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Obama: Time to help the middle class

President Barack Obama worked to frame his final years in office Tuesday as a time of national recovery from unpopular wars and deep recession, striving now to help a middle class left behind by an otherwise growing economy. | 01/20/15 22:36:49 By - By Lesley Clark

Anthony Foxx ‘designated survivor’ for State of the Union

Former Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx is one national catastrophe away from becoming president of the United States. Foxx, the U.S. Transportation secretary, is the “designated survivor” for this year’s State of the Union speech. | 01/20/15 21:11:07 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Text of the State of the Union for 2015

Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address, January 2015 | 01/20/15 21:07:24 By -

Two Texas guests at the State of the Union

Two guests. Two themes. | 01/20/15 21:00:00 By - By Maria Recio

Missouri man to sit with First Lady at State of the Union

A Missouri man snagged prime seats to Tuesday’s State of the Union speech _ next to First Lady Michelle Obama. | 01/20/15 17:10:05 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obama to propose 100s of billions in tax increases

President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union speech Tuesday to propose hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases on the wealthy, and to urge that the money be used to finance tax cuts for the poor and middle class, free college, and other benefits. | 01/18/15 16:47:35 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama, David Cameron tell Congress: Give us time on Iran

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Congress on Friday not to enact a new round of sanctions against Iran, warning that it would jeopardize talks to convince the Islamic Republic to open up its nuclear programs to scrutiny. | 01/17/15 18:27:01 By - By Lesley Clark

YouTube stars to interview the president

President Obama is giving post-State of the Union interviews to three YouTube personalities with rather unusual profiles. | 01/15/15 16:58:31 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama will offer paid parental leave to federal workers

President Barack Obama on Thursday will order federal agencies to provide at least six weeks of paid parental leave to employees and call on cities, states and Congress to provide similar leave to millions of other working Americans. | 01/14/15 21:10:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Secret Service demotes 4 top officials

The Secret Service is demoting four top-ranking employees following several dangerous security breaches, including an embarrassing September incident in which a man scaled the fence and ran far into the White House through an unlocked front door, a Secret Service official said Wednesday. | 01/14/15 21:08:17 By - By Anita Kumar

Secret Service reassigns four after series of security breaches

The Secret Service will reassign four top-level officials following several dangerous security breaches at the elite agency, including a September incident in which a man scaled the fence and ran far into the White House through an unlocked front door, a Secret Service official said Wednesday. | 01/14/15 18:38:14 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to unveil cyber security initiatives

Warning that foreign governments, criminals and hackers target American computer networks “every single day,” President Barack Obama pushed Tuesday for legislation to bolster the U.S. against cyber attacks. | 01/13/15 12:39:04 By - By Lesley Clark

White House: We were wrong on Paris rally

Under fire for seemingly snubbing one of its closest allies, the White House conceded Monday that it should have sent a high-ranking U.S. official to Paris over the weekend to demonstrate U.S. support in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks. | 01/12/15 18:25:08 By - By Lesley Clark and Hannah Allam

On day of tough issues, no fouls as Obama honors NBA champs

President Barack Obama welcomed the National Basketball Association 2014 champion San Antonio Spurs to the White House on Monday, giving the hoops-loving president a break from an otherwise intense day. | 01/12/15 18:08:32 By - By Maria Recio

Republican Party will test Christian voters’ clout

The Christian right launched a host of Republican stars, from Pat Robertson’s surprising bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988 to Mike Huckabee’s in 2008 and Rick Santorum’s in 2012. | 01/12/15 18:29:14 By - By David Lightman

Christie and the Cowboys: A match made in controversy

It’s win or go home Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys football team, and owner Jerry Jones wants his new BFF Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, next to him at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. | 01/11/15 10:30:16 By - By Maria Recio

Three strikes and out? Or third time’s the charm? Romney signals possible campaign

Mitt Romney is seriously considering a third bid for the presidency, McClatchy has learned. | 01/09/15 18:51:46 By - By David Lightman

6 reasons the math on Obama’s college plan doesn’t add up

There are at least six reasons that community college won’t be free anytime soon, no matter what President Barack Obama says. | 01/09/15 17:00:42 By - By Anita Kumar

Petition urging Warren to run for president garners 200,000 signatures

More than 200,000 Americans have signed a petition calling on liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016. | 01/09/15 16:29:40 By - By Lindsay Wise

Iowa Republican straw poll looks likely to survive

The Iowa Republican straw poll, a summertime political ritual where presidential candidates vie for support, apparently will live on. | 01/09/15 09:06:11 By - By David Lightman

President to propose making community college free

President Barack Obama is proposing that everyone should have the chance to go to community college for free. | 01/09/15 05:56:40 By - By Renee Schoof

Jeb Bush stands alone in analyst’s first tier of White House hopefuls

Jeb Bush stands alone, if tentatively, in the first tier of Republican candidates, according to a new analysis by Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball. | 01/08/15 17:32:44 By - By David Lightman

Wisconsin’s Walker steps up political activity--preparing for 2016?

Add Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to the list of potential Republican presidential candidates who look like they’re taking steps to prepare for a run. | 01/08/15 11:48:06 By - By David Lightman

Rubio won’t discuss presidential plans, timetable

Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t ready to divulge any 2016 plans. | 01/07/15 18:37:39 By - By David Lightman

Obama to release budget Feb. 2

President Barack Obama will unveil his budget proposal on Feb. 2. | 01/07/15 17:08:55 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama kicks off three-state trip to tout economic successes

President Barack Obama embarked on a three-day, three-state swing Wednesday to highlight economic policies ahead of his annual State of the Union address later this month. | 01/07/15 15:04:50 By - By Anita Kumar

Wisconsin’s Walker sides with cheeseheads over Christie

Are you ready for some football with your 2016 Republican presidential politics? | 01/07/15 13:41:41 By - By David Lightman

Jeb Bush to form leadership PAC for fundraising

Jeb Bush’s previously annnounced new political committee has a name, “Right to Rise,” and it becomes official Tuesday when he files the paperwork for it. | 01/07/15 10:17:08 By - Marc Caputo

The U.S. presidential race is on: For cash, polls and buzz

The 2015 presidential campaign – yes, 2015 – isn’t a hunt for votes. | 01/07/15 12:36:32 By - By David Lightman

Free tickets? Luxury skybox could penalize Christie

Chris Christie has stumbled into a political trap: He’s doing stuff that only the wealthy and connected can do. | 01/06/15 22:39:43 By - By David Lightman

Cuba talks to go ahead despite slow release of dissidents, U.S. says

The United States will undertake migration talks with Cuba later this month even if the Cuban government has not released all of the 53 political prisoners it pledged it would when President Barack Obama announced plans to normalize relations with the island last month. | 01/06/15 19:36:30 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama asks Mexico’s help to keep some people out of U.S.

President Barack Obama recently took action to address the flow of immigrants coming into the United States illegally. Now he’s looking for help from his Mexican counterpart. | 01/06/15 18:46:52 By - By Anita Kumar and Tim Johnson

Obama would veto Keystone bill, White House says

President Barack Obama will veto legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said Tuesday. | 01/06/15 14:03:25 By - By Anita Kumar

Despite experts’ doubts, Obama sanctions N. Korea over Sony hack

The Obama administration imposed sanctions Friday on three entities and 10 individuals tied to the North Korean government in what it called the first step in a proportional response to the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. | 01/02/15 19:21:06 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Clinton and 2016 raise other questions beyond ‘will-she-won’t-she?’

