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  • Netanyahu takes fight against Obama's Iran plan to Congress
    Netanyahu takes fight against Obama's Iran plan to Congress 3 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for another round in an increasingly heated battle with the White House over Iran's nuclear ambitions. More »

  • Exclusive - Nemtsov killing sign of worsening climate in Russia: Obama
    Exclusive - Nemtsov killing sign of worsening climate in Russia: Obama 5 hours ago

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that the killing of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov is a sign of a worsening climate in Russia where civil rights and media freedoms have been rolled back in the last several years. Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin on Friday night in a gangland-style murder. "This is an indication of a climate at least inside of Russia in which civil society, independent journalists, people trying to communicate on the Internet, have felt increasingly threatened, constrained. The U.S. president has called for a full investigation into the slaying of Nemtsov, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, and a former deputy prime minister. More »

  • Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama
    Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama 7 hours ago

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with Cuba after more than a half-century rupture. "My hope is that we will be able to open an embassy, and that some of the initial groundwork will have been laid" before the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Obama said. In a historic agreement, Washington and Havana announced on Dec. 17 that they planned to restore diplomatic relations following 18 months of secret talks. More »

  • Obama aide: Congress should not 'play spoiler' in Iran nuclear talk … 8 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice warned U.S. lawmakers on Monday not to seek new sanctions against Iran while it is in talks with world powers on curbing its nuclear programme, saying such intervention could ruin the diplomacy. "Congress has played a hugely important role in helping to build our sanctions on Iran but they shouldn't play the spoiler now," she said in a speech to the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. Her remarks came ahead of a speech to Congress on Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to argue against U.S. ... More »

  • AP EXPLAINS: Supreme Court case against Obama's health law
    AP EXPLAINS: Supreme Court case against Obama's health law 9 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama's prized domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote in favor. An explanation of the legal case: More »

  • Exclusive - Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decad …
    Exclusive - Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decad … 9 hours ago

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. Interviewed at the White House, Obama moved to dial back tensions over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on Tuesday opposing the Iran deal, saying it was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to U.S. Israeli ties. Talks between major powers and Iran to restrict Tehran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for an easing of sanctions have reached a critical stage ahead of an end of March deadline for a framework deal and a June 30 date for a final agreement. More »

  • Obama, Israel's Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy
    Obama, Israel's Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy 9 hours ago

    By Jeff Mason, Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of the Israeli prime minister’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of U.S.-Israeli strains over the issue. Neither gave any ground ahead of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday when he plans to detail his objections to ongoing talks between Iran and world powers that he says will inevitably allow Tehran to become a nuclear-armed state. More »

  • Exclusive - Full text of Reuters interview with Obama 10 hours ago

    Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason interviewed President Barack Obama on Monday on topics including U.S.-Israel relations, Iran, China and Russia. OBAMA - Good to see you. Your administration has described Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plans to address Congress tomorrow on Iran as destructive. OBAMA - Well, first of all, I think it’s important to realise the depth of the U.S.-Israeli relationship. More »

  • Exclusive - Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Pan …
    Exclusive - Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Pan … 10 hours ago

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with Cuba after more than a half-century rupture. "My hope is that we will be able to open an embassy, and that some of the initial groundwork will have been laid" before the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Obama said. Washington and Havana announced on Dec. 17 that they planned to restore diplomatic relations following 18 months of secret face-to-face talks. More »

  • Exclusive - Obama defends lack of 'Plan B' for Obamacare court case
    Exclusive - Obama defends lack of 'Plan B' for Obamacare court case 10 hours ago

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no "plausible legal basis" for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of Obamacare, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan. Obama touched on two main domestic policy issues during an interview with Reuters. On the Affordable Care Act, his signature policy achievement commonly referred to as Obamacare, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday in the case known as King v. Burwell. More »

  • Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes
    Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, as a White House task force called for independent investigations when police use deadly force. More »

  • Obama says retiring Mikulski is an institution in US Senate 15 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski is an institution in the Senate whose leadership is inspiration for millions of women around the world. More »

