Barack Obama Headlines

Fri, Apr 24 2015

Republicans seen scrapping Ryan Medicare plan in U.S. budget push

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WASHINGTON - Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program.

24 Apr 2015

Thu, Apr 23 2015

Obama to Democratic trade critics: 'I take that personally'

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama fought back on Thursday against the biggest domestic obstacle to the Pacific trade pact he wants to conclude before he leaves office: the trade skeptics in his own Democratic party.

Obama to Democratic trade critics: 'I take that personally'

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama fought back on Thursday against the biggest domestic obstacle to the Pacific trade pact he wants to conclude before he leaves office: the trade skeptics in his own Democratic party.

Senate finally moves to confirm Lynch as attorney general

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to limit debate on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to become President Barack Obama's next attorney general in a procedural move intended to end a five-month deadlock that made her wait longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general combined.

23 Apr 2015

Wed, Apr 22 2015

In Florida's Everglades, Obama wades into climate change politics

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EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. - President Barack Obama strolled past reedy sawgrass and twisted mangrove tree roots in Florida's Everglades on Wednesday, part of a push to get Americans thinking and talking about the damage climate change is causing close to home. | Video

White House seeks greater power over emergency oil stocks

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration wants greater authority from Congress to tap the emergency oil reserve to control spikes in global petroleum prices, seeking a more aggressive role for the 40-year-old stockpile.

22 Apr 2015

Tue, Apr 21 2015

U.S. Treasury warns Congress currency push could derail Pacific pact

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WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers' proposals to sanction countries that deliberately weaken their currencies could derail a Pacific trade pact that is a key part of the Obama administration's pivot to Asia, the Treasury warned on Tuesday.

DEA chief to step down, Congress probes sex party leaks

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's chief will step down within weeks, the Obama administration said on Tuesday, as a congressional panel planned to examine whether DEA agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged. | Video

21 Apr 2015

White House seeks Silicon Valley help on strong yet breakable encryption

SAN FRANCISCO - The Obama administration hopes Silicon Valley technologists can think of a system with strong encryption that could be pierced legally by one party without opening the door to others, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Politics, Tech 21 Apr 2015

Obama threatens to veto bill over funding for U.S. consumer watchdog

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will veto a bill requiring the U.S. consumer watchdog to establish special advisory groups if the final version of the legislation cuts the level of funding available to the agency, the White House said on Tuesday.

21 Apr 2015
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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.