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  • Saudi King Salman to meet with Obama Sept. 4 - White House
    Saudi King Salman to meet with Obama Sept. 4 - White House 3 hours ago

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia's King Salman would meet with President Barack Obama in Washington on Sept. 4. The two leaders will discuss Yemen, Syria and steps to counter Iran's destabilising activities in the region, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters travelling on Air Force One. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Julia Edwards; Editing by Emily Stephenson) More »

  • Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears
    Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display. More »

  • The Latest: Obama calls TV shooting heartbreaking
    The Latest: Obama calls TV shooting heartbreaking 19 hours ago

    MONETA, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local): More »

  • Obama and German leader discuss violence in Ukraine 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have discussed the recent rise in violence in eastern Ukraine from increased attacks by combined Russian-separatist forces. More »

  • Obama tells Merkel he appreciates her leadership on migrant crisis 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday voiced appreciation for her leadership in dealing with the migration crisis in Europe, the White House said. Obama particularly cited Merkel's recent decision to ease the burden on other countries by providing haven to Syrian refugees, the White House statement added. The surge in migrants seeking refuge from conflict or poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia has confronted Europe with its worst refugee crisis since World War Two. ... More »

  • Obama to seek unity with pope on issues in White House visit
    Obama to seek unity with pope on issues in White House visit 20 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display. More »

  • President Obama honors 2014 WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury
    President Obama honors 2014 WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is honoring the 2014 WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury for not only being outstanding players, but role models to girls. More »

  • Obama will raise cyber security concerns with China's Xi: White House
    Obama will raise cyber security concerns with China's Xi: White House Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama will "no doubt" raise concerns about China's cyber security behavior when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month. Obama will host Xi at the White House in September for a state visit. The United States has alleged Chinese hackers have stolen information from U.S. computer servers. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott) More »

  • Obama Foundation begins search for Chicago library architect Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    President Barack Obama's foundation has started the process of choosing an architect to design his presidential library. The foundation said Wednesday it has invited firms to submit their qualifications ... More »

  • Obama expresses regret to Japan's Abe for spying charges Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama has called Japan's leader to express regret over recent WikiLeaks allegations that the U.S. spied on senior Japanese officials, a government spokesman said Wednesday. More »

  • Obama, Japan's Abe discussed quickly concluding trade deal - White Hous … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed in a call on Tuesday their commitment to concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as soon as possible, the White House said on Wednesday. Obama also told Abe that U.S. "intelligence collection is focussed on national security interests and is as narrowly tailored as possible," according to a statement. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) More »

  • Obama 'very sorry' over WikiLeaks' NSA spying revelations
    Obama 'very sorry' over WikiLeaks' NSA spying revelations Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    US President Barack Obama has apologised to Japan over revelations from WikiLeaks that the US National Security Agency (NSA) undertook systematic mass surveillance of Japanese government officials and major companies. In a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama expressed regret for causing concern but failed to confirm whether or not the spying claims were true. "President Obama said he was very sorry... as the case caused a big debate in Japan," said Yoshihide Suga, a spokesperson for Abe. More »

  • Obama says sorry to Japan after WikiLeaks claims of US spying
    Obama says sorry to Japan after WikiLeaks claims of US spying Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Tokyo after WikiLeaks claimed Washington had spied on Japanese politicians, a government spokesman said. More »

  • Clinton wins endorsement of first Obama Cabinet member Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton collected her first endorsement from a member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet on Tuesday when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack cited her leadership and loyalty in announcing his decision to fall in line behind the "battle-tested" and embattled Democratic presidential contender. More »

  • Japan PM Abe, U.S. President Obama held phone talks - Jiji
    Japan PM Abe, U.S. President Obama held phone talks - Jiji Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama held talks over the phone to discuss issues including the recent release by WikiLeaks of a list of Japanese targets of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency, Jiji Press reported on Wednesday. (Reporting by Chris Gallagher) More »

  • White House: Obama's 'crazies' reference a 'little too flip … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's reference to "the crazies" in Congress may have been "a little too flip" and was not about Iran. More »

  • Obama feeling 'feisty,' ready to take on the 'crazies'
    Obama feeling 'feisty,' ready to take on the 'crazies' Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Barack Obama is putting people on notice: He's back from vacation feeling "refreshed, renewed, recharged" — and "a little feisty." More »

