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Why I’m (Still) Thankful For President Obama

Yes, he makes mistakes, and he has flaws — but Barack Obama’s achievements, temperament, and persistence are worthy of thanks.

November 27, 2014
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Midterm Outcome: Mandate On Obama Or Big Money At Play?

Republicans will say election outcome is a referendum on Obama, but it may have a lot more to do with the failure of Citizens United.

November 5, 2014
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Obama: U.S. To Be ‘More Aggressive’ In Monitoring Ebola Response

The President insists the threat of Ebola is being taken seriously.

October 16, 2014
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Weekend Reader: ‘The Age Of Evangelicalism: America’s Born-Again Years’

The dramatic influence the Christian right exerts over the Republican Party has been well documented — but Democrats rely on religious voters as well. In his new book, The Age of Evangelicalism: America’s Born-Again Years, Steven P. Miller explores the bipartisan political impact of the evangelical movement over the past four decades. Miller, a professor at Webster University and […]

August 16, 2014
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Benghazi: What New Details Reveal About The ‘Scandal’ — And Its Promoters

In the years since the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, his aide Sean Smith and CIA officers Tyrone Smith and Glen Doherty in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, President Obama’s congressional critics have complained long and loudly about his failure to apprehend the perpetrators immediately. Republican experts like Ted Cruz and Darrell Issa, […]

June 20, 2014
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New Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Back President On Climate Change

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday is receiving widespread attention for showing a decline in President Obama’s approval rating, but another major result is flying under the radar: Americans overwhelmingly want to see action on climate change. According to the poll, a whopping 61 percent of Americans say that either “immediate action” or “some […]

June 18, 2014
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Michelle Obama Pushes Immigration Fix As New Citizens Take Oath

By Stephanie Haven, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama urged overhauling the nation’s immigration laws Wednesday while presiding over a naturalization ceremony for 50 new U.S. citizens at the National Archives. “Today in Washington, folks are still debating whether or not to fix our immigration system even though just about everyone agrees […]

June 18, 2014
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Obama Signs Order To Cap Student Loan Payments At 10 Percent Of Income

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order that lets millions of college graduates cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income, a move he says will help “open the doors of opportunity for all.” By amending student loan regulations to put the […]

June 9, 2014
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Despite Administration Denials, Lawmaker Thinks Obama Wants Cuba Spy-Swap

By Marc Caputo, The Miami Herald MIAMI — After news broke about President Barack Obama’s prisoner swap involving five Taliban Guantanamo Bay detainees, many wondered about the fate of another person, this one locked away in Cuba: Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor believed by many to have been railroaded on trumped-up spy charges. The […]

June 4, 2014
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Carbon Emissions Rule Relies On A Broad View Of ‘System’

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The coming legal battle over President Barack Obama’s far-reaching climate-change rules will probably turn on the meaning of one word in the Clean Air Act of 1970 — “system.” Under the landmark anti-pollution law, the Environmental Protection Agency is empowered to require states to apply “the […]

June 4, 2014

Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Sparks Bipartisan Backlash In Congress

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday battled a bipartisan storm of criticism over President Barack Obama’s decision to order the exchange of Taliban leaders for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Senior lawmakers from both parties are questioning the administration’s justification for acting without first consulting members of Congress […]

June 4, 2014
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Obama And Putin Spar As Rebels Battle In Ukraine

Warsaw (AFP) – President Barack Obama Wednesday condemned Russia’s “dark tactics” and bullying in Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin hit back at American “aggression,” as new venom deepened the worst U.S.-Russia clash in decades. Obama met Ukraine’s president-elect Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw and promised years of U.S. support, then blasted Russia and vowed to protect […]

June 4, 2014
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Obama Says U.S. Backs Ukraine Fight Against Pro-Russia Separatists

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WARSAW, Poland — Pledging support for a new and fragile government, President Barack Obama told Ukraine’s president-elect Wednesday that the U.S. will continue to back Kiev’s fight against separatists. “The United States is absolutely committed to standing behind the Ukrainian people, not just in the coming days and weeks […]

