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White House summit is no summit: 4 of 6 countries not sending top leaders

Some say the Saudis’ change in plans was meant to signal displeasure with President Barack Obama over a nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran. | 05/11/15 19:38:30 By - By Anita Kumar

Nike a controversial backdrop for Obama’s Pacific trade pitch

President Obama declares that congressional Democrats who oppose a 12-nation trade pact are “just wrong.” Democrats assail him for holding the event at Nike, saying its outsourcing of jobs has contributed to lower pay in the U.S. | 05/08/15 17:54:51 By - By Steven Thomma and Lesley Clark

Nike promises more U.S. jobs if Asia trade deal goes through

Looking to boost support for a controversial Asian trade deal, Nike on Friday announced that it would add thousands of jobs in the U.S. - if Congress goes along and the deal is finalized with a dozen Asian countries. | 05/08/15 10:17:14 By - Steve Thomma

New ‘sharp metal points’ to go up on White House fence

Security is being bolstered at the White House on a temporary measure as officials determine a long-term solution aimed at preventing intruders from jumping the fence and getting into the compound. | 05/07/15 19:28:53 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama taps Marine general as chairman of joint chiefs

President Barack Obama nominated Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Tuesday in a Rose Garden announcement. | 05/05/15 14:22:58 By - By Anita Kumar

After racial unrest in Baltimore, Obama expands program for minority boys

Following a recent spate of racial unrest in Baltimore, President Barack Obama announced Monday that he is turning his “My Brother's Keeper” program that helps boost opportunities for young minority boys into a new, non-profit foundation. | 05/04/15 17:23:29 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama library will be built in Chicago

President Barack Obama’s presidential library will be built in his adopted home of Chicago, according to various news reports. | 05/01/15 05:32:24 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama calls Baltimore rioters thugs, says entire country has work to do

President Barack Obama called on the nation Tuesday to engage in “soul searching” following riots in Baltimore sparked by what he said was the latest troubling encounter between police and African-American men. | 04/30/15 10:43:27 By - By Lesley Clark

WH stands by Obama’s use of ‘thugs’ to describe Baltimore rioters

The White House is standing by President Barack Obama’s decision to call those who looted stores and torched vehicles in Baltimore, “thugs,” despite some charges that the word is racially tinged. | 04/29/15 17:04:31 By - By Lesley Clark

At the Japan state dinner, Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu

The guest list for the state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, includes a host of lawmakers, administration officials, business leaders, Major League Baseball’s commissioner, ‘Scandal’ producer and Obama fundraiser Shonda Rhimes and George Takei, the actor who played Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. | 04/28/15 18:16:12 By - By Lesley Clark

John Legend calls out Bill Belichick for ogling wife Chrissy Teigen

The best red carpet photo from Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner was New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick ogling Chrissy Teigen, John Legend’s wife. | 04/28/15 12:02:24 By - Lisa Gutierrez

Obama: Japan PM visit a chance to say thanks for emojis

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House for an official visit and state dinner with an arrival ceremony full of pomp. | 04/28/15 11:15:56 By - By Lesley Clark

Hundreds invited, but then turned away, from White House event

Hundreds of people who were invited to the White House to watch the arrival ceremony Tuesday morning for the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday turned away at the gates after waiting in line for more than an hour on a cool morning. | 04/28/15 10:46:11 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama, Japan’s Abe visit Lincoln Memorial

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spent a few moments at the Lincoln Memorial today, ahead of the pomp and circumstance that starts tomorrow with an official visit and state dinner. | 04/27/15 18:07:18 By - By Lesley Clark

Widow of U.S. hostage lashes out at Obama policy toward captives

Elaine Weinstein, whose husband, Warren, was killed in January by a U.S. counterterrorism operation in Pakistan, called the assistance she received from the Obama administration after her husband’s 2011 abduction “inconsistent and disappointing.” | 04/27/15 19:25:27 By - By Hannah Allam