Even as Democratic insiders laud Hillary Clinton as a solid choice should she become the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, many also worry that skepticism from some party activists could weaken her by the time the campaign is underway. | 12/31/14 17:31:59 By - By David Lightman

George H.W. Bush released from hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush was released from Houston hospital after a week-long stay because of shortness of breath. | 12/30/14 13:16:53 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama’s golf game bumps couple’s wedding

It’s no secret what President Barack Obama likes to do while on his annual vacation in Hawaii: Golf, golf and more golf. | 12/30/14 05:52:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Support for Common Core could cost Jeb Bush in primary

Jeb Bush never wavered in his support for the Common Core state standards — not even after the education benchmarks became a target for Tea Party groups decrying federal overreach in education. | 12/28/14 19:21:35 By - KATHLEEN MCGRORY

Obama tells troops, 'We are safer'

“We are safer.” President Barack Obama told Americans troops on Christmas that their efforts have made the world a safer, more peaceful place. | 12/26/14 09:46:40 By - By David Lightman

As 2016 looms, Democrats face a liberal-moderate tug-of-war

The Democratic left is rising, and it’s unclear whether that will help the embattled party prosper or sink. | 12/24/14 13:12:15 By - By David Lightman

Former President George H.W. Bush in hospital for ‘observation’

Former President George H.W. Bush will remain in a Houston hospital after having been rushed there Monday night because of shortness of breath. | 12/24/14 11:43:01 By - By David Goldstein

Jeb Bush invisible so far in New Hampshire

Jeb Bush’s supporters aren’t visible in New Hampshire. | 12/22/14 12:22:27 By - By David Lightman

Obama: North Korea’s actions are cybervandalism, not war

President Barack Obama said Sunday that he does not think a recent North Korean cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment was “an act of war.” But, he told CNN's Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” that it was a very expensive act of cybervandalism. | 12/22/14 07:28:56 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama says Cuba deal will eventually help ‘hermetically sealed’ island

President Barack Obama said Friday that Cuba remained “a regime that represses its people,” but he predicted that the thawing of relations after more than half a century will usher in change on the island. | 12/19/14 18:19:14 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama says Sony erred in canceling film, should have ‘spoken to me first’

President Barack Obama criticized Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday for retreating on a film that seemingly instigated a devastating cyberattack now blamed on the North Korean government. | 12/19/14 18:30:35 By - By Michael Doyle and Lesley Clark

Obama: Lifting Cuban embargo, trip to Havana, won’t happen soon

President Barack Obama Friday said he doesn’t expect the U.S. embargo against Cuba to end swiftly despite his move to restore diplomatic relations with the Havana government after more than half a century. | 12/19/14 15:13:12 By - By William Douglas

Boehner asks Obama to give State of the Union Jan. 20

January 20. That’s when House Speaker John Boehner asked President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Obama is expected to accept. | 12/19/14 12:39:45 By - By David Lightman

Officials: U.S. embassy in Havana soon

The U.S. hasn’t had an embassy in Cuba for more than 50 years, but establishing one may not take much time. | 12/18/14 19:03:37 By - By Lesley Clark

Report on White House security: Need higher fence, new leadership

A panel charged with reviewing the Secret Service following a series of security breaches is recommending significant changes to the fence that surrounds the White House to make it more difficult to climb, including raising it by about five feet, adding outward curves on top and eliminating horizontal bars. | 12/18/14 18:35:49 By - By Anita Kumar

Liberal group pours $250,000 into draft Elizabeth Warren for president drive

The liberal group Democracy for America is pouring $250,000 into an effort to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president. | 12/18/14 12:56:20 By - By William Douglas

Government should do more, voters say

Government should do more. But carefully. | 12/18/14 13:20:58 By - By David Lightman

Clinton once criticized Obama on Cuba, now supports him

Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and potential frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, said in a statement released Thursday that she supports President Barack Obama’s change in relations with Cuba, saying she thinks exposing Cuba to the outside world will help its people. | 12/18/14 10:19:02 By - By Anita Kumar

US to restore relations with Cuba after exchange of prisoners

The U.S. will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and expand travel and trade in the most sweeping changes to U.S.-Cuba policy in 50 years after President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro agreed to the outlines of a deal that freed American contractor Alan Gross and sent three Cubans convicted of spying back to Cuba. | 12/17/14 13:46:22 By - By Lesley Clark

Jeb Bush says he’ll 'actively explore' 2016 presidential run

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is basically running for president now, giving him instant frontrunner status and implicitly pressuring other Republicans to decide whether to run for the White House against him in 2016. | 12/17/14 11:12:18 By - Marc Caputo

Cuba releases prisoner Alan Gross

Cuba has released American contractor Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned for five years, a senior Obama administration official said Wednesday. | 12/17/14 09:32:17 By - By Anita Kumar

‘Can I find a running mate as likeable as Dick Cheney?’

“Am I sure I won’t embarrass the family?” | 12/17/14 11:51:10 By - By David Lightman

Bush warms up campaign act at University of South Carolina graduation

Days before he is expected to decide whether to run for president, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gave a breezy, campaign-like speech to University of South Carolina graduates on Monday. | 12/16/14 11:49:13 By - Andrew Shain

Black support for Obama remains strong, though down slightly

Black support for President Barack Obama remains strong, though not as strong as it once was. | 12/16/14 08:46:07 By - By David Lightman

Establishment revenge? Jeb Bush, Romney lead GOP field for ’16

Jeb Bush, who’s seriously considering a 2016 presidential bid, has sprinted to the front of the Republican field in a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. | 12/15/14 16:42:46 By - By David Lightman

Race relations arguably worse in ‘Age of Obama’

When President Barack Obama was elected the nation’s first black president in 2008, it suggested a move toward a post-racial America, the kind of society that Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned in his “I Have a Dream” speech a half-century before. | 12/11/14 15:53:31 By - By Anita Kumar

New Jersey voters to Christie: Don’t run for president

Message to Chris Christie from New Jersey voters: Stay home. | 12/11/14 08:55:19 By - By David Lightman

White House praises spending plan

The White House praised the $1.1 trillion spending compromise that congressional leaders announced Tuesday night, but stopped short of saying whether President Barack Obama would sign the legislation. | 12/10/14 13:16:49 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama on torture report: ‘When we make mistakes, we admit them’

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he is confident that the CIA is not participating in activities that he does not know about even as a new Senate report indicates the agency had engaged in brutal interrogation methods, sometimes without the knowledge of the president or Congress. | 12/10/14 07:09:05 By - By Anita Kumar

A royal watcher’s delight: Prince William drops into D.C.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, started off his first trip to Washington on Monday with a common touch: He boarded a commercial shuttle that flies hourly between New York and the nation’s capital. | 12/08/14 18:36:21 By - By Maria Recio

Democratic group offers guide to GOP White House hopefuls

The 2014 election cycle ended Saturday, so it must be time for the 2016 presidential cycle to rev up. | 12/08/14 12:09:26 By - By David Lightman

Obama urges persistence to combat racism

President Barack Obama said Sunday that it will take time -- and persistence -- to fight the racism deeply rooted in United States as he continued to urge calm in the wake of protests across the nation following two grand jury verdicts in New York and Ferguson, Mo. | 12/07/14 10:04:46 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama gets a CT scan for throat pain related to acid reflux

President Barack Obama will be treated for a sore throat due to acid reflux, after undergoing what the White House says was a "routine CT scan" on a rare Saturday visit to the doctor. | 12/06/14 17:30:11 By - By Lesley Clark

