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  • At Northwestern, Obama touts economic gains Oct 2, 2014 6:58 PM
    President Barack Obama, in a speech at Northwestern University on Thursday, acknowledged his pivotal role in the midterm political campaign, arguing the November congressional elections are a referendum on his economic policies and blaming Republicans for blocking his efforts to boost wages and create more jobs.

     
  • Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress? Sep 12, 2014 9:29 AM
    The White House says Bush-era congressional authorizations for the war on al-Qaida and the Iraq invasion give Obama the authority to expand the fighting in Syria and Iraq without new approval by Congress under the 1973 War Powers Act. “The president has the authority, the statutory authority that he needs,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Others disagreed.

     
  • GOP lawmakers: Prisoner exchange violated law May 31, 2014 4:45 PM
    Two Republican lawmakers say President Barack Obama violated U.S. laws when he approved the exchange of an American soldier believed held by Islamist insurgents for five years for five Afghan detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

     
  • Obama: U.S. must lead globally but show restraint May 28, 2014 6:49 PM
    In a broad defense of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. remains the world’s most indispensable nation, even after a “long season of war,” but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.

     
  • Sept. 11 museum opens to relatives and survivors May 15, 2014 9:01 PM
    Victims' friends and relatives, rescue workers and 9/11 survivors descended into the space where the World Trade Center once stood and revisited the tragedy as the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum was dedicated by President Barack Obama as a symbol that says of America: “Nothing can ever break us.”

     
  • White House goes solar with roof panels May 10, 2014 1:31 PM
    The project required technicians to first drill down to the concrete on the White House roof, then use epoxy glue and threaded rods to install a gridded subassembly onto which the solar panels could be secured.

     
  • Obamacare to gridlock, all’s fair game for Obama’s jokes May 4, 2014 10:42 AM
    From the bungled rollout of “Obamacare” to New Jersey gridlock to the hue of John Boehner’s tan, all was fair game for President Barack Obama and his spirited but pointed humor when he took center stage as comedian in chief. At the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday, Obama observed that the House speaker’s fellow Republicans have lately been as critical of Boehner as they’ve been of him. “Which proves that orange really is the new black,” Obama said to roars of laughter.

     
  • Obama: May be time for more North Korea sanctions Apr 25, 2014 9:29 AM
    In a display of unity against North Korea’s provocations, President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned Pyongyang on Friday that it could face tougher sanctions if it follows through with threats to launch a fourth nuclear test.

     
  • Obama: Sectoral sanctions if Russia enters Ukraine Apr 25, 2014 9:30 AM
    The U.S. and Europe are laying the groundwork to sanction broad sections of Russia’s economy if Moscow invades eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama said Friday, even as he acknowledged those sanctions may fail to deter Vladimir Putin.

     
  • South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit Apr 24, 2014 7:14 PM
    When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 dead or missing, with the vast majority of the victims students from a high school near the capital of Seoul.

     
  • Obama commutes sentence made longer by typo Apr 15, 2014 12:02 PM
    President Barack Obama is commuting the sentence of an inmate who got a longer prison sentence because of a typo. Ceasar Cantu of Katy, Texas, is serving 15 years for trafficking marijuana and money laundering. But the judge based the sentencing on a mistake in his pre-sentencing report that resulted in 3 1/2 years’ extra time.

     
  • Russia tests Obama’s ability to stop its advances Apr 15, 2014 12:02 PM
    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations. Obama has vowed repeatedly to enact biting sanctions against Russia if the Kremlin tries to replicate its actions in Crimea elsewhere. Despite those warnings, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be testing Obama’s limits.

     
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit over drone strikes Apr 4, 2014 5:40 PM
    A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric.

     
  • Obama hams it up for health care on Funny or Die Mar 11, 2014 10:20 AM
    President Barack Obama is hamming it up online to promote his health care plan. Obama joked Tuesday with comedian Zach Galifianakis, including poking fun at the poorly reviewed “Hangover Part III” during an interview on the website Funny or Die. Galifianakis typically poses awkward questions to celebrity guests appearing on “Between Two Ferns,” and Obama was no exception.

     
  • State of Union: A speech its writers love to hate Jan 24, 2014 2:17 PM
    One of George W. Bush’s speechwriters once called this final stretch the “seven-day death march.”“It’s not a nice, neat process, I can tell you that,” said Jon Favreau, who led Obama’s speechwriting team for more than four years before leaving government a year ago.

     
  • For Obama, Congress, a last grasp at immigration Jan 7, 2014 9:57 AM
    His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. It will require a deft and careful use of his powers, combining a public campaign in the face of protests over his administration’s record number of deportations with quiet, behind-the-scenes outreach to Congress.

     
  • Hawaii overshadowed by Chicago for Obama library Dec 28, 2013 3:27 PM
    Not far from these wind-swept shores, Barack Obama was born and raised, soaking in an island sensibility that his family says he’s carried with him throughout his journey as president. Yet in the search for a home for his future presidential library, Hawaii is playing the underdog, overshadowed by Chicago and the commanding role it plays in Obama’s story.

     
  • Obama puts a rosy spin on rough presidential year Dec 20, 2013 9:40 PM
    In his annual year-end news conference, President Obama refused to dwell on his tumbling approval ratings, the disastrous rollout of his signature health care law or the pile of unfinished domestic priorities he leaves behind as he heads for a Christmas holiday in Hawaii. Asked whether this had been the worst year of his presidency so far, he laughed and said, “That’s not how I think about it.”

     
  • Obama visits activists fasting for immigration Nov 29, 2013 1:41 PM
    President Barack Obama has visited the activists who are fasting to protest House inaction on immigration legislation. On the day after Thanksgiving Obama stopped by a white tent on the National Mall where some activists have shunned all food except water for the past 18 days. A top labor organizer is among them.

     
  • Obama pardons turkeys as part of annual rite Nov 27, 2013 9:30 PM
    President Barack Obama spared two turkeys from the brine and the oven Wednesday, fulfilling the annual tradition of a presidential pardon for a couple of lucky birds ahead of Thanksgiving Day.

     
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