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  • Obama signs highway extension, calls for long-term funding 21 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. government can't keep funding highway and transit projects "by the seat of our pants." More »

  • Obama signs act that gives voice back to disabled 22 hours ago

    President Obama signed the Steve Gleason Act into law Thursday evening, ensuring Medicare and Medicaid include access to speech-generation technologies, New Orleans's WDSU-TV reported. After a series of sweeping changes at Medicare last year, insurance no longer covered the expensive speech-generating devices used by people unable to speak, according to ESPN. The act is named after Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints football player who was diagnosed with a serious debilitating illness in 2011. More »

  • Obama urges supporters to lobby for Iran deal
    Obama urges supporters to lobby for Iran deal Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday told groups that support the Iran nuclear deal to make their voices heard to Congress to counter the millions of dollars in lobbying by those who want to derail the agreement. "Right now the opponents of this deal have been flooding Congressional offices," Obama said on a call with groups including the Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress. Groups who opposed the deal, such as American Israel Public Affairs Committee known as AIPAC, have spent $20 million in TV ads to put pressure on members of Congress, Obama said. More »

  • 4 Democrats get behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal
    4 Democrats get behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Democrats, including one who represents an American hostage in Iran, said Thursday they would support the Iran nuclear deal in a major boost for President Barack Obama. More »

  • Harlem museum head, Dem fundraisers join Obama library board Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The foundation building President Barack Obama's future library is adding the head of an African-American art museum and two major Democratic fundraisers to its board. More »

  • Jon Stewart: Meeting with Obama wasn't a secret
    Jon Stewart: Meeting with Obama wasn't a secret Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart says his "secret" White House meetings with President Barack Obama weren't so secret, and not that big a deal. More »

  • President Obama Wants The U.S. To Build The World’s Fastest Computer
    President Obama Wants The U.S. To Build The World’s Fastest Computer Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The building of a superior supercomputer in the U.S. would send a clear challenge to China’s dominance in the computing world More »

  • Africa to Obama: Mind your own business
    Africa to Obama: Mind your own business Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Like all imperial powers before it, the US seeks to dominate the world in order to exploit it. More »

  • Keystone pipeline's fate to be decided during Obama's term
    Keystone pipeline's fate to be decided during Obama's term Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    President Barack Obama plans to decide before leaving office whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would send Canadian crude oil to US refineries. More »

  • Senate confirms Obama's pick for Joint Chiefs chairman Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. More »

  • Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight
    Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds. More »

  • Lew defends Obama's Iran deal ... and Treasury's overhaul of $10 bi … Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew defended the Obama administration’s controversial deal designed to contain Iran’s nuclear-arms potential, saying it’s a “myth” that Iran will reap an economic windfall and that the deal will not tie America’s hands in sanctioning Iran over nonnuclear issues. Lew said he expects Democrats to give President Obama the votes needed to sustain a veto of a Republican rejection of the administration-brokered deal. Recommended: How much do you know about Iran? More »

  • CAPITOL HILL BUZZ: Boehner says golf with Obama is a game Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner has a message for everyone wondering what happens when he plays golf with President Barack Obama: It's just a game. More »

  • Obama Teaches Africa to Fish
    Obama Teaches Africa to Fish Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    On Tuesday, Barack Obama spoke to the delegates of the African Union at the organization’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Standing at the podium in Mandela Hall, the U.S. president declared that “The world must recognize Africa’s extraordinary progress. Today, Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. Africa’s middle class is projected to grow to more than 1 billion consumers.” As president, he said, “I’ve worked to transform America’s relationship with Africa—so that we’re truly listening to our African friends and working together, as equal partners.”   More »

  • Obama and the Kurds: Turkish strikes vex Islamic State plan Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey's dramatic air campaign against the Islamic State and Kurdish forces has created a bit of a conundrum for President Barack Obama, who is leading the fight against one of Turkey's targets while relying heavily on the other target. More »

  • Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down
    Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Barack Obama condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power and urged the continent to end "the cancer of corruption", in the first ever address to the African Union by a US president. More »

  • US-Turkey military deal: A turning point in Obama's handling of Syria c … Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The military deal reached by the United States and Turkey is perhaps the single most significant step forward in efforts to address the Syrian civil war and the related rise of the Islamic State, regional experts say. The agreement will allow the US to use Turkish air bases for the US-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State, and it will create what the US calls an Islamic State no-go zone along the Turkish border in northern Syria. It does not seal the defeat of the Islamic State. More »

  • Obama delivers frank words about Africa's problems
    Obama delivers frank words about Africa's problems Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama arrived in East Africa with no big American aid packages, no ramped up U.S. military resources for fighting terror groups and no new initiatives with billions in government backing. More »

  • Second-term Obama tells Africa's 'Big Men' to quit when time is …
    Second-term Obama tells Africa's 'Big Men' to quit when time is … Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Jeff Mason and Edmund Blair ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Judging by the applause at the African Union headquarters, Barack Obama hit a chord when he took aim at the continent's 'Big Men', telling them they should quit when their time was up - especially since most have the cash to retire comfortably. In joining African reformists who demand term limits be observed, the U.S. president was lining up squarely against entrenched leaders from Congo Republic to Rwanda and Burundi who are intent on extending their years in power. For Obama, the arguments that war-scarred populations are fearful of chaos after strong leaders depart, as has been the case in North Africa and the Middle East, do not hold true. More »