June 4, 2014
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Obama: U.S. To Aid Unaccompanied Children Arriving From Mexico

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday said his administration would provide special assistance to children arriving to the U.S. alone after making the treacherous overland journey from Mexico. In response to what he called an “urgent humanitarian situation,” Obama ordered federal departments to coordinate relief for the unaccompanied children, including medical care, housing […]

June 3, 2014
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Obama Seeks To Reassure European Allies Amid Ukraine Crisis

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WARSAW — Amid worries about a rise of Russian aggression, President Barack Obama landed in Eastern Europe Tuesday offering new reassurances and a show of military muscle aimed at keeping Moscow in check. Under drizzling morning rain, Obama was greeted at the airport by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on […]

June 3, 2014
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Obama Defends Deal With Taliban To Free U.S. Soldier

Warsaw (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended a prisoner swap deal with the Taliban to free a U.S. soldier held for five years, following attacks from his Republican foes. Obama said that he saw an opportunity for a swift deal amid concerns for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s health and that he had a […]

June 3, 2014
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Obama Unveils $1 Billion Security Plan For Eastern Europe

Warsaw (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a $1 billion U.S. security plan for eastern Europe aimed at allaying fears over a resurgent Kremlin and the escalating pro-Russian uprising in ex-Soviet Ukraine. Obama launched a major tour of Europe in Warsaw where he will attend celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first […]

June 3, 2014
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Obama, Uruguayan President Discuss Trade At White House

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The president of Uruguay met with President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday, a meeting that centered on the nations’ mutual desires to boost trade and other aspects of their relationship. In the meeting and remarks that accompanied it, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica Cordano and […]

May 12, 2014
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House Republicans Vote To Reverse Billions In Deficit Savings

On Wednesday, the House — by a vote of 230-188 — passed one of the six “tax extenders” bills recently approved by the Ways and Means Committee. The measure, which accounts specifically for research and experimentation tax credit, could have served as a rare example of bipartisanship: both Republicans and Democrats support the broad ideas […]

May 7, 2014
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The Entire GOP Agenda Is A Talking Point Designed To Mislead The American People

The GOP’s latest #Benghazi smoking gun revealed earlier this week illuminated two #shocking details. First of all, the White House and the CIA agreed on their talking points in the immediate wake of the tragedy of the deaths of four Americans at a CIA outpost in Libya. Secondly, government officials sometimes may use talking points […]

May 2, 2014
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Obama’s Asia Trip Yields Better Military Ties But No Trade Concessions

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff MANILA, Philippines — President Barack Obama came to Asia with multiple missions: to advance U.S. trade interests, to reassure allies he’d back them in any serious confrontation with China, and to rebut critics who dismissed his “pivot to Asia” strategy as being less than pivotal. He’ll return to Washington […]

April 28, 2014
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Obama Starts Asia Tour With A Message To China

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Foreign Staff TOKYO — President Barack Obama kicked off a tour of Asia on Wednesday with a pointed message to China and the entire region: The United States stands resolutely with Japan in a long dispute over some small islands in the East China Sea. As Obama landed in Japan, news […]

April 23, 2014
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Obama’s Approval Rating Improves As Healthcare Drag Eases

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings have improved, if only slightly, from a low point during the winter, a trend that potentially could help embattled Democrats in key Senate races this fall. The size of the change varies from poll to poll, but they tell the same […]

April 21, 2014
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Labor Raises Pressure On Obama To Act On Immigration Reform

As House Republicans continue to block any progress toward comprehensive immigration reform, President Barack Obama is taking increasing criticism from pro-immigration reform advocates for his failure to bypass Congress and take action himself. An AFL-CIO memo released Monday morning outlined “four interrelated steps and concrete actions” that the Department of Homeland Security could take to […]

April 21, 2014
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Obama Has Some Convincing To Do On Asia Tour

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Two and a half years after President Barack Obama vowed to shift America’s diplomatic, economic and military focus to Asia, he will head back to the region this week to try to convince allies and adversaries alike that he really meant it. Since the […]

April 21, 2014