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Stop this farce, Obama tells Congress on third day of shutdown
October 03, 2013 11:46 PM
The U.S. government shutdown prompted growing concern of wider economic consequences when it stretched into a third day on Thursday, and President Barack Obama challenged Republicans to "stop this farce" by allowing a straight vote on a spending bill. Both sides in the standoff, which...
Obama to meet congressional leaders as shutdown continues
October 02, 2013 07:53 PM
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama scrapped part of a long-planned trip to Asia and planned to meet with congressional leaders on Wednesday as a U.S. government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight. The impasse has raised questions about Washington's ability to carry out its most...
Obama says is shifting to domestic priorities from Syria focus
September 12, 2013 07:28 PM
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said on Thursday he is shifting his focus to domestic priorities from a tense period during which he sought congressional approval to use military force against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons."Even as we have been spending a lot of time on the...
Obama pays tribute to 9/11 victims, mentions Benghazi
September 11, 2013 03:44 PM
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama observed a moment of silence and laid a wreath on Wednesday to remember the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, events that still weigh heavily over the United States and over his tenure as commander in chief.The attacks, in which hijacked airliners...
Obama cancels Putin meeting over Snowden decision
August 07, 2013 04:09 PM
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin planned for next month in Moscow over frustration with Russia's asylum for fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the White House said.The Obama administration has repeatedly...
Obama seeks to build Africa business ties on Tanzania stop
July 01, 2013 08:48 PM
DAR ES SALAAM: President Barack Obama is seeking to build an economic partnership with Africa as he visits Tanzania Monday at the end of a tour of the fast-growing continent where Washington faces competition from China. Obama’s trip to Dar es Salaam occurs three months after a visit by...
Obama sees "moral imperative" to help feed Africa
June 28, 2013 03:29 PM
DAKAR: President Barack Obama, wrapping up the first leg of an African tour, said on Friday Washington had a "moral imperative" to help the world's poorest continent feed itself and he then left for South Africa hoping to see ailing Nelson Mandela. White House officials hope...
Obama starts long-awaited Africa tour at slave port
June 27, 2013 11:24 PM
GOREE ISLAND, Senegal: Almost four centuries after Africans started being shipped to North America as slaves, the first U.S. president of African ancestry Thursday visited an infamous embarkation point for those destined for lives in chains. In his first – and, many Africans say,...
Obama picks confidante Susan Rice as national security adviser
June 05, 2013 09:00 PM
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama chose close confidante Susan Rice as his new national security adviser on Wednesday in a shakeup that increases the White House's control over foreign policy and brings a blunt-spoken voice to Obama's inner circle. The hard-charging Rice, selected to...
Obama sets stage for Senate battle over judicial nominees
June 04, 2013 09:19 PM
WASHINGTON: Setting the stage for a political showdown with Senate Republicans, President Barack Obama named three lawyers on Tuesday to serve on a Washington federal appeals court often called the nation's second-most important court.Senate Republicans have already objected to Obama filling the...
Threatening letter sent to Obama: U.S. Secret Service
May 30, 2013 08:54 PM
WASHINGTON: Authorities intercepted a threatening letter addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama that was similar to ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Secret Service said on Thursday. Letters sent to Bloomberg and his gun control group contained material believed to be the deadly...
Obama refuses to negotiate debt ceiling raise
January 14, 2013 09:49 PM
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Monday rejected any negotiation with Republicans over the most pressing U.S. fiscal issue, refusing to trade cuts in government spending in exchange for raising the borrowing limit. "If the goal is to make sure that we are being responsible about our...
Obama, Congress set for one last effort on 'fiscal cliff'
December 26, 2012 09:32 AM
WASHINGTON/HONOLULU: President Barack Obama is due back in Washington early Thursday for a final effort to negotiate a deal with Congress to avert or at least postpone the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and government spending cuts set to begin next week. No specific bill dealing with...
Obama says ready to work with Republicans to avoid 'fiscal cliff'
December 08, 2012 01:07 PM
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama, accused by Republican House Speaker John Boehner of pushing the country toward the "fiscal cliff," said on Saturday he was ready to work with congressional Republicans on a comprehensive plan to cut budget deficits as long it included higher taxes on the...
Obama salutes entertainers at Kennedy Center Honors
December 03, 2012 10:08 AM
WASHINGTON: Music legend Led Zeppelin was recognized on Sunday alongside entertainers from stage and screen for their contributions to the arts and American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors, lifetime achievement awards for performing artists. The eclectic tribute in Washington, alternated...

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