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  • Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance 21 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments. More »

  • Obama cuts sentence with typo, plans more clemency 21 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday cut prison time for a drug convict sentenced to more than three extra years because of a typographical error in a court order. More »

  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly
    Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly 23 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. More »

  • Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders
    Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws while there's still a window for Congress to pass legislation. More »

  • Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on its first anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office. More »

  • Obama to faith leaders: No immigration fix planned Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has told religious leaders that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws. More »

  • Obama commutes sentence made longer by typo Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama used the unique power of the nation's highest office Tuesday to correct a typo. More »

  • Obama having silent moment for Boston bombing Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is lauding the courage and leadership of Bostonians on the first anniversary of the marathon bombing that killed three people. More »

  • Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances
    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine. More »

  • Ukraine Crisis: Pro-Russian Protesters Defy Kiev Ultimatum as Obama and Putin …
    Ukraine Crisis: Pro-Russian Protesters Defy Kiev Ultimatum as Obama and Putin … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Pro-Russian demonstrators occupying state buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities have defied the deadline set by Kiev's interim administration to lay down their arms, even as Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama held a telephone conversation to resolve the crisis. The anti-Kiev protesters continued to storm government buildings in the eastern region, stepping up their armed campaign against Ukraine's demands for a referendum. Meanwhile, President Obama accused Russia of orchestrating the latest events in the Ukrainian crisis and insisted Moscow's actions are not conducive to a diplomatic solution. The White House said the conversation between Obama and Putin was frank, adding: "The [US] president emphasised that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart the buildings they have seized." More »

  • Obama urges Putin to rein in Ukraine insurgents
    Obama urges Putin to rein in Ukraine insurgents Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    US President Barack Obama urged Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a phone call to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine, as the Kiev government sought UN help to tackle the growing insurgency. More »

  • Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak
    Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for the first time in more than two weeks but showed little sign of agreement Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region. More »

  • Obama warns Russia in tense call with Putin over Ukraine Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Jeff Mason and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a tense phone call on Monday that Moscow would face further costs for its actions in Ukraine and should use its influence to get separatists in the country to stand down. Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine earlier in the day, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown. In a call that the White House said Moscow requested, Obama told Putin that those forces were threatening to undermine and destabilize the government in Kiev. "The president emphasized that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart the buildings they have seized," the White House said in a statement. More »

  • Putin to Obama: Russia not behind Ukraine protests Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has urged President Barack Obama to discourage the Ukrainian government from using force against protesters in the country's east. More »

  • Obama warns Putin of further costs over Ukraine - White House Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    U.S. President Barack Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in a call on Monday that Moscow would face further costs if its actions in Ukraine persisted, the White House said in a statement. "The president expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine," the statement said. "The president noted Russia's growing political and economic isolation as a result of its actions in Ukraine and made clear that the costs Russia already has incurred will increase if those actions persist," it said. More »

  • Obama blasts Russia in tense call with Putin over Ukraine Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Jeff Mason and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that Russia's actions in Ukraine were not conducive to a diplomatic solution of the crisis in that country, and the White House warned that Moscow would suffer further costs for its behaviour. Obama spoke to Putin at the Russians' request, a senior administration official said, describing the call as "frank and direct," a diplomatic construction that usually means tense. "The president made clear that the diplomatic path was open and our preferred way ahead, but that Russia's actions are neither consistent with or conducive to that," the official said. "We have always and will continue to support an inclusive process." Earlier, U.S. officials stopped short of announcing a new set of sanctions against Russia but said they were in consultations with European partners about the prospect. More »

  • Obama blasts Russia, tells Putin U.S. wants diplomatic solution in Ukraine Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that the United States preferred a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine but blasted Russia for taking actions that were not "conducive" to such a path. "The president made clear that the diplomatic path was open and our preferred way ahead, but that Russia's actions are neither consistent with or conducive to that," a senior administration official said about the call between the leaders. Obama told Putin that Kiev had made "real offers" to address concerns about the decentralization of powers to local governments in the country, the official said. More »

  • Putin Asks Obama To Prevent Ukraine Bloodshed
    Putin Asks Obama To Prevent Ukraine Bloodshed Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Russia has asked the United States to use its influence to prevent bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, as Kiev threatened a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to remove separatists from government buildings. Russian President Vladimir Putin made the appeal during a phone conversation with US President Barack Obama, in which the Kremlin said the two leaders discussed the escalating unrest. The Kremlin said the Russian president also rejected Western claims that Moscow is behind attacks on government buildings, saying they were "based on unfounded information." Earlier Mr Putin's spokesman said Russia had received several appeals for help from separatists who are seeking to follow in the footsteps of the Crimean Peninsula and force a referendum on joining the Russian Federation. More »

