Tag Archives: President Obama

Milbank: Obama’s political bogey on the golf course

By Dana Milbank On June 14, Sunni rebels threatened Baghdad after seizing much of Iraq — and President Obama fearlessly played a round at the Sunnylands Golf Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The next day, the militants posted pictures of their mass execution of Shiite members of Iraq's security forces — and ...read more

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Editorial: Obama’s wrongheaded reluctance to help the moderate opposition in Syria

By Editorial Board AS THE TERRORIST group known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) rampages across Iraq, the illogic of President Obama's reluctance to help the moderate opposition in neighboring Syria becomes ever clearer. The Syrian Free Army wants to fight the jihadists. But as ISIS consolidated gains in Iraq last ...read more

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New House majority leader Rep. McCarthy: Blame Harry Reid for DC mess

By Joseph Tanfani Rep. Kevin McCarthy, in his first appearance on the Sunday news talk shows as House majority leader, said he thinks the often fractious Republican caucus can do business with President Obama – but Senate Democrats might be tougher. ...read more

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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

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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

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Lawmakers, allies reportedly press White House to push out Iraq PM

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com AS PRESIDENT OBAMA mulls military action in Iraq, lawmakers in Congress and Arab diplomats reportedly press the administration to call on Iraq's political parties to form a new government without Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, far left. Outgunned Kurds hope looming Baghdad battle buys them some timeBaghdad claims security forces hold ...read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Hillary Clinton Interview: 21 Revealing Quotes

Hillary Clinton sat down with ABC's Diane Sawyer for an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, coinciding with the release of her new memoir, "Hard Choices." In it, Clinton weighed in on everything from her 2016 timetable to Benghazi to her hobbies after life as President Obama's secretary of state. ...read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'NO APOLOGIES': Obama digs in against Taliban-for-Bergdahl critics

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com PRESIDENT OBAMA, facing mounting bipartisan criticism over the trade of 5 Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, says he would make 'no apologies' for returning a soldier to his parents.Taliban reportedly 'encouraged' to kidnap, swap more US soldiers for Gitmo prisonersCAPITOL ATTITUDE: From security to Constitution, Bergdahl trade breaks open ...read more

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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

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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

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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

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Massad Is Confirmed as Chairman of Futures Commission

By By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON The Senate confirmed the nomination of Timothy G. Massad as chairman of the Commodity Futures Commission, as well as President Obama's two other commissioners, Sharon Y. Bowen and J. Christopher Giancarlo. ...read more

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Obama concedes freed Taliban inmates 'absolutely' a risk, defends swap

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com PRESIDENT OBAMA, in his first public comments on controversial trade of five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl since the deal was announced, acknowledges there's 'absolutely' a risk that the former Guantanamo inmates — whom GOP lawmakers say are 'hell-bent' on killing Americans — will try to return to the ...read more

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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

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U.S. announces $1 billion program to boost military presence in Eastern Europe

By Zachary A. Goldfarb WARSAW — The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama would seek up to $1 billion to support an increased military presence in Eastern Europe, in an effort to reassure allies that the United States will rebuff Russian encroachments in the region. Read full article >> ...read more

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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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Republicans criticize prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

By David S. Cloud Senior Republicans criticized President Obama on Sunday for releasing five high-ranking Taliban prisoners to secure the return of an American prisoner of war, arguing that it breached longstanding U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists. ...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

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EPA to make President Obama's big move on climate change

By Kathleen Hennessey — When the Obama administration unveils its much-anticipated proposal to curb power plant emissions, this cornerstone of the president's climate change policy — the most significant environmental regulation of his term — will not be declared in a sun-bathed Rose Garden news conference or from... ...read more

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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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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

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Obama to target power plants' carbon dioxide emissions

By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau CHICAGO — On Monday, President Obama plans to unveil what is likely to be the most significant initiative of his presidency to combat climate change: a new rule to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, the country's single greatest source of the heat-trapping gas. ...read more

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At West Point, Obama defends his moderation-based foreign policy

By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey With the end of the nation's longest war in sight, President Obama on Wednesday outlined his vision for a U.S. foreign policy that is skeptical of new military engagements and prepared to juggle high-tech threats, rising regional powers and terrorist hot spots. ...read more

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Obama delays deportation review, putting immigration onus on GOP

