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  • Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 5:39 pm

    LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.

  • After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:59 am

    WASHINGTON - Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

  • White House: No federal bailout for Puerto Rico 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 2:12 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House threw cold water Monday on the notion of bailing out Puerto Rico from its financial crisis, instead urging Congress to consider changing the law so the island can declare bankruptcy.

  • The Latest: British leader says Greek vote is a vote on euro story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 8:04 am

    ATHENS, Greece - The latest news on Greece's financial woes as it closes its banks and limits money withdrawals (all times local):

  • Obama sings and eulogizes victims of South Carolina massacre story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-26-15 8:02 pm

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina - After a string of triumphs, President Barack Obama's eulogy for those killed in a South Carolina church massacre was supposed to bring an extraordinary week to a somber close.

  • Obama and Roberts legacies intertwined in health care law story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 8:21 am

    WASHINGTON - The chief justice who once mangled President Barack Obama's oath of office has once again helped rescue the president's signature achievement, his health care law.

  • Obama: US government has let down hostages' families story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-24-15 10:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama conceded Wednesday that the U.S. government had let down the families of Americans held hostage by terrorists and promised they would not face criminal prosecution for paying ransoms to their loved ones' captors.

  • Big retailers feel pressure on Confederate flag merchandise story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 7:55 pm

    Even as national retailers pull Confederate flags from shelves and websites after the shooting deaths of nine black church members in South Carolina, manufacturers that produce the divisive symbol say that sales are now surging.

  • Obama says US racism 'not cured,' makes point with epithet story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-22-15 7:42 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the history of slavery and segregation is "still part of our DNA" in the United States, even if racial epithets no longer show up in polite conversation. He uttered the N-word in making his point.

  • US wonders: Why stolen data on federal workers not for sale? 
    Updated: Jun-18-15 5:31 am

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is increasingly confident that China's government, not criminal hackers, was responsible for the extraordinary theft of personal information about as many as 14 million current and former federal employees and others, The Associated Press has learned. One sign: None of the data has been credibly offered for sale on underground markets popular among professional identity thieves.

  • Carter: Iraqi training goal to fall way short of recruits story has photos
    Updated: Jun-17-15 5:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24,000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill where lawmakers are already skeptical of the Obama administration's strategy to address threats in the Mideast.

  • White House won't confirm Prince performed for Obama 
    Updated: Jun-15-15 2:26 pm

    WASHINGTON - Prince performed some of his greatest hits at a weekend White House party for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

  • Trade loss an ominous sign for Obama in month of challenges story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-13-15 12:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - The trade defeat in Congress was an ominous sign in a month of challenges that could help determine President Barack Obama's standing for the rest of his second term.

  • House panel OKs bill punishing State over Benghazi response 
    Updated: Jun-11-15 3:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - Over White House objections, a House panel approved a bill Thursday that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department until it produces more documents to lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

  • After son's death, Biden balances grief with public duties story has photos
    Updated: Jun-10-15 6:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is facing the daunting decision of how and when to re-enter public life after burying his 46-year-old son, Beau Biden, whose death has put a somber pause on the vice president's usually frenetic schedule.

  • Bomb threat: White House briefing room briefly evacuated story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-09-15 7:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - Secret Service agents interrupted a live, televised White House press briefing Tuesday to evacuate journalists after a bomb threat was called in to police. No bomb was found, the Secret Service said.

  • Obama: US lacks 'complete strategy' for training Iraqis story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-08-15 5:41 pm

    ELMAU, Germany - Acknowledging military setbacks, President Barack Obama said Monday the United States still lacks a "complete strategy" for training Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. He urged Iraq's government to allow more of the nation's Sunnis to join the campaign against the violent militants.

  • THE LATEST: Obama says G-7 studying more sanctions on Russia story has photos
    Updated: Jun-08-15 11:35 am

    ELMAU, Germany - 5:27 p.m. (1527GMT; 12:27 a.m. EDT)

  • Obama's trade quest in Congress trails him across Atlantic story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-07-15 6:10 pm

    ELMAU, Germany - President Barack Obama's politically fraught trade quest in Washington trailed him across the Atlantic Sunday, as he met with world leaders anxiously watching a debate on Capitol Hill that could impact the status of economic pacts with the Asia-Pacific and Europe.