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  • What refusal to say 'Armenian genocide' says about Obama 19 hours ago

    “Beginning in 1915, the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths,” Obama said. Turkey vehemently objects to references to the killings as genocide, promising permanent diplomatic harm in relations with countries that do so. The Turkish government acknowledges that Armenians died during the war, but adds that many Muslim Turks also died. More »

  • Obama avoids term 'genocide' in Armenian massacre
    Obama avoids term 'genocide' in Armenian massacre Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    US President Barack Obama described the World War I massacre of Armenians as "terrible carnage" but avoided the term genocide, as tempers flared between Armenia and Turkey ahead of the 100th anniversary. More »

  • Obama refrains describing Armenian massacre as 'genocide' Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging solidarity with Armenians but isn't calling what happened to them 100 years ago "genocide." More »

  • Obama avoids describing Armenian massacre as 'genocide' Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging solidarity with Armenians but isn't calling what happened to them 100 years ago "genocide." More »

  • Downplaying rift, Biden defends Obama's support for Israel Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Downplaying the U.S. rift with Israel, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday staunchly defended President Barack Obama's record of supporting the Jewish state, working to allay the concerns of many American Jews who have lined up against the budding nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Obama's trade agenda draws Republican support in House
    Obama's trade agenda draws Republican support in House Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to strengthen President Barack Obama's hand for a new round of trade deals advanced Thursday in the House courtesy of Republicans and over the protests of Democrats, a political role reversal that portends a bruising struggle over passage later this spring. More »

  • Obama's trade agenda draws GOP support in House
    Obama's trade agenda draws GOP support in House Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Legislation to strengthen President Barack Obama's hand for a new round of trade deals advanced Thursday in the House courtesy of Republicans and over the protests of Democrats, a political role reversal ... More »

  • Illinois lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums
    Illinois lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With fast-track votes, Illinois lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ensure that Chicago can use public park land as a potential site for President Barack Obama's presidential library, while also paving the way for Star Wars creator George Lucas' proposed museum on the city's lakefront. More »

  • Obama: Trade deals will help American jobs Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    President Barack Obama is promoting his trade policies, telling allies he is willing to pursue international commerce agreements even if they are unpopular with Democrats. Obama is seeking to assure Democratic ... More »

  • Obama takes blame for strike that killed hostages
    Obama takes blame for strike that killed hostages Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    President Barack Obama said he took "full responsibility" on Thursday for the accidental killing of an American and Italian hostage during an apparent drone strike on an Al-Qaeda compound in Pakistan. More »

  • U.S. strike inadvertently killed U.S., Italian hostages; Obama apologises
    U.S. strike inadvertently killed U.S., Italian hostages; Obama apologises Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    By Will Dunham and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, U.S. officials said on Thursday. President Barack Obama apologised and took "full responsibility" for all counterterrorism operations, including this one. The deaths were a setback for the long-running U.S. drone strike programme that has targeted Islamist militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, and has often drawn criticism in those countries and from civil liberties groups in the United States. Killed in the January drone strike were aid workers Warren Weinstein, an American held by al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian who went missing in Pakistan in 2012, as well as Ahmed Farouq, an American who was an al Qaeda leader, U.S. officials said. More »

  • Obama honors Patriots for Super Bowl win, community service
    Obama honors Patriots for Super Bowl win, community service Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama honored the New England Patriots for winning the Super Bowl despite a "huge distraction" and "media circus" over underinflated footballs in their conference championship game. More »

  • US Drone Strikes: President Obama 'profoundly regrets' deaths of ho …
    US Drone Strikes: President Obama 'profoundly regrets' deaths of ho … Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    US President Barack Obama today (23 April) apologised for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al-Qaeda, American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto. "As a husband and as a father, I cannot begin to imagine the anguish that the Weinstein and Lo Porto families are enduring today," Obama told reporters, with a deep sigh, saying he took responsibility for the deaths and has ordered a full review. More »

  • Obama regrets deaths of two hostages in US drone strike
    Obama regrets deaths of two hostages in US drone strike Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    American and Italian hostages accidentally killed in January strike targeting al-Qaeda base on Afghan-Pakistan border. More »

  • Obama's trade agenda set to face House Democrats' objections Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    House Republicans pushed White House-backed trade legislation toward committee approval on Thursday despite strong objections by Democrats demanding stronger labor and environmental standards as well as ... More »

  • Obama takes full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses … Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama takes full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. More »

  • Obama expresses condolences to families of Italian, American killed in counterterror … Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama expresses condolences to families of Italian, American killed in counterterror operation. More »

  • US senators debate Obama powers on free trade pacts
    US senators debate Obama powers on free trade pacts Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    US President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a meeting with leaders from the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the US Embassy in Beijing on November 10, 2014 More »