U.S. raid in Pakistan killed two hostages, Obama acknowledges

One of the hostages was American aid worker Warren Weinstein, who’d been kidnapped in 2011. The other was Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, 39, had been held since 2012. | 04/27/15 19:24:51 By - By Anita Kumar and Tom Hussain

Obama in Everglades: Threats from climate change ‘can’t be edited out’ of conversation

With a sawgrass prairie at his back and spring rain clouds darkening the sky, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast the beleaguered Everglades as the poster child for climate change. | 04/22/15 08:17:46 By - Jenny Staletovich and Patricia Mazzei

White House confirms it won’t call Armenian expulsion ‘genocide’

White House officials on Tuesday told representatives of Armenian advocacy groups that the Obama administration once again will avoid the word “genocide” to describe the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians when they were forcibly deported from what is now Turkey during World War I. | 04/21/15 19:01:15 By - By Mark Seibel

Obama honors NASCAR champ Kevin Harvick at White House

President Barack Obama honored Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team members Tuesday at the White House for winning the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. | 04/21/15 17:17:15 By - By Dian Zhang

Next president could be among nation’s oldest ever, or youngest

The 2016 presidential race is shaping up as an epic struggle between generations. | 04/20/15 16:37:37 By - By David Lightman

Obama meets Monday with crown prince of tiny UAE

When President Barrack Obama meets at the White House Monday with crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, he’ll be in conversation with a small, deep-pocketed Persian Gulf country that has mastered the art of public diplomacy to practically re-engineer Hollywood’s perception of Arab culture. | 04/19/15 18:15:28 By - By Tom Hussain

Obama to Senate: Approve Loretta Lynch nomination now

President Barack Obama on Friday called on Republicans to schedule a vote on his nominee to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, calling Loretta Lynch’s months-long wait a case of Senate “dysfunction” gone too far. | 04/17/15 16:42:20 By - By Lesley Clark

WH: Sen. Chuck Grassley in Washington ‘too long’

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest lashed out at congressional Republicans on Thursday for delaying a confirmation vote for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, suggesting Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley “has been in Washington too long.” | 04/16/15 16:54:30 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama drops Cuba from terror list, readies for showdown with Congress

President Barack Obama told Congress on Tuesday that he is removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, the latest action in his drive to normalize relations with the island but one that paves the way for a showdown with Congress. | 04/14/15 19:34:18 By - By Lesley Clark, Tim Johnson and Mimi Whitefield

Obama lobbies as Senate to start Iran debate

A key Senate committee will start debating a proposal Tuesday to assert a congressional say in a nuclear agreement with Iran, prompting President Barack Obama to ramp up efforts to stop the legislation he said would scuttle the deal. | 04/13/15 18:05:27 By - By Lesley Clark and William Douglas

Obama to hit South Dakota in May, his 50th state as president

President Barack Obama told a South Dakota television station that he’ll visit the state in May -- making it the 50th state he’s visited as president. | 04/13/15 18:07:46 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama travels to NC Wednesday

The White House announced Saturday that President Barack Obama will return to North Carolina next week. Specific details are to come, but White House officials said Obama will travel to the Charlotte, N.C., area on April 15 for an event on the economy. | 04/11/15 17:11:54 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Historic meeting: Obama, Cuba’s Castro vow to ‘turn page’ on bitter history

“Deep and significant differences” still exist between the two countries, Obama said, but “it’s time to turn the page.” For his part, Raúl Castro declared Obama “an honest man” and absolved him of responsibility for U.S. actions against Cuba. | 04/11/15 20:12:58 By - By Tim Johnson

Castro, Obama shake hands in Panama, set meeting for Saturday

The thaw in the lengthy diplomatic freeze between the United States and Cuba quickened Friday, with President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro shaking hands at an evening reception ahead of a more substantive face-to-face meeting set for Saturday. | 04/10/15 16:26:55 By - By Tim Johnson

Obama says decision nears on Cuba terror designation

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the State Department has made its long-awaited recommendation on whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, but he gave no hint of what had been recommended or on when a decision would be made. He said the recommendation was still subject to an inter-agency review. | 04/09/15 19:43:34 By - By Tim Johnson

