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  • Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law
    Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a law funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year. More »

  • Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy. More »

  • Clinton email policy violated Obama administration guidance
    Clinton email policy violated Obama administration guidance 6 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state was not illegal, it violated Obama administration guidance and undermined his pledge of historic transparency. More »

  • Michelle Obama promotes awareness of mental health care
    Michelle Obama promotes awareness of mental health care 6 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mental health care is not just a policy and budget issue for America, but also a cultural issue, Michelle Obama said on Wednesday. More »

  • Republican-led Senate fails to overturn Obama's veto of bill approving Keystone … 6 hours ago

    Republican-led Senate fails to overturn Obama's veto of bill approving Keystone XL pipeline. More »

  • US official: Obama still weighing sending arms to Ukraine 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Both Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday stepped up pressure on the Obama administration to support Ukraine with weapons to defend against attacks from pro-Russian rebels. More »

  • Opinion: Obama's consumer 'bill of rights' should spark national … 12 hours ago

    Last week, the White House issued a discussion draft of its long-awaited Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights – and well, it looks like a camel of policy aspirations. The consensus is that a consumer privacy bill is dead on arrival in this Congress. What we need today is a framework for a national discussion about privacy regulation, and that is what the White House has given us. Currently, our laws regulate privacy in specific sectors – financial privacy, health privacy, children’s privacy, etc. – each with different definitions of the data to be protected and different types of protection required. More »

  • Netanyahu rejects Obama criticism of Iran speech
    Netanyahu rejects Obama criticism of Iran speech 14 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday brushed aside criticism from US President Barack Obama of his speech to Congress, in which he warned Washington was paving the way to a nuclear-armed Iran. More »

  • Iran and Obama dismiss Netanyahu speech to US Congress
    Iran and Obama dismiss Netanyahu speech to US Congress 18 hours ago

    Iran's vice president describes Israeli PM's speech criticising US policy towards Tehran as "deceitful and desperate". More »

  • Tug of war: Obama, Congress at odds over who's in control
    Tug of war: Obama, Congress at odds over who's in control 18 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and President Barack Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. More »

  • Iran FM rejects Obama's 10-year nuclear-freeze demand
    Iran FM rejects Obama's 10-year nuclear-freeze demand 19 hours ago

    Foreign minister taking part in talks with US in Switzerland said to have described demand as "excessive and illogical". More »

  • Excerpts from Netanyahu's speech and rejoinder from Obama
    Excerpts from Netanyahu's speech and rejoinder from Obama 20 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a major address to Congress on Tuesday and warned against making a deal that could leave Iran on the path toward nuclear weapons. At the White House, President Barack Obama offered a pointed rebuttal during a brief Oval Office photo opportunity. Obama said he had read a transcript of the prime minister's remarks and that Netanyahu had offered no viable suggestions on how to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. More »

  • Netanyahu speech on Iran: Did it put Obama on the back foot? Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday laid out a starkly different vision from President Obama’s for preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon – a goal both leaders say is their nonnegotiable guiding priority. Netanyahu laid down a number of “red lines” for reaching a deal, including not leaving almost all of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in place and not lifting limits on Iran’s nuclear activity after about a decade of restrictions. More »

  • Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions
    Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. More »

  • Obama: Congress delayed 'far too long' on Homeland Security Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Congress delayed 'far too long' before passing a bill funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year. More »

  • Obama holds video talk with European leaders on Ukraine Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and European leaders concerned about the conflict in eastern Ukraine have agreed to act quickly and collectively to impose additional costs on Russia for serious violations of a recent peace agreement or if Russian-backed separatists attempt to gain new territory. More »

  • Obama, EU leaders agree to put more costs quickly on Russia if needed over  … Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama and his European counterparts agreed on Tuesday to act quickly to impose additional costs on Russia if peace agreements in the Ukraine conflict were not implemented. "The leaders expressed their hope for the successful and complete implementation of the Minsk agreements and agreed that the easing of current sanctions would be linked to the full implementation of these agreements," the White House said in a statement. More »

  • Obama announces new education effort to 'let girls learn'
    Obama announces new education effort to 'let girls learn' Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying every girl "has value," President Barack Obama announced a more focused government effort Tuesday to help tens of millions of girls around the world attend and stay in school. Michelle Obama said she's heading to Japan and Cambodia later this month to promote it. More »

  • Israel's Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress
    Israel's Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift. Netanyahu made his case against Obama's Iran diplomacy in a speech to Congress that aligned himself with the president's Republican foes. Obama responded in the Oval Office, declaring in a frustrated tone that Netanyahu offered "nothing new." In its response, the Iranian government denounced Netanyahu's 39-minute speech as "boring and repetitive," the state news agency IRNA said. More »