Democrats keeping close eye on ‘16 GOP White House hopefuls

Democrats are already watching, tracking and researching potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the party’s executive committee was told Saturday. | 12/06/14 11:34:18 By - By David Lightman

White House decks the halls for the holidays

There are the decades-old traditions you’d expect at the holidays: Christmas trees and fresh garland, satin ribbons and a gigantic gingerbread house. | 12/05/14 12:33:22 By - By Anita Kumar

Iowa GOP leaders sign pledge to stay neutral in ‘16 caucuses

Iowa’s Republican Party leaders have signed a pledge to stay neutral in the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses, an attempt to convince potential candidates that the party will welcome all contenders. | 12/03/14 16:48:00 By - By David Lightman

WH calls on Cuba to release Alan Gross, remove ‘impediment’ to normalizing relations

The White House marked the fifth anniversary of U.S. contractor Alan Gross’s captivity in Cuba by calling for his release, saying it “would remove an impediment to more constructive relations between the United States and Cuba.” | 12/03/14 09:58:24 By - By Lesley Clark

‘Barack Black Eagle Obama’ focuses on youth at annual tribal conference

President Barack Obama will welcome the 566 leaders of federally recognized tribes to Washington Wednesday. Or, as he’s referred to by the tribal leaders, Barack Black Eagle Obama. | 12/03/14 06:00:40 By - By Anita Kumar

Republicans vs. White House: Laying out battle plan on immigration

The White House came under heavy scrutiny from Republicans on Tuesday in what’s expected to be the first of many clashes over President Barack Obama’s controversial executive action that shields from deportation around 4 million people in the country illegally and provides them with work permits. | 12/02/14 17:17:06 By - By Franco Ordoñez

GOP gains voter edge after elections

Slightly more people identify themselves as Republican now than before the November election, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday. | 12/02/14 15:05:12 By - By David Lightman

Ohio’s Portman says he won’t seek White House in ‘16

Sen. Rob Portman said Tuesday he will not seek the presidency in 2016. | 12/02/14 08:47:29 By - By David Lightman

Obama: Put cameras on cops, but let them keep military hardware

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $75 million to buy 50,000 more body-worn cameras for local law enforcement following the national uproar over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. | 12/01/14 18:54:17 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama girls learn what all presidential kids do: They get slammed

The children of presidents have long captured the imagination of Americans – and criticism. | 12/01/14 19:40:36 By - By William Douglas and Lesley Clark

GOP aide who criticized Obama daughters reportedly quits

A Republican congressional aide who caused a firestorm when she took to Facebook and caustically criticized President Barack Obama’s daughters for their behavior and wardrobe at last week’s White House turkey pardoning ceremony reportedly resigned Monday. | 12/01/14 12:14:40 By - By William Douglas

Executive order opponents get green light of sorts

The non-partisan Congressional Research Service has handed a potential road map to opponents of the president’s executive order on immigration as they try to thwart its implementation. | 11/26/14 17:01:03 By - By Kevin G. Hall

UN torture experts weigh in on disputed Senate CIA interrogation report

Seven top United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama “not to yield” to demands from the Central Intelligence Agency that key material be edited out from a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation practices. | 11/26/14 16:56:44 By - By John Zarocostas

Obama unleashed: Defies GOP election wins, moves in opposite direction

President Barack Obama has spent November acting with a defiant fury, moving with little regard for the message voters sent at the polls. | 11/26/14 14:38:16 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Romney, again? Absolutely, say lots of GOP voters

Republican voters sure like nostalgia in their presidential candidates. | 11/26/14 11:57:45 By - By David Lightman

Americans split on Obama immigration policy

Americans are split over how President Barack Obama should deal with undocumented immigrants, but support for keeping them in this country is dropping. | 11/25/14 08:50:47 By - By David Lightman

Obama urges calm after grand jury declines to indict in Ferguson

President Barack Obama urged residents in Ferguson, Mo. and across the nation late Monday to remain calm after a St. Louis County grand jury decided against indicting white police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of unarmed lack teenager Michael Brown. | 11/24/14 22:41:19 By - By Anita Kumar

First African-American to play professional golf, others honored with Medal of Freedom

Charles Sifford withstood a torrent of racial slurs and death threats more than five decades ago to break the color barrier in professional golf, becoming the first African-American to earn a PGA tour card. | 11/24/14 18:08:12 By - By Lesley Clark

Democrats will pick between Columbus, New York or Philly

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in either Columbus, Ohio, New York or Philadelphia. | 11/24/14 17:50:55 By - By David Lightman

From folksy to intense, a look at GOP governors’ presidential potential

Governors are popular presidents-in-waiting. | 11/24/14 16:43:05 By - By David Lightman

Obama’s immigration plan gets overwhelming Latino support

Nearly nine in 10 Latino voters back President Barack Obama’s executive action, according to a survey released Monday. | 11/24/14 13:45:12 By - By David Lightman

Hagel to resign as defense secretary

Chuck Hagel, the beleaguered Secretary of Defense, announced he will step down less then two years after taking office and at the height of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group. | 11/24/14 10:18:46 By - By Nancy A. Youssef and Anita Kumar

Obama: Americans want ‘new car smell’ in 2016

President Barack Obama said in an interview Sunday that he’s not sure what role he will play in the 2016 race for the White House because American people will want that “new car smell” when it comes to the campaign for his sucessor that has already begun. | 11/23/14 13:34:57 By - By Anita Kumar

Looking to 2016, Chris Christie’s style both delights, disturbs GOP

. Suddenly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a Republican miracle worker. | 11/21/14 19:11:30 By - By David Lightman

New chief of WH cupcakes, pastries

The White House announced Friday that Susan E. “Susie” Morrison will serve as the next White House Executive Pastry Chef. | 11/21/14 18:14:17 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to make ‘very aggressive’ immigration pitch

The White House on Friday criticized Republicans for suggesting they won’t work with President Barack Obama because of his decision to halt deportations for millions of immigrants, calling it “the third-grade equivalent of taking your ball and going home.” | 11/21/14 13:46:42 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to visit India in January

President Barack Obama will travel to India in January at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House said. | 11/21/14 11:44:20 By - By Lesley Clark

Is GOP the party of Interstate 95?

Think Republicans are just a party of the South and Midwest? Take a look at the East Coast’s Interstate 95, urges new Republican Governors Association Chairman Bill Haslam. | 11/21/14 08:52:47 By - By David Lightman

Obama to immigrants: 'Come out of the shadows'

President Barack Obama moved Thursday to halt deportations for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants, defying congressional Republicans who called his unilateral action an affront to the constitutional separation of powers. | 11/20/14 18:57:10 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Lesley Clark

GOP governors bash Obama on immigration

Some Republican governors didn’t want to talk about immigration – after all, they said, it’s a federal issue – but most couldn’t help themselves Thursday. | 11/20/14 14:38:44 By - By David Lightman

Jim Webb for President?