  • Obama committed to denying Iran nuclear weapon: US
    Obama committed to denying Iran nuclear weapon: US 16 hours ago

    The United States pledged its unwavering committment to Israel on Monday, and insisted it will take "whatever steps are necessary" to deny adversary Iran a nuclear bomb. More »

  • Obama's UN envoy: US committed to preventing a nuclear Iran
    Obama's UN envoy: US committed to preventing a nuclear Iran 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration pushed ahead Monday with an effort to end its standoff with Israel, arguing that the focus on tensions between the allies obscured a larger truth that the United States would never jeopardize the Jewish state's security by allowing Iran to become a nuclear power. More »

  • Netanyahu says his speech to Congress not intended to show disrespect to Ob … 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Netanyahu says his speech to Congress not intended to show disrespect to Obama. More »

  • McCain calls Obama's foreign policy 'delusional' 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain is charging the Obama administration's foreign policy is "delusional" and says Secretary of State John Kerry's global diplomacy has "accomplished nothing except mileage." More »

  • Obama-Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after
    Obama-Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after 20 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — This was never happily-ever-after waiting to happen. More »

  • Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present
    Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, it's a week to invoke America's civil rights struggles from past to present. More »

  • Obama plans trip to South Carolina, 48th state in office Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to get one step closer to visiting all 50 states while in office with a trip to South Carolina this week. More »

  • President Obama remembers Minnie Minoso as 'Mr. White Sox'
    President Obama remembers Minnie Minoso as 'Mr. White Sox' Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama calls late White Sox great Minnie Minoso "one of the most dominant and dynamic players of the 1950s." More »

  • Wisconsin's Walker: Sure, Obama loves his country
    Wisconsin's Walker: Sure, Obama loves his country Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker still hasn't spoken with President Barack Obama about the president's love for America, but the possible contender for the Republican nomination now has an opinion on the subject. More »

  • Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making
    Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies. More »

  • Barack Obama has invited Stephanie Roche to spend Patrick’s Day in the White …
    Barack Obama has invited Stephanie Roche to spend Patrick’s Day in the White … Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The announcement comes on the back of recent news confirming that Roche has signed with US side Houston Dash. More »

  • Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speech
    Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speech Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran — a less provocative, closed-door session. More »

  • Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open after a showdown that went right up to the brink. More »

  • Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded after showdown in  … Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded after showdown in Congress. More »

  • Obama, Kerry condemn killing of Russian opposition figure Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday condemned the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. More »

  • Obama bids farewell again to Attorney General Eric Holder
    Obama bids farewell again to Attorney General Eric Holder Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eyes glistening, President Barack Obama bid an affectionate farewell Friday to Attorney General Eric Holder. It was a sequel to an emotional going-away at the White House last year, but this tribute came with a soulful surprise. More »

  • Congress approves bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week, measure heads to … Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approves bill to fund Homeland Security for one week, measure heads to Obama. More »

  • Obama condemns killing of Russia's Nemtsov Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the "brutal murder" of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and called for a full investigation into the killing. "The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice," Obama said in a statement. Obama met Nemtsov during a 2009 trip to Moscow, where he held talks with opposition parties after a meeting with then-President Dmitry Medvedev. More »

  • Senators offer bill challenging Obama on Iran Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Friday that would require a congressional review of any deal the Obama administration and other western powers strike with Iran on its nuclear program. More »

  • GOP, Dem senators offer bill challenging Obama on Iran Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Friday that would require a congressional review of any deal the Obama administration and other western powers strike with Iran on its nuclear program. More »

  • Obama condemns 'brutal murder' of Russian opposition figure Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. More »

  • Obama, Liberian President Sirleaf discuss Ebola recovery
    Obama, Liberian President Sirleaf discuss Ebola recovery Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that the world has made "extraordinary strides in driving back Ebola" because of the efforts of the U.S., Liberia and other partners but both he and Liberia's leader said more must be done to combat the disease. More »

  • Obama pitches privacy bill, Democrats say it falls short
    Obama pitches privacy bill, Democrats say it falls short Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information. More »