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  • CBO on Obama budget: Higher deficits than claimed

    April 17, 2014 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - A report by the Congressional Budget Office says the president's budget request would result in significantly larger deficits than he claims. CBO says President Barack Obama's budget plan would produce deficits of more than $6 trillion over the next 10 years. That's more than $1 trillion more than... more »
  • Obama honors Kansas shooting victims

    April 14, 2014 10:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is remembering those killed at a Jewish community center and retirement complex, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers. Obama is speaking at an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House. He says the fact that... more »
  • Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

    April 11, 2014 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary. The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law. The move comes more than a week after the... more »
  • White House objection over selfie

    April 3, 2014 7:32 PM

    WASHINGTON- The White House objects to Samsung promoting a selfie of President Obama taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz using a Samsung phone. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney says the White House objects any time the President's likeness is used for commercial purposes. In this case he... 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 »
  • Congress clears bill to ease flood insurance hikes

    March 13, 2014 5:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to ease big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners and allow below-market rates to be passed on to people buying homes with taxpayer-subsidized policies. The measure breezed through the Senate and on to Obama's desk... more »
  • Steady health care sign-ups may miss goal of 6M

    March 11, 2014 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The administration says President Barack Obama's health care law made steady progress in February, with more than 940,000 people signing up for coverage. Even so, it's starting to look like the White House could well miss the unofficial goal of signing up 6 million people by the... more »
  • Senate blocks Obama's pick for civil rights post

    March 5, 2014 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's civil rights division has failed a Senate test vote and his confirmation is in jeopardy. The vote was 47-52, short of the needed majority. The controversy over Debo Adegbile stems from legal representation of a man imprisoned... more »
  • Obama warns Russia over military moves in Crimea

    February 28, 2014 4:45 PM

    SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine - Armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports in Crimea on Friday and Russian transport planes flew into the strategic region, Ukrainian officials said, an ominous sign of the Kremlin's iron hand in Ukraine. President Barack Obama bluntly warned Moscow "there will be costs"... more »
  • Obama unveils plans to put young, minority boys on path to success

    February 27, 2014 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has launched and initiative called "My Brother's Keeper." Speaking at the White House, Obama said stronger efforts are needed to create more opportunities for young minority men and to improve conditions that keep them impoverished and imprisoned in disproportionate numbers. Ticking off statistics on... more »
  • Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House

    February 24, 2014 4:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Governors have broken into a partisan on-camera feud at the White House after meeting with President Barack Obama. Leaders of the National Governors Association appeared Monday before the media claiming harmony and wide agreement, but immediately broke into a partisan dispute. Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal... more »
  • Obama pitches minimum wage hike with Dem governors

    February 21, 2014 12:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promoting his effort to raise the minimum wage to Democratic governors. At a White House meeting today, Obama said an increase, quote, "is not just good policy, it also happens to be good politics." Obama says raising the minimum wage is supported by independents,... more »
  • Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps

    February 7, 2014 3:35 PM

    EAST LANSING, Mich. - President Barack Obama has signed into law a farm bill he says will ensure children don't go hungry. The bill will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country while trimming the food stamp program; the cuts inspired a two-year battle over the... more »
  • Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

    January 17, 2014 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is ordering changes to the government's massive collection of phone records that he says will end the program "as it currently exists." Obama says in a speech prepared for delivery at the Justice Department Wednesday that intelligence officials have not intentionally abused the program to... 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 »
  • Obama visits activists fasting for immigration

    November 29, 2013 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has visited the activists who are fasting to protest House inaction on immigration legislation. On the day after Thanksgiving Obama stopped by a white tent on the National Mall where some activists have shunned all food except water for the past 18 days. A top... more »
  • Supreme Court to hear cases on birth control mandate

    November 26, 2013 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the dispute over a birth control mandate in President Obama's health care law. The issue has seen different rulings in lower courts over whether employers should be required to cover birth control for their employees or they can opt out due... more »
  • State regulators meet Obama on cancellations fix

    November 20, 2013 5:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - State insurance regulators say most states are still weighing options on President Barack Obama's proposed fix for canceled health insurance policies. A delegation of insurance commissioners met with Obama on Wednesday in the Oval Office for about 50 minutes. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, president of the National... more »
  • Donelon: Obamacare change could raise rates

