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Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans.

FILE - In this Tuesday June 17, 2014 file photo President Barack ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Obama marks World Refugee Day and growing numbers of displaced

By Michael Muskal As his administration works to deal with the growing number of immigrants from Central America illegally crossing the U.S. border to seek safety, President Obama on Friday commemorated World Refugee Day by praising those who flee persecution and the countries that help them. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama announces he is sending up to 300 troops back to Iraq as advisers

By William Branigin President Obama announced Thursday that he is sending up to 300 U.S. troops to Iraq to help Iraqi military forces deal with an onslaught by radical Islamist fighters inspired by al-Qaeda. Addressing the Iraq situation in a statement from the White House Briefing Room, Obama insisted that he would not ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Obama: US will send up to 300 military to Iraq

President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Boehner and congressional leaders met with President Barack Obama yesterday about ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Cheney slams Obama for Iraq, starts new group to oppose him

Former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, are ripping into President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy with a blast in the Wall Street Journal and the launch of a new group they say “will advocate for a restoration of American strength and power.”

Rep. Dick Cheney, R-Wyo., President ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


US races to close Iraq intelligence gaps as Obama rules out airstrikes

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com PRESIDENT OBAMA has ruled out carrying out airstrikes against Al Qaeda-inspired militants, pictured left, in Iraq due to a lack of sufficient intelligence to establish military targets, according to a Wall Street Journal report.Obama under pressure to detail Iraq strategy ahead of Hill meetingMilitants lay siege to Iraq's largest oil ...read more

Source: Fox News


Abu Khattala’s capture is an I-told-you-so moment for Obama. But it could be short-lived.

By Scott Wilson President Obama has long described the political aftermath of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, as a “sideshow,” a running series of partisan theatrics designed to embarrass the administration and inflame the conservative base. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Obama to tout manufacturing gains, highlight economic progress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will seek to highlight gains in advanced manufacturing in the United States during a trip to Pennsylvania on Tuesday as he tries to show how his administration is boosting economic growth without help from Republicans in Congress.

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Obama to sign executive order curbing discrimination against gays

By Christi Parsons, Michael A. Memoli President Obama plans to sign an executive order forbidding companies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, fulfilling a goal that gay rights organizations have sought for years. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama will propose vast expansion of Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary

By Juliet Eilperin President Obama on Tuesday will announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities, according to senior White House officials. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Obama: 275 US forces deploying to Iraq

President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq.

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014.

Iraqi federal policemen watch as ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Hiatt: Iraq highlights for Obama the threat of disengagement

By Fred Hiatt As the Middle East seemed to unravel last week, much of the blame-game debate centered on whether President Obama could and should have stationed a residual force of U.S. troops in Iraq after 2011. That's an important question. But it's part of a much bigger argument — one with daunting ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Obama says climate change deniers ignoring science

President Barack Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese, as he issued a call to action on global warming to Saturday's graduates of the University of California, Irvine.

President Barack Obama addresses the graduating class of the University of California, Irvine, at Angel Stadium ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Obama likens denying climate change to thinking the moon is made of cheese

By Katie Zezima ANAHEIM, Calif. — President Obama blasted members of Congress who do not believe in climate change Saturday, saying their view is a threat to the future. During a commencement speech to graduates of the University of California-Irvine, Obama said some in Congress duck the question of climate change by claiming ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Obama rules out sending ground troops to Iraq

By David S. Cloud, Kathleen Hennessey, Nabih Bulos As Islamic militants pushed closer to Baghdad, President Obama on Friday ruled out sending American ground troops into Iraq or engaging in any long-term military campaign, saying, "We're not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back in." ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama faces Keystone questions on trip to Indian Country

By Christi Parsons President Obama was honored by Native American tribal singers and dancers on Friday afternoon, but on his first presidential visit to Indian country he also heard from activists who want him to reject the Keystone pipeline project that could pass nearby. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama's 1st visit to Indian Country as president

President Barack Obama on Friday became only the fourth sitting U.S. president to set foot in Indian Country, encountering both the wonder of Native American culture and the struggle of tribal life on a breeze-whipped afternoon on the prairie. Amid snapping flags and colorful, feathered dancers, Obama declared that there ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


