Obama censors more, blocks access to FOIA files

Its backlog of unanswered requests at year's end grew remarkably by 55 percent to more than 200,000.

Obama censors more, blocks access to FOIA files

For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly […]

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 […]

Obamacare success? More Americans now insured

Obamacare success? More Americans now insured

The share of Americans without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014 as President Barack Obama’s overhaul took full effect, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the trend appears likely to continue this year, since 55 percent of those who remained uninsured told […]

Obama finding opposition from both right and left

Obama finding opposition from both right and left

Reps. Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama’s requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. And that’s like oil and water mixing easily. Ideological chasms usually separate Democrat Lee of California — one of Congress’ proudest liberals — and Republican Fleming […]

Obama open to compromise on military actions on IS

Obama open to compromise on military actions on IS

President Barack Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on his request for new authorization for military force against Islamic State militants, including his proposed three-year time limit on U.S. military action and the use of American troops, according to the White House. After a weeklong holiday break, lawmakers return to Washington on Monday and […]

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 […]

Obama faces uphill fight to overturn court order

Obama faces uphill fight to overturn court order

President Barack Obama’s administration faces a difficult and possibly lengthy legal battle to overturn a Texas court ruling that blocked his landmark immigration overhaul, since the judge based his decision on an obscure and unsettled area of administrative law, lawyers said. In his ruling on Monday that upended plans to shield millions of people from […]

More than 11 million sign up for health care plans

More than 11 million sign up for health care plans

More than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law this year, the White House announced Tuesday evening. But that preliminary estimate — 11.4 million people — comes with a couple of asterisks: —The final number could grow because the administration is offering a grace period for people […]

Appeal planned on block of Obama immigration plan

Appeal planned on block of Obama immigration plan

The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, the White House said Tuesday. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas issued a temporary injunction, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. […]

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