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  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China
    Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China 3 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth. More »

  • Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit
    Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit 3 hours ago

    By Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. Obama's remarks, aimed at reassuring Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from China's state news agency Xinhua that also called the United States "myopic", demonstrate the delicate balancing act Obama faces on a week-long Asia tour. The four-nation trip that starts in Tokyo later on Wednesday comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan's unpredictable neighbour North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test. More »

  • Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands 4 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. More »

  • At mudslide scene, Obama mourns with survivors
    At mudslide scene, Obama mourns with survivors 7 hours ago

    OSO, Wash. (AP) — Swooping over a landscape of unspeakable sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month. He pledged a nation's solidarity with those who are enduring "unimaginable pain and difficulty" in the aftermath of the destruction. More »

  • Obama, first lady mourn Knuckles 7 hours ago

    OSO, Wash. (AP) — President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are mourning the loss of Frankie Knuckles, a Grammy-winning Chicago disc jockey known as the "Godfather of House Music." More »

  • Asia tensions simmer as Obama set to arrive in Tokyo
    Asia tensions simmer as Obama set to arrive in Tokyo 7 hours ago

    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in a tense Asian region on Wednesday, faced with the delicate task of assuring Japan and other regional allies of America's commitment to their defence without hurting Washington's vital ties with a rising China. That difficult diplomatic balancing act was highlighted on Monday, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen in parts of the region as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. The move strained Tokyo's already tense ties with China and fellow U.S. ally South Korea, another stop on his four-nation tour that will also take in Malaysia and the Philippines. More »

  • Obama says disputed islands within scope of U.S.-Japan security treaty 8 hours ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama said that islands at the centre of a territorial dispute between Japan and China fall within the scope of the U.S.-Japan security treaty, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said on Wednesday. Obama, who arrives in Japan later on Wednesday on the first step of a four-nation Asian visit, made the remarks in written replies to questions. Obama also said the United States, Tokyo's key ally, opposes any unilateral attempt to undermine Japan's administration of the Senkakus, which are also claimed by China, and that any disputes should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy, not intimidation. More »

  • Obama congratulates US winner of Boston Marathon
    Obama congratulates US winner of Boston Marathon 9 hours ago

    OSO, Wash. (AP) — President Barack Obama has congratulated Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee) on becoming the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon. More »

  • Obama views mudslide scene, mourns with survivors
    Obama views mudslide scene, mourns with survivors 9 hours ago

    OSO, Wash. (AP) — Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month, then mourned privately with those who lost loved ones in the destruction. More »

  • Obama surveys scene of sadness, death at mudslide
    Obama surveys scene of sadness, death at mudslide 10 hours ago

    OSO, Wash. (AP) — Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month and steeled himself to mourn with those who lost loved ones in the destruction. More »

  • Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage
    Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage 11 hours ago

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — President Barack Obama braced to share sorrows once again as he visited Washington state Tuesday to meet with victims of the mudslide that killed more than three dozen people. More »

  • Obama administration tightens grip on intelligence 13 hours ago

    The Obama administration has tightened its control over intelligence — including unclassified information — by setting limits on officials' interactions with the media. A March 20 directive issued by the ... More »

  • Japanese minister, MPs visit Yasukuni Shrine on eve of Obama visit
    Japanese minister, MPs visit Yasukuni Shrine on eve of Obama visit 15 hours ago

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese cabinet minister and about 150 lawmakers visited Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, on Tuesday, sparking anger among Asian neighbours and U.S. frustration a day before U.S. President Barack Obama visits Japan. The visits followed an offering to the shrine by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday that further strained already fraught regional ties, with both China and South Korea questioning Japan's commitment to dialogue. Asked whether Washington considered them appropriate, just before Obama travels to Asia, a State Department spokesperson responded: "As we have indicated many times, we encourage Japan to continue to work with its neighbours to resolve concerns over history in an amicable way through dialogue. More »

  • Japan lawmakers visit war shrine on eve of Obama trip
    Japan lawmakers visit war shrine on eve of Obama trip 21 hours ago

    Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honours the nation's war dead, raising the stakes in an already tense region on the eve of US President Barack Obama's visit. More »

  • GOP’s Limp ‘Emasculate Obama’ Ploy
    GOP’s Limp ‘Emasculate Obama’ Ploy 22 hours ago

