Obama lights up national Christmas tree

Obama lights up national Christmas tree

President Barack Obama kicked off the holiday season in Washington on Thursday with the lighting of the national Christmas tree. Obama joined hundreds of people for the annual event held just steps from the White House. First lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, also attended the event on […]

Obama wants to help American Indian youth

Obama wants to help American Indian youth

President Barack Obama announced an initiative Wednesday aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth, more than a third of whom live in poverty. Obama’s Generation Indigenous initiative calls for programs focused on better preparing young American Indians for college and careers, and developing leadership skills through the Department of Education and the […]

Obama: No ‘militarized culture’ by Amerian police

Obama: No ‘militarized culture’ by Amerian police

President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn’t building a “militarized culture” within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Instead, the president is asking Congress for funding to buy 50,000 body cameras to […]

Obama pares down list for new defense secretary

Obama pares down list for new defense secretary

President Barack Obama is weighing a slimmed-down list of candidates to become his next defense secretary, as top contenders pull their names from consideration for what is typically a highly sought-after Cabinet spot. The short list to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel now includes longtime public servants who have deep Pentagon experience, but may […]

Obama plans meeting on Ferguson

Obama plans meeting on Ferguson

President Barack Obama planned to hold meetings Monday on the Ferguson situation, and a few members of the St. Louis Rams football team showed their support for protesters who have been rallying in the streets and at retail stores since a grand jury’s decision a week ago not to indict the white police officer who […]

Obama’s quiet Thanksgiving

Obama’s quiet Thanksgiving

President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday’s basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service. Obama called members from each of the military services and participated in a conference call with troops […]

Obama’s immigration moves anger business

Obama’s immigration moves anger business

President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community’s top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks. Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to persuade the administration to make allotted but unused green cards available for foreign […]

Obama urges calm, says law has spoken

Obama urges calm, says law has spoken

President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint. “We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was […]

Hagel’s ouster leaves a big mess behind

Hagel’s ouster leaves a big mess behind

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead. It also raises the prospect of policy shifts as President Barack Obama seeks to sign up his fourth Pentagon […]

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