Barack Obama

Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track power on trade deals

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the U.S. Senate voted to give him "fast-track" powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia.

Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling

WASHINGTON - A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents.

Politics, Environment 22 May 2015

U.S. Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling

WASHINGTON - A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents.

Politics, Environment 22 May 2015

Obama reaffirms commitment to Israel security to American Jews

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, seeking to shore up support from the Jewish community ahead of a June deadline for reaching a potential deal to limit Iran's nuclear capabilities, on Friday said his commitment to Israel was "unshakeable." | Video

22 May 2015

Senate advances fast-track trade bill sought by Obama

Washington - President Barack Obama moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the Congress, as the Senate on Thursday advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. | Video

Senate advances fast-track trade bill sought by Obama

Washington - President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. | Video

Obama tells Coast Guard grads climate change threatens U.S

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. | Video

Obama's Asian trade push in doubt as Senate vote looms

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's keynote Asian trade push risks failing in a Senate vote on Thursday, a result that would threaten the administration's diplomatic pivot to Asia to counter China's rising economic and political clout in the region.

Obama tells Coast Guard grads climate change menaces U.S.

NEW LONDON, Connecticut - Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. | Video

Obama tweets, and a million follow: 'It's Barack. Really!'

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sent his first tweet from his very own account on Twitter on Monday, quickly amassing a million followers in five hours, the latest of many White House efforts to amplify his message with social media. | Video

Politics, Tech 18 May 2015

Mike Huckabee shows support for reality star with flawed past

Republican Mike Huckabee, a 2016 presidential candidate, has lent his support to the star of the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting, Josh Duggar, after it was discovered that the father of 19 had sexually molested under-age girls as a teen.

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Fate of U.S. domestic surveillance program uncertain after Senate vote

23 May 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate blocked a measure to extend spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone records early on Saturday, leaving the fate of the program uncertain days before its June 1 expiration.