Barack Obama

White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list

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WASHINGTON - Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama's search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday.

Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response after fourth case emerges

WASHINGTON - Republicans with an eye on next month’s congressional elections ratcheted up their criticism of President Barack Obama’s response to Ebola on Friday after the emergence of a fourth U.S. case heightened public anxiety about the disease spreading outside of West Africa.

Health, Politics 24 Oct 2014

U.S. warns of sanctions on buyers of Islamic State oil

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday threatened to slap sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State militants in an effort to disrupt what it said was a $1-million-a-day funding source.

23 Oct 2014

Obama says Canada shootings tragic, offers assistance

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called the shootings in Ottawa on Wednesday "tragic" and said they reinforced the need for vigilance against acts of violence and terrorism.

22 Oct 2014

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, some leave early

UPPER MARLBORO Md. - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, though the event was marred somewhat by early departures of crowd members and a yelling heckler.

Politics, U.S. 20 Oct 2014

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

UPPER MARLBORO Md. - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

Politics, U.S. 19 Oct 2014

Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola: Obama

WASHINGTON - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States but more than 100 people being monitored in case they contract the disease, President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to give in to "hysteria" about the spread of the virus. | Video

Politics, Health, U.S. 18 Oct 2014

Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that restrictions could make things worse.

U.S., Health, Africa, Politics 18 Oct 2014

Obama names Ebola 'czar' as West Africa death toll rises

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as U.S. Ebola "czar" on Friday as the global death toll from the disease that has ravaged three West African countries rose to more than 4,500. | Video

Health, U.S., Africa, Politics 17 Oct 2014

Obama signs order to tighten security for federal credit cards

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday to beef up security measures for federal credit cards, and urged banks and retailers to follow suit in an effort to combat the growing threat of identity fraud.

17 Oct 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.

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Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge

24 Oct 2014

JACKSON Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.