Barack Obama

Exclusive: Obama plan to 'Power Africa' gets off to a dim start

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JOHANNESBURG - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness".

Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo

WASHINGTON - Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday.

26 Nov 2014

Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House

WASHINGTON - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration.

26 Nov 2014

Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama's Thanksgiving turkey pardon

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country's Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course.

U.S., Politics, Turkey 26 Nov 2014

U.S. government says 462,125 people signed up for 2015 Obamacare plans

- Open enrollment for the second year of Obamacare individual health coverage brought in 462,125 people who chose their health plans in its first week, nearly half of whom were first-time customers, the U.S. government said on Wednesday.

U.S., Health 26 Nov 2014

U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report

GENEVA - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods.

26 Nov 2014

Flournoy withdraws from consideration as U.S. defense secretary: sources

WASHINGTON - Michele Flournoy, a former top U.S. Department of Defense official widely tipped as a possible replacement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the job, according to multiple sources familiar with the circumstances.

25 Nov 2014

Obama deeply worried and 'disappointed' by Ferguson violence

CHICAGO - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday anyone who destroys property in rioting against a Missouri grand jury's decision should be prosecuted, urging Americans upset by the court to work together to improve race relations. | Video

25 Nov 2014

Obama heckled over immigration policies in Chicago appearance

CHICAGO - President Barack Obama was interrupted several times by hecklers during a speech on his immigration policy on Tuesday, and their complaint was that his plan did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants from deportation.

Politics, U.S. 25 Nov 2014

Top Democrat says Obama focus on healthcare in 2009 was mistake

WASHINGTON - A top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats made a major political blunder in 2009 when they chose to focus on healthcare reform instead of concentrating on fixing the economy.

25 Nov 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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Romney tops Republican poll for '16; ahead of Clinton in election

26 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.