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  • Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

    April 12, 2014 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women a leading election-year issue for Democrats. Obama says in his weekly radio and Internet address that it's an embarrassment that women earn less than men even in the same professions and with the same education. Obama... more »
  • Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

    April 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities. "The stark, simple truth is... more »
  • Obama to warn against Voting Rights Act erosions

    April 11, 2014 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) Determined to mobilize midterm Democratic voters, President Barack Obama is issuing an election-year warning against state voting requirements and early balloting restrictions that many in his party fear will curb turnout in an already difficult year for Democrats. A day after hailing the Civil Rights Act as... more »
  • Obama to focus civil rights message on voting

    April 11, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) A day after hailing the Civil Rights Act as a lasting legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama's path in... more »
  • Obama to focus civil rights message on voting

    April 11, 2014 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama's path in politics. On Friday, Obama will address Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference in New York. The White... more »
  • Obama chides GOP for rejecting gender pay gap bill

    April 9, 2014 7:50 PM

    HOUSTON (AP) Denouncing the current Congress as the least productive in modern history, President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Wednesday for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the gender pay gap an issue Democrats are counting on to give them an advantage in the fall elections. Revving up Democratic... more »
  • Obama signs actions taking aim at gender pay gap

    April 8, 2014 11:51 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of "gumming... more »
  • Obama signs actions taking aim at gender pay gap

    April 8, 2014 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Pressing his pay-equity crusade, President Barack Obama has signed executive orders making it easier for employees of federal contractors to get information about wages. The actions aim to reduce gender gaps in compensation that continue to favor men. Obama is sharply criticizing Republicans, saying they are obstacles to... more »
  • Obama, Senate Democrats take aim at gender pay gap

    April 8, 2014 2:35 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, linking Obama executive actions with pending Senate legislation aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men. Obama on Tuesday planned to sign an executive order... more »
  • Obama, Senate Democrats take aim at gender pay gap

    April 8, 2014 2:33 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. They are linking Obama's executive actions with pending Senate legislation aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men. Obama on Tuesday planned to sign an... more »
  • APNewsBreak: Obama orders to test workplace ideas

    April 6, 2014 5:36 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Lacking congressional backing to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors, following a long-established tradition of presidents exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy directly under their control. This week, the president will sign an... more »
  • APNewsBreak: Obama orders to test workplace ideas

    April 6, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Lacking congressional backing to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors, following a long-established tradition of presidents exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy directly under their control. This week, the president will sign an... more »
  • APNewsBreak: Obama orders to test workplace ideas

    April 6, 2014 5:01 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama will sign an executive order this week that bars federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. He'll also direct the Labor Department on Tuesday to adopt rules requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race.... more »
  • Obama: Republican budget would shrink opportunity

    April 5, 2014 5:05 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says the Republican budget proposal would shrink opportunity and make it tougher for hard-working Americans to get ahead. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's budget gives massive tax cuts to the rich while cutting programs like education... more »
  • In Michigan, Obama presses for higher minimum wage

    April 2, 2014 2:57 PM

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Michigan on Wednesday to praise the state's ongoing effort to raise the minimum wage and to accuse Republicans who oppose that step in Michigan and in Congress of standing in the way of... more »
  • Obama, Mich. Senate candidate call for higher wage

    April 2, 2014 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is using his call for a higher minimum wage to help boost a Michigan congressman running for the Senate. Obama is being joined Wednesday at the University of Michigan by Rep. Gary Peters. That makes Peters the first Senate candidate to embrace the president's message... more »
  • Trip at an end, Obama has issues waiting at home

    March 29, 2014 2:26 AM

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) A week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama is returning to Washington amid looming domestic and foreign challenges, from a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment to renewed worries about Russia's intentions in Eastern Europe. Obama is set to leave... more »
  • Trip at an end, Obama has issues waiting at home

    March 29, 2014 2:24 AM

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) President Barack Obama is wrapping up a week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance and returning to the United States to looming domestic and foreign challenges. High on his list is a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment and renewed worries about Russia's intentions in Eastern... more »
  • Departing Europe, Obama seeks to reassure Saudis