By Lisa Mascaro, Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey The White House's surprise decision Wednesday to delay a review of deportations once again revived the immigration debate, shifting focus away from President Obama — who has increasingly come under fire from immigrant advocates as the "deporter in chief" — and throwing the issue back into the... ...read more

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Obama wants to set up new $5 billion counterterrorism fund

By David Nakamura, William Branigin WEST POINT, N.Y. — President Obama on Wednesday outlined a new approach to foreign policy in this second term in tandem with the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, seeking to strike a balance between those who want to avoid “foreign entanglements” and “interventionists on the left and right” who ...read more

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Obama delays deportation review to give immigration bill a chance

By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey President Obama will not make changes to America's deportation system for at least two months, administration officials said Wednesday, to give House Republican leaders more time to search for votes for an overhaul of immigration laws. ...read more

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Obama to host a White House summit on growing conerns over sports head injuries

By Juliet Eilperin Chatting about football in the Blue Room of the White House this week with President Obama, Maria Hanes brought up the Chicago Bears' 1985 Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon — only to have Obama finish her sentence. Read full article >> ...read more

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U.S. to have only 9,800 troops in Afghanistan by year's end

By Christi Parsons, David S. Cloud President Obama's plan to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to fewer than 10,000 by year's end seeks to balance fear that a speedier withdrawal would push Afghan forces to collapse against his desire to end more than a decade of war.President Obama's plan to reduce the number ...read more

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Editorial: President Obama continues his retreat from Afghanistan

By Editorial Board YOU CAN'T fault President Obama for inconsistency. After winning election in 2008, he reduced the U.S. military presence in Iraq to zero. After helping to topple Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011, he made sure no U.S. forces would remain. He has steadfastly stayed aloof, except rhetorically, from the conflict ...read more

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Obama to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, senior official says

By Karen DeYoung President Obama has decided to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan for one year beyond the withdrawal of combat forces in December, according to a senior administration official. The troops will include both forces to train and advise Afghanistan's military and a separate group of Special Operations forces to continue ...read more

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Obama seeks to cut troop level in Afghanistan to 5,000 by end of 2015

By Christi Parsons, David S. Cloud President Obama is planning to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the U.S. ends its combat mission this year, but will quickly cut that number roughly in half by the end of 2015, a senior administration official said Tuesday. ...read more

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Hillary Clinton says in memoir she formed ‘unexpected partnership’ with Obama

By Sean Sullivan Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in her soon to be released memoir that she formed an "unexpected partnership and friendship" with President Obama. Reflecting on her tenure as the nation's chief diplomat, Clinton writes, "These years were also a personal journey for me, both literally (I ended ...read more

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Robinson: Talking about race is no black-and-white matter

By Eugene Robinson When Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) remarked last week that some of the opposition to President Obama's Affordable Care Act is “maybe he's of the wrong color,” he was just saying out loud what many people believe. And no, he wasn't calling Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) a “racist.” Read full article ...read more

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White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan

By Greg Miller The CIA's top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama's surprise visit with U.S. troops. Read full article >> ...read more

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Obama arrives in Afghanistan for surprise visit

By Scott Wilson BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — President Obama arrived in Afghanistan Sunday for an unannounced visit to mark Memorial Day with U.S. troops, now in the final months here of America's longest war, and to begin final discussions over the size of the U.S. force that will remain beyond the end ...read more

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Obama will explain 'interventionist' foreign policy at West Point

By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey After months of running his foreign policy like a firefighter responding to alarms, President Obama is worried that Americans don't understand his overall approach and plans to launch a campaign to explain it over the coming months. ...read more

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VA UNPREPARED? Hundreds of jobs unfilled as wait times grow

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com Democratic Senate candidates break with Obama, call for Shinseki's resignation Pelosi blames Bush for VA scandalVIDEO: Is President Obama allowing the VA scandal to become a political circus? OPINION: We owe it to our vets to seek fundamental reform in VA ...read more

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In Cabinet musical chairs, Obama sheds light on his plans for remainder of term

By Zachary A. Goldfarb On the surface, the game of musical chairs being played this week in President Obama's Cabinet seems intended to elevate the star of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who is being nominated to lead the Department of Housing and Urban development and is seen as a potential vice presidential candidate ...read more

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Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks: beauty preserved or federal land grab?

