Steven Thomma

‘Golfer-in-chief’ Obama nears 100th round of his presidency

Most modern U.S. presidents have played golf, but it’s touchy, since many people view it as an expensive, elite sport. President Barack Obama plays golf a lot, but he won’t let the news media see him do it. | 05/26/12 15:04:54 By - By Steven Thomma

Mitt Romney slams Obama, teachers unions

Mitt Romney launched a blistering attack Wednesday on President Barack Obama and teachers unions, saying they’re blocking crucial revisions to education and are hurting children, particularly young Hispanics and other minorities. | 05/23/12 17:22:21 By - By Steven Thomma

NATO leaders endorse Obama's Afghanistan exit plan

NATO leaders on Monday adopted President Barack Obama’s exit strategy from the nearly 11-year-old U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, cementing an “irreversible” pullout of foreign combat troops that will leave Afghan security forces with the leading role in combat operations by the summer of 2013. | 05/21/12 19:47:04 By - By Jonathan S. Landay and Steven Thomma

NATO leaders agree on exit plan for Afghanistan

President Barack Obama and NATO allies on Sunday charted an outwardly confident path to a postwar Afghanistan, their talk tempered by a potential split in the coalition and warnings that bloodshed will continue, and perhaps escalate, when allied troops withdraw. | 05/20/12 17:59:26 By - By Steven Thomma and Jonathan S. Landay

Obama will meet with NATO to ponder Afghanistan’s future

President Barack Obama will host the NATO alliance Sunday in Chicago to talk of long-term commitments to Afghanistan, tempered by the fact that the countries are tired of the war, their budgets are strained and they see a need to resist what one analyst called “a rush to the exits.” | 05/17/12 16:04:05 By - By Steven Thomma

Obama won’t say yea or nay on gay marriage, as pressure builds

Slowly, perhaps inexorably, America is warming to the idea of same-sex marriage. One uniquely prominent American, however, refuses to be rushed. | 05/07/12 18:45:53 By - By Steven Thomma

Romney campaign trying to win over Hispanic voters

Mitt Romney has a problem with Hispanics. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee trails Democratic President Barack Obama among Hispanic voters by a margin of better than 2-1, a deficit large enough to cost him the presidency as it did John McCain four years ago. | 04/21/12 15:25:52 By - By Steven Thomma

State GOP leaders rally behind Romney at party conference

Mitt Romney on Friday all but seized control of the Republican Party, rallying party leaders from around the country with a vow to draft every one of his many rivals into waging the campaign against President Barack Obama and the Democrats. | 04/20/12 19:05:59 By - By Steven Thomma

Does Romney's candidacy mean tea party power has fizzled?

It dominated the country's politics just two years ago, a grassroots rebellion that rolled through the Republican Party, helped seize power in Washington and threatened to upend the established order for years to come. | 04/10/12 19:22:00 By - Steven Thomma

Romney cruises to victories in Maryland, DC, and Wisconsin

Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, sweeping three more primaries and setting the stage for what could be a final showdown on April 24 in Pennsylvania with home-state challenger Rick Santorum. | 04/03/12 20:28:09 By - Steven Thomma

Romney may be able to relax after Wisconsin votes Tuesday

Around the state, many Republicans approach Tuesday's Wisconsin primary with a sense of inevitability that Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination. They think the often nasty primary campaign is hurting the party. And they feel it's time for rivals Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul to fold up and help rally the cause for a fall campaign against Democratic President Barack Obama. | 04/01/12 11:29:00 By - Steven Thomma

Poll: Romney still close to Obama, Santorum 5 points back

Months into a bruising primary campaign, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is still neck and neck with President Barack Obama in a hypothetical general election matchup, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 03/26/12 17:55:00 By - Steven Thomma

Campaign Quotebox: Santorum suggests Obama is better than Romney

Who: Rick Santorum. Quote: "You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there. If they're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future." | 03/23/12 17:03:00 By - Steven Thomma

Obama's health care law remains huge political issue

It was the biggest achievement of his first term, the national health care law that had eluded Democrats for 60 years. "A big (bleep)ing deal," in the blunt words of Vice President Joe Biden. But it could help cost President Barack Obama a second term. | 03/23/12 15:50:00 By - Steven Thomma

Obama tours energy sites as Americans fume over gasoline prices

President Barack Obama kicked off a two-day, four-state tour Wednesday to brag about his energy policy, an attempt to escape political fallout for soaring gasoline prices that could threaten his re-election. | 03/21/12 18:40:00 By - Steven Thomma

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