    March 28, 2014 2:00 AM

    ROME (AP) President Barack Obama is leaving the European continent, shifting his attention from an Eastern European power play by Russia to the complicated religious and tribal politics of the Middle East. After four days spread across European capitals in the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, Obama is off to Saudi... more »
  • Obama tells Pope Francis he is a great admirer

    March 27, 2014 5:44 AM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply... more »
  • Obama at Vatican for 1st meeting with Pope Francis

    March 27, 2014 4:37 AM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) President Barack Obama is holding an historic first meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Obama arrived on an overcast morning at the Vatican's ornate grounds. After a slow procession, he was introduced to Pope Francis and the two shook hands. Obama says at the start of... more »
  • Obama at Vatican for 1st meeting with Pope Francis

    March 27, 2014 4:31 AM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) President Barack Obama is holding an historic first meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Obama arrived on an overcast morning at the Vatican's ornate grounds. After a slow procession, he was introduced to Pope Francis and the two shook hands. Obama says at the start of... more »
  • Russia dominates, but Obama trip broadens outreach

    March 24, 2014 5:51 AM

    AMSTERDAM (AP) President Barack Obama begins a week of international travel with Russia's Crimean incursion at the top of his agenda, even as he simultaneously seeks to re-emphasize U.S. influence abroad. As he arrived in the Netherlands Monday on a sunny and brisk morning, no issue commanded more of Obama's... more »
  • Obama: US, Europe united behind Ukraine government

    March 24, 2014 5:02 AM

    AMSTERDAM (AP) President Barack Obama says Europe and America are united in support of the Ukrainian government and its people. Obama is speaking after meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Amsterdam. It's his first comments about Russia's Crimean incursion since arriving in Europe for a week of international... more »
  • Obama heads to Europe

    March 23, 2014 8:54 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has departed for a European trip that will be dominated by the West's dispute with Russia. Obama left Washington Sunday night on an overnight flight to the Netherlands. The president will hold two days of meetings with other world leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit.... more »
  • In Fla., Obama calls for equal pay for women

    March 20, 2014 2:58 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Amid grappling with crisis in Ukraine, President Barack Obama made a pitch for women's pocketbook issues Thursday, calling for legislation requiring equal pay for equal work and saying Congress would get more done if it had more women. Obama left for the event at Orlando's Valencia College... more »
  • In Fla., Obama calls for equal pay for women

    March 20, 2014 2:39 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) President Barack Obama is blending his economic and political pitches by calling for equal pay for women and for Congress to pass more family-friendly workplace policies. Obama says women should get equal pay for equal work and says they should be able to have a baby without... more »
  • Obama arguing for women's educational opportunity

    March 20, 2014 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is arguing that women need better educational opportunities as he raises political money in Florida. Obama has been focusing on women's economic issues in this midterm election year and plans to focus on higher education in a visit Thursday to Orlando's Valencia College. Democrats are... more »
  • Obama touts overhaul of rules on who gets overtime

    March 15, 2014 5:02 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says it's not right that businesses that treat their employers fairly can be undercut by competitors who don't. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is promoting his plan to update rules about which workers are eligible for overtime pay. Obama says he wants... more »
  • Obama: It's time to give America a raise

    March 8, 2014 5:02 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says he's hearing from business owners across the country who are voluntarily paying their workers more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says those actions show that change comes to Washington, not from it.... more »
  • In populist appeal, Obama spotlights minimum wage

    March 5, 2014 2:58 PM

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) Mounting a show of support from like-minded governors, President Barack Obama put a spotlight Wednesday on a minimum wage push that Democrats hope will appeal to economically squeezed voters in November's midterm elections. Standing at the center of a packed college gymnasium, Obama said raising hourly... more »
  • In Connecticut, Obama to spotlight minimum wage

    March 5, 2014 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to follow Connecticut's lead by raising the minimum wage. Obama is traveling to a public university in Connecticut Wednesday to amplify his call for Congress to raise the hourly rate from $7.25 to $10.10. It's a major priority for Obama this year,... more »
  • Obama challenges Congress to help create jobs