LIVES, BILLIONS LOST?US efforts in training Iraqi forces thrown into doubt

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com Obama tells Iraq leaders to fix crisis, reviews optionsExtortion, bank robbery fuel ISIS bloody drive to establish Sharia caliphate VIDEO: Obama says up to Iraqi's to solve their problems Shiite cleric calls on Iraqis to defend country as militants capture 2 more townsFOX NEWS FIRST: Can Obama let Baghdad ...read more

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Obama on Iraq security: We can't do it for them

President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing a range of options for countering the violent Islamic insurgency in Iraq, but he warned government leaders in Baghdad the U.S. will not take military action unless they move to address deep-seeded political troubles.

President Barack Obama talks about his administration's response to ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Obama says he will not send troops to Iraq but is considering ‘other options’

By Juliet Eilperin, Anne Gearan President Obama announced Friday that he would not send troops to Iraq but has asked his national security team “to prepare a range of other options” to counter the growing threat posed by radical Islamist insurgents who have seized territory in northern Iraq and are threatening the capital. Read full ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Obama to grads: I don't remember my graduation speaker

By Christi Parsons President Obama admitted to a high school graduating class Wednesday that he doesn't remember his graduation speaker, musing that that is probably because he was thinking about the party that would follow the ceremony. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama nomination for federal judgeship moving slowly in Senate

By Timothy M. Phelps Michael Boggs, the conservative Georgia Democrat whose nomination by President Obama for a federal district court judgeship has raised the ire of liberals, will not get a quick vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama: U.S. gun violence ‘off the charts’

In the wake of a shooting Tuesday morning at an Oregon high school, President Barack Obama spoke passionately about the need for gun control legislation while participating in a Tumblr question-and-answer session about college affordability.

President Barack Obama listens to a question during a Tumblr forum from the White House in ...read more

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Obama calls failure on gun regulation his 'biggest frustration'

By David Lauter The failure to win tougher background checks for gun purchases or other new firearms regulations are the "biggest frustration" of his term in office, President Obama said, as he decried school shootings that are "becoming the norm" in ways that "as a parent, are terrifying to me." ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama signs order to cap student-loan payments at 10% of income

By Christi Parsons President Obama on Monday signed an executive order that lets millions of college graduates cap their student loan payments at 10% of their income, a move he says will help “open the doors of opportunity for all.” ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Justice Alito's vote will be key in 3 cases challenging Obama's power

By David G. Savage, Timothy M. Phelps A week after President Obama's 2012 reelection, the conservative Federalist Society gathered 1,500 lawyers in black tie to hear one of their own, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., vow to hold the line against an ever-expanding federal government that "towers over people." ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


'Taliban dream team' freed from Gitmo for Bergdahl may live in luxury in Qatar

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com THE TALIBAN DETAINEES traded by the Obama administration for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are likely to live in comfort along with a number of their compatriots who are already living in the Qatari capital, sources tell Fox News.Taliban swap is Obama's first step to closing Gitmo, GOP lawmakers claimSource: Military advised ...read more

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Obama, Putin talk briefly at D-day 70th anniversary event

By Kathleen Hennessey Under the pall of another territorial crisis in Europe, President Obama and a cast of world leaders tried to set aside grievances Friday to commemorate the common cause and military might that turned the tide of war against global oppression seven decades ago. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama makes 'no apologies' for Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner exchange

By Christi Parsons, Michael A. Memoli President Obama said Thursday he would not apologize for trading five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who the White House says could have been killed if details had leaked before his release last weekend. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


TALIBAN DEATH THREAT?Sources question reason to keep Bergdahl deal secret

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com Obama digs in on Taliban-for-Bergdahl trade, vows 'no apologies'Taliban reportedly 'encouraged' to kidnap, swap more US soldiers for Gitmo prisonersFOX NEWS FIRST: Desperation drove Obama stumble on dealOPINION: How does Obama's record compare to Reagan's? ...read more

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Senate confirms Obama pick Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head HHS

