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Obama, Boehner meet at White House

Obama, Boehner meet at White House

Disentangled from showdowns or looming crises, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held a rare one-on-one Oval Office meeting Tuesday addressing potential areas of common ground that could lay a foundation for more ambitious goals like immigration and trade that remain long shots for action this year. Aides to both political rivals described […]

Obama looks to governors to help jump-start agenda

Obama looks to governors to help jump-start agenda

His domestic priorities stalled in a divided Congress, President Barack Obama is looking for allies among America’s governors. The president was to meet Monday with governors of both parties at the White House, following a Sunday dinner in which he told state leaders their cooperation “is vital to make sure we’re doing right by the […]

Obama’s meeting with Dalai Lama angers Chinese

Obama’s meeting with Dalai Lama angers Chinese

President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama on Friday, prompting the Chinese government to ask why the White House ignored Beijing’s warnings that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would damage ties. China’s vice foreign minister, Zhang Yesui, summoned Daniel Kritenbrink, charge d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in China, on […]

Obama cutting back on budget deficit reductions

Obama cutting back on budget deficit reductions

President Barack Obama will propose an election-year budget that would drop reductions he had previously embraced in federal benefits, officials disclosed Thursday. He also will ask Congress to approve about $56 billion in new or expanded programs, stepping back from aggressive efforts to tackle long-term government deficits and debt. Obama is scrapping his previous offer […]

Obama’s economic stimulus: Did it work?

Obama’s economic stimulus: Did it work?

President Barack Obama marked the five-year anniversary of a controversial economic stimulus plan by releasing a report on Monday saying that government spending averted a second Great Depression, setting off a new round of partisan debate about the decision. Obama had been in office only a month when he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment […]

Obama signs bills raising debt limit, restoring vet benefits

Obama signs bills raising debt limit, restoring vet benefits

President Barack Obama on Saturday signed separate measures into law to lift the federal debt limit and restore benefits that had been cut for younger military retirees. Obama signed the bills during a weekend golf vacation in Southern California. The debt limit measure allows the government to borrow money to pay its bills, such as […]

President tries to calm Dems’ fears over Obamacare

President tries to calm Dems’ fears over Obamacare

President Barack Obama sought on Friday to ease strains with his Democratic allies in the U.S. Congress, who are fearful they could face election consequences from the botched rollout of the president’s signature healthcare law known as “Obamacare.” Speaking to House of Representatives Democrats during their three-day retreat, Obama cited an increase in the number […]

Obama appointees may decide fate of gay marriage

Obama appointees may decide fate of gay marriage

The overturning of Virginia’s gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama’s two election victories. It’s no accident that Virginia has become a key testing ground for federal judges’ willingness to embrace same-sex marriage after last year’s strongly worded pro-gay […]

Obama plans 18 Democratic fundraisers in 2014

Obama plans 18 Democratic fundraisers in 2014

President Barack Obama has committed to holding more than 18 fundraisers to help Democrats this year, putting the full force of his political brand behind his party’s efforts to gain seats in the House and prevent Republicans from snatching control of the Senate. The stepped-up commitment from the president stands in clear contrast to 2010, […]

Obamacare met sign-up goal in January

Obamacare met sign-up goal in January

While states are having varying success getting people to sign up, January marked the first time since new health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target was met. The administration said Wednesday about 1 million people signed up for private insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law in January, extending […]