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  • Obama back in Washington on rare vacation break

    August 18, 2014 2:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for a two-day break from a summer vacation during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans. The exact reason for Obama's return remains unclear, though... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 3:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering... more »
  • Jindal: time to stop flow of illegals crossing border Play Video

    August 4, 2014 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Following an afternoon trip to the United States border with Mexico, Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the 1,071 unaccompanied minors that are being cared for in Louisiana. "What doesn't make sense is to send the word out that if you get here illegally, you can stay without... more »
  • Central American leaders talk border crisis at the White House

    July 25, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S. He's hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. Obama... more »
  • Obama to talk economy amid fundraising spree

    July 24, 2014 2:06 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - President Barack Obama wraps up a three-day fundraising trip on the West Coast on Thursday, devoting part of his day to promoting his economic agenda at a technical college. Obama is also attending a Democratic National Committee event Thursday before returning to Washington. Obama attended six... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

    July 22, 2014 2:09 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The path for the... more »
  • Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast

    July 22, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is embarking on a mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats. Obama on Tuesday is starting a three-day West Coast trip, during which he is scheduled to attend fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and... more »
  • Executive order protects gay, transgender workers

    July 21, 2014 10:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says America's federal government contracts should not subsidize discrimination. Obama is speaking during a signing ceremony for an executive order that will prohibit employment discrimination against gay and transgender workers by the federal government and its contracting agencies. The president says many in the crowd,... more »
  • Obama pushing research on cars that talk to cars

    July 15, 2014 2:33 AM

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

    July 14, 2014 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states. The White House says Obama will discuss the issue during remarks Tuesday at a facility in Virginia that tests new technologies for highway transportation. He'll also tout the need to... more »
  • Boehner non-committal on Obama immigration plan

    July 9, 2014 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is criticizing President Barack Obama's plan to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border. But the Ohio Republican also is being noncommittal on whether the House would vote to approve the president's request. Boehner tells... more »
  • Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit border Play Video

    July 9, 2014 5:15 AM

    TEXAS - The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws. Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during his... more »
  • Obama asks for more money to deal with border crisis

    July 8, 2014 6:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending of more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won't seek legal changes to send the children back home more quickly. That decision comes... more »
  • US seeks better teachers for high-needs schools

    July 7, 2014 5:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Education Department is announcing a new initiative to attract quality teachers to the schools that need them most. It comes the same day President Barack Obama is scheduled to have lunch with teachers at the White House to discuss the issue. Education Department data show that... more »
  • Obama to pitch immigration at citizenship ceremony

    July 4, 2014 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama plans to highlight a positive side of the immigration debate by presiding over an Independence Day citizenship ceremony for service members who are legal U.S. residents. Twenty-five service members will become U.S. citizens at a White House ceremony Friday. The group represents 15 countries... more »
  • Obama on economy: 'We're making progress'

    July 3, 2014 12:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says job growth in June shows the recovery is taking hold, but the economy could still do better. Obama is urging Congress to work with him to help create more jobs. Obama cites the fastest job growth since 1999 and says, quote, "we're making progress."... more »
  • Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

    June 30, 2014 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own. Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action. Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration... more »
  • Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

    June 30, 2014 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups. An administration official says Obama plans to nominate McDonald on Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, the 61-year-old McDonald would succeed... more »
  • Obama to hear update on Veterans Affairs problems

    June 27, 2014 2:53 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is getting an update on the problems plaguing the health care system for veterans from his acting veterans affairs secretary and a top aide. The White House says Obama will meet Friday with Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson after returning from a two-day trip to... more »
  • Obama pitching economic priorities in Minnesota

    June 27, 2014 2:19 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - President Barack Obama is pitching his ideas to boost the American middle class in Minnesota, a state that has already embraced a key component of the president's economic agenda by raising its minimum wage. Obama closes a two-day trip to the Minneapolis area Friday with an economic... more »
  • Obama encouraging family-friendly work policies

    June 23, 2014 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit. But the U.S. government doesn't always set the best example. The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn't mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns. But Obama says he'd... more »
  • Obama to create world's largest ocean preserve

    June 17, 2014 7:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world in the Pacific Ocean. The White House says Obama wants to protect a massive stretch of ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife. He's considering expanding protected waters that... more »
  • Obama's day trip highlights economy, courts donors