By Noam N. Levey Sylvia Mathews Burwell sailed to confirmation Thursday as President Obama's next Secretary of Health and Human Services, picking up bipartisan support in the Senate despite Republicans' ongoing opposition to the Affordable Care Act. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama, allies say Russia has chance to rebuild ties with West

By Zachary A. Goldfarb BRUSSELS — President Obama on Thursday said Russia now has a chance to resolve the Ukrainian crisis and rebuild trust with the West but warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country would face harsher sanctions if he fails to take steps to support stability in Ukraine. Read full article ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Congressional Trust Is Collateral Damage in Bergdahl Swap

A sharp breach of trust between Congress and the Obama administration is being cited as collateral damage from President Obama's controversial executive decision to swap five ranking Taliban members for POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

The swap, which was done without any heads up to Congress, is the latest example of what ...read more

Source: ABC News


Obama vows to defend freedom in Europe, support democratic movements worldwide

By Zachary A. Goldfarb WARSAW — Surrounded by throngs celebrating Poland's 25 years of democracy, President Obama on Wednesday pledged to uphold the United States' longtime commitment to the defense of Eastern Europe against new threats, using the opportunity to deliver a resounding endorsement of democratic movements across the world. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Obama offers military aid to Eastern European allies

By Kathleen Hennessey, Sergei L. Loiko As fresh fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine, President Obama sought Tuesday to reassure allies in Eastern Europe with a new offer of military aid to bolster security and counter what he called "provocative actions" by Russia. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Obama defends decision to trade 5 Guantanamo detainees for Bergdahl

By Zachary A. Goldfarb WARSAW — President Obama on Tuesday strongly defended his administration's decision to return five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to the Taliban in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years of captivity, though he acknowledged that some of the released detainees could once again try ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


New Obama emission rules to impose strict caps on power plants

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com NEW PRESIDENT OBAMA emission rules are set to be announced aimed at cutting pollution from fossil fuel-burning power plants by 30 percent by 2030, despite claims from the US Chamber of Commerce that the measure will cause job losses and force plants to close. Obama suggests new emissions rules ...read more

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Obama sets out to reaffirm U.S. commitment to security, democracy in Eastern Europe

By Zachary A. Goldfarb With the long history of battles for democracy in Europe shadowing him, President Obama on Monday embarks on a week-long trip to Poland, Belgium and France that he hopes will convince the world that the United States remains a bulwark defending democratic government at the same time it closes the ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


SHINSEKI: HEADS ROLLING Before Obama meeting, VA chief ousts leadership at Phoenix facility

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com EMBATTLED VETERANS AFFAIRS Secretary Eric Shinseki — before meeting this morning with President Obama — promises to correct troubles within the VA system, starting with removal of leadership at scandal-plagued Phoenix, Ariz., facility.WWII vet to get benefits after 68 yearsMCCONNELL: Obama needs to work with Congress to address VA ...read more

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Obama plans 'serious conversation' with Shinseki

President Barack Obama planned to make a public statement after what he called a "serious conversation" with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki about whether he can stay in his job. Shinseki apologized to veterans for systemic problems plaguing the VA health care system.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki pauses as he ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


FOX NEWS FIRSTDems want Shinseki out, but will Obama oblige?

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com FOX NEWS FIRST: Dems demand Shinseki scapegoat, but will Obama oblige?OPINION: Vets died, VA lied — Heads must rollCAPITOL ATTITUDE: Late-night fireworks on Hill as VA officials face Congressional ireShinseki faces bipartisan calls to resignKURTZ: Media ratchet up pressure on White House as probe confirms VA cover-upVIDEO: Montel Williams demands ...read more

Source: Fox News


Obama: Too little info about youth concussions

President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people.

President Barack Obama applauds Victoria Bellucci, a 2014 graduate of Huntingtown High Shool in Huntingtown, Md., who suffered five ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


VA's Shinseki, facing growing calls to quit, set to meet with Obama

By Richard Simon As a growing number of lawmakers from both parties call for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, the retired general's fate is likely to be tied to his next meeting with President Obama, which could come as early as Friday. ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times