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  • Obama pokes fun at friends and foes in dinner speech
    Obama pokes fun at friends and foes in dinner speech 16 hours ago

    US President Barack Obama skewered allies and rivals alike in a Saturday-night comedy act spiced up with a healthy dash of self-deprecation. More »

  • Winding up, Obama tosses zingers at press, political foes
    Winding up, Obama tosses zingers at press, political foes 18 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's bringing a new attitude to the final quarter of his presidency: Bucket! More »

  • Russian hackers read Obama's emails: report
    Russian hackers read Obama's emails: report 20 hours ago

    New York Times says breach in US security by Russian hackers was more intrusive than has been publicly acknowledged. More »

  • Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year - NYT
    Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year - NYT 22 hours ago

    Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama's unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials. "There is no evidence that the president's email account itself was hacked, White House officials said. Still, the fact that some of Mr. Obama's communications were among those retrieved by hackers has been one of the most closely held findings of the inquiry," the paper said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the report but the White House earlier this month confirmed the breach, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information. More »

  • Democrats counter Obama on trade Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations. More »

  • Sens. Warren, Brown counter Obama on trade Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations. More »

  • Drone killing accidents reveal Obama’s tough war choices Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Barack Obama became commander in chief vowing to end America’s foreign wars as quickly as possible. Instead, he found those politically unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan shifting into something else – violent conflict with different boundaries (or no boundaries), enemies from supposedly friendly countries (including American recruits), the capture and grisly killing of western hostages. More »

  • Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths
    Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes. More »

  • Obama vows 'we're going to review what happened' in hostage death …
    Obama vows 'we're going to review what happened' in hostage death … Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    President Barack Obama told members of the intelligence community on Friday that he wants to see whether changes are needed after a counterterrorism operation on an al Qaeda compound inadvertently killed two aid workers held hostage. More »

  • Obama uses hospital funds to push Medicaid expansion Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul. More »

  • What refusal to say 'Armenian genocide' says about Obama Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    “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 »