Latest Barack Obama news

  • Senate approves trade bill in major win for President Barack Obama. 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate approves trade bill in major win for President Barack Obama. More »

  • Obama signs bill giving Congress a say on Iran nuclear deal 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Though he once vigorously opposed its involvement, President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that gives the U.S. Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back
    Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he "forcefully" objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally. More »

  • Threats Made Against President Obama Could Land Tweeters In Prison
    Threats Made Against President Obama Could Land Tweeters In Prison 22 hours ago

    Barack Obama has received numerous threats on Twitter after creating a personal '@POTUS' account More »

  • Obama's Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill Friday
    Obama's Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill Friday 23 hours ago

    Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to ... More »

  • Obama warning over Netanyahu 'unjustified'
    Obama warning over Netanyahu 'unjustified' Fri, May 22, 2015

    A senior official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party on Friday rejected fresh US criticism of the premier as unjustified and hypocritical. More »

  • Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle
    Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle Fri, May 22, 2015

    In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in ... More »

  • Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier
    Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide. Washington is still betting on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who stands at the centre of President Barack Obama's strategy to roll back the latest conquests of Islamic State while keeping the United States from being pulled deeper into a conflict U.S. combat troops left in 2011. More »

  • Obama cites 'personal interest' in locking down Iran deal Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he has a personal stake on ensuring that negotiations with Iran produce an agreement that keeps Tehran from producing a nuclear weapon over the long-term. More »

  • Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia
    Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged to elevate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, a gesture that recognizes the country's democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The upgrade in status, shared by close U.S. allies like Israel and Japan, can help expedite defence shipments. After meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in the Oval Office, Obama said the United States will provide short-term aid so Tunisia can complete economic reforms. More »

  • This toddler threw a fit in front of President Obama
    This toddler threw a fit in front of President Obama Thu, May 21, 2015

    We’re sure she had her reasons. More »

  • Global warming debate heats up as Jeb Bush clashes with President Obama Thu, May 21, 2015

    The Republican stance on manmade climate change has, historically, been resolute, if not entirely unanimous. As he prepares to launch a presidential campaign, Mr. Bush is taking pains to forge a new, more moderate stance within the GOP on hot button issues on which the party has traditionally been unwavering. Bush's comments are at odds with many studies on the issue. More »

  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle
    Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's trade agenda cleared a key Senate hurdle and advanced toward likely passage on Thursday despite opposition from most fellow Democrats. More »

  • Obama sees trade vote as "big step forward" Thu, May 21, 2015

    President Barack Obama says his trade agenda took "a big step forward" Thursday when it cleared a key Senate hurdle. The legislation would let Obama negotiate trade deals that Congress can accept ... More »

  • Obama says Tunisia to be non-NATO ally of US
    Obama says Tunisia to be non-NATO ally of US Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday elevated Tunisia to new allied status, promising financial and security assistance to ensure the North African country's transition to democracy remains a success in a fragile region. More »

  • Obama - 'I don't think we're losing' fight with Islamic State: … Thu, May 21, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama said the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State militants was a "tactical setback" but in an interview released on Thursday he said that "I don't think we're losing" the fight against the group. "There's no doubt that in the Sunni areas, we're going to have to ramp up not just training, but also commitment, and we better get Sunni tribes more activated than they currently have been," Obama said in the interview, conducted on Tuesday with The Atlantic. "I think Prime Minister Abadi is sincere and committed to an inclusive Iraqi state, and I will continue to order our military to provide the Iraqi security forces all assistance that they need in order to secure their country, and I’ll provide diplomatic and economic assistance that’s necessary for them to stabilize," Obama told the magazine. More »

  • President Barack Obama's trade agenda advances to full Senate debate Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's trade agenda advances to full Senate debate. More »

  • Obama's trade allies scramble to line up 60 Senate votes Thu, May 21, 2015

    Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are scrambling to keep Senate foes from killing it Thursday before a full-blown debate even begins. They need 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to keep ... More »

  • Obama looks to anchor Tunisia's democratic gains
    Obama looks to anchor Tunisia's democratic gains Thu, May 21, 2015

    Barack Obama and Tunisia's president will on Thursday discuss increased military and economic aid designed to ensure the brightest democratic light to emerge from the Arab Spring is not extinguished by jihadists or joblessness. More »

