Even before Trump jumped into the race, however, the logic of reality TV has had an effect on all the GOP campaigns.
Iowa Republicans bowed to the reality that the decades-old political tradition now only threatened to spotlight the state’s diminished role in the presidential race.
By Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times ESTONIA —Â President Obama expressed skepticism Wednesday about Russia’s aims in Ukraine after Kiev announced that the two countries had agreed to a cease-fire, a claim it later reportedly backed off of. Noting that it was “too early to tell” whether Moscow would hold to such an agreement anyway, Obama […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times TALLINN, Estonia — U.S. intelligence officials have verified the authenticity of a video showing the beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Obama said Wednesday as he declared the U.S. would “not be intimidated” by the Islamic State militants’ acts of “barbarism.” “Whatever these murderers think they’ll achieve by killing […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Obama is slated to travel to Estonia next month, visiting the former Soviet republic in a move to try to reassure leaders in the region who worry that Russia’s aggression in Ukraine may spread. The trip likely will get a chilly response from Moscow, where […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau EDGARTOWN, Mass. —Â President Barack Obama “appreciated” the almost-sorry phone call from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the White House said Wednesday, as it tried to tie a bow on an awkward public row between the two before they meet for cocktails in polite company. The president and […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau EDGARTOWN, Mass. — As the United States tries to pressure Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside, Vice President Joe Biden called al-Maliki’s disputed successor Monday to urge him to form a new government. In a statement released Monday here, where President Barack Obama is vacationing, the White […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed a $16.3 billion measure Thursday intended to clear the backlog of U.S. military veterans seeking care at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. The new law represents an unusually rapid response, and a rare increase in spending, from a Congress bitterly divided by […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional. The ruling by a federal judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law in […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times The Obama administration plans to make another change in the rules governing how employer health care plans cover birth control, one in a long series of efforts to accommodate religious objections to some contraceptives. Details of the new rules will not be set for a few weeks, a senior […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau MINNEAPOLIS — President Barack Obama is telling Central American parents considering sending their children to the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty to keep them at home. “Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” Obama told ABC News […]
By Kathleen Hennessey,Â Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON â The White House is expanding a public campaign aimed at dispelling rumors in the U.S. and Latin America about its rules regarding deportation of young immigrants â part of an effort to slow the rising number of minors crossing into the U.S. without parents or guardians. Administration officials […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The U.S. is considering offering new military aid to Iraq as its beleaguered government tries to fend off an Islamic insurgency, President Barack Obama said Thursday. “It’s going to need more help from us and it’s going to need more help from the international community,” Obama told […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — After snubbing the Russian leader earlier in the week, President Barack Obama met briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for the first face-to-face encounter between the two leaders since the crisis in Ukraine sent their already rocky relationship into a spiral. The roughly 15-minute […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau BRUSSELS — President Barack Obama is getting burned for feeling the burn. The president woke up in Belgium Thursday to find images of his morning workout — puffy cheeks, squinty eyes and all — splashed across papers and websites on two continents. Someone, apparently a fellow exerciser, had captured […]