    March 1, 2014 5:02 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is challenging Congress to help him create jobs and rebuild the nation's infrastructure. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama points to the launch of two new high-tech manufacturing hubs and a competition to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, mass transit, ports and railroads.... more »
  • Obama: Americans deserve a vote on minimum wage

    February 22, 2014 5:03 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says hardworking Americans deserve a vote in Congress on a minimum raise hike. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says six states have already raised their minimum wage and more are considering it. Obama says he's taken action, too, by raising wages for... more »
  • Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks on US roads

    February 18, 2014 11:44 AM

    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016. Obama said helping these vehicles use less fuel would have the triple benefit of making the U.S.... more »
  • Obama to talk up benefits of fuel-efficient trucks

    February 18, 2014 5:10 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says a more fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy and help clean the environment. After a three-day weekend in Southern California, Obama was heading Tuesday to a Washington-area distribution center for Safeway stores to announce the latest steps he's taking to bolster the economy.... more »
  • Obama tees off on Oracle founder's private course

    February 16, 2014 10:54 AM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) President Barack Obama is teeing off on a private California golf course owned by supporter Larry Ellison, the billionaire co-founder of the Oracle software company. Ellison ranks third on Forbes' annual list of the 400 richest Americans, with an estimated $41 billion fortune. His 249-acre desert... more »
  • Obama golfs with childhood buddies in California

    February 15, 2014 8:53 PM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) It's a day of golf in Southern California for President Barack Obama while the nation's capital recovers from this week's snowfall. The White House says Obama teed off Saturday at the nine-hole course at the Sunnylands retreat in Rancho Mirage with childhood friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg... more »
  • Obama turns attention to California drought

    February 14, 2014 5:50 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) California's severe drought, stalled Middle East peacemaking and Syria's civil war would appear to have little, if anything, in common, but President Barack Obama will address all three, and possibly other issues, on his first visit of the year to the nation's most populous state. Obama was traveling... more »
  • Obama turns attention to California drought

    February 14, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is turning his attention to the severe drought threatening California. Obama was traveling to the Fresno area on Friday to draw attention to the state's worst dry spell in more than 100 years. Later Friday, in Southern California, Obama was to address key foreign policy... more »
  • Obama highlights actions he is taking on his own

    February 8, 2014 5:00 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is drawing attention to his go-it-alone strategy, emphasizing administrative steps he's taking to spur economic activity without the need for congressional action. In his weekly Saturday radio and Internet address, Obama lists initiatives already underway this year. Among them are an overhaul of job training... more »
  • Obama signing farm bill that trims food stamps

    February 7, 2014 2:38 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty that he hasn't had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation. Obama planned to sign a far-reaching farm bill Friday at Michigan State University, a rare celebration of Washington political... more »
  • Obama signing farm bill trimming food stamps

    February 7, 2014 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty he hasn't had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation. Obama planned to sign a far-reaching farm bill Friday during a visit to Michigan State University. The bill expands federal... more »
  • Fox News to interview Obama before Super Bowl

    February 2, 2014 3:43 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is getting some time in front of the cameras before sitting down to watch the Super Bowl. He's doing a live interview from the White House with Bill O'Reilly about two hours before kickoff, during the Fox pregame show. The interview comes less than a... more »
  • Obama: US can help more join the middle class

    February 1, 2014 5:00 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says the U.S. can take steps to ensure more people can join and stay in the middle class. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is echoing themes from his State of the Union address. He says some of his ideas require Congress, but... more »
  • Obama asks CEOs for help hiring long-term jobless

    January 31, 2014 11:51 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Confronting an economic recovery slowed by persistent joblessness, President Barack Obama on Friday won commitments from nearly 300 companies to reach out to the nearly 4 million Americans who have been jobless for half a year or more. "It's a cruel catch-22," Obama said at a White House... more »
  • Obama asks CEOs for help hiring long-term jobless

    January 31, 2014 11:13 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is drawing attention to businesses hiring long-term unemployed workers and is encouraging the private sector to do more to offer work to the nearly 4 million Americans who have been jobless for half a year or more. Obama calls the plight of such workers a,... more »
  • Obama asks CEOs for help hiring long-term jobless