By John M. Glionna Whenever Washington creates a federal park — just as President Obama did this week, designating a half-million acres along the U.S.-Mexico border as the newest national monument — environmentalists cheer about the preservation of precious land and outdoors types start planning trips to new... ...read more

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Obama to nominate Julian Castro as HUD secretary

By Katie Zezima President Obama is scheduled to announce Friday that he will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Castro will replace Shaun Donovan, who Obama will name as head of the White House Office of Management and Budget, a White House official said. ...read more

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Climate change a wedge issue in 2014? Billionaire Tom Steyer hopes so

By Evan Halper One of President Obama's wealthiest supporters is pledging to spend at least $50 million in a bid to make climate change the central issue in hotly contested elections in New Hampshire, Florida, Michigan and a handful of other battleground states. ...read more

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Obama’s revamp of anti-terror policies stalls

By Karen DeYoung A year after President Obama announced a major new counterterrorism strategy to take the country beyond the threats that flowed directly from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, much of the agenda he outlined remains unfinished or not even begun. Read full article >> ...read more

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At least for now, Obama stands by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

By Kathleen Hennessey, Richard Simon As the investigation into complaints that VA facilities have concealed long waits for healthcare widened Wednesday, President Obama vowed he would not tolerate misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs and stood by the agency's chief — for now. ...read more

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Obama defends his veterans policies and vows accountability in health-care scandal

By Juliet Eilperin, Ed O’Keefe President Obama delivered a forceful defense of his veterans policies Wednesday, saying that caring for veterans and their families is “one of the causes of my presidency” and vowing to punish those responsible for long wait times and other serious problems at military medical centers. Read full article >> ...read more

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US military team heads to Chad to help find kidnapped Nigerian girls

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS the US has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help locate the nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria by Islamist militants Boko Haram.15-year-old victim of Boko Haram takes her story to Capitol HillNigerian Islamists kill 26 in two attacks, police sayVIDEO: Bolton says Boko Haram's threat ...read more

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Senate panel OKs Sylvia Mathews Burwell as health secretary

By Noam N. Levey A Senate panel Wednesday recommended approval of President Obama's pick to oversee implementation of the Affordable Care Act, all but assuring Sylvia Mathews Burwell's confirmation as the next secretary of Health and Human Services. Eight Republicans joined all 13 Democrats on the Senate... ...read more

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Obama sets timeline for VA review, defends his record on veterans

By Juliet Eilperin President Obama said Wednesday that he had ordered his top deputies to complete their review of what has gone wrong in the Veterans Affairs' health system within a month, adding that if veterans are not receiving the care they deserve, “I will not stand for it.” Read full article >> ...read more

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Fact Checker: Cheney’s claim that Obama dropped Bush’s missile defense plan after a ‘mere request’ from Putin

By Glenn Kessler “At the mere request from Putin, President Obama withdrew the plans for a missile defense program based in Poland and the Czech Republic. He's demonstrated repeatedly, I think, that he, in fact, can be pushed around, if you will, by the Putins. ….What we did at the time [during the ...read more

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White House, CIA end use of vaccine programs as cover for spying

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com PRESIDENT OBAMA'S top counterterrorism adviser says the CIA has agreed to stop using vaccination and immunization programs as cover for spy operations like those run by Pakistan doctor Shakil Afridi, left, in the months prior to Usama bin Laden's death. Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped US find bin ...read more

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Obama to make 500,000 acres in New Mexico off limits to developers

By Juliet Eilperin President Obama will create the largest national monument of his tenure on Wednesday, making nearly 500,000 acres of southern New Mexico off limits to development. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region has petroglyphs from three Native American societies in its canyons, as well as desert grasslands and a petrified forest. The ...read more

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Mississippi martial arts instructor gets 25 years in ricin case

By Michael Muskal, Matt Pearce A man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on Monday for mailing ricin to President Obama and other officials in the latest turn through the legal maze involving a martial arts instructor, an Elvis impersonator and a plea deal that was again on after the defendant initially pleaded... ...read more

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N.H. police commissioner who used racial slur in reference to Obama resigns

By Wesley Lowery WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Town officials confirmed Monday that the 82-year-old police commissioner who was heard publicly calling President Obama the n-word — sparking nationwide outrage — has tendered his resignation. Read full article >> ...read more

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White House: Obama 'madder than hell' about veterans care scandal

By Edmund Sanders With pressure mounting over the Veterans Affairs scandal, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Obama was "madder than hell" over allegations of inadequate medical care for veterans. But while McDonough voiced confidence in embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki'... ...read more

