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  • Obama administration loses bid to move forward on immigration action 7 hours ago

    The Obama administration has lost a bid to lift a temporary injunction blocking the president’s controversial executive action that promised special status and work permits to nearly 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States. Voting 2 to 1, a panel of the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected the government’s argument that the program should be allowed to move forward as the underlying legal case is litigated. Instead, the appeals court upheld a decision from February by a federal judge in Texas that the public interest was best served by blocking the new program until broader legal issues could be examined and ruled upon. More »

  • Pentagon chief's take on Iraqis undercuts Obama's strategy
    Pentagon chief's take on Iraqis undercuts Obama's strategy 8 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter's blunt assessment that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" undermines a central premise of President Barack Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State: that Iraq's military can effectively handle ground operations so Americans don't have to. More »

  • Obama urges Senate to renew phone-records program
    Obama urges Senate to renew phone-records program 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government's ability to search Americans' phone records. More »

  • Obama, South Korean president to meet at White House in June 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the White House next month. More »

  • Appeals court won't lift hold on Obama's action that could protect millions … 11 hours ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Appeals court won't lift hold on Obama's action that could protect millions from deportation. More »

  • Obama: US must examine how assets are being used in IS fight
    Obama: US must examine how assets are being used in IS fight 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to boost Iraqi fighting forces, President Barack Obama said the U.S. and its allies need to examine whether they are deploying military assets effectively against Islamic State militants as Iraq mounts a new offensive to recapture critical territory west of Baghdad. More »

  • Kenyan Offers Cows To Wed Obama's Daughter
    Kenyan Offers Cows To Wed Obama's Daughter 13 hours ago

    A Kenyan lawyer has reportedly offered an assortment of livestock to Barack Obama in exchange for his 16-year-old daughter Malia's hand in marriage. Felix Kiprono told The Nairobian newspaper he was willing to present the US President with 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats. Mr Kiprono, whose age was not revealed in the report, said it has long been his dream to wed the President's oldest of two daughters. More »

  • Obama says working with NATO allies on Islamic State, Libya 13 hours ago

    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States was working closely with its NATO allies to partner with other countries in the fight against Islamic State militants and addressing challenges in Libya. "NATO is necessarily recognising a whole range of global challenges, particularly on what we call the Southern Front... making sure that we continue to coordinate effectively in the fight against ISIL," Obama said, noting that all 28 members of the alliance were part of the coalition to support the Iraqi government against the group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Obama made the remarks during a meeting at the White House with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. More »

  • Kenyan lawyer offers livestock to wed Obama's daughter: report
    Kenyan lawyer offers livestock to wed Obama's daughter: report 14 hours ago

    A Kenyan lawyer has offered US president Barack Obama 50 cows and other assorted livestock in exchange for his 16-year old daughter Malia's hand in marriage, a report said Tuesday. More »

  • Obama at Arlington: Never stop paying tribute to the fallen
    Obama at Arlington: Never stop paying tribute to the fallen Tue, May 26, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war. More »

  • Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years
    Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years Mon, May 25, 2015

    President Barack Obama heralded the first U.S. Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday for fallen American forces. In remarks at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, Obama paid tribute to U.S. military personnel who served in conflicts such as World War Two as well as the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he wound down as commander in chief. "For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful. More »

  • Obama includes Vice President Biden in regular golf game Sat, May 23, 2015

    POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — A surprise player has joined President Barack Obama's regular weekend golf game: Vice President Joe Biden. More »

  • Obama stays the course despite IS group's advance
    Obama stays the course despite IS group's advance Sat, May 23, 2015

    President Barack Obama's war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadists from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course despite the group's advances on the battlefield. More »

  • US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama
    US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama Sat, May 23, 2015

    Demonstrators protest against legislation to give US President Barack Obama fasttrack authority to advance trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), during a protest march on Capitol ... More »

  • Senate approves Obama's hard-fought trade negotiating bill Sat, May 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority. More »

  • Senate approves trade bill in major win for President Barack Obama. Sat, May 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate approves trade bill in major win for President Barack Obama. More »

  • Obama signs bill giving Congress a say on Iran nuclear deal Fri, May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Though he once vigorously opposed its involvement, President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that gives the U.S. Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back
    Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back Fri, May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he "forcefully" objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally. More »