Jim Webb for President? | 11/20/14 09:42:39 By - By David Lightman

Obama immigration order draws split GOP response from possible candidates

. President Barack Obama’s expected action on immigration is exposing different approaches in the Republican Party, evident Wednesday as six potential candidates for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination differed in how they would ease the nation’s immigration crisis. | 11/19/14 18:40:19 By - By David Lightman

Obama to announce immigration order in prime time Thursday

President Barack Obama will announce his controversial and long-anticipated plan that would shield millions of immigrants from deportation with a prime-time address Thursday night from the White House. | 11/19/14 13:45:09 By - By Lesley Clark

GOP governors to celebrate, talk 2016 as they gather at posh resort

The nation’s Republican governors gathered at a Florida resort Wednesday for talks, celebrations, and looking ahead to 2016 – because a lot of these governors have their eye on the White House. | 11/19/14 12:22:23 By - By David Lightman

Obama pitches health care law in call

President Barack Obama made a personal pitch for his health care act Tuesday, convening a call with what the White House says was a bipartisan group of 200 plus state and local elected officials. | 11/18/14 19:13:09 By - By Lesley Clark

U.S. reviewing how it deals with families of American hostages

The Obama administration is reviewing its policies for helping the families of Americans held hostage overseas, following criticism from Congress and families of captives later executed by the Islamic State. | 11/18/14 18:27:09 By - By Lesley Clark

Where in the world was Hillary Clinton?

That’s what a pro-Hillary Clinton group hopes to show with a new interactive map that allows one to “follow Hillary Clinton’s many accomplishments as Secretary of State.” | 11/17/14 15:24:10 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama arrives home after “pretty good week” overseas

President Barack Obama Sunday wrapped up what was arguably the best week he’s had in years. Then he had to go home. | 11/16/14 22:37:12 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to world on Ebola: We can’t build a moat around our countries

President Barack Obama and leaders of the world’s largest economies urged governments across the globe Saturday to swiftly send money, healthcare workers and equipment to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak in the West Africa. | 11/15/14 16:19:59 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama pledges billions for climate work

President Barack Obama announced Saturday that the United States will contribute $3 billion to an international fund designed to help developing countries cut carbon emissions and prepare responses to the effects of climate change. | 11/14/14 21:24:30 By - By Anita Kumar

In Australia, Obama looks for help cutting cash flow to Islamic State

President Barack Obama arrived in Australia on Saturday looking for help on one of the most difficult tasks in the fight against the Islamic State: cutting off the millions of dollars flowing to one of the world's best-funded terrorist organizations. | 11/14/14 15:58:17 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama strongly defends pending immigration executive action

President Barack Obama said Friday that he will continue with his plan to halt the deportation of up to five million illegal immigrants despite Republican threats that executive actions on the contentious issue will prevent cooperation in the future with the new Congress. | 11/14/14 08:20:16 By - By Anita Kumar

US to expand program to teach young Asians

President Barack Obama announced Friday that he is expanding his year-old program designed to boost the leadership skills of young Asians. | 11/14/14 08:18:33 By - By Anita Kumar

At unusual news conference, Obama said Myanmar’s progress is ‘still incomplete’

It isn’t unusual for Barack Obama to hold a news conference with a president or prime minister when he visits another country. | 11/14/14 07:51:03 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama carries U.S. economic clout with him to summit

President Barack Obama carries a big stick with him when he arrives in Australia on Friday to meet with leaders of the world’s largest economies – the U.S. economy. | 11/13/14 16:49:31 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Anita Kumar

Obama’s China trip exceeds expectations with wins on climate change, trade

Expectations were low when President Barack Obama started his China trip Monday, less than a week after Democrats were trounced in the midterm elections. “Lame duck swims to Asia” was the headline the Washington political news website Politico put on the story. | 11/12/14 11:22:48 By - By Stuart Leavenworth

Boost in U.S. tech sales foreseen as China, U.S. vow to work to eliminate tariffs

In a move likely to benefit U.S. information and technology companies, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he had reached an “understanding” with China that could eliminate tariffs on global sales of high-tech equipment. | 11/11/14 12:09:56 By - By Stuart Leavenworth

Obama: ‘Protect net neutrality’ on the Internet

President Barack Obama on Monday dove head-first into the heated net neutrality debate, urging the Federal Communications Commission to adopt “the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality” by aggressively regulating Internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T. | 11/10/14 16:13:39 By - By Vera Bergengruen

Obama nominates first African-American woman for attorney general

President Barack Obama on Saturday nominated New York-based U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as the nation’s attorney general. | 11/08/14 21:24:03 By - By Lesley Clark and Michael Doyle

Obama to double U.S. troops in Iraq

President Barack Obama moved Friday to escalate the U.S. military role in Iraq against the Islamic State, deciding to more than double the number of American troops and dispatching some to Iraq’s most restive provinces. | 11/07/14 19:25:26 By - By Nancy A. Youssef and Lesley Clark

Civil War veteran gets Medal of Honor

Saying it’s “never too late to do the right thing,” President Barack Obama on Thursday posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, a veteran of the Civil War. | 11/06/14 18:20:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama says Republicans “had a good night”

President Barack Obama sought to strike an upbeat, conciliatory tone Wednesday in the face of sweeping Republican gains in the midterm elections that are likely to constrain his final two years in office. | 11/05/14 16:19:01 By - By Lesley Clark

President Obama is now truly a lame duck

Now, President Barack Obama limps into his final two years in office. | 11/04/14 23:52:00 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama stays at home on Election Day

President Barack Obama -- who raised millions but was a rare presence on the 2014 campaign trail -- spent Election Day at the White House, meeting with his Ebola response team and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. | 11/04/14 16:03:25 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama, Yellen meet on economy

Call it the ultimate power meeting. President Barack Obama met privately with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen Monday afternoon on a wide range of issues. | 11/03/14 18:51:51 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama warns against strict quarantines for Ebola workers

President Barack Obama called for health care workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa to be treated as “the heroes that they are,” amid continuing confusion and public anxiety over state health measures that call for some to be confined to their homes. | 10/29/14 19:18:14 By - By Lesley Clark, Nancy Youssef and Tony Pugh

White House computers subject of cyber attacks

The White House is confirming that its computers were the subject of a persistent cyber-attack, but won’t say whether the perpetrator is Russia, as some cyber security experts suspect. | 10/29/14 14:57:37 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama urges calm, praises Ebola workers as nurse Vinson released

President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted the Ebola epidemic can be halted if the United States doesn’t give in to fear and adopts “sensible” monitoring requirements for health care workers whom he said were “doing God’s work” in West Africa, where the virus is raging. | 10/28/14 18:22:03 By - By Lesley Clark and Tony Pugh

Obama congratulates Brazil’s president

President Barack Obama called Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday to congratulate her on her re-election, the White House said. | 10/28/14 15:26:57 By -

Obama unveils executive actions to boost manufacturing

President Barack Obama will unveil a series of executive actions Monday designed to boost manufacturing, including spending $300 million on technologies considered critical to the nation’s competitiveness. | 10/27/14 10:51:06 By - By Anita Kumar

As a doctor fights Ebola, a nurse beats the deadly virus

The dangers confronting health care workers who treat Ebola patients took center stage Friday in the nation’s capital and in America’s largest city. | 10/25/14 08:16:24 By - By Tony Pugh

Secret Service dogs hailed as heroes at White House

Hurricane and Jordan, a pair of Secret Service dogs who were injured as they helped take down a White House fence jumper, got the all-clear to return to duty Thursday and quickly became stars for the beleaguered agency. | 10/23/14 18:09:39 By - By Lesley Clark

White House dogs ‘cleared for duty’

A pair of Secret Service dogs injured in the line of duty when they helped to take down a man hopping over the fence at the White House have been “cleared to return to duty,” the Secret Service says. | 10/23/14 16:21:06 By - By Lesley Clark

Secret Service captures White House fence jumper

The Secret Service captured a Maryland man as he climbed over a fence at the White House Wednesday night, forcing a lockdown at the mansion and injuring two of the agency's dogs. | 10/23/14 06:25:32 By - Lesley Clark