  • Putin, Obama in phone call on Ukraine crisis Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone call with U.S. President Barack Obama, denied the Kremlin was interfering in Ukraine and urged the United States to use its influence to prevent bloodshed there, the Kremlin said. "The Russian side underlined that protests in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov, Slaviansk and other cities in the south-east of Ukraine were the result of the lack of will and inability of the leadership in Kiev to take account of the interests of the Russian and Russian-speaking population," the Kremlin said in a statement. "President Putin called on Barack Obama to do his utmost to use the opportunities that the United States has to prevent the use of force, and bloodshed." Putin told Obama that reports that Russia was interfering in Ukraine were based on erroneous information. More »

  • Obama plans to host Uruguay's president next month Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Uruguay's president is planning to visit next month. More »

  • Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families
    Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Michelle Obama said Monday she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration. More »

  • White House - Obama to call Putin, not considering lethal aid for Ukraine Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday said President Barack Obama would speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin soon, perhaps later in the day, and made clear the United States was not considering lethal aid for Ukraine. "We are looking at a variety of ways to demonstrate our strong support for Ukraine including diplomatically and economically," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. "We're not actively considering lethal aid but we are reviewing the kinds of assistance we can provide," he said. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Jim Loney; Editing by Doina Chiacu) More »

  • Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims
    Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack at two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers. More »

  • Obama, Republicans compete for support among women
    Obama, Republicans compete for support among women Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women. More »

  • Why Obama's response to the Heartbleed bug is so troubling
    Why Obama's response to the Heartbleed bug is so troubling Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    On Friday, the Obama administration unequivocally denied a report that the NSA had exploited the Heartbleed vulnerability to gather intelligence, part of a swift effort to shut down a damaging storyline that featured the government knowingly failing to shield millions of Americans from an online security flaw. But in so doing, the administration also made two important admissions. First, it can, if pressed, use plain English free of obvious deceit, in contrast to the obfuscation that has characterized the government's response to a stream of revelations about the NSA's vast internet dragnet. The vulnerability made it possible to obtain whatever data was in the memory of the computer during the authentication process, which meant that protective measures like user passwords or security questions might be accessible to hackers. More »

  • Obama offers condolences after Kansas shootings Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday's shootings outside a Jewish community center and a retirement village in Kansas. More »

  • Obama Preps Hit on Russian Markets
    Obama Preps Hit on Russian Markets Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The Obama administration had been holding off on new Russia sanctions, but with Russian troops now in Eastern Ukraine, the U.S. government is moving fast to punish Putin. More »

  • President Obama: Republicans Suppressing Voters' Rights More Than Ever
    President Obama: Republicans Suppressing Voters' Rights More Than Ever Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    President Barack Obama has said that the Republican party is threatening voters' rights more than at any other time since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. In his second speech on race issues in two days, Obama told Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference in New York: "The stark and simple truth is this: the right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago." "Let's be clear - the real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud," Obama said. In June last year, the US Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, which was passed in 1965 to protect the democratic rights of African Americans and other minorities. More »

  • President Obama's Tax Return Shows Income Fell in 2013
    President Obama's Tax Return Shows Income Fell in 2013 Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    US President Barack Obama's income fell in 2013 as sales of his books fell, official tax returns show. According to Internal Revenue Service documents made available by the White House, Obama and First Lady Michelle made $481,098 (£287,000) in 2013 - down from $608,611 in 2012. However, his tax return documents revealed that he paid an effective tax rate of 20.4% on his $400,000 presidential salary – an increase from his previous rate of 18.4%. The president and first lady paid $98,169 in federal taxes and $23,328 in taxes to their home state of Illinois in 2013. More »

  • Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women
    Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women — a leading election-year issue for Democrats. More »

  • President Obama attends 'A Raisin in the Sun'
    President Obama attends 'A Raisin in the Sun' Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in "A Raisin in the Sun" are hard to come by, but one man managed it — President Barack Obama. More »

  • Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US
    Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities. More »

  • Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job
    Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the health care industry. More »

  • Pro-Obama group raises $5.88M since January Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A nonprofit group backing President Barack Obama's agenda raised nearly $6 million during the first three months of 2014. Organizing for Action says it received more than 124,000 contributions since the ... More »

  • Obama to warn against Voting Rights Act erosions
    Obama to warn against Voting Rights Act erosions Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Determined to mobilize midterm Democratic voters, President Barack Obama is issuing an election-year warning against state voting requirements and early balloting restrictions that many in his party fear will curb turnout in an already difficult year for Democrats. More »