  • Michelle Obama pays tribute to military caregivers
    Michelle Obama pays tribute to military caregivers Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Wednesday recognized the "quiet courage" of family members who serve "right alongside" wounded warriors when they take on duties as caregivers. More »

  • Michelle Obama offers glimpse of workout routine
    Michelle Obama offers glimpse of workout routine Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has finally revealed some of her workout secrets. More »

  • Brian Williams nixes PBS appearance; Michelle Obama steps in Wed, May 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — NBC's Brian Williams has withdrawn from hosting a broadcast honoring those who support U.S. veterans and military families, and first lady Michelle Obama is stepping in to film an introduction instead. More »

  • Obama calls climate change an 'indisputable' security threat
    Obama calls climate change an 'indisputable' security threat Wed, May 20, 2015

    President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. On Wednesday, he added national security. Those who deny global ... More »

  • Bush faults Obama about Iraq, stops short on more troops
    Bush faults Obama about Iraq, stops short on more troops Wed, May 20, 2015

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Jeb Bush sharply criticized President Barack Obama on Tuesday for withdrawing troops from Iraq, but he declined to say whether he would order additional ground forces into the country to repel Islamic State militants. More »

  • Obama turns up heat on climate change, national security Wed, May 20, 2015

    When Barack Obama first ran for president in 2008, climate change was high on his agenda. The House had passed cap and trade the year before, but the bill died in the Senate, after conservatives re-branded it as “cap and tax.” In his 2012 reelection campaign, Mr. Obama barely mentioned climate change. Recommended: Climate change: Is your opinion informed by science? More »

  • Climate change a top US security issue: Obama
    Climate change a top US security issue: Obama Wed, May 20, 2015

    US President Barack Obama warned in a speech on Wednesday that the threat from global warming poses a national risk rivaling that of terrorism, and should be seen as a top security priority. More »

  • Obama: Climate change deniers endanger national security
    Obama: Climate change deniers endanger national security Wed, May 20, 2015

    President Barack Obama said Wednesday the threat posed by climate change is evident all around and that those who deny the "indisputable" science that it is real are putting at risk the security ... More »

  • Obama, will it be Iran or the GCC?
    Obama, will it be Iran or the GCC? Wed, May 20, 2015

    Camp David might be a first step towards changing GCC perceptions of the US commitment in the Middle East. More »

  • Obama mulls enhanced support for Sunnis after Iraq rout
    Obama mulls enhanced support for Sunnis after Iraq rout Wed, May 20, 2015

    The United States said it is considering accelerating the training and equipping of Iraqi tribal forces to fight the Islamic State group after the fall of the city of Ramadi. More »

  • Obama to warn rising sea levels could cost US $200 bn
    Obama to warn rising sea levels could cost US $200 bn Wed, May 20, 2015

    Barack Obama will warn that a one-foot rise in sea levels could cost the United States as much as $200 bn More »

  • Obama set to speed arms shipments, training for Iraq tribes
    Obama set to speed arms shipments, training for Iraq tribes Wed, May 20, 2015

    US President Barack Obama is poised to quicken the pace of weapons supplies and training to Iraqi tribes, while eyeing a rapid offensive to recapture Ramadi from the Islamic State group. More »

  • Obama, Senate Republicans work together on trade bill Wed, May 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress. More »

  • Obama, Senate GOP work together on trade bill
    Obama, Senate GOP work together on trade bill Wed, May 20, 2015

    The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark ... More »

  • Obama meets with advisers on Iraq, reaffirms support for Abadi - White Hous … Tue, May 19, 2015

    President Barack Obama was briefed by his top national security advisers on Tuesday on the situation in Iraq and the strategy to counter Islamic State militants, the White House National Security Council said in a statement. Obama "reaffirmed the strong U.S. support" for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the White House said after the meeting, which involved 25 advisers including Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and General Lloyd Austin of U.S. Central Command. There has been concern in the United States about the risk of sectarian strife in Ramadi, the capital of Sunni-majority Anbar province, because of the need to use Shi'ite militias to try to take back the city from Islamic State fighters. More »

  • Boehner: Obama should draft second version of new war powers
    Boehner: Obama should draft second version of new war powers Tue, May 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House pushed back on Tuesday against House Speaker John Boehner who said that President Barack Obama should rip up his draft of new war powers to fight Islamic State militants and send Congress a new one. More »