    January 31, 2014 5:03 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is asking CEOs from major corporations for help in putting the long-term unemployed back to work. Long-term joblessness in the U.S. remains a major problem even as the overall unemployment rate goes down. The concern is that the longer someone is out of a job,... more »
  • Obama: College degree not needed for a good career

    January 30, 2014 11:49 AM

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) President Barack Obama says not everyone needs a college degree to build a great career, as long as people have the right training. Obama traveled to a General Electric facility in the Milwaukee area Thursday to promote training programs for in-demand jobs. Obama says workers might make... more »
  • In Wisconsin, Obama to focus on job training

    January 30, 2014 5:02 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is focusing on training workers for in-demand jobs, another theme from his State of the Union address. The White House says Obama will make good on a promise to help the middle class by directing Vice President Joe Biden to lead a government-wide review of... more »
  • Obama touts plans on contractor wages, retirement

    January 29, 2014 5:02 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is promoting his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement no action from Congress necessary. Obama on Wednesday was to sign a presidential memorandum creating a new retirement savings account dubbed "myRA." The White House says it... more »
  • Obama to announce manufacturing institute in NC

    January 15, 2014 5:00 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama will focus on creating jobs and boosting advanced manufacturing when he discusses the U.S. economy in North Carolina. The White House says Obama will announce Wednesday in Raleigh that a consortium of businesses and universities led by North Carolina State University has been chosen to... more »
  • Official business behind him, Obama looks to 2014

    December 27, 2013 2:14 AM

    HONOLULU (AP) The last vestiges of 2013's political wrangling officially behind him, President Barack Obama is setting his sights on the coming year. In 2014, a number of unfinished tasks will increasingly compete for attention with the midterm elections. Vacationing in Hawaii, Obama on Thursday signed a bipartisan budget deal... more »
  • Obama: Bipartisan budget law a hopeful sign

    December 21, 2013 5:16 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says the bipartisan budget approved by Congress is a hopeful sign that Washington can end its cycle of crisis-driven decisions. Obama in his weekly Saturday radio and Internet address praises the agreement for easing some across-the-board spending cuts that would have otherwise automatically hit programs... more »
  • Valley Residents Arm Themselves to Protect Their Families Play Video

    December 15, 2013 11:11 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The mass shooting in Newtown, Conneticut sparked a national gun debate. Over the last year, we seen supporters of gun rights clash with those pushing for stricter laws. President Barack Obama voiced his support for stricter gun legislation. Here at home, we saw support for... more »
  • Obama pauses in remembrance of Sandy Hook victims

    December 14, 2013 8:46 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has marked the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school with a moment of silence at the White House. Before pausing to remember the Connecticut school tragedy a year ago Saturday, the president and first lady Michelle Obama lit 26 votive candles set... more »
  • Obama calls on Congress to extend jobless benefits

    December 7, 2013 5:02 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed before they expire at the end of the year. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says more than one million Americans will lose benefits if lawmakers don't act. He says unemployment insurance... more »
  • Obama, in speech, to focus on income disparities

    December 4, 2013 2:21 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is putting a renewed focus on the income gap between rich and poor as he pushes for short-term congressional action and begins setting the domestic agenda for the remainder of his presidency. The president plans to deliver an address Wednesday to argue his case that... more »
  • Obama thankful for founders, troops, freedoms

    November 28, 2013 5:59 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says Americans have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. In a holiday edition of his weekend radio and Internet address, Obama gives thanks for the country's founders, the generations who followed, and members of the military, and their families, for the sacrifices they make.... more »
  • Obama to visit DreamWorks for economic address

    November 26, 2013 2:07 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) President Barack Obama is wrapping up a three-day West Coast tour by making an economic pitch at the studio of movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of his top fundraisers and political supporters. Obama will push his economic agenda at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, Calif, on Tuesday. Before... more »
  • Poll numbers down, Obama tells donors to buck up

    November 25, 2013 5:53 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stung by plunging approval numbers at a low point in his presidency, President Barack Obama is urging donors to buck up while making a thread-the-needle appeal for bipartisanship with Republicans even as he calls for replacing the House GOP majority and holding his Democratic edge in the... more »
  • Obama invokes Thanksgiving spirit on immigration