Obama is waging an all-out campaign for Iran deal

Even as Iran’s supreme leader suggested another hurdle to a nuclear deal Thursday, President Barack Obama and his administration waged an aggressive coordinated campaign to stop Congress from interfering. | 04/09/15 19:03:29 By - By Lesley Clark

White House emphasizes impact of climate change on public health

The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled a long list of actions ranging from corporate and academic partnerships to community programs to highlight the health impacts of climate change. | 04/07/15 19:22:40 By - By Ellie Silverman

Obama drove deal that could end years of acrimony over Iran’s nuclear program

President Barack Obama scored a decisive win on Thursday with an agreement he says will prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon. | 04/02/15 20:00:00 By - By Lesley Clark, Hannah Allam and William Douglas

Iran talks could be pivotal to Obama’s legacy

President Barack Obama’s ambitious bid to limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities poses one of the greatest foreign policy challenges of his presidency. | 04/01/15 20:43:23 By - By Lesley Clark

Citing threats to national security, White House takes aim at cyberattackers

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Wednesday allowing the Treasury Department to impose financial sanctions on Internet attackers who pose a threat to U.S. national security. | 04/01/15 16:03:18 By - By Dian Zhang

Obama unveils plan to cut emissions

The Obama administration on Tuesday submit its plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by nearly a third over the next decade. | 03/31/15 17:20:42 By - By Anita Kumar

White House looking into Obama passport breach

The White House is looking into reports that details of President Barack Obama’s passport -- and those of other world leaders -- were accidentally disclosed by Australian immigration officials. | 03/30/15 12:46:58 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to travel to Africa in July

President Barack Obama will visit Africa this summer. | 03/30/15 11:36:49 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama defends consumer agency as it unveils controversial payday loan rules

President Barack Obama leaped to the defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday as the embattled federal watchdog agency unveiled proposed federal regulations to rein in payday lending. | 03/26/15 18:55:45 By - By Lindsay Wise and Lesley Clark

Pope Francis to visit White House

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Lady Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House on Sept. 23, the White House announced Thursday. | 03/26/15 11:53:53 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama slows U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan

The U.S. will maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year as President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday to slow the pace of withdrawal and give the war-torn country more time to secure itself. | 03/24/15 18:41:12 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama, Clinton meet behind closed doors

President Barack Obama met privately with Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic to replace him, Monday at the White House. | 03/24/15 07:17:28 By - By Anita Kumar

Students’ app to help struggling peers gains attention at White House

High school students Stephanie Lopez, Chloe Westphal and Amanda Arellano knew they wanted to help teens curb the pressures and anxiety that lead to suicide and depression. They didn’t know their innovative new app, Safe & Sound, would take them all the way to the White House. | 03/23/15 18:13:21 By - By Danielle Ohl

Taking the pulse of Obama’s health care law at age 5

With more than 50 congressional repeal votes, a near-death Supreme Court experience and a botched marketplace debut to its credit, the Affordable Care Act has had a tortured five-year existence as the Republican Party’s legislative enemy No. 1. | 03/23/15 07:39:14 By - By Tony Pugh

White House screens student films at 2nd yearly festival

President Barack Obama rolled out the red carpet Friday for 15 grade-school students, their films and celebrities at the second annual White House Student Film Festival. | 03/20/15 18:22:27 By - By Marissa Horn

No Obama P.I.

