Barack Obama

Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

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WASHINGTON, Sept 22 - President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November's congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan's seminal campaign question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

White House intruder was armed with knife: officials

WASHINGTON - The Texas man arrested on Friday for charging at the White House was armed with a knife when he climbed a fence and made it into the executive mansion after President Barack Obama had departed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Saturday.

20 Sep 2014

U.S. won't telegraph when Syria strikes will begin: Rice

WASHINGTON - Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign on Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations.

World, Syria, United Nations 19 Sep 2014

Spending, war disputes to dog post-election, lame-duck Congress

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress will face a contentious post-election session in November dominated by a longer-term spending bill and more wrenching questions over President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

19 Sep 2014

White House anti-assault campaign uses stars, sports to reach campuses

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who have long talked about the need to curb sexual assault at universities, got some help on Friday from the people many young adults actually listen to: celebrities and athletes. | Video

In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyers

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say lawyers for the detainees.

U.S., Politics 19 Sep 2014

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group.

Syria, U.S., Politics 18 Sep 2014

Obama says Congress vote shows Americans united against Islamic State

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Syria, U.S., Politics 18 Sep 2014

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group.

Politics, U.S., Syria 18 Sep 2014

U.S. Senate to cast final vote on arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday was poised to approve President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants.

World, Syria, Politics 18 Sep 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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Selling Mitch McConnell: What's love got to do with it?

21 Sep 2014

PADUCAH Ky - Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don't view him as a "real Kentuckian," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows - McConnell has an image problem.