  • Obama Says He Could Win Third Term In Office
    Obama Says He Could Win Third Term In Office Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    US President Barack Obama has joked he could win a third term in office, as he rebuked African leaders who refuse to step down. Becoming the first sitting US president to address the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he said that even if he was not constitutionally barred from standing for re-election he would not want to do so. "I love my job," he told the assembled heads of state on Tuesday as he capped off a four-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia . More »

  • Obama draws criticism for saying Ethiopia is democratic
    Obama draws criticism for saying Ethiopia is democratic Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some African activists have greeted President Barack Obama's remarks that Ethiopia has a democratically elected government with scorn and concern. More »

  • Obama's parting message to Africa divides Twitter
    Obama's parting message to Africa divides Twitter Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    US President addresses African Union, tackling a host of contentious issues including corruption and term limits. More »

  • President Obama says he can win a third term. Could he? Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    In a display of late-term confidence, President Obama said Tuesday that he could win another term in office if he wanted to, setting tongues wagging in the US about whether Mr. Obama could actually win a third term. "I love my job," he said in a historic speech before the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recommended: Barack Obama: How well do you know America's 44th president? More »

  • Obama administration wants to give prisoners Pell grants Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Obama administration wants to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners. He and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will visit the Maryland Correctional Institution ... More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Kenyans and Ethiopians cheer Obama during visit
    AP PHOTOS: Kenyans and Ethiopians cheer Obama during visit Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — President Barack Obama's historic visit to Kenya and Ethiopia, which concluded Tuesday, was marked by stirring images of throngs of thousands coming out to cheer the motorcade for the first visit by a sitting American president. More »

  • Obama to African leaders: No one should be president for life Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Speaking during a keynote address to the African Union, a member organization of 54 African nations, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mr. Obama urged the AU to use its authority to help make sure African leaders stick to their term limits and follow their constitutions. "No one should be president for life," Obama said. Recommended: Think you know Africa? More »

  • White House Notebook: Third term? Obama says no thanks
    White House Notebook: Third term? Obama says no thanks Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Could President Barack Obama win a third term in office? He's convinced that he could, but would really rather not. More »

  • Obama tells Africans to build democracy, create jobs to thrive
    Obama tells Africans to build democracy, create jobs to thrive Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Jeff Mason and Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Barack Obama told African nations on Tuesday they needed to respect democratic rules and create jobs to avoid a slide into disorder. In the first speech by a serving U.S. president to the 54-nation African Union, he said violence unleashed in Burundi by the president's bid for a third term in office showed the risks of ignoring constitutional rules. "Africa is on the move, and a new Africa is emerging," he said at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, adding the continent's rapid economic growth was changing "old stereotypes" of a continent of war and poverty. More »

  • Obama chides African leaders who cling to power
    Obama chides African leaders who cling to power Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Continent told to embrace democracy and end "cancer of corruption" in first speech by a US president at AU headquarters. More »

  • Obama says Ethiopia should not jail journalists, restrict opponents Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Ethiopia "cannot unleash the full potential of its people" if it jails journalists and restricts legitimate opposition groups. Ethiopia's government has acknowledged it had more work to do to develop its democracy but also says any journalists it has detained committed crimes. In a speech at the African Union, Obama also said Central African Republic leaders needed to commit to inclusive elections and a peaceful transition of power. ... More »

  • Obama says Africa must create jobs to avoid instability, disorder - speech  … Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday said Africa needed to create more jobs for its young people in order to avoid instability and disorder, adding that the United States offered "real economic partnerships" to Africa. "We need only look to the Middle East and North Africa to see that large numbers of young people with no jobs and stifled voices can fuel instability and disorder," Obama said, according to a text of his speech to the African Union in Ethiopia. More »

  • Obama tells African leaders to respect presidential term limits Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that democracy in Africa was threatened when presidents did not stand aside at the end of constitutional term limits and pointed to violence in Burundi where the president has secured a third term. "When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife, as we’ve seen in Burundi," he said in the text of a speech delivered at the African Union. Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza secured a third term in an election this month that the United States said was not credible. More »

  • Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'
    Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad' Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad." More »

  • GOP House chairman calls on Obama to remove IRS commissioner
    GOP House chairman calls on Obama to remove IRS commissioner Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of a powerful House committee called for the removal of the IRS commissioner Monday, saying he has obstructed congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups. More »

  • The Atlantic Daily : Obama in Africa, Boston Olympics, Cosby's Accusers
    The Atlantic Daily : Obama in Africa, Boston Olympics, Cosby's Accusers Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The President Speaks Out in Kenya and Ethiopia During a symbolically powerful visit to his father’s homeland over the weekend, President Barack Obama praised Kenya’s progress while urging the country to protect gay rights. From there, Obama traveled to Ethiopia, where he spoke about the spiraling conflict in South Sudan and al-Shabaab’s threat in Somalia. He will address the African Union for the first time on Tuesday. More »