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  • Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect
    Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called for dialogue based on equal treatment and mutual respect with the United States on Saturday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day. Putin said U.S.-Russian relations remained important for solving global crises. The two countries have disagreements over the conflict in Ukraine, defence matters and democracy. More »

  • Obama looks like he’s actually having fun being president Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    President Obama sang in public – again. Much has been made of the president’s “best week ever” – now extending into a second week, or, in the eyes of some, an entire month – but an added bonus for Obama is that he actually seems to be having fun. Recommended: Barack Obama: How well do you know America's 44th president? More »

  • How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings
    How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama's own administration. More »

  • Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party
    Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The head of Vietnam's Communist Party will make a first-ever visit to the White House next week, meeting President Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of the end of the war between the two nations. More »

  • Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip
    Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month. More »

  • Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Obama Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is being detained in a mental health facility after authorities say he told a security guard he planned to kill President Barack Obama. More »

  • Obama's counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism
    Obama's counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again. More »

  • Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans
    Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field. More »

  • Obama mocks Republicans about 2016 'Hunger Games'
    Obama mocks Republicans about 2016 'Hunger Games' Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    US President Barack Obama has one wish for the Republicans trying to succeed him: that the odds are ever in their favor. More »

  • Obama's view on guacamole: Yes please, but hold the peas
    Obama's view on guacamole: Yes please, but hold the peas Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    President Barack Obama dipped into what has become a raging national debate pitting traditionalists against innovators when making guacamole, the mashed avocado treat that has become a favorite American indulgence. More »

  • Obama gives nod to Black Keys, and maybe a White House invite
    Obama gives nod to Black Keys, and maybe a White House invite Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Garage rockers The Black Keys may have won themselves an invitation to play at the White House after President Barack Obama declared himself a fan of the duo. More »

  • Give peas a chance? Not in my guacamole, says Obama
    Give peas a chance? Not in my guacamole, says Obama Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Give peas a chance? When it comes to guacamole, no way, says President Barack Obama. More »

  • Obama: 'Feeling pretty good' about health care
    Obama: 'Feeling pretty good' about health care Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better. More »

  • After court ruling, Obama says more to do on health care
    After court ruling, Obama says more to do on health care Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    President Barack Obama says he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law. Obama ... More »

  • Obama in Tennessee to talk about improving health care law
    Obama in Tennessee to talk about improving health care law Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    President Barack Obama is using the momentum from a recent Supreme Court victory for his health care law to change the conversation from talk about undoing his signature domestic achievement to talk about ... More »

  • Obama: US And Cuban Embassies Signify 'Change'
    Obama: US And Cuban Embassies Signify 'Change' Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    President Barack Obama has confirmed the US and Cuba will reopen embassies in Washington and Havana in "a historic step". Cuban President Raul Castro confirmed Washington and Havana would open the embassies as early as 20 July. Mr Obama said Secretary of State John Kerry would travel to Havana this summer to "proudly" raise the American flag over the diplomatic mission in the Cuban capital. More »

  • Obama: US embassy in Havana marks 'new chapter' in Cuba ties
    Obama: US embassy in Havana marks 'new chapter' in Cuba ties Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility. More »

  • In letter to Cuba's Castro, Obama says U.S. is 'encouraged' Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama said in a letter to Cuban President Raul Castro released on Wednesday that Washington was encouraged by signs that both countries wanted to develop a cooperative relationship with one another. The letter, dated June 30, confirmed that the United States and Cuba had decided to re-establish diplomatic relations. "In making this decision, the United States is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments," Obama wrote. More »

  • Obama formally opens U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States had agreed to the historic step of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and will raise its flag over a U.S. Embassy in Havana later this summer. "This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbours in the Americas," Obama said in a statement delivered in the White House Rose Garden. "A year ago it might have seemed impossible that the United States would be once again raising our flag, the Stars and Stripes, over an embassy in Havana." Obama said the controversial move would allow the United States to have more influence over its former enemy and he urged Congress to go a step further by lifting the U.S. embargo on the island. More »

  • Cuban president sends letter to Obama, confirms restoring ties Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Cuban President Raul Castro sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying Cuba has agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations with the United States and open permanent diplomatic missions in the respective countries on July 20. The letter was delivered by the chief of the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington to a State Department official, Cuba said. At the same time the Cuban government issued a statement saying the United States should end its economic embargo of Cuba, halt radio and television broadcasts beamed into the country and stop "subversive" programs inside Cuba. More »

  • U.S. delivers letter from Obama to Cuba on diplomatic relations Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The senior U.S. diplomat in Havana on Wednesday delivered a letter from President Barack Obama addressed to Cuban President Raul Castro about the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, chief of the U.S. interests section in Havana, handed the letter to Cuba's interim foreign minister, Marcelino Medina, at the Cuban foreign ministry. The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961. More »

