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Obama Meets With Gabrielle Giffords As Administration Looks To Tighten Gun Laws

The White House continues to seek ways that President Barack Obama could legally tighten restrictions on gun ownership, including closure of the so-called gun show loophole.

December 5, 2015

Obama Vows To Act After Republicans Kill Immigration Bill Hopes

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama ignited a new power showdown with Republicans Monday, vowing to fix America’s broken immigration system on his own after Congress refused to vote on his top remaining domestic priority this year. Obama rebuked Republican leaders who he said will not pass a “darned bill” because they are afraid of […]

June 30, 2014

New Poll Is Bad News For Obama, But Not The End Of His Presidency

With a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll revealing unfavorable approval ratings for President Barack Obama, some are apparently ready to declare the death of his presidency. “I mean, essentially the public is saying your presidency is over,” NBC’s Chuck Todd said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, just hours after the poll was released on Wednesday. The poll that Todd […]

June 18, 2014

Obama To Sign Executive Order Protecting Gay Employees Of Federal Contractors

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After years of prodding from gay rights activists, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday. The administration says the move builds upon existing protections, which generally […]

June 16, 2014
Immigrants, Donald Trump

Central America Turmoil, Not U.S. Policies, May Be Behind Surge Of Child Migrants

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff ARRIAGA, Mexico — Wilson Coxaj, looking braver than his 16 years might merit, left his village in Guatemala’s highlands earlier this month and is making his way to the United States. It is a perilous journey. If he’s successful, he’ll join what U.S. officials are calling “the surge” — […]

June 11, 2014

Official: More Transfers From Guantanamo Prison Not ‘Imminent’

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working on more transfers out of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in the wake of last week’s release of five Taliban fighters but said Wednesday it doesn’t have a timeline for progress. One national security official said Wednesday that […]

June 11, 2014

EPA Unveils Far-Reaching Climate Plan Targeting Power Plants

By Evan Halper, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Monday morning unveiled its far-reaching proposal to curb climate change by substantially restricting emissions at power plants, a plan that promises to set off intense debate across the country amid the president’s boldest action yet to reshape the energy landscape. Under the proposal, the […]

June 2, 2014

Obama, At West Point, Plays Down Military Power, Emphasizes Diplomacy

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama praised the potential of American leadership around the globe on Wednesday while laying out a new definition of that term, downplaying military might and emphasizing diplomacy, alliances and the will to “lead by example.” Standing before a crowd of 1,000 new Army officers at […]

May 28, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

Federal Funds Earmarked To Offset Affordable Care Act Insurer Losses

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature health care law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money. The move was buried in hundreds of pages […]

May 21, 2014

As Obama Prepares For Address, Many Previous Proposals Remain Unfinished

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A year ago, when President Barack Obama delivered his State of Union speech before Congress and imagined providing preschool for all 4-year-olds, he followed his expansive vision with a bit of candor. “That’s something we should be able to do,” he said. The president’s tone _ more […]

January 27, 2014

Gates: Obama Didn’t Believe His Own War Strategy

Washington (AFP) – Former defense secretary Robert Gates has delivered a scathing critique of President Barack Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan in a revealing new memoir, the media reported. In “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War,” Gates recounts how Obama appeared to lack faith in a war strategy he had approved and […]

January 8, 2014

2013: Not As Bad As You Think

WASHINGTON — “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?” It was a heck of a way for President Obama to wrap up 2013. In asking the question at the president’s year-end news conference, Julie Pace of The Associated Press captured several things at once: the reality of a genuinely disappointing year for Obama; […]

December 30, 2013

Gore Whacks Obama on Warming

Barack Obama ran on a promise to finally do something big on climate change, and when in 2008 he won a wide mandate–and Democrats took broad majorities in both houses of Congress–environmentalists’ hopes soared. Until they remembered that in the United States, good legislation dies in the Senate. Under Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrats passed a […]

June 22, 2011

FDA Rolls Out Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

One of the changes wrought by the anti-smoking legislation President Barack Obama signed into law two years ago is new power for the Food and Drug Administration to put frightening warnings on cigarettes and advertise against their danger more aggressively. Check out the FDA’s Flickr feed for examples of the brutal imagery. Obama, who puffed […]

June 21, 2011