  • Congressional analysts see 2015 budget deficit falling to $426B, lowest of Obama … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Congressional analysts see 2015 budget deficit falling to $426B, lowest of Obama presidency. More »

  • Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice headed for China Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — National Security Adviser Susan Rice is headed for China to help lay the groundwork for President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington next month. More »

  • Family feud? Obama caught between Clinton, Biden ambitions
    Family feud? Obama caught between Clinton, Biden ambitions Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is the man in the middle, caught between the White House aspirations of two of his closest advisers: Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. More »

  • Obama calls out fossil fuel interests for fighting solar
    Obama calls out fossil fuel interests for fighting solar Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to ... More »

  • Solar, wind power draw Obama support at Vegas energy summit
    Solar, wind power draw Obama support at Vegas energy summit Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    President Barack Obama brought presidential star power to tout the benefits of solar electricity in Western states during an annual green power conference Monday in Las Vegas hosted by U.S. Sen. Harry ... More »

  • Obama makes case for renewable energy
    Obama makes case for renewable energy Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    US President Barack Obama made a full-throated defense of renewable energy, hitting coal-championing critics as free market hypocrites. More »

  • Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers
    Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to ... More »

  • As market tumbles, GOP's 2016 hopefuls blame China, Obama
    As market tumbles, GOP's 2016 hopefuls blame China, Obama Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican candidates for president eagerly diagnosed Monday's widespread stock sell-off, with President Barack Obama and China the most popular targets for blame on a day the Dow Jones industrial average fell by nearly 600 points. More »

  • Obama Expands Push for Homeowner Renewable Energy Use
    Obama Expands Push for Homeowner Renewable Energy Use Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The White House on Monday expanded its push for greater renewable energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar panels, smart grid technology and other alternative energies for homeowners and builders. President Barack Obama will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, later on Monday to unveil the new steps, which include an additional $1 billion in loan guarantees for new research projects and near-term savings for homeowners using renewable energy. The Department of Interior on Monday approved the Blyth Mesa Solar project in California and its transmission line, expected to bring enough solar energy to power 145,000 homes. More »

  • Iran victory within Obama's reach
    Iran victory within Obama's reach Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    US President Barack Obama has won the backing of a fresh clutch of senators for his Iran deal, raising the prospect he could yet dodge a humiliating legislative rebuke. More »

  • Obama, Biden do lunch amid 2016 campaign speculation
    Obama, Biden do lunch amid 2016 campaign speculation Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a lot to catch up on. More »

  • Obama, Biden to meet for lunch amid 2016 speculation Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a lot to catch up on. More »

  • Obama sheds summer curse, just in time for daunting fall
    Obama sheds summer curse, just in time for daunting fall Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may have finally shed his summer curse — just in time for a daunting fall. More »

  • Reid says he's going to support Obama's Iran nuclear deal Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Sunday threw his full support behind President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran, saying "it is the best path to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon." More »

  • Obama hails Americans who took down gunman on train in France Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called two U.S. servicemen and their civilian friend on Saturday to congratulate them for overpowering a gun-wielding suspected Islamic militant on a train in France. Obama telephoned lifelong friends Airman First Class Spencer Stone of Sacramento, California, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22, of Roseburg, Oregon, and Anthony Sadler, 23, a student from Sacramento, in France to commend them for their heroics against the attacker, who had a Kalashnikov rifle, a handgun and box cutters. "The president wished Airman Stone a full and speedy recovery and expressed how proud all Americans are of their extraordinary bravery." The three men had been on vacation, partly to celebrate Skarlatos' return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. More »

  • How Barack Obama betrayed the Syrian people
    How Barack Obama betrayed the Syrian people Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Obama's refusal to confront Assad and support the opposition set in motion the events that gave rise to ISIL. More »

  • Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state
    Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    President Barack Obama declared an emergency for wildfire-ravaged Washington state, as Australia and New Zealand sent firefighters to help US crews struggling to contain deadly blazes across America's drought-stricken West. More »

  • Obama praises U.S. service members' action on French train - White Hous … Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    President Barack Obama expressed his gratitude on Friday for the "courage and quick thinking" of the passengers on a high-speed train in France, including U.S. service members, who overpowered a gunman. French authorities said the machine gun-toting attacker wounded three people on the Paris-bound train before being overpowered by passengers who included an American soldier. "The President expressed his profound gratitude for the courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including U.S. service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker," the White House said in a statement. More »