Barack Obama

Obama to Republican critics on immigration: 'Pass a bill'

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WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don't like it, do something.

Obama says Clinton likely to have different positions from him in 2016 race

HENDERSON, Nev. - President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he expects Democrat Hillary Clinton to stake out positions that may be different from his if she runs for president in 2016.Clinton, who lost to Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination race and served as his secretary of state in his first term, is considering a run in 2016 and is expected to make up her mind in the early months of 2015.

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Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON/KABUL - President Barack Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month, a senior administration official said.

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Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said.

Afghanistan, Politics 22 Nov 2014

Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

LAS VEGAS - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. | Video

Politics, U.S. 22 Nov 2014

Obama signs order expanding U.S. Afghanistan role: NYT

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Politics, Afghanistan 22 Nov 2014

Obama's immigration speech gets most viewers on Univision

LOS ANGELES - As the lead-in to the Latin Grammys, U.S. President Barack Obama's speech announcing his sweeping immigration reforms reached its largest audience on Spanish-language network Univision, according to figures released on Friday.

Politics, Spain, U.S. 21 Nov 2014

Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

LAS VEGAS - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote.

U.S., Politics 21 Nov 2014

Obama's immigration plan to reach far fewer than 4.7 million: lawyers

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama's executive action easing the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants is unlikely to cover many of those eligible because of practical hurdles, immigration lawyers said.

Politics, U.S. 21 Nov 2014

Mexico, Central America hail Obama's immigration reform

MEXICO CITY/TEGUCIGALPA - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American leaders hailed U.S. President Barack Obama's sweeping immigration reforms on Friday, with the Mexican leader calling them the "most important measures taken in several decades."

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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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U.S. troops to remain in Baltics, Poland next year

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VILNIUS - The United States will keep troops in Poland and the Baltic states for at least the next year as tensions with Russia remain, the commander of U.S. land forces in Europe said on Sunday.