Reports that the Obamas may enjoy post White House life in a Hawaii house made famous in the Magnum P.I. television series are not true, the White House says. | 03/20/15 14:53:14 By - By Lesley Clark

Netanyahu’s tough rhetoric sparks discussion of U.S.-Israel ‘shared values’

For years, American politicians have waxed poetic about the “shared values” of the United States and Israel – ideals that typically aren’t spelled out but usually are taken to mean the basic tenets of Western democracy. | 03/19/15 19:55:02 By - By Hannah Allam

Obama: Republicans believe in ‘trickle-down economics’

A day after Republicans on Capitol Hill released their budget, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that they believe in “trickle-down economics” while he believes in "middle-class economics.” | 03/18/15 17:31:54 By - By Anita Kumar

US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. | 03/18/15 15:50:57 By - By Ted Bridis

Barbara Bush: I changed my mind

The former first lady who once openly opposed a presidential run by her son, Jeb, now says she’s changed her mind. | 03/18/15 15:16:32 By - By Lesley Clark

Oklahoma frat fallout: Some speech protected, some punished

Three times in in recent days, people uttering slurs against African-Americans were quickly punished. | 03/18/15 12:36:49 By - By David Lightman

White House is again refusing transparency, groups charge

The White House is exempting an office from compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, angering open-government advocates, who accuse President Barack Obama of not living up to his pledge to run the “most transparent administration in history.” | 03/17/15 17:59:39 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Obama to ‘young people’: Pot shouldn’t be a priority

Young people should be focused on climate change and jobs -- not the legalization of marijuana, President Barack Obama says. | 03/16/15 18:07:52 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to visit Phoenix veterans’ hospital, announce new panel to recommend VA fixes

President Barack Obama’s Veterans Affairs chief will announce a new advisory committee Friday to recommend fixes to the beleaguered department as the two visit one of its most troubled hospitals in Phoenix, Az. | 03/13/15 16:33:55 By - By Lesley Clark

Univision fires TV host over racist remarks about Michelle Obama

Univision fired Emmy-award winning Spanish-language television personality Rodner Figueroa after he said that First Lady Michelle Obama looked as if she were a member of the cast of the Hollywood film Planet of the Apes. | 03/12/15 16:53:38 By - Sara Moreno

Clinton Foundation taps Shalala as new leader

The Clinton Foundation announced on Wednesday that Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, will become the organization’s president and chief executive officer. | 03/11/15 16:52:54 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama and Clinton emailed using her personal account

President Barack Obama said in an interview this weekend that he didn’t know Hillary Clinton used a personal email account when she was at the State Department. | 03/09/15 17:59:53 By - By Anita Kumar

Poll: Americans are down on Obama’s foreign policy

President Barack Obama’s efforts against the Islamic State – as well as his entire foreign policy –is deeply unpopular in this country, a new McClatchy-Marist poll found. | 03/09/15 14:25:53 By - By David Lightman

Lockdown at White House as Obamas about to leave

The White House was locked down Saturday morning as the President and First Lady were about to leave for Selma, Alabama. | 03/07/15 11:25:33 By - By Steve Thomma

Film depicts James Baker as the indispensable political adviser

James A. Baker III was the quintessential loyal confidant who deferred publicly to the presidents he served. | 03/06/15 16:10:21 By - By Maria Recio

RNC requests IG investigation into Clinton emails

The Republican National Committee on Thursday asked the Inspector General of the State Department to investigate former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email to conduct government business. | 03/05/15 09:48:59 By - By Anita Kumar

White House struggles to explain Clinton email flap

As Republican lawmakers criticized Hillary Clinton Tuesday for using her personal email account to conduct government business at the State Department, the White House would not say whether the former Cabinet secretary violated federal law. | 03/03/15 17:25:42 By - By Anita Kumar

Bush jabs Clinton on email

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticized Hillary Clinton for failing to release personal email used to conduct government business while she was secretary of state. | 03/03/15 10:04:17 By - By Anita Kumar

Obamas to announce expanded program to provide girls an education

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will announce Tuesday that the administration, along with the Peace Corps, will expand a program to help adolescent girls across the world receive an education. | 03/03/15 07:09:36 By - By Ellie Silverman

Michelle Obama pitches fruits, veggies at health summit

First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday reaffirmed her commitment to healthy eating and encouraged a gathering of health and policy experts focused on ending childhood obesity to challenge themselves. | 02/26/15 17:44:30 By - By Ellie Silverman

Susan Rice calls upcoming Netanyahu speech to Congress ‘destructive’