    November 14, 2013 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - State insurance commissioners are voicing serious concerns about President Barack Obama's plan to stave off cancellations for people whose individual policies don't comply with the new health care law. In a statement Thursday, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners warned that the president's decision could undermine the new... more »
  • Clinton: Obama should honor health care pledge

    November 12, 2013 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton says President Barack Obama should find a way to let people keep their health coverage, even if it means changing the new insurance law. Clinton says Obama should "honor the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what... more »
  • Obama honors veterans at wreath laying, breakfast

    November 11, 2013 10:54 AM

    ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama is paying tribute to America's veterans by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. The president also hosted a Veterans Day breakfast Monday at the White House for those who have served in the military and their family members. Obama said in his Veterans... more »
  • Police: Officer reassigned for remark about Obama

    November 8, 2013 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police say they have reassigned a sergeant accused of making an offensive remark about President Barack Obama ahead of his Friday visit to New Orleans. Police say in a news release that Sgt. Chris Landry was reassigned after making the comment about Obama during a training event... more »
  • Jindal offers list of suggestions to president Play Video

    November 7, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to New Orleans, Gov. Bobby Jindal offered suggestions on where the president should change course. He said Thursday the president should drop his administration's lawsuit against Louisiana's voucher program, agree to repeal his signature health care law and reverse new limits... more »
  • Obama to seek opening with GOP leaders on shutdown

    October 10, 2013 8:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans Thursday to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default. The White House meeting comes as House GOP leaders are contemplating advancing a short-term debt limit increase designed... 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 calls congressional leaders to the White House

    October 2, 2013 1:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has summoned congressional leaders to the White House on this, the second day of a partial government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner's office says the invitation is a sign that the president might be backing down. A Boehner spokesman says Obama "finally recognizes that his... more »
  • Obama: Shutdown will 'throw wrench' into economy

    September 30, 2013 5:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is ramping up pressure on Republicans to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown. He says a shutdown would hurt the economy and hundreds of thousands of government workers. He says it would "throw a wrench into the gears" of a recovering economy. He urges the House... more »
  • Homework involved to apply for health insurance

    September 30, 2013 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Getting covered under President Barack Obama's health care law feels like a cross between doing your taxes and making an important purchase that requires research. During a media preview Monday Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said "nothing like this has ever existed before." You'll need accurate... more »
  • Obama applauds UN deal on Syria's chemical weapons

    September 27, 2013 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a deal reached on a United Nations resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons is "potentially a huge victory for the international community." The draft resolution's demands that Syria abandon its chemical stockpile and allow unfettered access to chemical weapons experts are legally binding. But... more »
  • Obama: UN must enforce ban on Syrian chem weapons

    September 24, 2013 10:34 AM

    UNITED NATIONS - President Barack Obama says the U.N. Security council must agree to a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons that includes consequences for the regime of President Bashar Assad if he doesn't meet demands to dismantle his chemical stockpile. Obama told his U.N. audience Tuesday that failure to include... more »
  • Obama looks to pressure Congress against shutdown

    September 20, 2013 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama heads today to Kansas City, Mo., where he'll tour an auto plant and press his case that Congress mustn't jeopardize economic progress with threats of a government shutdown. At the same time, the House is scheduled to vote today on a stopgap funding bill that... more »
  • Obama: 'Locked up' Washington could hurt economy

    September 18, 2013 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is touting positive gains in the economy but also warning that a "locked up" Washington is delaying progress on other issues that could build on that growth. Obama says the most obvious example is his push for a comprehensive immigration bill. He says a Senate-passed... more »
  • Obama: 'Cowardly act' at Navy Yard kills patriots

    September 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is mourning what he called "yet another mass shooting" in the United States that he says took the life of American patriots. Obama promised to make sure, quote, "whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible." He said several people were shot Monday morning... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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: 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 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 »
  • Obama picks new IRS Commissioner

    August 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Obama nominated a retired corporate restructuring expert as Commissioner of the IRS and says he is confident John Koskinen will restore public trust in the agency. Its under fire for screening political groups and the President says Koskinen "knows how to lead in difficult times." Koskinen was tapped... 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 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: 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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: 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 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Donilon resigns as security adviser, Rice to take post