    June 17, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is embarking on a two-stop day trip to highlight technological developments and to raise money for the Democratic Party from a newly energized gay community. Obama on Tuesday is traveling to Pittsburgh, where he will visit a workshop designed to give entrepreneurs, inventors and... more »
  • US forces move into Iraq with security mission

    June 17, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. The U.S. and Iran also held an initial... more »
  • Obama on Iraq security: 'We can't do it for them'

    June 13, 2014 11:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Iraq's government must make a sincere effort to address sectarian differences, or else U.S. military help won't succeed in curbing the insurgency there. He says, quote, "We can't do it for them." Obama says the U.S. won't send troops back into Iraq. But he... more »
  • Obama's 1st visit to Indian Country as president

    June 13, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is making his first visit to Indian Country as president for an in-person look at the often bleak conditions on tribal lands. The president and first lady are scheduled to visit Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Friday during an annual event known as the... more »
  • Bergdahl back in the US

    June 13, 2014 2:10 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Pentagon says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who's been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, is back in the United States. A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says Bergdahl arrived early Friday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on a flight... more »
  • Insurers will propose changes to Obama health law

    June 11, 2014 2:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The insurance industry says more options for bare-bones coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law would entice healthy young adults to sign up, helping to stabilize premiums. Insurers want Congress to change the law to allow subsidies for consumers who buy so-called catastrophic plans. Given the... more »
  • Obama aims to expand student loan relief

    June 9, 2014 7:20 AM

    WASHINGTON ,D.C. - President Barack Obama is signing an executive order that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income in student loan payments. The measure expands on a 2010 law that covered those who started borrowing after October 2007 and kept borrowing after October 2011.... more »
  • Obama, Putin meet; 1st time since Ukraine crisis

    June 6, 2014 8:37 AM

    BENOUVILLE, France - The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the margins of a lunch for world leaders during D-Day commemorations in France. It's the first face-to-face exchange between Obama and Putin since the start of the crisis in Ukraine. The White... more »
  • Obama: US will boost military presence in Europe

    June 3, 2014 7:42 AM

    WARSAW, Poland - President Barack Obama says the United States plans to increase its military presence in Europe by sending in more American troops. Obama is speaking at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama says his new initiative will involve prepositioning more U.S. military... more »
  • Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues

    May 30, 2014 7:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system. President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret." He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning. Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers... more »
  • White House touts energy policies as rules loom

    May 29, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House is setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants by casting its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources. A 42-page White House report to be... more »
  • Youth sports concussions draws Obama's attention

    May 29, 2014 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is drawing attention to youth sports concussions with a White House summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others. The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council say not enough is known about how concussions may affect... more »
  • Obama lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    May 26, 2014 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is leading the nation in remembering its war heroes in a Memorial Day tribute at Arlington National Cemetery. Under cloudless skies and in brilliant sunshine, Obama walked to the site of the Tomb of the Unknowns, listened to the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner"... more »
  • Police commissioner calls President Obama n-word

    May 16, 2014 6:05 AM

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

    May 7, 2014 2:14 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - President Barack Obama is set to come to California for a series of fundraisers and a speech at a Holocaust history foundation. The president is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. From there he'll attend a fundraiser for Democratic... more »
  • Obama, Merkel to display unity against Russia

    May 2, 2014 2:32 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are putting on a display of trans-Atlantic unity against Russia, even as sanctions imposed so far seem to be doing little to change Russian President Vladimir Putin's reasoning on Ukraine. Merkel and Obama will have meetings, a working lunch... more »
  • Call for more data privacy

    May 1, 2014 7:50 PM

    WASHINGTON- There's a call from the White House for Congress to pass new legislation to add more safeguards for data and more protections for emails sought by law enforcement during investigations. President Obama asked for a review in January and the recommendations were made. The President called for... more »
  • Obama headed home after 4-country Asia tour Play Video

    April 29, 2014 2:44 AM

    MANILA, Philippines - President Barack Obama is heading home after a four-country swing through Asia. He is still confronting the challenge of how to deal with Russia's threatening moves toward Ukraine. The issue clouded an Obama tour that was meant to reassure anxious allies in the orbit of a rising... more »
  • Obama visits South Korea

    April 25, 2014 4:25 AM

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

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