Obama’s vacations: Too many or not enough?

Obama has taken 20 vacations lasting two to 15 days: All or part of 138 days on 'vacation'

Obama’s vacations: Too many or not enough?

President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States. The criticism has the […]

Democrats jockey to deal with health care fallout

The law, dubbed "Obamacare," remains divisive, vilified by Republicans

Democrats jockey to deal with health care fallout

One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama’s health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch. In an ad released this week, two-term Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor says he voted for a law that prevents insurers from […]

Obama trying to find role after Brown death

The president appeared trapped within his own contraditions

Obama trying to find role after Brown death

When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America’s painful history on race, can be healed. Six years later, the stalemate suddenly seems more entrenched than ever. As Obama […]

American air strikes aimed at reclaiming Iraq dam

Obama told Congress the widened mission would be limited in duration and scope

American air strikes aimed at reclaiming Iraq dam

The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress Sunday that the widened mission would be limited in duration and scope. The administration’s letter to Congress said “the mission is consistent with […]

Obama cuts vacation short, returns to DC

Situations in Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri are high on the agenda

Obama cuts vacation short, returns to DC

President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for a two-day break from a summer vacation, during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans. The exact reason for Obama’s return remained unclear, though it appeared aimed in part at countering criticism […]

Beleaguered Obama faces problems with Democrats

Several Democratic lawmakers have said Obama should act with caution

Beleaguered Obama faces problems with Democrats

President Barack Obama is facing potential rifts with members of his own party in tough re-election contests as he barrels toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies. If Obama takes the broadest action under consideration — removing the threat of deportation for millions of people in this country illegally […]

Obama steps into middle of another racial incident

Obama steps into middle of another racial incident

For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation’s first black president. Just months after being sworn in, Obama rapped police in Massachusetts for acting “stupidly” by arresting a black Harvard professor at his own home. […]

Obama: Airstrikes, humanitarian aid continue in Iraq

Obama: Airstrikes, humanitarian aid continue in Iraq

President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants. He took credit for alleviating the genocide threat to thousands trapped on a mountaintop but said the situation “remains dire” throughout the country. Obama also said U.S. airstrikes would continue to protect […]

Can Clinton and Obama shurg off foreign policy shift?

Can Clinton and Obama shurg off foreign policy shift?

In yet another twist in their complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered together on Martha’s Vineyard following a foreign policy split. Obama’s spokesman said the White House “is looking onwards and upwards,” while Clinton joked she was […]

Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into the Obama administration’s emergency action in northern Iraq, the campaign is attracting surprisingly broad bipartisan support. Republicans have issued several I-told-you-so statements and called […]

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