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Obama faces growing Dem dissent on Capitol Hill as midterms draw near

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com PRESIDENT OBAMA is encountering an increasingly resistant Democratic caucus on Capitol Hill as lawmakers in his party break with him on a series of issues, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, taxes and trade, in the run-up to the November midterm elections.Republicans eye Senate pick-up in unlikely territory — OregonFox ...read more

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro tapped to lead HUD

By Holly Yeager, Ed O’Keefe President Obama has tapped San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a Cabinet reshuffling that would add a Hispanic to an administration that has faced criticism for not appointing more minorities to top jobs. Read full article >> ...read more

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Obama considering tapping San Antonio's Mayor Castro for HUD post

By Kathleen Hennessey President Obama is considering tapping San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a person familiar with the matter. Castro's elevation to the administration post would raise the profile of a 39-year-old mayor who, along with his twin... ...read more

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Julian Castro being considered for HUD secretary

By Ed O'Keefe San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is being considered for service in President Obama's Cabinet -- most likely leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development -- and the mayor is "strongly considering" the position, according to two government officials familiar with the process. Read full article >> ...read more

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VA official out over vet deaths scandal — but is it more 'damage control'?

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com BATTLING TO TAMP DOWN yet another scandal, the Obama administration on Friday announced the resignation of top VA official amid questions over patient deaths — the official, though, already was planning to retire, fueling concerns President Obama is not taking the allegations seriously.Republicans put heat on Obama over VA scandalOPINION: ...read more

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White House aide named by Obama to oversee health-care law, other priorities

By Juliet Eilperin President Obama on Friday is appointing longtime White House aide Kristie Canegallo as deputy chief of staff for policy implementation, overseeing issues including the continuing rollout of the Affordable Care Act to better the integration of technology in the nation's classrooms. Read full article >> ...read more

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Obama feels heat over VA scandal

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com REPUBLICANS ARE PUTTING the heat on President Obama over allegedly fatal health care delays in the VA health care system, with House GOP Leader Eric Cantor demanding he personally answer for the burgeoning scandal. VA watchdog says federal prosecutors involved in scandal probe, charges possible ...read more

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N.H. police commissioner won't apologize for calling Obama the N-word

By Matt Pearce Dear New Hampshire: The 21st century would like to have a few words with you. The residents of Wolfeboro are demanding the resignation of a town police commissioner after he called President Obama the N-word and then refused to apologize for it. “I believe I did use the 'N' word ...read more

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Senate's top Democrat opposes controversial Obama judicial pick

By Michael A. Memoli In a rare break with the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced his opposition to President Obama's controversial pick for a seat on the federal bench in Georgia. Reid's comments Thursday about the nomination of Michael Boggs are a potentially fatal blow to Boggs'... ...read more

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At 9/11 memorial, President Obama praises the day's heroes

By Kathleen Hennessey President Obama praised the love, compassion and sacrifice that Americans displayed amid tragedy as the true “spirit of 9/11” on Thursday as he helped dedicate a memorial built on the site of that day's terror attacks. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, revealed the “character of our nation,”... ...read more

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‘Net neutrality’ puts FCC at center of storm

By Cecilia Kang Silicon Valley once cheered the election of President Obama, comforted by his stance that Internet service providers should be banned from charging Web sites such as Facebook or Netflix for faster access to American homes. And for much of the past six years, tech firms felt shielded from the possibility ...read more

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Obama health nominee wins bipartisan support

By Noam N. Levey President Obama's pick to assume oversight of his signature health law received added bipartisan support Wednesday as more Republicans joined Democrats backing her nomination for secretary of Health and Human Services. The growing support all but guarantees that Sylvia Mathews Burwell will be... ...read more

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Obama vows to cut red tape to speed up construction projects

By Kathleen Hennessey President Obama on Wednesday vowed to speed up major construction projects by cutting federal red tape, part of his push to show he can make an impact without relying on Congress. With the Tappan Zee Bridge and its partially built replacement looming behind him, Obama said his... ...read more

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Veterans deaths cast cloud over future of VA Secretary Shinseki

By Lisa Mascaro Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has faced tough battles before. He's a twice-wounded Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was a harsh critic of George W. Bush's strategy for the invasion of Iraq. But whether Shinseki, who is one of President Obama's longest-serving Cabinet... ...read more

