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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 […]

Obama hits road for political day trip

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 […]

Obama back to Washington to deal with Iraq

Obama back to Washington to deal with Iraq

Wrapping up a weekend away with his family, President Barack Obama was returning to Washington Monday faced with an impending choice on how to act to stop violent insurgents bringing chaos to Iraq. The White House said Obama got several updates on the crisis in phone calls from National Security Adviser Susan Rice during his […]

Obama to rail workers: ‘Get back on the job’

Obama to rail workers:  ‘Get back on the job’

President Barack Obama is forcing workers in Philadelphia’s commuter rail strike to return to the job. Obama granted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s request to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the dispute between the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its engineers and electricians unions. Obama called for “a swift and smooth resolution” of the […]