  • Obama to speak about Cuba in White House Rose Garden on Wednesday Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Cuba in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT), the White House said. Obama's administration is expected to announce an agreement with Cuba on Wednesday to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, a senior U.S. official said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler) More »

  • Cuba to receive note from Obama on restoring diplomatic ties Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Cuba's interim foreign minister will receive the chief of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana on Wednesday so he can deliver a note from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro regarding the restoration of diplomatic relations between the longtime former nemeses, Cuba said on Tuesday. U.S. officials said earlier the Obama administration would announce on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, chief of the U.S. interests section in Cuba, will deliver the note to Interim Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina, Cuba's foreign ministry said in a statement. More »

  • Obama to unveil deal with Cuba to reopen embassies
    Obama to unveil deal with Cuba to reopen embassies Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    President Barack Obama will unveil Wednesday a breakthrough deal with Cuba to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, officials said, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold war enmity. More »

  • Clinton struggled to fit in with Obama's White House, emails show
    Clinton struggled to fit in with Obama's White House, emails show Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Jonathan Allen and Alistair Bell NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton struggled to fit into the government of President Barack Obama after being appointed Secretary of State in 2009, according to emails released by the State Department on Tuesday. In an email to two aides on June 8, 2009, Clinton was unsure if the White House had held a Cabinet meeting and whether she should attend. If not, who are we sending?" Clinton wrote. More »

  • Top Obama aides knew about Clinton's private email in 2009
    Top Obama aides knew about Clinton's private email in 2009 Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Obama administration officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence. More »

  • Obama - Verification regime necessary for Iran nuclear deal Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday that Iranian negotiators have talked about backtracking from a framework agreement on its nuclear program, endangering ongoing negotiations to finalise the deal. "There has been a lot of talk on the other side from the Iranian negotiators about whether, in fact, they can abide by some of the terms that came up in Lausanne," Obama said at a news conference, referring to the framework deal reached in the Swiss city in April. Obama said Iran's failure to abide by the initial agreement would be a problem and said he would walk away from a bad deal. More »

  • Las Vegas man accused of threatening Obama in Facebook posts Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man accused of posting Facebook threats to harm President Barack Obama was arrested with seven registered guns after being overheard asking about buying a type of fertilizer used in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building 20 years ago, according to court records reviewed Tuesday. More »

  • Obama, Brazil's leader seek to move past spying tensions
    Obama, Brazil's leader seek to move past spying tensions Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sought Tuesday to cast their nations as "natural partners" collaborating closely on critical issues like climate and regional diplomacy. More »

  • Obama calls string of recent victories 'gratifying'
    Obama calls string of recent victories 'gratifying' Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama cast a string of legal and legislative victories last week on trade, health care and gay marriage as the "gratifying" culmination of years of work by his White House. More »

  • Obama and Rousseff focus on climate, play down spy row
    Obama and Rousseff focus on climate, play down spy row Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    US President Barack Obama and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff traded compliments and vowed to work together on renewable energy Tuesday, bidding to put a bitter spying row behind them. More »

  • ‘Best week ever’: Did Obama almost forget gay marriage? Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Recommended: Barack Obama: How well do you know America's 44th president? “I think last week was gratifying because, No. 1, we were able to get a package of trade legislation that I believe will serve the American people, American workers, and American businesses well, going into the future,” Obama said. On the Affordable Care Act, the president did a reprise of his remarks from the Rose Garden last Thursday, after the Supreme Court decision upholding the federal subsidies nationwide. More »

  • Obama’s silence on spillover of legal pot Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    During his time in office, President Obama has worked hard to prevent drug smuggling into the United States. Two months ago, the Supreme Court asked for the views of his administration on another type of trafficking of a federally banned drug: the transport of marijuana out of Colorado, where its use was made legal for adults last year, into neighboring states. The high court is deciding whether to accept a lawsuit by Nebraska and Oklahoma that seeks to prevent Colorado from promoting recreational marijuana. More »

  • Obama: Greece crisis could hit EU growth but no 'major shock to system'
    Obama: Greece crisis could hit EU growth but no 'major shock to system' Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    US President Barack Obama said the unfolding Greek financial crisis could "dampen" world economic expansion More »

  • Brazilian leader's US visit: how Obama patched up ties after spying sca … Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    When Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sits down with President Obama at the White House Tuesday, their meeting will underscore the concerted effort Mr. Obama has made to win back key partners who were repelled by revelations of NSA spying on US friends and allies. Nearly two years ago, Ms. Rousseff stunned the White House by canceling a planned state visit to Washington – a first for any state visit invitee – over WikiLeaks revelations of US spying on Brazilians, including her and her government. A furious Rousseff went a step further, blasting the United States before the United Nations in September 2013 and calling on the world to stand up to such corrosive activity. More »