Barack Obama Headlines

In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyers

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say lawyers for the detainees.

U.S., Politics 1:15am EDT

Thu, Sep 18 2014

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group.

Syria, U.S., Politics 18 Sep 2014

Obama says Congress vote shows Americans united against Islamic State

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Syria, U.S., Politics 18 Sep 2014

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group.

Politics, U.S., Syria 18 Sep 2014

U.S. Senate to cast final vote on arming Syrian rebels

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday was poised to approve President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants.

World, Syria, Politics 18 Sep 2014

Ukraine president secures U.S. military aid but not weapons

WASHINGTON - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko secured $53 million in assistance from the United States on Thursday but President Barack Obama for now turned down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists.

World, Russia 18 Sep 2014

Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

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WASHINGTON - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. 

Politics, World 18 Sep 2014

Wed, Sep 17 2014

House votes to arm Syrian rebels

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

U.S., Politics, World, Syria 17 Sep 2014

Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

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WASHINGTON - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. 

Politics, World 17 Sep 2014

U.S. advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting

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MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. - Some U.S. military advisers could end up in front-line positions in the fight against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Wednesday, although President Barack Obama vowed that America would not fight another ground war in Iraq.

Politics, World 17 Sep 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.