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to a joint session of Congress next week ‘destructive’ to U.S.-Israel relations. | 02/25/15 15:16:09 By - By William Douglas

WH expresses support for VA Secretary, despite misstep

The White House acknowledged Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was wrong to falsely claim that he served in the U.S. military’s special operations forces, but said the slip shouldn’t effect his leadership of the embattled agency. | 02/24/15 14:47:55 By - By Lesley Clark

David Axelrod no fan of his ex-client John Edwards

In his new memoir, David Axelrod recounts his years as a top adviser to Barack Obama. Less flatteringly, he also describes his time as a consultant to the 2004 presidential campaign of then North Carolina Democratic Sen. John Edwards. | 02/23/15 13:32:27 By - Jim Morrill

Obama to announce retirement account change

President Barack Obama will head to the AARP Monday afternoon to announce a change in policies affecting retirement accounts -- part of a series of moves the White House says is aimed at boosting the middle class. | 02/23/15 06:17:19 By - By Lesley Clark

Michelle Obama: Education is the thread through civil rights

With veterans of the civil rights movement at her side, first lady Michelle Obama said Friday that the most important issue facing African-Americans today is education. | 02/21/15 08:03:31 By - By Danielle Ohl

Obama offers free admission to parks for fourth-graders

President Barack Obama announced a new program today to provide all fourth-grade students and their families free admission to national parks and federal lands for a full year. | 02/20/15 09:53:38 By - By Anita Kumar

Prince Charles to visit White House next month

The Prince is coming. Take two. | 02/20/15 09:52:20 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama: It’s ‘ugly lie’ that U.S. is at war with Islam

President Barack Obama on Thursday called for a global effort to curb terrorist groups, urging a roomful of world leaders to tackle the poverty and political strife that he said have become “magnets for violent extremism.” | 02/19/15 16:52:55 By - By Lesley Clark

Biden getting ready for 2016

Vice President Joe Biden is headling to New Hampshire next week. Wednesday he was in South Carolina and last week, it was Iowa. | 02/19/15 15:37:00 By - By David Lightman

Giuliani charges Obama doesn’t love America; Democrats fire back

President Barack Obama doesn’t love America, says former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. | 02/19/15 12:18:53 By - By David Lightman and David Goldstein

Democratic party’s liberal wing cheers Clinton-Warren meeting

The left wing of the Democratic party cheered news Tuesday that presumed presidential nominee Hillary Clinton recently met with progressive hero, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. | 02/17/15 17:32:03 By - By Anita Kumar

White House summit to address violent extremism

The White House will convene a three day summit to discuss ways to counter violent extremism, focusing on domestic and international efforts to prevent extremists from radicalizing Westerners and others. | 02/16/15 16:46:40 By -

Obama: No one in the US should be targeted for how they worship

President Barack Obama said Friday that no one should be targeted for what they look like or how they worship as he and First Lady Michelle Obama offered condolences to the families of three Muslim American students killed in Chapel Hill, N.C. this week. | 02/13/15 15:22:54 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama signs measure to help veterans

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a measure that aims to curb suicide among returning veterans as a bipartisan group of lawmakers looked on. | 02/12/15 17:42:35 By - By Lesley Clark

‘Yolo, man,’ President Obama and the selfie stick

President Barack Obama grabs a selfie stick for a portrait, dunks an imaginary basketball and sticks his tongue out in a video produced by BuzzFeed, which this week interviewed Obama at the White House. | 02/12/15 14:01:54 By -

Congress torn over Obama war power request

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for authorization to fight Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, Syria and beyond without ruling out ground troops, opening a debate on Capitol Hill over the extent of U.S. military involvement in fighting the group Obama says poses a “grave threat” to U.S. national security. | 02/11/15 18:36:49 By - By Lesley Clark and William Douglas

Obama sends Congress draft for war authorization

President Barack Obama has officially asked Congress for war authority to fight Islamic State militants, opening a debate on Capitol Hill over the extent of U.S. military involvement in fighting the group Obama says poses a “grave threat” to U.S. national security. | 02/11/15 10:40:20 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama misled voters on same-sex marriage, former adviser writes