    November 25, 2013 2:55 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) President Barack Obama is invoking the Thanksgiving spirit in search of an immigration deal with Congress. The president says he's willing to go along with House Republicans who want to break immigration reform into pieces. That's a different approach than the Democratic-controlled Senate that passed a comprehensive... more »
  • Obama mixes fundraising with immigration message

    November 25, 2013 2:38 AM

    SEATTLE (AP) President Barack Obama is blending an aggressive fundraising schedule for Democrats with a pitch for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, mixing a powerful issue within his party with the inevitable financial draw of an incumbent president. Obama's first event Monday is a stop at a San Francisco recreation... more »
  • Obama mixes fundraising with immigration message

    November 25, 2013 2:35 AM

    SEATTLE (AP) President Barack Obama is blending an aggressive fundraising schedule for Democrats with a pitch for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, mixing a powerful issue within his party with the inevitable financial draw of an incumbent president. Obama's first event Monday is a stop at a San Francisco recreation... more »
  • Obama hails US energy production over imports

    November 16, 2013 5:01 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says improved energy efficiency and higher energy production in the United States are yielding environmental and economic benefits that are helping ensure cleaner air and a more competitive business landscape. In his weekly Saturday radio and Internet address Obama draws attention to increased U.S. oil... more »
  • Obama pitches economic agenda at Ohio steel plant

    November 14, 2013 5:44 PM

    CLEVELAND (AP) Dogged by the botched enrollment launch of his health care law, President Barack Obama on Thursday sought to put the spotlight on his economic and energy agenda, touting increased automobile fuel efficiency for helping reduce reliance on foreign oil. For the first time in nearly two decades, the... more »
  • Obama to pitch economic agenda at Ohio steel plant

    November 14, 2013 2:23 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is taking his economic message to Ohio, using a Cleveland steel plant as the setting to promote his energy efficiency, business attraction and auto industry policies. Obama is also likely to address the status of the health care law after his administration announced that only... more »
  • In Texas, Obama offers health care pep talk

    November 6, 2013 8:50 PM

    DALLAS (AP) Beset by hard-to-keep promises and a massive website failure, President Barack Obama traveled to the heart of the "Obamacare" opposition Wednesday, declaring that ideological rigidity was denying health insurance to millions of Americans. Ad-libbing at a synagogue in Dallas, Obama said he was the first to admit he... more »
  • In Texas, Obama offers health care pep talk

    November 6, 2013 6:28 PM

    DALLAS (AP) Beset by hard-to-keep promises and a massive website failure, President Barack Obama traveled to the heart of the "Obamacare" opposition Wednesday to give a pep talk to the law's supporters. Ad-libbing at a synagogue in Dallas, Obama said he was the first to admit he was unhappy with... more »
  • Tweaking Perry, Obama pitches health care in Texas

    November 6, 2013 5:18 PM

    DALLAS (AP) Beset by hard-to-keep promises and a massive website failure, President Barack Obama is promoting his embattled health care law in the state with the highest rate of uninsured Americans, which has also been politically hostile to the signature initiative of his presidency. Obama arrived in Dallas Wednesday evening... more »
  • Tweaking Perry, Obama pitches health care in Texas

    November 6, 2013 6:16 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Beset by hard-to-keep promises and a massive website failure, President Barack Obama is promoting his embattled health care law in the state with the highest rate of uninsured Americans, which has also been politically hostile to the signature initiative of his presidency. Obama was traveling to Dallas on... more »
  • Tweaking Perry, Obama pitches health care in Texas

    November 6, 2013 2:44 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Beset by hard-to-keep promises and a massive website failure, President Barack Obama is promoting his embattled health care law in the state with the highest rate of uninsured Americans in the nation, but also the state that has been among the most politically hostile to the signature initiative... more »
  • Tweaking Perry_Obama pitches health care in Texas

