Special Ops tried, failed, to save journalist in Syria

Special Ops tried, failed, to save journalist in Syria

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. The rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages […]

American air strikes aimed at reclaiming Iraq dam

American air strikes aimed at reclaiming Iraq dam

The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress Sunday that the widened mission would be limited in duration and scope. The administration’s letter to Congress said “the mission is consistent with […]

Obama cuts vacation short, returns to DC

Obama cuts vacation short, returns to DC

President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for a two-day break from a summer vacation, during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans. The exact reason for Obama’s return remained unclear, though it appeared aimed in part at countering criticism […]

Beleaguered Obama faces problems with Democrats

Beleaguered Obama faces problems with Democrats

President Barack Obama is facing potential rifts with members of his own party in tough re-election contests as he barrels toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies. If Obama takes the broadest action under consideration — removing the threat of deportation for millions of people in this country illegally […]

Obama steps into middle of another racial incident

Obama steps into middle of another racial incident

For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation’s first black president. Just months after being sworn in, Obama rapped police in Massachusetts for acting “stupidly” by arresting a black Harvard professor at his own home. […]

Obama welcomes new Iraq leaders

Obama welcomes new Iraq leaders

President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as “a promising step forward” Monday amid a political and security crisis in Baghdad, saying the only lasting solution is the formation of an inclusive government. Obama did not mention Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki but clearly was addressing the embattled incumbent as he called for Iraqi political […]

Obama wants upgrades to government technology

Obama wants upgrades to government technology

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government’s technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle that marred the rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation last year. While […]

Are we returning to a war in Iraq?

Are we returning to a war in Iraq?

Declaring that “America is coming to help,” President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat they pose to Americans as well as Iraqi civilians. The threat to renew U.S. military involvement in Iraq’s long sectarian war came in […]

Obama’s roadshow didn’t help his troubled agenda

Obama’s roadshow didn’t help his troubled agenda

Welcome to Barack Obama’s split-screen presidency. On one side: a confident Obama making campaign-style stops around the country and ridiculing his political opponents to the delight of cheering supporters. On the other side: an increasingly unpopular president hobbled by gridlock on Capitol Hill and a steady stream of vexing foreign policy crises. Obama has long […]