Does economic news give Obama an ‘upper hand?’

The current debate is over a budget resolution, a non-binding measure that doesn't require Obama's signature.

Does economic news give Obama an ‘upper hand?’

Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats an advantage despite their status as a weakened minority. But while Obama retains full use of the bully pulpit, his leverage over matters […]

Obama mixes politics with monument designation

Obama mixes politics with monument designation

Officially, President Barack Obama came home to Chicago on Thursday to designate a new national monument. But you’d be forgiven for mistaking the visit for a campaign event for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Obama’s visit to the area near the Pullman National Monument on the city’s South Side put a spotlight on Emanuel, who served as […]

Obama: Fight extremism by embracing Muslims

Obama: Fight extremism by embracing Muslims

In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama has argued the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn’t: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims. With the Islamic State group spreading and terrorists gaining strength in the Mideast and Africa, Obama has sought to use this week’s White […]

Keystone XL debacle: Will Obama, GOP compromise?

Keystone XL debacle: Will Obama, GOP compromise?

A looming veto by President Barack Obama of a Republican-championed bill foreshadows a key question for the White House: whether the president and Republicans can find areas to work together, even as Obama strikes down many of their top priorities. Since Republicans won full control of Congress three months ago, Obama has issued a flurry […]

In 2016, Joe? Joe who?

In 2016, Joe? Joe who?

When Vice President Joe Biden steps off of Air Force Two in Iowa, there will be no shortage of speculation about his political future. It’s Iowa, after all — the place where presidential hopefuls flock, making themselves at home in roadside diners and pizza joints as they court voters in the state whose caucuses kick […]

Obama wants no limits on domestic, defense spending

Obama wants no limits on domestic, defense spending

President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law. Obama’s budget proposal to Congress will “fully reverse” the so-called sequestration cuts on the domestic […]

Obama facing decision time on Keystone XL pipeline

Obama facing decision time on Keystone XL pipeline

Republicans in Congress and a state supreme court have thrown the political hot potato known as Keystone XL straight back onto President Barack Obama’s lap. So loath is Obama to making a decision about the proposed oil pipeline that deliberations have entered their sixth year — a period nearly as long as Obama’s time in […]

Can Obama deal with a Republican-run Congress?

Can Obama deal with a Republican-run Congress?

President Barack Obama this week will test whether he still has the sway to keep Washington focused on his own priorities, even as a new Republican-run Congress descends on the Capitol eager to take him on. Fresh off a two-week vacation, Obama immediately began ramping up for his State of the Union address — his […]

Obama salutes end of American role in Afghanistan

Obama salutes end of American role in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America’s military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11. At an oceanfront Marine Corps base in Hawaii, Obama told […]

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