President Barack Obama misled voters about views on same-sex marriage for his own benefit when he said in 2008 he opposed gay marriage for religious reasons, former top aide David Axelrod says in his new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. | 02/10/15 15:36:21 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama weighs sending arms to Ukrainian government

President Barack Obama said Monday that he was considering sending lethal aid to Ukraine but was holding back on a decision while hoping that economic sanctions and diplomatic talks would convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw from the country. | 02/09/15 17:21:06 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama: Weapons to Ukraine possible, but no decision

President Barack Obama said Monday he is considering providing lethal aid to Ukraine, but has not yet made a decision, expressing some hope that economic sanctions and diplomatic talks can succeed in convincing Russian leader Vladimir Putin to withdraw from the country. | 02/09/15 12:40:26 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama highlights fight against sexual assault at Grammys

President Barack Obama, in a video at the Grammys on Sunday, asked artists to use their influence to change attitudes about sexual violence. | 02/09/15 11:10:13 By - By Renee Schoof

Obama to colleges: skip the gourmet food, fancy gyms

President Barack Obama criticized university administrators Friday, saying they’d driven up the cost of college with high-priced extras such as gourmet food and lush fitness centers. | 02/06/15 18:15:38 By - By Anita Kumar

Biden to miss Netanyahu's speech

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to miss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress scheduled for next month. | 02/06/15 18:14:14 By - By Anita Kumar

Clinton far ahead in New Hampshire primary test

It’s Hillary Clinton by a landslide among New Hampshire Democrats. | 02/06/15 09:57:32 By - By David Lightman

Obama says people of all faiths have committed ‘terrible deeds’ in name of religion

President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned people who seek to use religion as a reason for carrying out violence, saying that kind of twisting and distorting is not unique to one religion, that even Christians engaged in the same behavior. | 02/05/15 17:04:46 By - By Anita Kumar

Earnest juggle: From pampering press to changing Pampers

Josh Earnest may have one of the hardest jobs in Washington. No, it’s not his role as White House press secretary, but being a father. | 02/04/15 18:13:21 By - By Danielle Ohl

Jeb Bush on his presidential father and brother

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lavished effusive praise on his father and brother on Wednesday, even as he acknowledged he’ll have to escape their shadow if he runs for president. | 02/04/15 15:01:52 By - By Lesley Clark

Long-serving Obama aide, Pfeiffer, to depart

Dan Pfeiffer, one of President Barack Obama’s longest-serving aides, will leave the White House next month. | 02/04/15 14:13:33 By - By Anita Kumar

Cary, N.C., voter joins Obama as he slams House vote on health law

A Cary, N.C., woman who says she can now afford health insurance was among a group of 10 Americans invited to the White House on Tuesday to stand behind President Barack Obama as he went on the offensive against House Republicans who voted again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. | 02/03/15 16:29:34 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Obama touts health care law success stories as lawmakers vote on repeal

President Barack Obama is looking to show off support of the federal health care law with an event today at the White House with 10 Americans from across the nation. | 02/03/15 09:40:48 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama budget could aid poor, GOP-led states like Mississippi

Amber Clay ticked off all the things she could buy with an additional $2,000 that President Barack Obama wants to give her each year: clothes, diapers, wipes, gas to drive to work and, most of all, day-care expenses for her 19-month-old daughter. | 02/03/15 17:13:49 By - By Greg Gordon and Regina Zilbermints

Millions of reasons federal spending goes up

Few things defy gravity more than federal spending. In the nation’s capital, what goes up does not come down. It goes up more. | 02/02/15 19:22:33 By - By Kevin G. Hall

President’s budget proposal nears $4 trillion

President Barack Obama proposed a $3.99 trillion federal budget Monday that would take more than $1 trillion from the wealthy and corporations to finance programs for the poor and middle class – a sweeping shift of wealth and a new approach to politics he hopes will define his legacy and frame the campaign for his successor. | 02/02/15 22:13:33 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

