Monday, October 5, 2015
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Education Secretary Duncan Steps Down; Obama Picks Deputy To Replace Him

One of the last remaining members of President Barack Obama’s original Cabinet will step down in December.

October 2, 2015

‘Thoughts And Prayers Are Not Enough’ — Obama, Yet Again, Calls For Gun-Control Laws

The president was blunt: In order for the stem this “continuing cause of death for innocent people,” America needed to pass new laws.

October 1, 2015

Lawmakers Push Measures To Influence Iran Nuclear Deal

The White House has said President Obama would oppose any legislation undermining the international nuclear agreement reached in July.

October 1, 2015
Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York

At U.N., Obama And Putin Clash Over Working With Syria’s Assad

In voicing a willingness to deal with Iran and Russia, both backers of Assad, Obama was openly acknowledging their influence in Syria and swallowing a somewhat bitter pill for the United States.

September 28, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Cranks ‘R’ Us

The pope is a symbol of moral virtue, intelligence, and sound judgment. What the hell is he doing in America? Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

September 25, 2015
Pope Francis waves to the crowds gathered to see him as he arrives at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

Pope Makes Opposites Attract For A Short Spell

Clearly, he is not in this thing just to be pope; he communicates moral conviction and urgency, especially on climate change and immigration. He is here to get things done.

September 25, 2015

China’s Xi Arrives In Washington For First U.S. State Visit

China’s president arrived in Washington on Thursday for a state visit and talks with President Obama — which that are expected to be clouded by differences.

September 24, 2015

At White House, Pope Focuses On Environment, Poverty And Migrants

In a speech on the White House South Lawn, the Argentine pontiff lauded President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce air pollution.

September 23, 2015
Medical student Electo Rossel listens to music at the Malecon seafront outside the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba

Obama Takes ‘A Sledgehammer’ To Cuba Embargo

What is commonly known as the trade embargo on Cuba is still on the books, as it has been for some five decades. But for companies from around the United States, the barriers to trade with the untapped market 90 miles from Florida are getting lower and lower.

September 18, 2015

Obama Nominates First Openly Gay Service Secretary To Lead Army

President Obama nominated Eric Fanning to become the next secretary of the Army, paving the way for the first openly gay leader of a military service branch in U.S. history.

September 18, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro

Trump Under Fire For Not Correcting Man Who Called Obama A Muslim

“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims.”

September 18, 2015

White House Prepares For Pomp, Politics Of Pope Francis Visit

The White House hopes he will bring attention to the need to curb climate change and fight inequality.

September 17, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

White House Says Obama Will Raise Cyber Concern With China’s Xi

President Obama will raise concerns about cyber security with Chinese President Xi Jinping when they meet in Washington this month amid rising U.S. worries about Chinese hacking of U.S. government and commercial targets

September 15, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Cruz addresses a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Throwing Stones At A Sitting President: A Topsy-Turvy Day On The Hill

John McCain, who lost against Obama in 2008, slipped in Senatespeak and called Obama “Obama.” That’s President Obama to you, sir.

September 11, 2015
Joe Biden speaks prior to kickoff of Allegheny County Labor Day Parade in Pittsburgh

In Test For Biden, Frustrated Cops Line Up Against Prison Reform

Obama’s push for sentencing reforms that would decrease the number of Americans imprisoned – a key focus of his remaining time in office – has won support from an unlikely coalition.

September 10, 2015
Obama speaks at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast in Boston

Obama’s Labor Day Executive Order: More Paid Sick Leave For Government Contractors

“Right now you have parents who have to choose between losing income or staying home with a sick child,” Obama said Monday.

September 7, 2015
A guest takes a video of U.S. President Barack Obama with his mobile phone during a welcome reception for the WNBA Champions Phoenix Mercury team at the East Room of the White House in Washington

5 Huge Historical Events That America Is Mostly Ignoring

Some truly historic things have unfolded this summer, and been only glanced at by a media transfixed on conflict and personality.

September 7, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) observes traditional salmon preserving with fishermen on the shore of the Nushagak River in Dillingham, Alaska September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama’s Arctic Adventure Ends With Sinking Village, Fish Spawn

President Obama visited two remote native villages in the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, hoping to show how climate change is affecting Americans.

September 3, 2015

Big Surprise: Republicans Go Birther On Obama — But Easy On Foreign-Born Cruz

A new poll from Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling shows a remarkable state of belief among Republican voters, about who exactly was or wasn’t born in America.

September 1, 2015
Author and founding member of the Fairbanks Native Association Carlo greets U.S. President Obama after he arrived aboard Air Force One at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska

With Glaciers As Backdrop, Obama To Use Alaska Trip To Push Climate Agenda

President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour aimed at spotlighting how its melting permafrost and eroding coastlines show the United States is already being hurt by climate change.

August 31, 2015
U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana

Obama Alaska Trip Aims For ‘Punctuation Mark’ On Climate Legacy

With 16 months left in office, Obama is trying to build support for tough new rules on carbon emissions from power plants ahead of a hoped-for international climate deal later this year that could cement his legacy on the issue.

August 31, 2015

Obama To Rename North America’s Highest Peak As Denali On Alaska Trip

President Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mount McKinley.

August 31, 2015
Obama pauses during remarks on a nuclear deal with Iran at American University in Washington

Obama Reassures Jewish Groups On U.S.-Israel Relationship

President Obama on the Iran debate: “Everybody keep in mind that we’re all pro-Israel… We have to make sure that we don’t impugn people’s motives even as we have what is a very serious debate.”

August 28, 2015
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum in Washington

Obama Endorsement Possible As Biden Considers Clinton Challenge

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said nothing to discourage a run by Joe Biden.

August 24, 2015
Presdient Obama plays golf with Clinton on Martha's Vineyard

Obamas, Clintons Golf And Fete Friend On Martha’s Vineyard

President Obama played golf with former President Clinton and attended a party with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday, to celebrate the birthday of Washington power broker and mutual friend Vernon Jordan.

August 17, 2015
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