Obama: GOP doesn’t care about people

'They don't do anything, except block me and call me names'

Obama: GOP doesn’t care about people

Blasting the GOP as willfully indifferent to American struggles, President Barack Obama issued a rebuke Friday to Republican attempts to thwart his economic agenda, offering a stark contrast that Democrats hope will yield electoral success in November. Obama’s remarks at a picturesque lake in Minneapolis were billed by the White House as a speech on […]

Supremes limit Obama’s authority, bolster critics

The high court ruled that at least in one case Obama had gone too far

Supremes limit Obama’s authority, bolster critics

Before a unanimous Supreme Court weighed in, the White House had brushed off claims that President Barack Obama was exceeding his executive authority as just so much grousing from frustrated partisans. Then, in a 9-0 decision Thursday, the high court ruled that at least in one case Obama had gone too far. For Republicans, the […]

Obama wants smoother health care renewal

'We are committed to simplifying the experience for consumers by allowing auto-enrollment'

Obama wants smoother health care renewal

The Obama administration said Thursday it wants most of the 8 million Americans already signed up for coverage under the health care law to be able to renew their coverage easily. New Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell outlined a two-step approach: — People who want to keep their current insurance will be […]

Obama tries to humanize economic struggles

For many, working hard and taking responsibility is still not enough to get ahead

Obama tries to humanize economic struggles

President Barack Obama, in an attempt to put a human face on the economic policies he and Democrats are championing, is spending a day with a Minneapolis mother who wrote the White House about her struggles to make ends meet. The president on Thursday begins a two-day visit to Minnesota, where he plans to take […]

Obama to employers: ‘Be family friendly’

Obama to employers: ‘Be family friendly’

President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit Monday, even though the U.S. government doesn’t always set the best example. The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns, although Obama says he’d like to see that change. “Only […]

Obama says theat from militants in Iraq could grow

Obama says theat from militants in Iraq could grow

Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said. The Iraqi public will ultimately reject the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist Sunni group threatening Iraq’s government, but the group still represents a medium- and long-term threat […]

Kerry: Iraq insurgency threatens entire Mideast

Kerry: Iraq insurgency threatens entire Mideast

Arab countries should resist funding Sunni fighters in what is turning into a cross-border war between Iraq and Syria because that support eventually could help the fast-spreading insurgency in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. Kerry said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has become a threat to the entire […]

Obama wants sick leave for gay couples

Obama wants sick leave for gay couples

The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday. President Barack Obama is directing the Labor Department to start drafting rules […]

Medal of Honor for Marine who took grenade hit

Medal of Honor for Marine who took grenade hit

President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a veteran who took the blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds, including the loss of his right eye. Retired Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter will receive the medal during a ceremony Thursday in the East Room of the […]

Obama hits road for political day trip

The trip combines important election-year tasks for the president

Obama hits road for political day trip

Drawing attention to his economic policies and courting a key Democratic constituency, President Barack Obama is embarking on a two-stop day trip to highlight technological developments and to raise money for the Democratic Party from a newly energized gay community. Obama on Tuesday was traveling to Pittsburgh, where he will visit a workshop designed to […]

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