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  • In Newark, Obama to call for breaking cycle of incarceration

    November 2, 2015 5:13 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - President Barack Obama is announcing new rules that will prevent federal agencies from quickly screening out job applicants just because they have criminal records. Obama says too many employers dismiss applicants because they've checked a box stating they have a criminal history. Obama says employers should "give... more »
  • White House calls Ryan's immigration remarks 'preposterous'

    November 2, 2015 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Looks like the honeymoon's over for President Barack Obama and new House Speaker Paul Ryan. Just four days after Ryan took the helm in the House, the White House is accusing him of "pandering to the extreme right wing" of his party. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says... more »
  • Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

    August 24, 2015 9:03 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama wants to give Americans more power to choose what kind of power they use. The president is traveling to Las Vegas on Monday to attend a clean energy conference. He'll announce new efforts to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • Going it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014

    December 22, 2014 12:47 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama rang in 2014 as a "year of action," vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling to help, the president said he'd act alone. On immigration, climate change and U.S.-Cuba relations, at least,... more »
  • Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

    December 22, 2014 2:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell heard arguments Monday in a case brought by an Arizona sheriff who claims the program will let more... more »
  • Obama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers

    December 19, 2014 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure. He said the pipeline would mainly benefit Canadian oil companies that need to get Canadian... more »
  • Full holiday menu for Obamas; 6 pies for dessert

    November 27, 2014 10:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. There's thyme-roasted turkey and honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing and oyster stuffing, braised winter greens and macaroni and cheese. Don't forget the green bean casserole, sweet potato gratin,... more »
  • Boehner: 'We will not stand idle' on immigration

    November 21, 2014 10:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is "damaging the presidency itself" with his unilateral action on immigration and says the House will not stand idle and let it happen. But the Ohio Republican offers no hint of what steps the House might take to block Obama's... more »
  • President's plan for illegals met with criticism in La. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2014 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama's unprecedented executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation is being met with harsh criticism. "This is an issue of the president going above and beyond the powers that he has granted to him by the constitution," Louisiana Republican Party spokesman Ben... more »
  • Obama wants ban on Internet 'fast lane' deals

    November 10, 2014 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster. In a statement released by the White House Monday, the president called for an "explicit ban" on such deals. Obama also said that... more »
  • "Don't touch my girlfriend"

    October 21, 2014 7:46 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Obama turned some heads with a joke that unfolded while he was casting his early vote for the November election Monday in Chicago. A young woman was voting next to him when her boyfriend decided to use a wisecrack, "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend." The President... more »
  • Jindal says only other job he wants is president Play Video

    October 21, 2014 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal told News 2 today that if he stays in politics after his term is over, it would be to run for president. Jindal told Michael Marsh Tuesday it was the only other job in politics he wanted. He said he and First Lady... more »
  • Obama announcing plan to tighten card security

    October 17, 2014 10:58 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is announcing a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans. Cards issued by the federal government will now have an internal chip replacing magnetic strips to reduce the potential for fraud, under... more »
  • Obama: US will keep making progress in Iraq, Syria

    October 8, 2014 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's confident the U.S. will continue to make progress in combating the Islamic State group. Obama is meeting with top U.S. commanders at the Pentagon. He says the U.S. will continue carrying out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria along with its international partners. Obama... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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