In Ebola czar, Obama again looks outside his government for help

President Barack Obama welcomed his new Ebola czar to the job Wednesday, the latest example of looking outside his own government for someone to help run a major government initiative. | 10/22/14 18:44:31 By - By Lesley Clark

White House says missing portion of transcript a mistake, not intentional

President Barack Obama joked at a fundraiser Monday night that while visiting his Chicago home he found junk left on his desk -- “including some unpaid bills” -- that he said he believes were eventually paid. | 10/21/14 18:22:08 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama’s Ebola czar is a government insider with no medical background

President Barack Obama on Friday named a former longtime top aide to coordinate the government’s efforts to combat Ebola, a veteran insider with experience in navigating the government bureaucracy but also a man with no medical background. | 10/20/14 11:29:39 By - By Anita Kumar and Lindsay Wise

Obama taps former longtime aide as Ebola czar

President Barack Obama will tap a former longtime top-level aide Ron Klain to coordinate the administration’s response to the Ebola virus, according to the White House. | 10/20/14 11:39:50 By - By Anita Kumar

White House intruder faces additional charges

– A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned another indictment Thursday charging Omar Gonzalez with three additional crimes after he scaled the White House fence armed with a knife. | 10/16/14 16:57:40 By - By Anita Kumar

White House to display Armenian Orphan Rug

The White House has confirmed that it will be displaying the Armenian Orphan Rug, also known as the Ghazir Rug, as part of an exhibit at the White House Visitors Center. | 10/16/14 09:43:32 By - By Michael Doyle

Obama said his administration will respond to Ebola in a ‘much more aggressive way’

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he will begin mobilizing "rapid response teams" to hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated as soon as possible, hopefully within 24 hours. | 10/16/14 10:16:12 By - By Anita Kumar

Timeline: How often has Obama canceled plans to handle a crisis?

President Barack Obama canceled plans to travel Wednesday to campaign events in New Jersey and Connecticut to convene a meeting of top aides coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak at the White House. The move was unusual for Obama, who has been criticized through the years for failing to changes personal or political plans during a variety of world crises. Some examples: | 10/15/14 18:38:23 By - Anita Kumar

Tea party boils over reported ‘crazy’ remark by Biden

The co-founder of a major tea party group lashed out at Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday after he reportedly called tea party members ‘crazy’ during a closed-door meeting. | 10/15/14 14:36:19 By - By William Douglas

Obama cancels campaign trip to hold meeting on Ebola

President Barack Obama canceled plans to travel to campaign events in New Jersey and Connecticut to convene a meeting of several top Cabinet members coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. | 10/15/14 14:01:45 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama defends ISIS strategy

President Barack Obama met with the military leaders of 21 countries Tuesday to discuss the ongoing strategy to combat the Islamic State terrorist group as he faces mounting pressure at home and abroad to take more aggressive action in Iraq and Syria. | 10/14/14 17:40:15 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Obama delays replacing Holder until after election

President Barack Obama will not nominate a replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. | 10/14/14 15:49:48 By - By Anita Kumar

White House vows to keep searching for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

It’s been six months since 270 Nigerian school girls were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram, six months in which the Ebola virus, the rise of the Islamic State, and racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., have consumed America’s attention span. | 10/14/14 13:41:59 By - By William Douglas

Documents show how Clintons tried to cope with Lewinsky, other scandals

The Clinton Presidential Library on Friday released 10,000 pages of previously undisclosed documents that involved a series of touchy subjects from the 42nd president’s time in the White House. | 10/10/14 17:53:54 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama administration forms panel to review Secret Service lapses

The Obama administration announced Friday the members of a new panel charged with examining White House security following a recent series of lapses that led to the resignation of the Secret Service director. | 10/10/14 14:01:53 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama names new monument in California

President Barack Obama will designate nearly 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California as a national monument Friday while on a three-day swing to the west coast. | 10/10/14 12:32:16 By - By Anita Kumar

Gwyneth Paltrow to Obama: ‘You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly’

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow swooned just a bit when she welcomed President Barack Obama to her Los Angeles home Thursday for a Democratic fundraiser. | 10/10/14 04:53:19 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama fundraising swing includes a town hall with millennials

President Barack Obama’s three-day West Coast fundraising swing will include a town hall today with millennials -- which the White House bills as members of the “largest, most diverse and most educated generation” in U.S. history. | 10/09/14 13:31:41 By - By Lesley Clark

Ka-ching! That’s the sound of Obama helping out his party

Forget the big campaign rallies, glitzy photo ops and lofty stump speeches. President Barack Obama’s strategy for winning the midterm elections next month is simple: Raise money, lots of it. | 10/07/14 19:48:37 By - By Anita Kumar

Former top Obama aide Panetta takes a few swings at the president

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticizes his former boss in a new memoir, saying President Barack Obama too often “relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader.” | 10/07/14 18:45:57 By - By Lesley Clark

White House defends gaffe-prone Biden

The White House defended the voluble vice president Monday, after Joe Biden spent the weekend apologizing for remarks he made that offended key allies in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists. | 10/06/14 18:41:58 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama goes local, endorses Democrat in D.C. mayor’s race

President Barack Obama has personally waded into few Senate and House of Representatives races on behalf of Democratic candidates. But proving that all politics is indeed local, Obama wholeheartedly ventured into one very close-by contest: the Washington, D.C., mayor’s race. | 10/06/14 17:41:17 By - By William Douglas

Biden continues to apologize; first Turkey, now UAE

Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the United Arab Emirates Sunday for charging that the oil-rich ally had been supporting al Qaida and other jihadi groups in Syria's internal war, his second apology in as many days to a key participant in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists. | 10/05/14 21:20:34 By - By Roy Gutman

Obama pays tribute to veterans, pledges US should 'never rush to war'

President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the U.S. should "never rush into war" as he helped to dedicate a new memorial in honor of disabled veterans. | 10/05/14 13:32:31 By - Lesley Clark

Two years out, poll shows Hillary Clinton’s the 2016 favorite

Hillary Clinton has a comfortable lead among Democrats for the 2016 presidential nomination, while the Republican race remains a free-for-all, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 10/04/14 08:02:00 By - By David Lightman

Lawmakers ask for full Secret Service review

The top lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee are asking for a independent review of the Secret Service that looks beyond the Sept. 19 security breach in which a man hopped the fence and made it into the White House. | 10/03/14 14:50:06 By - By Lesley Clark

Secret Service chief out; multiple probes of security lapses loom

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday amid mounting congressional criticism and as new revelations of agency lapses convinced President Barack Obama it was time for new leadership. | 10/01/14 18:59:33 By - By Lesley Clark

Poll: Public backing grows for Obama’s actions against Islamic State

Americans overwhelmingly back U.S. airstrikes against terrorists in Syria and are increasingly supportive of President Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 10/01/14 18:11:44 By - By David Lightman

Sporting Kansas City honored at White House, plays a little ball

According to President Barack Obama, something is going on with Kansas City. | 10/01/14 18:16:56 By - By Samantha Ehlinger

Hillary Clinton would face uphill fight in Arkansas in 2016

Even Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters acknowledge that she didn’t fit in when she arrived in Arkansas four decades ago. | 10/01/14 13:41:26 By - By Anita Kumar