  • Threats Made Against President Obama Could Land Tweeters In Prison
    Threats Made Against President Obama Could Land Tweeters In Prison Fri, May 22, 2015

    Barack Obama has received numerous threats on Twitter after creating a personal '@POTUS' account More »

  • Obama's Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill Friday
    Obama's Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill Friday Fri, May 22, 2015

    Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to ... More »

  • Obama warning over Netanyahu 'unjustified'
    Obama warning over Netanyahu 'unjustified' Fri, May 22, 2015

    A senior official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party on Friday rejected fresh US criticism of the premier as unjustified and hypocritical. More »

  • Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle
    Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle Fri, May 22, 2015

    In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in ... More »

  • Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier
    Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide. Washington is still betting on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who stands at the centre of President Barack Obama's strategy to roll back the latest conquests of Islamic State while keeping the United States from being pulled deeper into a conflict U.S. combat troops left in 2011. More »

  • Obama cites 'personal interest' in locking down Iran deal Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he has a personal stake on ensuring that negotiations with Iran produce an agreement that keeps Tehran from producing a nuclear weapon over the long-term. More »

  • Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia
    Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged to elevate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, a gesture that recognizes the country's democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The upgrade in status, shared by close U.S. allies like Israel and Japan, can help expedite defence shipments. After meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in the Oval Office, Obama said the United States will provide short-term aid so Tunisia can complete economic reforms. More »

  • This toddler threw a fit in front of President Obama
    This toddler threw a fit in front of President Obama Thu, May 21, 2015

    We’re sure she had her reasons. More »

  • Global warming debate heats up as Jeb Bush clashes with President Obama Thu, May 21, 2015

    The Republican stance on manmade climate change has, historically, been resolute, if not entirely unanimous. As he prepares to launch a presidential campaign, Mr. Bush is taking pains to forge a new, more moderate stance within the GOP on hot button issues on which the party has traditionally been unwavering. Bush's comments are at odds with many studies on the issue. More »

  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle
    Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's trade agenda cleared a key Senate hurdle and advanced toward likely passage on Thursday despite opposition from most fellow Democrats. More »

  • Obama sees trade vote as "big step forward" Thu, May 21, 2015

    President Barack Obama says his trade agenda took "a big step forward" Thursday when it cleared a key Senate hurdle. The legislation would let Obama negotiate trade deals that Congress can accept ... More »

  • Obama says Tunisia to be non-NATO ally of US
    Obama says Tunisia to be non-NATO ally of US Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday elevated Tunisia to new allied status, promising financial and security assistance to ensure the North African country's transition to democracy remains a success in a fragile region. More »

  • Obama - 'I don't think we're losing' fight with Islamic State: … Thu, May 21, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama said the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State militants was a "tactical setback" but in an interview released on Thursday he said that "I don't think we're losing" the fight against the group. "There's no doubt that in the Sunni areas, we're going to have to ramp up not just training, but also commitment, and we better get Sunni tribes more activated than they currently have been," Obama said in the interview, conducted on Tuesday with The Atlantic. "I think Prime Minister Abadi is sincere and committed to an inclusive Iraqi state, and I will continue to order our military to provide the Iraqi security forces all assistance that they need in order to secure their country, and I’ll provide diplomatic and economic assistance that’s necessary for them to stabilize," Obama told the magazine. More »

  • President Barack Obama's trade agenda advances to full Senate debate Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's trade agenda advances to full Senate debate. More »

  • Obama's trade allies scramble to line up 60 Senate votes Thu, May 21, 2015

    Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are scrambling to keep Senate foes from killing it Thursday before a full-blown debate even begins. They need 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to keep ... More »

  • Obama looks to anchor Tunisia's democratic gains
    Obama looks to anchor Tunisia's democratic gains Thu, May 21, 2015

    Barack Obama and Tunisia's president will on Thursday discuss increased military and economic aid designed to ensure the brightest democratic light to emerge from the Arab Spring is not extinguished by jihadists or joblessness. More »

  • Michelle Obama pays tribute to military caregivers
    Michelle Obama pays tribute to military caregivers Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Wednesday recognized the "quiet courage" of family members who serve "right alongside" wounded warriors when they take on duties as caregivers. More »