Obama plan to create new food safety agency worries consumer advocates

President Barack Obama’s proposal to create a new food safety agency within the Department of Health and Human Services is unpopular with consumer advocates, who warn it would undermine efforts to protect Americans from unsafe or tainted food. | 02/02/15 17:59:43 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obama’s budget would cut crop insurance subsidies

President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget plan finds $16 billion in savings over 10 years by slashing federal funding for crop insurance programs. | 02/02/15 17:06:23 By - By Lindsay Wise

In climate-change budget, EPA looks to states to cut carbon emissions

The White House’s proposed 2016 budget calls for a new $4 billion fund to reward states that make significant progress in reducing their carbon pollution. | 02/02/15 16:55:46 By - By Chris Adams

California parks, wildlife areas would benefit in Obama’s budget

California gets its share, and then some, from the Obama administration’s $4 trillion budget proposal delivered Monday to a skeptical, Republican-controlled Congress. | 02/02/15 16:54:49 By - By Michael Doyle

Budget proposal is Obama’s map back to big government

President Barack Obama wants the era of big government back. | 02/02/15 16:51:35 By - By David Lightman

Obama budget shuns the word ‘spending.’

President Barack Obama’s budget message Monday shuns the word “spending.” | 02/02/15 12:19:21 By - By Steve Thomma

If immigrants win under Obama order, does someone have to lose?

While most economists agree that Americans benefit from the contributions of immigrants, not all Americans appear to be affected equally. And some might be harmed. | 02/02/15 06:21:42 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Obama budget targets offshore trillions

President Barack Obama will propose a $3.99 trillion federal budget Monday that would tax trillions of cash kept offshore by U.S. business and use the proceeds to help finance a massive rebuilding of roads, bridges and mass transit at home. | 02/02/15 06:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar and Kevin G. Hall

Michelle Obama gives American Sniper a thumb’s up

The Clint Eastwood film, American Sniper, has drawn a storm of controversy, but First Lady Michelle Obama called it an honest depiction of military life. | 01/30/15 15:59:37 By - By Lesley Clark

Budget fight looms as Obama wants 7 percent spending hike

Setting up a showdown with the new Republican-controlled Congress, the Obama administration said Thursday that the president’s proposed 2016 federal budget would include a $74 billion increase in discretionary spending that blew past the caps in place under current budget law. | 01/29/15 22:26:57 By - By Lesley Clark and Kevin G. Hall

Obama to propose rolling back budget cuts, boost spending

President Barack Obama will propose a $74 billion hike in spending in his budget, an increase of about 7 percent, the White House said. | 01/29/15 13:00:35 By - By Lesley Clark

What is that 529 college savings plan Obama mentioned?

President Barack Obama’s about-face this week on his proposal to end college savings accounts called 529s, just days after proposing it in his State of the Union speech, left many Americans wondering just what they are and how they work. | 01/28/15 19:17:01 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama plays India card in Asian dance with China

Behind the pomp and largely behind closed doors, one issue lurked in the background of President Barack Obama’s visit to India: China. | 01/28/15 17:16:39 By - By Anita Kumar

In radio interview, Obama says his daughters wanted to come to India

President Barack Obama and new friend, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, told Indians a little more about themselves when they answered questions via social media on a radio show. | 01/28/15 12:12:47 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama drops proposed tax increase on college savings plans

Under bipartisan pressure, the White House Tuesday quietly abandoned a proposal to raise taxes on a popular program used to save for college. | 01/27/15 21:58:24 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Lesley Clark

Obama closes out India trip with speech focused on democracy, tolerance

President Barack Obama closed out his three-day trip to India Tuesday with a wide-ranging speech that focused on the vast similarities between the world’s largest democracies and a push for human rights. | 01/27/15 12:06:28 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama says White House drone points to ‘broader problem’

President Barack Obama says the drone that dropped into the White House grounds on Monday points to a “broader problem” -- balancing security and privacy with recreation and that he’s asked federal agencies to look into the issue. | 01/27/15 10:45:19 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama pays respect to Saudi king

