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Governing is tougher than campaigning

Once again the president is finding out how tough it is to back up the promises made during the campaign, including his often-avowed intention of disclosing Bush-era mistreatment of prisoners, when the responsibility for doing that falls directly on him. He had decided to make public the photographs of harsh dealings with prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, only to change his mind after hearing from military leaders.


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White House: Economic free fall is over

The US economy is no longer in "free-fall" but is not out of the woods yet, White House budget overseer Peter Orszag said Sunday.

"I think what happened is the free-fall in the economy seems to have stopped," Orszag, director of President Barack Obama's Office of Management and Budget, told CNN.

"I guess the analogy (is) there are some glimmers of sun shining through the trees, but we're not out of the woods yet. We do have more work ahead," he added.


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Obama stirs passions at Notre Dame

Facing protests and controversy, President Barack Obama pressed for a change in tone in the nation's divisive debate over abortion.

Addressing the issue head-on at the University of Notre Dame, one of the leading Catholic universities, Obama told graduates on Sunday that while the two sides may never agree on the issue, there is some common ground.

"We can still agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both moral and spiritual dimensions," Obama told the university's 2,900 graduates.


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Barack Obama: Our comedian-in-chief

So there stood President Obama, wilting in heavy robes in 100-degree heat at the Sun Devil Stadium, joking about not receiving an honorary degree in exchange for giving the commencement address. Arizona State University decided his body of work wasn't impressive enough.

After insisting the controversy was much ado about nothing, Obama said he did "learn to never again pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA bracket. And your university president and board of regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.''


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Obama stokes the fires at Notre Dame

The pro-life forces seem determined to make President Obama's scheduled graduation address at the University of Notre Dame on Sunday as unpleasant an experience as possible and you can bet that if the Secret Service had its way it would bag the appearance.


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Obama flip flops on detainee torture photo release

In a reversal, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would fight the release of dozens of photographs showing the abuse of terrorism suspects, over concern the images could ignite a backlash against U.S. troops.

The decision was a blow to some liberals in Obama's Democratic Party who see the photos as part of a broader effort to investigate Bush-era officials and cleanse America's image abroad.


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Obama to restore Gitmo trials

President Barack Obama is to announce this week that he is reviving controversial military trials for terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, US officials said.

But Obama, who sharply criticized the use of military commissions to try extremists under his predecessor George W. Bush, may ask lawmakers to expand legal protections for detainees, the officials said Tuesday, requesting anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.


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Experience will shape Obama’s court pick

Before the court comes the courting.

President Barack Obama, zeroing on his first nomination to the Supreme Court, is reaching out Wednesday to senators he knows can set the tone and pace of the upcoming confirmation.

The president will meet at the White House with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.


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Obama sets meeting to talk health care

Hospitals, insurance companies, drug makers and doctors are planning to tell President Barack Obama today that they'll voluntarily slow their rate increases in coming years in a move that government economists say would create breathing room to help provide health insurance to an estimated 50 million Americans who now go without it.


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Obama shines at correspondents dinner

It was the hottest ticket in town, a black-tie dinner gathering of Washington's political and media elite but Dick Cheney couldn't make it.

The former vice president was busy, President Barack Obama joked, working on his memoir "tentatively titled, How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People.' "


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