    November 6, 2013 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is promoting his embattled health care law in Texas, the state with the highest rate of uninsured Americans in the nation. The state has been among the most politically hostile to the signature initiative of his presidency. Obama was traveling to Dallas on Wednesday to... more »
  • Obama cites early setbacks of Mass. health law

    October 30, 2013 5:45 PM

    BOSTON (AP) President Barack Obama chose the site where Massachusetts' health care system became law to promote his signature health insurance program, arguing that the state plan also faced initial setbacks and low enrollment but in time gained popularity and became a success. "All the parade of horribles, the worst... more »
  • Obama to cite Mass. health care law's slow start

    October 30, 2013 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is citing the slow start of the Massachusetts health care system to keep expectations low for early sign-ups for his own overhaul. And he's pointing to the bipartisan effort to get the program launched in Massachusetts to encourage his opponents to stop rooting for his... more »
  • Obama: After fiscal crisis, Washington must change

    October 19, 2013 5:03 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says the way business is done in Washington must change. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is telling Americans their frustration with politics is understandable. He's referring to the fiscal crisis that shut down the government and brought the U.S. close to default.... more »
  • Obama to address nation on partial gov't shutdown

    October 1, 2013 8:43 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is getting ready to address the American people as the federal government moves ahead with a partial shutdown and new health insurance exchanges are launching under his health care law. The White House says Obama will deliver a statement in the Rose Garden of the... more »
  • 'Obamacare' exchanges start up as gov't shuts down

    October 1, 2013 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) For three years, the Obama administration has been preparing for this moment: the launch of new insurance exchanges, intended to expand health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But this is far from the grand opening that President Barack Obama may have expected. Instead, the exchanges are starting... more »
  • Obama asks public to spread word about health law

    September 28, 2013 5:02 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is asking Americans for help spreading the word about new health insurance exchanges. The exchanges opening Tuesday were created by Obama's health care law. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Americans can comparison shop like they would for a television or an... more »
  • Away from DC, Obama regroups for fiscal showdowns

    September 20, 2013 2:45 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Locked in a tug of war with lawmakers over spending and borrowing, President Barack Obama is pressing his case in America's heartland that Congress mustn't jeopardize fragile economic progress with threats of a government shutdown. A recently expanded auto plant near Kansas City, Mo., is the venue for... more »
  • Away from DC, Obama regroups for fiscal showdowns

    September 20, 2013 2:43 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is pressing his case in America's heartland that Congress mustn't jeopardize fragile economic progress with threats of a government shutdown. Obama was traveling to an auto plant near Kansas City, Mo., on Friday. He'll tour the plant and argue that the U.S. economy is primed... more »
  • Obama takes economy message to corporate leaders

    September 18, 2013 5:01 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is addressing top corporate executives, pressing his economic agenda while cautioning Congress not to precipitate a government shutdown or an unprecedented debt default. Obama is to speak to the Business Roundtable on Wednesday, drawing attention to a modest economic recovery that he says would be... more »
  • US: Assad must show 'concrete actions' on weapons

    September 14, 2013 7:12 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says Syrian President Bashar Assad must take "concrete actions" to show he's serious about giving up his chemical weapons. Obama made his comments in his weekly radio and Internet address which was taped Friday, before word came Saturday that U.S. and Russian diplomats had a... more »
  • Obama heads into the lion's den in Russia

    September 5, 2013 8:42 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) President Barack Obama is heading into the lion's den of Russia, confronting Syria's key patron as well as foreign leaders skeptical of his call for an international military strike against Bashar Assad's government. Obama on Thursday began a two-day visit to St. Petersburg for the Group... more »
  • Obama heads into the lion's den in Russia

    September 5, 2013 5:40 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) President Barack Obama is heading into the lion's den of Russia, confronting Syria's key patron as well as foreign leaders skeptical of his call for an international military strike against Bashar Assad's government. Obama on Thursday began a two-day visit to St. Petersburg for the Group... more »
  • Obama seeks support for Syria strike at G-20

    September 3, 2013 11:58 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Facing obstacles at home and abroad, President Barack Obama this week plans to urge reluctant world leaders to back an American-led strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action could depend on a fractured U.S. Congress. The uncertainty surrounding Syria will hang over the president's three-day... more »
  • Obama ponders Syria decision as UN experts wrap up chemical probe

