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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 […]

White House finds no real joy in Cantor’s defeat

White House finds no real joy in Cantor’s defeat

For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans’ staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama’s agenda. Now, Cantor’s stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway for the president, Cantor’s defeat could push Republicans […]

Obama: Cantor loss didn’t kill immigration reform

Obama: Cantor loss didn’t kill immigration reform

President Barack Obama weighed in on the shock election defeat of Republican Eric Cantor on Wednesday, rejecting the argument that the ouster of the House of Representatives’ No. 2 will spell the death knell for immigration reform. Cantor’s ouster by a Tea Party-backed conservative in his Virginia district on Tuesday has sent political shock waves […]

Obama, in Normandy, honors D-Day veterans

Obama, in Normandy, honors D-Day veterans

Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned Friday to this hallowed battleground in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. “Our commitment to liberty, our claim to equality, our claim to freedom and to the inherent […]

Inside Obama’s decision to free Bowe Bergdahl

Inside Obama’s decision to free Bowe Bergdahl

For President Barack Obama, it seemed like the right thing to do, according to officials in his administration: Release five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison in return for Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. As a political firestorm engulfs the White House over that deal, Reuters interviews with current […]

White House apologizes for secrecy in POW swap

White House apologizes for secrecy in POW swap

The White House apologized for keeping lawmakers in the dark regarding the exchange of an American soldier for five Taliban fighters, senators said Tuesday, as controversy grew over the issue. Administration officials plan a classified briefing for the full 100-member chamber Wednesday, with lawmakers from both parties fuming over the trade, which saw captured soldier […]

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