  • Obama, EU leaders discuss new Russia sanctions over Ukraine Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders agreed Tuesday to weigh further sanctions against Russia if the cease-fire agreement in Ukraine is violated, EU officials said. More »

  • Iran calls Obama's 10-year nuclear demand 'unacceptable'
    Iran calls Obama's 10-year nuclear demand 'unacceptable' Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran rejected on Tuesday as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported. Iran laid out the position as the U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers met for a second day of negotiations and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a stinging critique of the agreement they are trying to hammer out. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met a day after Obama told Reuters that Iran must commit to a verifiable halt of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear work for a landmark atomic deal to be reached. "Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands," Zarif was quoted by Fars as saying. More »

  • Congress sends Obama bill to fund Homeland Security through year's end, without … Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Congress sends Obama bill to fund Homeland Security through year's end, without conditions. More »

  • Netanyahu's Real Targets: President Obama, and the Israeli Swing Voter
    Netanyahu's Real Targets: President Obama, and the Israeli Swing Voter Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Well, Benjamin Netanyahu certainly knows how to give a speech. Netanyahu believes that Iran is playing the American administration for suckers. Netanyahu doesn't have a plausible, realistic plan to keep Iran from gaining possession of a nuclear weapon. 1. The speech had two targets, and neither one was Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader. More »

  • Obama says 'nothing new' in Netanyahu's Iran speech Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday told reporters "as far as I can tell, there was nothing new" in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress panning U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran. "The prime minister didn't offer any viable alternatives," Obama said, urging Congress to wait to evaluate a nuclear deal with Iran until an agreement is finalised. Obama said that he would only agree to a deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Susan Heavey) More »

  • Obama: Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to Iran talks Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress. More »

  • Obama: Israel's Netanyahu 'didn't offer any viable alternatives' … Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Israel's Netanyahu 'didn't offer any viable alternatives' in Iran speech to Congress. More »

  • Israeli leader thanks US, Obama for aid, warns about Iran Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thanking the United States and President Barack Obama for aiding Israel, and warning of the threat that Iran poses to Israel's survival. More »

  • Iran Rebukes Obama Before Netanyahu Speech
    Iran Rebukes Obama Before Netanyahu Speech Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving a historic speech to the US Congress, just as the row over Iran's nuclear ambitions heats up. Iran has labelled as "excessive and illogical" remarks by President Barack Obama about a possible deal with Israel's arch-foe over its uranium programme. Mr Netanyahu has repeatedly attacked the Iran talks, and the White House is wary he may reveal specific details to US lawmakers. On the eve of the speech, Mr Obama accused Mr Netanyahu of having previously made unfounded attacks on a 2013 interim pact with Iran. More »

  • Iran says Obama nuclear remarks 'unacceptable'
    Iran says Obama nuclear remarks 'unacceptable' Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Iran's foreign minister rejected Tuesday as "unacceptable" remarks by US President Barack Obama who said a minimum 10-year nuclear deal offered the best hope of avoiding an atomic-armed Tehran. More »

  • Echoes of Obama-Netanyahu tussle in Reagan-Begin showdown of 1981 Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Barack Obama isn't the only American president to chafe at an Israeli prime minister trying to go behind his back to the US Congress on foreign policy. In September 1981, President Ronald Reagan welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin – who founded the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu now leads – to Washington, at a time that he was seeking approval of the sale of Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) planes to Saudi Arabia. Mr. Begin was furious about it, saying it would irreparably harm Israel's security and launching a full-court lobbying effort in Washington to upend the sale. More »

  • Obama: US-Israel bond 'unbreakable'
    Obama: US-Israel bond 'unbreakable' Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    US President Barack Obama said on 2 March that the US-Israel bond is "unbreakable", despite the President admitting the two nations have a "substantial disagreement" on how to prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons. Obama said that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement. Under my administration, billions of dollars have gone to support Israel's security, including the Iron Dome program that has protected them from missiles fired along their borders. So we need to make clear from the outset how strong our alliance with Israel is. More »

  • Exclusive - Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology r …
    Exclusive - Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology r … Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China's plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping. In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing's plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys, the passcodes that help protect data, and install security "backdoors" in their systems to give Chinese authorities surveillance access. "This is something that I’ve raised directly with President Xi," Obama said. "We have made it very clear to them that this is something they are going to have to change if they are to do business with the United States." The Chinese government sees the rules as crucial to protect state and business secrets. More »

  • Obama v Netanyahu: The strategic conundrum
    Obama v Netanyahu: The strategic conundrum Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Disagreement between the world's superpower and Israel has proven to be in the interest of peace and stability. More »

  • Exclusive - Nemtsov killing sign of worsening climate in Russia: Obama
    Exclusive - Nemtsov killing sign of worsening climate in Russia: Obama Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    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 Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    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 »