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  • From Clinton to Obama, many parallels
    From Clinton to Obama, many parallels 12 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. More »

  • Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy
    Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy 14 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance. More »

  • Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints
    Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints 18 hours ago

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. More »

  • Obama signs law aimed at barring Iran UN envoy
    Obama signs law aimed at barring Iran UN envoy 20 hours ago

    President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a bill designed to bar Iran's pick for UN ambassador from US soil over his links to the 1979 American embassy hostage siege. More »

  • Obama signs law blocking Iran's envoy to UN
    Obama signs law blocking Iran's envoy to UN 20 hours ago

    Hamid Aboutalebi has acknowledged acting as an interpreter for the group that took part in the 1979 US Embassy takeover. More »

  • US: Obama disgusted by anti-Semitic leaflets 21 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's national security adviser says anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Ukraine were "utterly sickening" and that Obama has bluntly expressed his disgust. More »

  • Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too
    Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too 21 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too. More »

  • Michelle Obama not joining husband's trip to Asia
    Michelle Obama not joining husband's trip to Asia 21 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too. More »

  • Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again
    Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well. More »

  • AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil … 22 hours ago

    AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline. More »

  • Rice: Obama disgusted by anti-Semitic leaflets
    Rice: Obama disgusted by anti-Semitic leaflets 23 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's national security adviser says anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Ukraine were "utterly sickening" and that Obama has bluntly expressed his disgust. More »

  • Obama man 'can help Labour win'
    Obama man 'can help Labour win' 23 hours ago

    Labour hopes the recruitment of o ne of US President Barack Obama's top strategists will prepare Ed Miliband's party for a "tough" 2015 general election campaign. More »

  • UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser
    UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod — a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories — to help with its leader's election bid next year. More »

  • Labour Party hires Obama strategist for 2015 poll
    Labour Party hires Obama strategist for 2015 poll Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Labour Party has hired David Axelrod, the U.S. strategist who helped President Barack Obama win two presidential terms, to help with its campaign for the 2015 election, the party said on Friday. Axelrod plans to replicate tactics he used in the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 to win Britons over to Labour and its leader Ed Miliband, focusing on the wealth gap and the "squeezed middle". Prime Minister David Cameron hopes an expected full-scale recovery in Britain will translate into poll success next year while Miliband argues that most Britons are still facing a cost of living crisis. "That is how we won in the U.S., Barack Obama articulated a vision which had, at its core, the experience of everyday people. More »

  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law
    Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults. Nonetheless, ... More »

  • Obama's Warning To Russia Over Ukraine Deal
    Obama's Warning To Russia Over Ukraine Deal Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Western leaders have reacted cautiously to an agreement reached with Russia over a plan to ease tensions in Ukraine. US President Barack Obama warned the West stood ready to impose further sanctions on Russia if no progress was made in de-escalating the continuing crisis. He was speaking following an apparent breakthrough at emergency talks in Geneva attended by the US, Russia, the European Union and Ukraine. US Secretary of State John Kerry said progress had been made at the summit, but stressed words now needed to be translated into actions. More »

  • Labour hires Obama election strategist
    Labour hires Obama election strategist Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    David Axelrod, the mastermind behind US President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 election victories, is to advise Labour in the run up to next year's general election, the party announced. More »

  • Obama Raises Spectre Of War With Russia
    Obama Raises Spectre Of War With Russia Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    When it comes to relations between countries, Winston Churchill famously said, it's better to "jaw jaw than war war". But tensions have shot up as a result of Barack Obama's jawing. For the first time in decades an American president has raised the prospect of war with Russia. "What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to destabilise Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences." More »

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
    Obama: 8 million signed up for health care Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded ... More »

  • Obama: Ukraine diplomacy holds hope but sanctions ready Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but warned that the United States and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve. "There is the possibility, the prospect, that diplomacy may de-escalate the situation." However, Obama said he has been in close consultation with European allies and that a new round of sanctions is ready to go if Russia fails to help restore order in the east and south of Ukraine. More »

  • Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine
    Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments. More »

  • Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine
    Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments. More »

  • Cantor’s Passover Slam of Obama
    Cantor’s Passover Slam of Obama Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The House Majority Leader reportedly flipped out at the president over immigration reform during a private call ahead of the Jewish holiday. More »

  • Labour recruits Obama strategist
    Labour recruits Obama strategist Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    One of US President Barack Obama's top campaign strategists has been recruited by Labour to play a key role in Ed Miliband's bid for Downing Street in next year's general election. More »

  • Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum
    Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the Windy City will land the president's official library. More »

  • Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough
    Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation. More »

  • Obama says talks offer hope diplomacy can work in Ukraine Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday talks between Russia and western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine are promising but that the United States and its allies are prepared to impose sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve. "There is the possibility, the prospect, that diplomacy may de-escalate the situation," he told reporters at the White House. ... More »

  • Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine
    Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering. More »

  • Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call
    Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration. More »

  • Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians
    Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern. More »

  • Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to Ukraine agreement, past practice makes … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to Ukraine agreement, past practice makes it unlikely . More »

  • Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster
    Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week. More »

  • Obama says 8 million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Obama says 8 million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. More »

  • Obama to hold press conference, set to address Ukraine - aide Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will hold a press conference at the White House on Thursday and will be prepared to answer questions about the situation in Ukraine, a White House aide said. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes announced the news in a Twitter post. (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Beech) More »

  • Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said. Obama and Merkel agreed during the call that Russia should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the situation, a German government spokeswoman said on Thursday. "Both shared their worries given current developments in eastern Ukraine, so they called on Russia to help contribute to a de-escalation," the spokeswoman, Christiane Wirtz, said in an email. "They said Russia in particular should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the situation," Wirtz said. More »