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Democrats should run on Obamacare, Bill Clinton says

By Maeve Reston  Bill Clinton encouraged Democrats to run on President Obama's healthcare law Wednesday, saying it was bringing down the cost of healthcare in the U.S. and that with 8 million people enrolled, "we're rockin' along pretty good here." Vulnerable Senate Democrats, including in Clinton's home... ...read more

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Obama will promise to speed up construction projects by reducing red tape

By Kathleen Hennessey President Obama on Wednesday will promise to speed up major construction projects by cutting federal red tape, part of his push to show he can make an impact without relying on Congress. Obama plans to head to New York State's Tappan Zee Bridge, site of one of the biggest engineering ...read more

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Gov. Brown’s revised budget proposal boosts spending for Medi-Cal

By Chris Megerian SACRAMENTO — Enrollment in the state's healthcare program for the poor has soared past expectations as a result of President Obama's federal overhaul, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday, and by next year about a third of Californians will be covered, costing hundreds of millions of dollars more than... ...read more

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Obama court nominee faces tough questions from Senate Democrats

By Michael A. Memoli President Obama's controversial pick for a federal judgeship in Georgia told senators that votes he cast as a state legislator would not be "indicative" of how he would decide cases, as he sought to win over Democrats skeptical of his record on civil rights, abortion and other politically... ...read more

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Category: After the Manuscript, Viewpoints, Mari Selby

    

Agents played key role in California's Obamacare enrollment

By Chad Terhune As enrollment neared under the Affordable Care Act, both President Obama and California officials boasted that signing up for health insurance would be as easy as ordering a book from Amazon.com or buying a plane ticket online. With that in mind, Covered California's executive director, Peter... ...read more

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Obama hopes to win over voters with renewed focus on climate change

By Maeve Reston, Kathleen Hennessey President Obama capped a weeklong focus on climate change with a push for greater energy efficiency, a pitch particularly attuned to reaching two groups: big-dollar donors in the green movement and activists once inspired by his 2008 ambition to heal the planet. Both groups will play a role... ...read more

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Solar panels here to stay atop White House roof

By Juliet Eilperin The White House has completed installing solar panels on the First Family's residence a process it started back in 2010. President Obama who will announce the project's completion as part of a broader push to expand solar energy deployment in the private and public sectors took up the gauntlet nearly ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Obama's pick to head Health and Human Services draws GOP support

By Noam N. Levey President Obama's pick to take over the administration of his signature health law drew support Thursday from several Republicans in her first appearance before a congressional committee, signaling her likely confirmation to head the Department of Health and Human Services. “Regardless of... ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

North Korean screed against Obama illustrates ‘race-based’ worldview

By Chico Harlan SEOUL — In a recently published and lengthy racist screed, North Korea calls President Obama a “clown,” a “dirty fellow” and somebody who “does not even have the basic appearances of a human being.” Propriety has never been a part of North Korean rhetoric, but rarely has Pyongyang so ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

Obama hangs with Spielberg, Springsteen at benefit

President Obama shared a table with Steven Spielberg and Bruce Springsteen at a benefit dinner, but broke away to chat with Barbra Streisand and Samuel L. Jackson.

Bruce Springsteen performs during the USC Shoah Foundation's 20th anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity gala in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

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Source: The Sacramento Bee

    

Obama suggests sense of powerlessness in confronting the world’s evils

By Zachary Goldfarb LOS ANGELES -- President Obama suggested on Wednesday night that he feels a sense of powerlessness in confronting some of the world's worst humanitarian challenges -- despite his role as leader of the planet's richest and strongest power. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post

    

President Obama raises money for Senate Democrats in Bel-Air

By Maeve Reston President Obama made a somber plea before an intimate crowd of some of Hollywood's biggest donors Wednesday night, asking for help energizing disillusioned voters to give Democrats a chance of keeping their Senate majority in the midterm election. "I'm in trouble at home," the president joked... ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times

    

Obama tours tornado damage, says Arkansas 'not doing this work alone'

By Kathleen Hennessey President Obama on Wednesday toured streets strewn with debris and wrecked homes in Vilonia, Ark., promising the federal government would help the town recover from a tornado that killed 15 people last month. In brief remarks from a rubble-filled subdivision, Obama said he'd come to make sure... ...read more

Source: Los Angeles Times