Leading a delegation of high ranking government officials from past Republican and Democratic administrations, President Barack Obama landed in Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet with King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud and express condolences on the passing of King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz. | 01/27/15 09:50:51 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama opens Atlantic coastline to drilling off Virginia, NC, SC, Georgia

The Obama administration on Tuesday opened the door to oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in decades. | 01/27/15 07:14:46 By - By Sean Cockerham

Is Obama pro- or anti-drilling? It depends

President Barack Obama is attempting to create a legacy as both driller-in-chief and environmental champion, as he proposes to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness while also touting a drilling boom across the United States that he didn’t create. | 01/26/15 18:56:34 By - By Sean Cockerham

Secret Service investigates drone crash at White House

A small unmanned helicopter drone crashed onto the grounds of the White House early Monday morning, posing no threat but triggering an immediate lockdown at the executive mansion, which has been the subject of recent security breaches. | 01/26/15 17:57:36 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama watches the spectacle of India on parade

There were elaborate floats and colorfully attired children dancing, ornate floral displays and lots of soldiers, tanks and missiles. Even a camel-mounted military force complete with its own marching band. | 01/26/15 13:15:03 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama celebrates India’s colorful Republic Day

There were elaborate floats and colorfully attired dancing children, ornate floral displays and lots of soldiers, tanks and missiles. Even a camel- mounted military force complete with their own marching band. | 01/26/15 09:51:40 By - By Anita Kumar

India loves ‘Mobama’ the budding friendship of Modi, Obama

You know all about Brangelina. But here in India, there is “Mobama,” the budding friendship between U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. | 01/26/15 09:50:44 By - By Anita Kumar

Drone recovered on White House grounds

A small unmanned helicopter apparently being used for recreational purposes, crashed on the grounds of the White House early Monday morning, but White House officials said it posed no threat. | 01/26/15 07:45:28 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

US sales to Indian nuclear plants now cleared in new deal

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a deal Sunday to clear the way for American companies to help build India’s energy sector, potentially bringing tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the United States. | 01/25/15 14:31:58 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama and Modi talk climate in world’s most polluted city

In the world’s most polluted city, a layer of smog hangs over everything, thicker year after year. | 01/25/15 12:54:22 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to India: Let’s try this again

Things seemed to be going great in 2008 when the United States and India signed a landmark nuclear deal that was to bring tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the U.S. | 01/24/15 10:48:59 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama, Biden to attend House Dems retreat

President Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden will huddle next week with House Democrats at their retreat in Philadelphia. | 01/23/15 18:13:33 By -

Obama on YouTube: green lipstick, same sex marriage and dictatorship

President Obama fielded questions from the serious to the profane Thursday as the White House granted interviews to three YouTube personalities, including one who told Obama she believes that the Castros “put the dick in the dictatorship.” | 01/22/15 18:41:21 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama won’t meet with Netanyahu

President Obama won’t meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli Prime Minister comes to the U.S. in March to speak before both chambers of Congress -- and likely voice support for increased sanctions against Iran that the White House opposes. | 01/22/15 13:08:00 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama shuns South Carolina for, well, just about everywhere else

President Barack Obama was so close to the South Carolina state line in 2012 that had his Secret Service agents been smart, they would have hopped over the border from Charlotte, N.C., and into Fort Mill, S.C., to buy the cheaper gas for the presidential limo. | 01/21/15 18:33:53 By - By Franco Ordoñez

White House criticizes Netanyahu invite as breach of protocol

House Speaker John Boehner said today he’s invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next month, but the White House calls the invite a breach of protocol. | 01/21/15 16:07:41 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to Congress: Guantánamo prison makes no sense

Declaring “it’s not who we are,” President Barack Obama on Tuesday night appealed to Congress once again to let him close the prison camps at the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. | 01/21/15 10:14:29 By - Carol Rosenberg

Obama’s State of the Union speech in six easy steps

Here are six important takeaways from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. | 01/20/15 23:22:26 By - By Anita Kumar

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

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