Barack Obama

Obama waiting on House for immigration action

Obama waiting on House for immigration action

To the frustration of many of his supporters, President Barack Obama is backing away from immigration changes he could make on his own. He is kicking the issue to House Republicans instead, despite mounting evidence they won’t address the millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. This week, lawmakers from both parties summarily […]

Republicans face a political mess over immigration

Republicans face a political mess over immigration

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor‘s startling primary loss this week to a tea party-backed opponent illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the Republican Party’s future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall. Almost all represent districts that are […]

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 […]

A cloudy future for use of coal in power plants?

A cloudy future for use of coal in power plants?

President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to reduce the gases blamed for global warming from the nation’s power plants gives many coal-dependent states more lenient restrictions and won’t necessarily be the primary reason coal-fired power plants will be retired. If Kentucky, for example, meets the new limits that the Obama administration proposed Monday, it would be […]

Obama: Congress was consulted in POW release

Obama: Congress was consulted in POW release

President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for freeing an American soldier, saying his administration had consulted with Congress about that possibility “for some time.” Obama also brushed aside questions about the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by insurgents in 2009, saying the […]

States already moving to derail carbon cutbacks

States already moving to derail carbon cutbacks

As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers. The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent […]

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