  • Obama trade agenda wins Senate round, but House fights loom
    Obama trade agenda wins Senate round, but House fights loom Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    President Barack Obama's trade agenda narrowly passed an initial Senate test late Wednesday, but many fellow Democrats hope to trip him in the House. The Senate Finance Committee endorsed Obama's request ... More »

  • Emotions over Obama trade agenda roil Senate, divide parties
    Emotions over Obama trade agenda roil Senate, divide parties Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Congressional backers of President Barack Obama's trade agenda battled opponents on the left and right Wednesday, hoping to advance legislation that could lead to trade agreements with numerous countries. ... More »

  • Emotions over Obama's trade agenda roil Senate, delay action
    Emotions over Obama's trade agenda roil Senate, delay action Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. The day began with ... More »

  • Obama sounds alarm on climate damage in visit to Everglades
    Obama sounds alarm on climate damage in visit to Everglades Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Amid lurking alligators and the steamy heat of Florida's Everglades, President Barack Obama on Wednesday sounded the alarm about damage from climate change he said was already wreaking mayhem in Florida and across the United States. More »

  • Obama says climate change 'can no longer be denied'
    Obama says climate change 'can no longer be denied' Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    US President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that climate change "can no longer be denied," as he travelled to Florida's Everglades in a high-profile push to raise awareness about the dangers facing the environment. More »

  • Obama again avoids calling 1915 Armenian killings 'genocide'
    Obama again avoids calling 1915 Armenian killings 'genocide' Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will once again stop short of calling the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, prompting anger and disappointment from those who have been pushing him to fulfill a campaign promise and use the politically fraught term on the 100th anniversary of the killings this week. Officials decided against it after opposition from some at the State Department and the Pentagon. More »

  • Senate panel set to back fast-track trade bill Obama seeks
    Senate panel set to back fast-track trade bill Obama seeks Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    A Senate panel was poised Wednesday to advance one of President Barack Obama's top trade initiatives despite strong opposition from labor unions and other left-leaning groups. Senate Finance Committee ... More »

  • Obama: NASCAR's winning team kind of like me and Biden
    Obama: NASCAR's winning team kind of like me and Biden Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says NASCAR's winning team is kind of like his relationship with Vice President Joe Biden. More »

  • Blog: President Obama's trade war with Democrats
    Blog: President Obama's trade war with Democrats Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Many Democrats in US Congress and their supporters think Obama is selling country out with Trans Pacific Partnership. More »

  • Obama attorney general nominee heads for vote after 5 months
    Obama attorney general nominee heads for vote after 5 months Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute over abortion that had stood in her way. More »

  • Obama says U.S. has warned Iran not to send weapons to Yemen
    Obama says U.S. has warned Iran not to send weapons to Yemen Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    By Roberta Rampton and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the U.S. government had sent "very direct messages" to Iran warning it not to send weapons to Yemen that could be used to threaten shipping traffic in the region. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the presence of a large convoy of Iranian cargo ships in the Arabian Sea was one factor in the U.S. decision to deploy additional warships in the waters off war-torn Yemen. More »

  • Obama, lawmakers mingle to mark rare bipartisan breakthrough
    Obama, lawmakers mingle to mark rare bipartisan breakthrough Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner pecked Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on the cheek. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy conferred amiably with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Republicans and White House officials slapped each other on the back. More »

  • Obama - U.S. warned Iran about shipping weapons to Yemen: MSNBC Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States government has warned Iran against delivering weapons to Yemen that could be used to threaten shipping traffic in the region. "We've been actually very straightforward to them," Obama said in a televised interview on MSNBC's "Hardball." "What we've said to them is that 'if there are weapons delivered to factions within Yemen that could threaten navigation, that's a problem.' And we're not sending them obscure messages - we send them very direct messages about it," Obama said. More »

  • Obama: Democratic critics of his trade agenda are 'wrong'
    Obama: Democratic critics of his trade agenda are 'wrong' Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama hit back at fellow Democrats who oppose his trade initiatives Tuesday, saying they have their facts wrong on the eve of a key Senate vote. More »

  • Obama: Elizabeth Warren 'wrong' in opposing trade deal Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and some other Democrats are "wrong" in opposing his bid to secure a free trade agreement with Asia-Pacific nations. More »

  • Michelle Obama to speak at Tuskegee University commencement Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Tuskegee University, a historically black university in Alabama. More »

  • Obama in fresh push on climate change
    Obama in fresh push on climate change Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    US President Barack Obama will travel to Florida's Everglades Wednesday hoping to reframe the debate on climate change ahead of a vital few months that will shape his environmental legacy. More »