    August 31, 2013 9:08 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama continues to ponder a final decision on whether to order a punitive strike on Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack by the regime on rebel forces outside Damascus. The administration says it has "high confidence" that some sort of nerve agent was used,... more »
  • Obama bus tour rolls through NY, Pennsylvania

    August 23, 2013 2:49 AM

    AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) President Barack Obama gets back on the road Friday for the final leg of a two-day bus tour centered on his proposals for cutting college costs. The president will speak at New York's Binghamton University and Pennsylvania's Lackawanna College in Scranton. The president is promoting a plan... more »
  • Obama to propose new system for rating colleges

    August 22, 2013 5:06 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is proposing a new rating system for colleges aimed at helping students identify affordable institutions. The new ratings would be published before the 2015 school year. The White House says the president ultimately wants the ratings to be tied to federal financial aid. The plan... more »
  • Obama launching college affordability bus tour

    August 22, 2013 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is launching a two-day bus tour Thursday through New York and Pennsylvania to promote proposals for making college more affordable, a goal he has cast as "a personal mission." While the details of Obama's plans are still unknown, officials say the president will call for... more »
  • Post-vacation, Obama to face Egypt, spending talks

    August 19, 2013 1:59 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Fresh from a weeklong vacation, President Barack Obama has to confront such issues as the crisis in Egypt and federal spending before getting back out on the road to sell his economic proposals. Obama returned Sunday night from the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard. He has a private... more »
  • Obama plays final golf round before vacation ends

    August 18, 2013 8:54 PM

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) President Barack Obama returned to the golf course Sunday to play a sixth and final round before heading back to Washington after a weeklong vacation on Martha's Vineyard. Obama played at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, his third visit there since arriving on the Massachusetts island on... more »
  • Obama says he'll work with GOP on tax reform, but only if money saved is spent to boost jobs

    August 3, 2013 5:11 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says there are no gimmicks to grow the economy just difficult steps that require Washington's focus. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is promoting a plan he says can break through gridlock. He's calling it a grand bargain for the middle class. Obama... more »
  • Obama: No tax reform without spending to spur jobs

    August 3, 2013 5:03 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says there are no gimmicks to grow the economy just difficult steps that require Washington's focus. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is promoting a plan he says can break through gridlock. He's calling it a grand bargain for the middle class. Obama... more »
  • Obama challenges GOP to accept corporate tax deal

    July 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Seeking to ease Washington gridlock, President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged Republicans to accept a new fiscal deal to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for more government spending on jobs programs. The offer was immediately panned by GOP lawmakers, who accused the president of repacking proposals... more »
  • Obama proposes 'grand bargain' for jobs

    July 30, 2013 5:00 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is extending a new economic offer to Republicans that he hopes will break the impasse on fiscal negotiations. Obama plans to use a trip to an Amazon.com distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday to propose what he's calling a "grand bargain for middle-class jobs."... more »
  • Obama says choices now will govern future economy

    July 27, 2013 5:01 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says Washington's top priority must be to reverse trends like economic inequality, weakened middle-class security and global competition. He says Washington has lost focus on the economy. In his weekly Internet and radio address, Obama is pressing economic ideas he's been promoting in an ongoing... more »
  • Obama: Washington has 'taken eye off' the economy

    July 24, 2013 5:59 PM

    GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) Seeking to build momentum for looming fiscal fights, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast himself as the champion for middle-class Americans struggling to make ends meet. He chided Washington for having "taken its eye off the ball" and declared that the economy would be the "highest priority"... more »
  • Obama to try to focus public attention on economy

    July 24, 2013 8:59 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) Seeking to focus public attention on the problem he was sent to the White House to solve, President Barack Obama is making a renewed push for policies to expand the middle class, helping people he says are still treading water years after the financial meltdown. Obama will use... more »
  • Obama urges Americans to live up to Declaration

    July 4, 2013 5:54 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is urging Americans on the Fourth of July to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence by securing liberty and opportunity for their own children as well as for future generations. In his weekly radio and online address, Obama commemorates the Fourth... more »

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