    Republicans can mock Obama for having a ‘manhood problem,’ but they’re woefully out of touch with the new masculinity. More »

  • Obama's oil sanctions against Iran aren't working
    Obama's oil sanctions against Iran aren't working 23 hours ago

    The Obama administration may be betting that sanctions on Iranian oil exports force the country to make concessions over its nuclear program. But Iran is now exporting more oil than at any time since mid-2012, raising doubts about how effective that sanctions strategy has been. Iran's crude oil exports jumped to 1.65 million barrels per day in February, thanks to increased purchases by China, India, and South Korea, according to revised data released Friday by the International Energy Agency. The IEA said that preliminary data showed that Iran's oil exports dropped to about one million barrels a day in March, "but that figure will likely be revised upwards closer to February levels upon receipt of more complete data." In other words, Iran's oil exports appear to have jumped and stayed consistently higher since the announcement late last year of the interim deal. More »

  • Obama could be on the verge of pardoning hundreds of inmates — and it's …
    Obama could be on the verge of pardoning hundreds of inmates — and it's … Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    "The quality of mercy is not strain'd," wrote William Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice. Even the most bitterly opposed pardons have no recourse, as those who attempted to reverse Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich discovered. ProPublica offered an enlightening chart in December 2011 for the previous 104 years, which bookends the golden age of presidential pardons between the FDR and LBJ administrations. In the nearly 50 years since, only three years have seen more than 200 pardons: two of them from Richard Nixon (235 in 1972 and 202 in 1973), and one from Clinton, who issued 218 pardons in a single month in 2001. More »

  • Lost codes spark Japan airport scramble on eve of Obama trip
    Lost codes spark Japan airport scramble on eve of Obama trip Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Airport authorities in Japan launched a frantic scramble to change security pass codes, an official said Tuesday, the day before Barack Obama arrives, after an airline employee dropped a memo containing the details. More »

  • Clinton White House lawyer named top Obama counsel
    Clinton White House lawyer named top Obama counsel Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is naming a prominent white collar defense attorney and veteran of the Clinton White House as his new top lawyer. Neil Eggleston will replace Obama's long-time counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, who is leaving after three years in the job. More »

  • Michelle Obama: 'splurging is the key to life'
    Michelle Obama: 'splurging is the key to life' Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. More »

  • Obama hosting annual Easter Egg Roll
    Obama hosting annual Easter Egg Roll Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of children are gathering at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. More »

  • Obama's right: Democrats can win on ObamaCare Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    After it was announced last week that more than eight million people have used ObamaCare's online marketplaces to enroll in health insurance, Democrats face a big choice ahead of the midterm elections: Do they stop talking about ObamaCare with the hope that Republicans stop bashing the law? President Obama made his preferences clear at a press conference last week: "I don't think we should apologize for it, and I don't think we should be defensive about it. At the same time, Republicans say they're not done bashing the law. But unlike for most of the last three years, the facts are now firmly on the side of Democrats. More »

  • North Korean Nuclear Site Steps up Activities ahead of Obama's South Korea …
    North Korean Nuclear Site Steps up Activities ahead of Obama's South Korea … Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    North Korea is believed to have stepped up activities at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site ahead of US President Barack Obama's two-day visit to South Korea from 26 April. "The Punggye-ri nuclear test site has shown increased movement of vehicles and forces compared to the past. South Korean and US forces have been closely monitoring the latest development to detect signs of another test," a senior South Korean military official told Yonhap news agency. North Korea had earlier threatened a "new form" of nuclear test in response to the US-South Korea joint military drill, which has now ended. More »

  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
    Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Five years after refashioning US foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his strategy's content and staying power in the region this week. More »

  • Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service
    Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church. More »

  • Michelle Obama To Make Nashville TV Cameo
    Michelle Obama To Make Nashville TV Cameo Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Michelle Obama is to make a cameo appearance in country music drama series Nashville next month. More »

  • China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia
    China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour next week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy. More »

  • Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville' Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is going a little bit country. More »

  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats
    Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China. More »

  • Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal
    Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays. More »

  • Obama to bolster US 'rebalance' to Asia
    Obama to bolster US 'rebalance' to Asia Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. More »

  • From Clinton to Obama, many parallels
    From Clinton to Obama, many parallels Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    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 Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    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 Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    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 Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    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 »