    June 5, 2013 10:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - She's been a lightning rod for Republican criticism over the Obama administration's initial explanations for the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and four others. And now, Susan Rice is getting a new job. The U.N. ambassador is going to become President Barack Obama's national... more »
  • Obama's drone rules leave unanswered questions

    May 24, 2013 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama left plenty of ambiguity in new policy guidelines that he says will restrict how and when the U.S. can launch targeted drone strikes, leaving himself significant power over how and when the weapons can be deployed. National security experts say it's imperative to leave some... more »
  • Obama cites new framework for terror war

    May 23, 2013 2:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he has established a new framework to govern U.S. force against terrorists. He says it includes clear guidelines as well as oversight and accountability. Obama says in a speech Thursday he put this framework into a single document by signing on Wednesday what is... more »
  • Obama: New guidelines in place for drone strikes

    May 23, 2013 2:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he has signed new policy guidelines to oversee when the U.S. can use drone strikes against suspected terrorists. Obama says clear guidelines, oversight and accountability are spelled out in "policy guidance" he signed Wednesday. He says Thursday in a national security speech that the... more »
  • Obama to visit tornado-ravaged Oklahoma town

    May 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will travel to tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., on Sunday. White House spokesman Jay Carney says the president will view the tornado damage first-hand. He also plans to meet with victims and first responders. The monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday afternoon, demolishing an... more »
  • President Obama to speak on Oklahoma disaster

    May 21, 2013 7:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will be meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, before delivering a statement on the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday. Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and... more »
  • Obama: Congress must 'fully fund' embassy security

    May 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to "fully fund" his administration's budget request for embassy security. The request comes as Obama seeks to get ahead of the controversy over his administration's response to the attack last September in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Obama said he... more »
  • President calls IRS targeting of conservative groups "outrageous"

    May 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama is calling the IRS focus on conservative groups 'outrageous,' and says people are 'properly concerned' The IRS apologized Friday for scrutininzing the tax-exempt status of groups with conservative titles such as "Tea Party" or "Patriot" in their applications. The Democratic chairman of the... more »
  • Miss. man in ricin case: 'I love my country'

    April 23, 2013 5:45 PM

    TUPELO, Miss. - A Mississippi man is speaking out now that charges have been dropped against him in an investigation of ricin-laced letters. Paul Kevin Curtis says he respects President Barack Obama, loves his country and that he "would never do anything to pose a threat." Curtis says this week... more »
  • Family of man accused of sending ricin letters speaks

    April 19, 2013 11:38 AM

    OXFORD - The family of a man accused of mailing ricin-tainted letters to the president and a U.S. senator says they have tried for years to get him help for his mental illness. Jack Curtis issued a statement on behalf of the family of his brother, Paul Kevin Curtis, on... more »
  • Attorney: Miss. man denies mailing suspected ricin

    April 18, 2013 1:23 PM

    OXFORD, Miss. - The man charged with mailing letters with suspected ricin to the president and others was surprised by his arrest and maintains he is innocent, according to his attorney. Paul Kevin Curtis appeared in a federal courtroom Thursday in Oxford, Miss., wearing shackles and a Johnny Cash T-shirt.... more »
  • FBI: Early test shows ricin in Obama letter

    April 17, 2013 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The FBI says the letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker are related and are both postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8. In an intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI says the letters both say: "To see a wrong and... more »
  • Obama to visit Boston on Thursday

    April 16, 2013 4:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will visit Boston on Thursday, three days after a pair of deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says Obama will be attending an interfaith service. Three people were killed at the marathon's finish line, including an 8-year-old boy. More than 170... more »
  • Obama: Boston explosions investigated as terrorism

    April 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the explosions at the Boston Marathon are being investigated as an act of terror, although authorities still don't know who is responsible. He called the bombing "a heinous and cowardly act" used to target innocent civilians. Obama spoke to reporters at the White House... more »
  • Obama pays $112k in 2012 taxes on $609k of income

    April 12, 2013 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's 2012 tax returns show he and first lady Michelle Obama paid $112,214 in taxes last year on $608,611 in adjusted gross income. They paid an effective rate of 18.4 percent for their federal income taxes. The adjusted gross income figure is down from 2011, when... more »
  • Obama: Budget shrinks deficits and expands economy

