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Will Obama bypass Congress to wage war?

Will Obama bypass Congress to wage war?

As a U.S. senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W. Bush’s administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones armed with […]

Obama still setting Islamic policy

Obama still setting Islamic policy

President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria. He’ll outline his evolving tactics when he meets with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House on Tuesday and then delivers a speech Wednesday on the eve of the 13th anniversary […]

Obama abandons pledge; delays immigration action

Obama abandons pledge; delays immigration action

Caught between competing political demands over immigration, President Barack Obama will now wait until after the November election to take executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation and ignite a clash over the extent of his presidential authority. Obama’s decision abandons a pledge he made June 30 to act quickly after summer’s […]

Obama says beheadings won’t intimidate America

Obama says beheadings won’t intimidate America

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to “degrade and destroy” the group. Obama still did not give a timeline for deciding on a strategy to go after the extremist group’s operations […]

Obama back in Wisconsin for tight governor’s race

Obama back in Wisconsin for tight governor’s race

The last time President Barack Obama celebrated workers’ rights at a Wisconsin Labor Day event, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that would embroil the state later when public employees staged massive protests in an unsuccessful bid to keep their collective bargaining rights. Now, four years later, he’s returning to the state with […]

Obama looking to delay action on immigration

Obama looking to delay action on immigration

President Barack Obama’s possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact that Obama’s long-awaited announcement would have on their campaigns are now rethinking aspects of their strategy for the fall. Republicans who […]

USDA goes on a giant snail hunt

USDA goes on a giant snail hunt

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens of the large snails, also known as giant African […]

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