Secret Service chief on Capitol Hill hot seat over security breach

A senior Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday he’s “not comfortable” with Secret Service Director Julia Pierson at the helm of the troubled agency and suggested it was time for her to go. | 10/01/14 11:44:25 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama, Indian leader Modi pledge to cooperate on shared concerns

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed Tuesday to work together to combat climate change, bolster economic growth and fight terrorism as they began to repair the neglected relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies. | 09/30/14 19:28:52 By - By Anita Kumar

From California’s Central Valley to possibly ‘Madam ambassador’

Lifelong high achiever Maria Echaveste, a farmworker’s kid shaped by California’s San Joaquin Valley, has now been tapped for her biggest job yet, as U.S. ambassador to Mexico. | 09/30/14 17:12:43 By - By Michael Doyle

Once shunned by U.S., Indian premier arrives in Washington as rock star

Nearly a decade ago, Narendra Modi was banned from entering the United States after he was blamed for failing to stop a series of deadly riots against a minority group in the Indian state of Gujarat. | 09/29/14 18:41:59 By - By Anita Kumar

WH expresses confidence in Secret Service as reports note slip-ups

The White House expressed confidence in the Secret Service Monday, despite a Washington Post story that says it took agents in 2011 four days to realize that shots fired from Constitution Avenue had hit the White House residence -- “a discovery that came about only because a housekeeper noticed broken glass and a chunk of cement on the floor.” | 09/29/14 17:14:49 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama: U.S. underestimated the rise of Islamic State

President Barack Obama said the United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State and overestimated the Iraqi military’s ability to fight off the terrorist group in an interview Sunday night on 60 Minutes. | 09/28/14 20:36:28 By - By Anita Kumar

As attorney general, Holder made friends, enemies and history

Attorney General Eric Holder leaves a mixed legacy of highs and lows as the nation’s top law enforcement official. | 09/25/14 18:37:19 By - By Michael Doyle, William Douglas and Lesley Clark

Public to Secret Service at White House: Don’t fence us out

Washingtonians are pushing back against suggestions that the U.S. Secret Service might make it harder for the public to get close to the White House. | 09/24/14 18:26:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama asserts U.S. leadership, tells UN to follow us

President Barack Obama urged the world’s nations Wednesday to follow the lead of the United States in combating a variety of crises around the globe, from the threat of terrorist groups in the Middle East to the Ebola epidemic killing thousands in West Africa. | 09/24/14 17:23:38 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama: Asking Clinton to serve as secretary of state ‘one of best decisions’

The hug must have worked. | 09/23/14 17:46:58 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to seek world help stopping Americans, others, who go to join terrorists

President Barack Obama will push other countries this week to join the United States in an unprecedented program to stop the often deadly activities of the thousands of so-called foreign fighters who travel abroad to join terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State, in the Middle East. | 09/23/14 16:52:30 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama touts coalition of nations fighting Islamic State

President Barack Obama on Tuesday touted the coalition he had formed to fight the Islamic State before launching airstrikes in Syria. | 09/23/14 10:54:07 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to announce new ways to combat climate change

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will announce new ways the United States can help populations around the world combat climate change, which includes participating in more than a dozen new climate change partnerships and administering a new executive order that requires federal agencies to consider climate resilience in international development programs and investments, according to the White House. | 09/23/14 10:54:07 By - By Anita Kumar

Administration moves to discourage corporate ‘inversions’

The Obama administration announced regulatory steps Monday to deter U.S. corporations from merging with foreign companies and shifting their headquarters to countries with lower tax rates. | 09/22/14 21:17:53 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama lauds Secret Service as probes reveal alleged intruder’s focus on White House

President Barack Obama expressed confidence Monday in the Secret Service, as authorities launched inquiries into how an armed man made it to the front door of the White House, a man with hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his nearby car and an alleged history of interest in the executive mansion. | 09/22/14 18:27:54 By - By Lesley Clark

How do you spell ‘thrilled?’ Bee champ meets the president

Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth thought things were finally settling down after the hoopla of winning the nail-biting final in May. | 09/21/14 00:00:00 By - By Maria Recio

Biden praises disgraced senator in DNC speech

Vice President Joe Biden has had one of those weeks. | 09/19/14 19:31:35 By - By Anita Kumar

White House starts new public awareness drive to prevent sexual attacks on campus

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Friday launched a new public awareness campaign at campuses across America to prevent sexual assaults. | 09/19/14 15:13:17 By - By Renee Schoof

Obama declines weapons to Ukraine

The president of Ukraine came to Washington Thursday seeking special ally status and lethal aid to fight the Russians. He walked away with neither but declared he was happy to get what he did get, new non-lethal aid. | 09/18/14 19:03:13 By - By Lesley Clark

Biden ‘Shylock’ offense turns into praise

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday he made a “poor choice of words” when he used the word “shylock” to describe nefarious lenders. | 09/17/14 14:57:42 By - By Lesley Clark

Bill Clinton sides with unity in Scotland independence vote

Former President Bill Clinton says voters in Scotland should elect to stay in the United Kingdom. | 09/16/14 18:38:54 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama’s UN ‘dance card’ unlikely to include Putin

President Barack Obama heads to the United Nations next week -- but he’s not scheduled to meet there with Russian President Vladimir Putin or Iran’s Hassan Rouhani -- despite potential common ground for a conversation. | 09/16/14 06:28:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to send 3,000 U.S. military to Africa to help against Ebola

President Barack Obama plans to dispatch 3,000 U.S. military personnel to Africa as part of a major U.S. boost to counter the outbreak of Ebola as world health agencies warn that there aren’t enough medical personnel willing to work there to stem the tide of the disease. | 09/16/14 00:00:00 By - By Lesley Clark

Chicago, New York and Honolulu being considered for Obama library

A group of Barack Obama’s longtime friends and supporters announced Monday that it had narrowed down the list of possible locations for a multimillion-dollar presidential library. | 09/15/14 21:24:40 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama awards highest military honor to two for actions in Vietnam

President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military honor to a pair of soldiers for their bravery during the Vietnam War during a White House ceremony Monday. | 09/15/14 18:01:10 By - By Anita Kumar

On Scotland vote, White House hopes for a united United Kingdom

With Scottish voters heading to the polls on Thursday to decide whether or not to split from the United Kingdom, the White House is making it (sort of) clear that it prefers togetherness. | 09/15/14 17:35:10 By - By Lesley Clark

Statement by the President on the Death of David Haines

Statement by the President on the Death of David Haines by ISIS | 09/13/14 20:45:49 By -

White House says we’re at war with Islamic State

The U.S. is at war with the Islamic State -- as it is with al Qaida and its affiliates -- the White House said Friday. | 09/12/14 17:41:48 By - By Lesley Clark

Americans ready for military action - for now

A nation furious about the beheading of two Americans is eager for military action. At least for the moment. And at least for the kind of low-risk military action now planned. | 09/12/14 16:09:11 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Obama, Bill Clinton tout community service at White House

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton appeared together Friday at the White House to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program during a event where hundreds of new volunteers were sworn in for duty. | 09/12/14 14:21:48 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama on 13th anniversary of 9/11: ‘America stands tall’

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Thursday with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House under a partly cloudy sky. | 09/11/14 10:38:22 By - By Anita Kumar

Reality killed Obama’s hope to end U.S. military entanglements

Unveiling a new defense policy in January 2012 that called for a leaner U.S. military, President Barack Obama assured the nation that more than a decade of foreign conflict that cost thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars was drawing to a close. | 09/11/14 00:53:12 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Prepared Remarks: President Obama's Address to the Nation on ISIS