    April 10, 2013 10:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint that strives to achieve a "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits. It would raise taxes on the wealthy and trim popular benefit programs including as Social Security and Medicare. The president's budget projects deficit reductions of $1.8... more »
  • Obama sending Congress long-awaited 2014 budget

    April 10, 2013 9:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama unveils a 2014 budget today that includes an additional $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade. The $3.77 trillion spending blueprint he's sending to Congress proposes raising taxes on the wealthy and trimming benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare. But instead of... more »
  • Moniz backs natural gas 'revolution'

    April 9, 2013 12:07 PM

    WASHINGTON- Ernest Moniz, chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Energy Department, says he will push to increase use of natural gas as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production. Moniz, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,... more »
  • Some Colo. sheriffs oppose more gun control

    April 3, 2013 10:21 AM

    DENVER - Some Colorado sheriffs are speaking out against any more gun control measures as President Barack Obama visits the state. Sixteen sheriffs, including Larimer County's Justin Smith and John Cooke of Weld County, plan to hold a news conference Wednesday in Denver. They'll gather in a park near where... more »
  • President Obama signs disaster declaration for La.

    February 22, 2013 10:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barak Obama signed a major disaster declaration today for the state of Louisiana, freeing up federal funds to help pay for damage caused by flooding and storms last month. The funding will be available to state and eligible local governments, as well as certain nonprofit... more »
  • Ky. inmate charged with threatening Obama family

    February 21, 2013 8:35 AM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky inmate is facing federal charges, accused of writing letters threatening the life of President Barack Obama, the first lady and their two daughters. A grand jury in Louisville on Wednesday charged Kentucky State Penitentiary Anthony D. Holliman with threatening the president and a second count... more »
  • White House seeks 'balanced way' to budget fix

    February 17, 2013 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The new White House chief of staff says President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect the automatic budget cuts scheduled for next month will have on America's middle class. Denis McDonough tells ABC's "This Week" that the economy has been getting stronger over the past few months.... more »
  • Obama says gun violence killing too many children

    February 15, 2013 5:25 PM

    CHICAGO - President Barack Obama says that every four months, his hometown of Chicago suffers the loss of as many children as were killed in the Connecticut elementary school shooting. Obama says gun violence is taking too many children's lives, not just in mass shootings like the one in Newtown,... more »
  • Obama wraps State of Union speech tour in Chicago

    February 15, 2013 7:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is wrapping up his post-State of the Union tour by talking about how government can build what he calls "ladders of opportunity" into the middle class. During remarks Friday in Chicago, his hometown, Obama plans to discuss proposals to raise the federal minimum wage and... more »
  • Energy secretary to skip State of Union address

    February 12, 2013 7:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says Energy Secretary Steven Chu will not attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Traditionally, one Cabinet member does not travel to the House chamber for the speech in order to preserve the government and keep it functioning in case of a major... more »
  • After speech, supporters to promote Obama agenda

    February 11, 2013 9:58 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House and outside supporters of President Barack Obama are launching simultaneous social media, public outreach and fundraising campaigns tied to Tuesday's State of the Union address. The efforts will focus on jobs and the budget, gun control, immigration and climate change. The outreach reflects a decision... more »
  • La. congressman pushes Shaw CEO for energy job

    February 4, 2013 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana congressman is urging President Barack Obama to choose Shaw Group CEO and founder Jim Bernhard as his new energy secretary. Bernhard told News 2 last week that he was being considered to fill the position being vacated by Stephen Chu. And U.S. Rep. Rodney... more »
  • Shaw Founder: "I am under consideration" for Energy Secretary Post

    February 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shaw Group Founder Jim Bernhard told News 2 today he is up for consideration to replace Stephen Chu as the Secretary of the Department of Energy. He also said there are other names out there to become the country's next Secretary of Energy. Bernhard recently... more »
  • Obama seeking immigration deal within 6 months

    January 30, 2013 6:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's looking for immigration reform to be completed within six months. He tells the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo that a deal should be attainable this year, but he wants it done even sooner. He says that politics, not technical issues, are standing in the... more »
  • Immigration reform is good news for some area families Play Video

    January 29, 2013 9:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Immigration reform could impact some 65,000 immigrants living in Louisiana. Tuesday, the President asked Congress to move forward with a bill to overhaul the system. It would be the pathway for 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S. "Having these members of my family in... more »

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