Barack Obama

Obama to Democrats: Offer voters a real choice

Obama to Democrats: Offer voters a real choice

If President Barack Obama and Democrats have their way, voters will see this year’s midterm elections as a stark choice: Republicans pushing failed policies from a bygone era versus Democrats advocating for freedom and opportunity for all Americans. Far be it for Republicans to cede that argument. The GOP has its own designs for 2014, […]

Showdown vote on vets benefits coming in Senate

Showdown vote on vets benefits coming in Senate

A Democratic bill enhancing health care, education and job-training benefits for veterans faces an uphill climb as the Senate approaches a showdown vote on the $21 billion legislation. Both political parties generally favor helping the nation’s 22 million veterans and their families, especially in a congressional election year. But Republicans consider the wide-ranging legislation too […]

Obama looking to improve odds for minority boys

Obama looking to improve odds for minority boys

Long before he arrived at the White House, Barack Obama was the son of a single mother, challenged and tempted by the same societal ills that disproportionately keep African-Americans impoverished and behind bars. Now the nation’s first black president is unveiling a new initiative aimed at breaking down those obstacles, and pledging to continue the […]

Balancing on a minimum-wage political tightrope

Balancing on a minimum-wage political tightrope

Sen. Mark Pryor is doing a delicate dance over congressional Democrats’ upcoming push to boost the federal minimum wage. The Democrat from Republican-leaning Arkansas says he’ll vote against the bill, but on the key roll call may oppose GOP efforts to filibuster it to death. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, another red state where […]

Obama, Boehner meet at White House

Obama, Boehner meet at White House

Disentangled from showdowns or looming crises, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held a rare one-on-one Oval Office meeting Tuesday addressing potential areas of common ground that could lay a foundation for more ambitious goals like immigration and trade that remain long shots for action this year. Aides to both political rivals described […]

Obama looks to governors to help jump-start agenda

Obama looks to governors to help jump-start agenda

His domestic priorities stalled in a divided Congress, President Barack Obama is looking for allies among America’s governors. The president was to meet Monday with governors of both parties at the White House, following a Sunday dinner in which he told state leaders their cooperation “is vital to make sure we’re doing right by the […]

Supreme Court case could limit powers of EPA

Supreme Court case could limit powers of EPA

Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration’s sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. As President Barack Obama pledges to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn’t, or won’t, opponents of regulating carbon dioxide […]

Obama’s meeting with Dalai Lama angers Chinese

Obama’s meeting with Dalai Lama angers Chinese

President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama on Friday, prompting the Chinese government to ask why the White House ignored Beijing’s warnings that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would damage ties. China’s vice foreign minister, Zhang Yesui, summoned Daniel Kritenbrink, charge d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in China, on […]

Obama cutting back on budget deficit reductions

Obama cutting back on budget deficit reductions

President Barack Obama will propose an election-year budget that would drop reductions he had previously embraced in federal benefits, officials disclosed Thursday. He also will ask Congress to approve about $56 billion in new or expanded programs, stepping back from aggressive efforts to tackle long-term government deficits and debt. Obama is scrapping his previous offer […]