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. | 09/10/14 21:11:54 By -

Obama vows to destroy Islamic State ‘wherever they exist’

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a broader war against the Islamic State, pledging a U.S.-led coalition to destroy the militants “wherever they exist” as he escalated U.S. involvement in an armed conflict he spent years trying to avoid. | 09/10/14 22:35:21 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

White House Visitor Center to open after multi-million renovation

The White House Visitor Center is re-opening after a two-year makeover. | 09/10/14 15:36:29 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama will announce stepped-up attacks on Islamic State

With bipartisan pressure building in Congress and support growing in the country for action, President Barack Obama is expected to announce Wednesday night that he will authorize U.S. military airstrikes in Syria as part of a broader plan to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State extremist group in the Middle East. | 09/10/14 12:51:07 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Airstrikes in Syria possible as Obama readies speech to nation

President Barack Obama is considering authorizing U.S. military airstrikes in Syria as part of a broader campaign that will include additional resources in the form of money, training and diplomatic support for those fighting the terrorist group responsible for murdering hundreds and beheading two American journalists. | 09/09/14 19:45:39 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Biden honors anniversary of law to protect women

In the wake of Ray Rice’s release this week from the Baltimore Ravens and suspension from the National Football League, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing conversation about ending domestic violence at a commemoration Tuesday of the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. | 09/09/14 17:56:49 By - By Samantha Ehlinger

Obama administration warns of possible veto if presented Clean Water Act bill

As the U.S. House voted on a bill that would stifle the Obama administration’s ability to push through new clean-water rules, the White House said it “strongly opposes” the bill and that the president’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto it. | 09/09/14 19:01:52 By - By Chris Adams

President Obama to speak to nation on countering Islamic State

President Barack Obama will speak to the nation Wednesday night, laying out the administration’s strategy for confronting “and ultimately destroying” the militant Islamic State. | 09/09/14 13:06:12 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama: ‘Hitting a woman is not something a real man does’

After news broke Monday that the Baltimore Ravens had terminated the contract of Ray Rice after a video surfaced of him hitting his then-finance, Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke to President Barack Obama about the case. | 09/09/14 12:02:24 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama: concern about mid-term elections not behind delay in immigration actions

President Barack Obama said Sunday that he did not postpone his highly anticipated executive actions on immigration because of November’s congressional elections, but because he wanted to build support from the American people for his plan. | 09/07/14 16:19:34 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama defends decision to delay immigration actions

President Barack Obama defended his decision to delay executive actions on immigration, arguing that the decrease in the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally changed the politics of the issue. | 09/07/14 14:08:59 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to outline strategy to combat Islamic militants Wednesday

President Barack Obama said Sunday that he will outline to the nation on Wednesday his plans for fighting Islamic militants, but does does not expect to ask Congress for approval to act. | 09/07/14 14:08:59 By - By Anita Kumar

Under pressure from Dems, Obama delays action on immigration

Facing pressure from Senate Democrats worried about losing seats in November, President Barack Obama will postpone until after the election his plans to act on his own to change immigration laws, White House officials said Saturday. | 09/06/14 15:52:56 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama postpones immigration action until post-election

President Barack Obama is delaying a plan to unilaterally change immigration laws until after the November election, with the White House citing “extreme politicization” of the issue by Republicans. | 09/06/14 13:23:04 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama defends policies as allies move against terrorist, Russian aggression

Under fire for his response in the face of foreign threats, President Barack Obama defended his methodical approach as he wrapped up meetings with allies Friday that included new steps aimed at deterring Russian aggression in Europe and the launch of a coalition designed to combat Islamic State terrorists in Iraq. | 09/05/14 18:01:49 By - By Lesley Clark

NATO pledges money to help Ukraine, meets Friday on new bases

The U.S. and its European allies plan another round of sanctions against Russia if President Vladimir Putin doesn’t withdraw thousands of troops from Ukraine. | 09/04/14 22:41:56 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama, Cameron vow to “confront” the Islamic State

- President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Thursday to confront the Islamic State, saying they “will not be cowed” by the militants who have slain two American journalists and threatened the life of a British captive. | 09/04/14 08:05:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama vows to ‘destroy’ Islamic State, critics still don’t see strategy

President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to destroy the Islamic State, staking out a more aggressive stand than ever before even as skeptics suggested he still doesn’t have a strategy to carry it out and he himself appeared to narrow the commitment later. | 09/03/14 17:56:19 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama: Second journalist killing stiffens U.S. resolve

President Barack Obama on Wednesday confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist executed in two weeks by Islamic militants in response to U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in northern Iraq. | 09/03/14 07:00:44 By - By Anita Kumar

In long line of Bushes, grandson honors heroic grandfather

A small band of the Greatest Generation gathered on the National Mall at the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning to mark the 69th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day that ended the war. | 09/02/14 17:31:59 By - By Maria Recio

Obama notifies Congress on new round of Iraq airstrikes

The White House said Monday that its latest airstrikes in Iraq are “consistent” with prior military missions the White House has authorized to date in Iraq -- “to protect U.S. personnel and facilities and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground.” | 09/01/14 16:39:12 By - By Lesley Clark

From Syria to Ukraine, crises fill the Obama-NATO agenda

President Barack Obama heads to Europe Tuesday, looking to assure nervous allies of the United States’ commitment to the region, as NATO prepares to beef up forces amid fears that Russia will step up its provocations beyond Ukraine. | 08/29/14 18:41:33 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama delays self-imposed immigration deadline

For awhile now, the White House has insisted that President Barack Obama would issue a series of executive actions on immigration by the end of the summer. | 08/29/14 15:05:30 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama vows justice for Foley, but no boots on the ground

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed justice for slain American journalist James Foley, but said again that he will not put American troops on the ground in Iraq to battle the Islamic State militants who last week threatened to kill a second U.S. hostage after beheading Foley. | 08/26/14 14:18:26 By - By Lesley Clark

U.S. drops search for new shelters to house child immigrants

The Obama administration has quietly abandoned its aggressive months-long search for emergency shelters across the nation as the number of children illegally crossing the southern border alone continues to drop. | 08/23/14 12:46:10 By - By Anita Kumar

Inside conservative fold, Perry talks of indictment, immigration

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, fresh from his recent indictment on charges of abusing the powers of his office, told a conservative audience Thursday that the “porous” southern border provides an entry point for Islamic terrorists to strike in the United States. | 08/21/14 18:07:38 By - By Ali Watkins

Obama hails Foley, vows to be ‘vigilant’ and ‘relentless’ in pursuing terrorists

President Barack Obama on Wednesday decried the slaying of U.S journalist James Foley by the Islamic State, saying the entire world was “appalled” as he vowed to protect Americans by whatever means necessary. | 08/20/14 13:56:51 By - By Lesley Clark and Nancy Yousssef

Palin goes 0 for 2 in Alaska as clout disappears nationally

Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season in which her favored candidates have stumbled across the nation. | 08/20/14 13:22:50 By - By Sean Cockerham

Obama on race: Watch what he does as much as what he says

President Barack Obama’s reluctance to delve intensely into the issue of race is drawing criticism from some African-Americans, who say he needs to contribute to the dialogue on race in America, especially as violence continues to roil Ferguson, Mo. | 08/19/14 20:25:37 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama again urges calm in Ferguson, dispatches Holder to Missouri

