Barack Obama

Boston bomb survivors, gay basketball player guests for SOTU

Boston bomb survivors, gay basketball player guests for SOTU

Two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and an openly gay NBA player are among the guests who will sit with first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address. The first lady’s guests are often picked because they symbolize an issue or policy the president is […]

Can Obama generate second-term momentum?

Can Obama generate second-term momentum?

Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will use Tuesday’s State of the Union address to announce new executive actions on job training and retirement security, while prodding a divided Congress to work harder on expanding economic mobility for middle class Americans. Obama’s broad themes — described by the White House as opportunity, action, […]

Democrats say ‘no games’ on debt limit increase

Democrats say ‘no games’ on debt limit increase

With House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan saying Republicans will, once again, put changes in Obamacare in the way of extending the nation’s debt limit, the Democrats Friday had a quick answer:  No way. Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray said: We will not negotiate over whether or not the United States of America should […]

Panel to Obama: Shut down NSA phone spying

Panel to Obama: Shut down NSA phone spying

  A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency’s surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency’s bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans’ calling records, The Associated Press has learned. The recommendation from the Privacy and […]

Obama targets epidemic of college sexual assaults

Obama targets epidemic of college sexual assaults

President Barack Obama is launching an initiative to combat sexual assault, particularly on college campuses, turning the spotlight on a problem that has devastated millions of Americans yet rarely receives such White House attention. Obama planned to sign a presidential memorandum Wednesday creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault, with a new […]

Human Rights Watch: Obama came up short on NSA changes

Human Rights Watch: Obama came up short on NSA changes

President Barack Obama has not gone far enough in reforming the monitoring activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) and is continuing to violate the privacy rights of individuals, the head of Human Rights Watch told Reuters. On Friday, Obama banned eavesdropping on the leaders of allies and began reining in the vast collection of […]