Barack Obama Headlines

Thu, Jan 29 2015

Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to Congress could hurt Iran talks


PHILADELPHIA - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.

Politics, Israel 29 Jan 2015

Pelosi hopes to advance Obama trade agenda, wants protections

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday she would like to find a way to grant the Obama administration "fast-track" trade negotiating authority while meeting the concerns of many Democrats about major new free-trade deals.

29 Jan 2015

Wed, Jan 28 2015

Obama's attorney general pick aims to smooth DOJ ties with Congress


WASHINGTON - Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to make a clean break from the testy relationship her predecessor had with Congress, while supporting the legality of the administration's controversial actions on immigration.

28 Jan 2015

U.S. government says Obamacare could affect up to 29 percent of taxpayers


WASHINGTON - The Obama administration estimates that up to 29 percent of U.S. taxpayers could have to take the law known as Obamacare into account as they complete their 2014 income tax returns, officials said on Wednesday.

Politics, U.S., Health 28 Jan 2015

Romney takes aim at Obama, Hillary Clinton in new speech


WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney, considering whether to run for president a third time, on Wednesday will take aim at President Barack Obama's handling of foreign policy and by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate.

28 Jan 2015

House passes bill to pressure regulators on LNG exports

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to speed permits for exports of natural gas, a measure that even if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama, is not expected to help bring much new fuel to global markets.

28 Jan 2015

Exclusive: Spending- why 'red' states shoulder the deepest cuts under Obama


WASHINGTON, Jan 28 - As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters. | Video

28 Jan 2015

Obama: Netanyahu meeting before Israel election 'inappropriate' - CNN interview


WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said he declined to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli leader's visit to the United States in March because it would be "inappropriate" two weeks before an election in that country.

Politics, Israel 28 Jan 2015

Tue, Jan 27 2015

White House seeks $534 billion base defense budget, $51 billion for wars


WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will seek a base defense budget of $534 billion when it sends its 2016 spending request to Congress next week, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a figure that exceeds federal caps by $35 billion and could trigger mandatory cuts.

27 Jan 2015

Obama dropping plan to tax college savings


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has dropped a controversial proposal to tax "529" college savings plans, a White House official said on Tuesday, calling it a "distraction" from administration efforts to provide middle-class tax relief.

Politics, U.S. 27 Jan 2015

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.