President Barack Obama said on Monday that he has dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday to assess the ongoing federal investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager that has led to a week of unrest in the St. Louis suburb. | 08/19/14 06:38:10 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama notifies Congress about targeted airstrikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama on Sunday sent Congress a report notifying lawmakers that he had authorized military to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq to help the government retake the Mosul Dam as part of an ongoing campaign against Islamic militants. | 08/18/14 04:55:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Perry vows to fight Texas indictment

AUSTIN A defiant Rick Perry on Saturday went on the offensive one day after being indicted for allegedly abusing his power with a controversial veto, denouncing the charges as “outrageous” political theatrics and predicting that he will ultimately prevail over “those who would erode our state’s constitution and laws purely for political purposes.” | 08/16/14 21:15:59 By - By Dave Montgomery

A defiant Perry calls felony indictment a 'farce'

A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion as part of an ethics inquiry into his veto of funding for the state’s public integrity unit. | 08/15/14 20:13:57 By -

Obama to travel to Estonia to meet with Baltic leaders on Ukraine

President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia early next month to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to defend NATO allies in a Baltic region nervous about Russia’s activities in Ukraine. | 08/15/14 14:53:31 By - By William Douglas

Jeb Bush says he'll decide this year on presidential run

Looking fit, relaxed and in prime condition for a possible presidential run, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday he has not yet decided what he will do. "I'm not going to make a decision until later this year," Bush said. | 08/14/14 11:44:11 By - James A. Jones Jr.

Clinton’s lead over GOP candidates shrinking

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lead over a crowded prospective Republican field has narrowed and her support has slipped below 50 percent, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 08/13/14 18:52:04 By - By William Douglas

160 is an even number that presents daunting odds for Hillary Clinton White House run

If potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is into numerology, she better watch out for the number 160, according to a recent Smithsonian.com article. | 08/13/14 14:54:03 By - By William Douglas

Hillary Clinton gets it from right and left on break with Obama

Hillary Clinton isn’t running for president yet, but she’s already learning that it’s not easy running away from her former boss, even if he’s unpopular. | 08/12/14 21:48:58 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

Obama on Iraq: ‘This is going to be a long-term project’

President Barack Obama said Saturday that the United States has been successful in destroying arms and equipment in Iraq through a series of targeted airstrikes that began Friday. | 08/09/14 13:12:15 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama departs Washington for two-week vacation

President Barack Obama departed Washington late Saturday morning for Martha’s Vineyard, where he and his family will vacation for two weeks. | 08/09/14 12:53:10 By - By Anita Kumar

Iraq’s turmoil continues to plague Obama

President Barack Obama proudly embraces a foreign policy that, after a decade of war, includes a resistance to military action in hotspots around the globe. | 08/08/14 19:44:35 By - By Anita Kumar

Russia’s sanctions a “cruel irony,” White House says

Russia’s new sanctions against U.S. agricultural imports are likely to have an “insignificant effect” on the U.S. economy, but could limit Russian people’s access to food, Obama administration officials said Thursday. | 08/08/14 05:43:22 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama sends U.S. planes to aid Iraqi refugees, threatens Islamic State with air strikes

The United States early Friday took direct action for the first time to counter the Islamic State's advances in Iraq, dropping humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people who’d fled their homes when the extremist group captured the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq. | 08/08/14 05:42:16 By - By Mitchell Prothero and Anita Kumar

White House stands by interrogation report, but will work with lawmakers

The White House on Thursday defended the administration’s censorship of a not-yet-public report on the CIA’s use of interrogation methods after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against harsh criticism by Senate Democrats. | 08/07/14 22:02:25 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama signs bill with more money for VA care

President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Thursday designed to restore trust in the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs following a national uproar over long waits and poor care at veterans’ hospitals and clinics across the nation. | 08/07/14 17:57:52 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama vows to act on issues if Congress won’t

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would act alone _ even on the hot-button issue of illegal immigration _ if a divided and uncooperative Congress continued to fail to act. | 08/06/14 20:07:24 By - By Anita Kumar

As Obama pushes more Africa trade, security concerns loom

President Barack Obama wants to persuade Americans to look beyond Africa’s image of hunger and disease as he hosts a first-of-its-kind meeting of leaders of nearly all of Africa’s nations this week. | 08/06/14 20:09:54 By - By Anita Kumar

Bush rallies support for women’s health issues in Africa

Former President George W. Bush says it takes a lot to convince him to return to the nation’s capital these days. | 08/06/14 17:12:47 By - By Lesley Clark

Poll: Hillary Clinton leads N.J. Gov. Christie on his turf

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a potential White House contender, in his home state, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday. | 08/06/14 10:17:26 By - By William Douglas

Obamas toast 'new Africa' at White House dinner

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined under a tent on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday night with 50 African leaders and a slew of other notable guests, including the chairman of the African Union. | 08/06/14 05:59:32 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama pledges investment and partnership with Africa

President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised more than $33 billion in public and private investments in Africa, pledging that the United States wants to deliver business and development to the rapidly booming continent, where China already has a massive presence. | 08/05/14 18:46:39 By - By Lesley Clark

White House to announce $14 billion in new deals with Africa

President Barack Obama today will announce more than $14 billion in investments in Africa by U.S. companies as the administration seeks to bolster trade ties with the rapidly growing continent that is already being courted by China. | 08/05/14 09:49:50 By - Lesley Clark

Obama: We have a moral obligation to support Africa’s progress

Here’s a quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today? | 08/05/14 07:26:10 By - Barack Obama

Obama writes article on Africa’s promise as summit opens

As he kicks off a historic meeting of African leaders, President Barack Obama tells Americans that the United States must invest in an up-and-coming Africa that’s trying to shed its image of poverty and disease. | 08/05/14 06:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Brady, Reagan press secretary, gun control advocate, dies

James S. Brady, seriously wounded during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and later an influential fighter for gun control, died Monday. | 08/04/14 20:05:50 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

First African summit in D.C. to be largest ever; economic growth on agenda

President Barack Obama will welcome the leaders of nearly all Africa’s nations to Washingtonthis week as part of a first-of-its-kind summit designed to boost economic ties between the United States and Africa. | 08/04/14 13:21:19 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Obama blasts lawmakers as they leave for summer recess

President Barack Obama blasted Congress on Friday for failing to approve a number of “big-ticket” items, including additional money to help stop the influx of unaccompanied minors on the southern border, before leaving Washington for its annual five-week recess. | 08/01/14 16:57:27 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama’s crackdown on leakers damages constitutional protections, activists say

Recent revelations of the U.S. government’s pervasive surveillance program and its crackdown on leaks are making it increasingly difficult for American journalists and lawyers to do their jobs, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday. | 08/01/14 11:38:24 By - By Vera Bergengruen

As Ebola threat grows, CDC calls for halt to nonessential travel to West Africa

- Americans are being asked to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where history's largest outbreak of the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout the region. | 08/01/14 08:54:25 By - By Tony Pugh

First lady calls homeless vets a ‘stain on the soul of the nation’

First lady Michelle Obama stressed the administration’s commitment to end homelessness among veterans Thursday and predicted that the country is on “the verge of making a major breakthrough.” | 07/31/14 18:05:38 By - By Alejandro Davila Fragoso

City or tropics? Obama ponders where to put presidential library

As he embarks on his final years in office, President Barack Obama has begun to look beyond the White House to his next task: solidifying his legacy. | 07/31/14 14:55:15 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to sign executive order requiring companies to fess up bad behavior

President Obama today will sign an executive order aimed at requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations. | 07/31/14 16:05:55 By - By Lesley Clark

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