Barack Obama Headlines

Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq's Amerli


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress on Monday that he had authorized air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the weekend in the Iraqi Shi’ite town of Amerli where Islamic State militants had trapped the civilian population.

Politics, World, Iraq 4:21pm EDT

Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround


MILWAUKEE - Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy.

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Sun, Aug 31 2014

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine.

Politics, Libya, Syria, Iraq 31 Aug 2014

Sat, Aug 30 2014

Car tied to suspected threat against Obama found in Connecticut


HAMDEN Conn. - A car sought in connection with a suspected threat against President Barack Obama has been located in Connecticut, authorities said on Saturday.

30 Aug 2014

Captives held by Islamic State prove tough quandary for Obama

WASHINGTON - After Islamic State's beheading of journalist James Foley, President Barack Obama's administration is making little headway in efforts to secure the release of three other Americans held by the insurgent group in Syria, officials said.

World, Politics 30 Aug 2014

Fri, Aug 29 2014

Obama unloads on Republicans, sees 'cynical genius'


NEWPORT R.I. - Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

29 Aug 2014

Obama feeds critics with bid for more time on Syria


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has bought some time with his decision to slow the march toward U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and provided fodder for critics who accuse him of dithering.

29 Aug 2014

Obama faces a tough sell in Congress for Islamic State strategy


WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to consult Congress about any expanded military action against Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, but support from the divided legislature is unlikely to come quickly - if at all.

Politics, Iraq 29 Aug 2014

Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.

Politics, Syria 29 Aug 2014

Thu, Aug 28 2014

Obama signals timing of new immigration measures in question


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he still planned to take steps on his own to improve the U.S. immigration system but that his timeline for taking action has been affected by the need to deal with a flood of migrant children from central America. | Video

28 Aug 2014

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.