says valor and sacrifice in the armed forces are no longer defined by sexual orientation. Obama spoke Wednesday morning at the Interior Department, where he signed a landmark law ordering America's armed services to let gay men and women serve openly for the first time. Surrounded... more »
  • Feds: Pa. inmate threatened to kill, eat Obama

    December 17, 2010 12:56 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A career burglar from Pennsylvania is accused of writing a prison letter in which he threatened to kill President Barack Obama and eat his flesh. Secret Service agents say 32-year-old Gregory Dale Brockman also threatened first lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush. Brockman... more »
  • Obama to speak about latest Afghan-Pakistan report

    December 16, 2010 4:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is making a statement Thursday morning about the latest assessment on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama already has met with his national security team about the report, which is said to show areas of progress in the Afghan war. Earlier in the morning, Obama will travel... more »
  • White House: Afghan review will support July drawdown

    December 14, 2010 1:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says a yearlong review of the Afghanistan war will show that the U.S. can begin withdrawing troops in July. President Barack Obama and his top national security officials met for nearly two hours Tuesday to review the report. The president will speak about... more »
  • Senate's GOP leader says tax cuts will be extended

    December 5, 2010 9:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Republican leader says it's become clear now that taxes will not be raised for anyone during the current economic downturn. Sen. Mitch McConnell's assessment comes a day after Senate Republicans voted down Democratic efforts to limit any extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for the top-earning... more »
  • Obama optimistic about bipartisan deal on taxes

    December 2, 2010 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he is optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will come to agreements on several issues in the coming weeks. Obama says the most important issue lawmakers must resolve is making sure taxes don't increase for middle-class families when Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end... more »
  • Obama places Thanksgiving call to troops overseas

    November 25, 2010 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has called 10 members of the armed services stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan to wish them and their families a happy Thanksgiving. The White House says Obama thanked two each from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy for their service and... more »
  • Pelosi will seek to stay as House Dem leader

    November 5, 2010 12:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will try to keep her Democratic leadership post despite massive election losses that cost her party the House majority. The nation's first female speaker became a strong ally of President Barack Obama on issues such as health care. But dozens of... more »
  • Gulf restoration task force to begin meeting

    November 4, 2010 5:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama's task force on the restoration of the Gulf Coast is set to begin meeting to look at how the region can be fixed after the BP oil spill. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force will have its first public meeting in Pensacola, Fla.,... more »
  • Obama: 'Credible' terrorist threat being probed

    October 29, 2010 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the terror probe into suspicious packages believed to be linked to a plot by Yemen's al-Qaida branch is a "credible terrorist threat." The president spoke at the White House. He was first briefed about the terror probe Thursday night. Authorities are investigating a... more »

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