Stories about Barack Obama

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts for gallantry in Afghanistan, while in the East Room at the White House in Washington, July 21, 2014.

Former paratrooper gets Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan

By Ian Simpson, Reuters on July 21, 2014, at 9:37 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A former paratrooper who was the only survivor of one of the bloodiest battles of the war in Afghanistan was awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday in a ceremony at the White House as his family and comrades looked on. Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts of …
U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Texas Governor Rick Perry upon Obama's arrival in Dallas in this file photo taken July 9, 2014.

Texas Gov. Perry orders 1,000 National Guard troops to border

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times on July 21, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
HOUSTON — Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border after saying he had grown tired of federal officials’ “lip service” and “empty promises.” Perry said that the National Guard will provide support over the next month to the state-funded …
President Barack Obama said June 19, 2014 the United States would send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraqi forces confronting an al-Qaida splinter group attacking the country and was prepared to take targeted military action if necessary.

Obama’s global challenge

By David Ignatius, The Washington Post on July 15, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
In President Barack Obama’s sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without making the same mistakes it did in Iraq and Afghanistan? Obama, whose deliberative …

White House announces tens of millions of additional funding to address immigrant surge

By Reuters on June 20, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced tens of millions of dollars of additional funding for Central American governments to address the root causes of migration that has led to a surge of migrants, many of them children, into the United States. The United States said it would launch …

Obama defends deal that freed soldier amid growing demands for hearings

By Patricia Zengerle and Jeff Mason, Reuters on June 03, 2014, at 8:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama defended on Tuesday the prisoner swap deal that freed a U.S. soldier from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, and the Army pledged to investigate the circumstances of his capture after fellow soldiers said he had deserted. Trying to defuse concerns of members of Congress who said …
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy signs a proposal under the Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants during a news conference in Washington June 2, 2014.

EPA wants Maine power plants to cut emissions 13.5 percent by 2030

By Darren Fishell on June 02, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants Maine power plants to reduce emissions by 13.5 percent in 16 years, as part of a national plan to reduce emissions by 30 percent, from 2005 levels, by 2030. The proposed rule signed Monday by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy seeks to …
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announces steps under the Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants during a news conference in Washington on June 2, 2014.

US unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

By Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason, Reuters on June 02, 2014, at 9:40 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate change strategy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed …
President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day in Virginia May 26, 2014.

With nod to VA scandal, Obama pays Memorial Day tribute

By Jeff Mason, Reuters on May 26, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to fallen U.S. military men and women during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that highlighted a veterans’ care scandal that has engulfed his presidency in recent weeks. Just hours earlier, Obama returned from a surprise trip to Afghanistan, …

Obama, Karzai discuss security pact with successor

By Reuters on May 26, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
President Barack Obama called Afghan President Hamid Karzai from Air Force One after departing Afghanistan and said he wants to conclude a security agreement with Karzai’s successor, a senior administration official told reporters. Obama and Karzai discussed progress that had been made by Afghan security forces, the official said, and …

Students need choice: ZIP codes shouldn’t predetermine students’ success

By Lee Jackson on May 20, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
In the state of Maine you’re more likely to bump into a Democrat or independent than a Republican, so being a black Republican and living in a town that has not elected a Republican state representative in decades, I understand what it’s like to be in the minority. But being …
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Massachusetts to start their Martha's Vineyard vacation on Saturday.

Obamas begin vacation on Martha’s Vineyard

By Reuters on Aug. 10, 2013, at 6:15 p.m.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama kicked off his vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday with a night at his rented holiday home. Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrived in the Massachusetts vacation destination after first making a stop in Florida to speak to a veterans group. …
James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, responded to a newspaper report about the program by declassifying certain aspects of the law to explain to the public the limitations of the program. He said it could only be used if there is “a reasonable suspicion” of a connection with a foreign terrorist organization.

White House defends collection of private phone records

By Anita Kumar and William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau on June 07, 2013, at 8 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration on Thursday defended a newly disclosed National Security Agency program that gathers telephone records of tens of millions of Verizon customers, authorized under a secret court order. In an unusual move, James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, responded to a newspaper report about the …
Paul Kevin Curtis is seen in this picture taken in 2000.

Elvis impersonator from Mississippi charged in connection with ricin letter sent to President Obama

By David Ingram and Deborah Charles, Reuters on April 18, 2013, at 10:40 p.m.
Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges on Thursday against a Mississippi man who worked as an Elvis impersonator for threatening to harm President Barack Obama by sending him a letter that initially tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was believed to have sent three letters, all …
President Barack Obama is greeted by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and John Cornyn (R-TX) as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol to meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Report: President passes on Maine lobster, chips, pie at Senate luncheon

By William Davis on March 18, 2013, at 1:16 p.m.
President Barack Obama apparently passed on Maine lobster, potato chips and blueberry pie at a Senate luncheon last week catered by Sen. Susan Collins. The president met with Senate Republicans on Thursday for a wide-ranging policy discussion over lunch, according to The Hill.   The luncheon’s menu was decided by …
Sen. Angus King

Angus King votes with Democrats as Senate panel passes first budget in three years

By Robert Long on March 15, 2013, at 8:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Angus King joined 10 Democrats and the Senate’s other independent member, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in voting Thursday evening to pass a budget resolution for the federal fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. All 10 of the committee’s Republican members opposed the budget resolution, which was crafted …
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

Chellie Pingree lobbies Obama to require environmental review if Portland pipeline is reversed to carry tar sands

By Whit Richardson on Feb. 27, 2013, at 4:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, sent a letter Wednesday to the Obama administration asking that any plan to reverse the flow of the Portland Montreal Pipeline to carry oil sands from Canada to Portland Harbor require a new permitting process and a thorough environmental review. Pingree’s letter …
Maine Gov. Paul LePage takes the podium in Augusta on Tuesday to deliver his State of the State address.

Obama and LePage, closer than you thought?

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 13, 2013, at 3:57 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — There may be no love lost between Maine Gov. Paul LePage and President Barack Obama. On many issues LePage and Obama would be viewed as political polar opposites. LePage once even famously said he would tell the president to “go to hell” regarding federal commercial fishing regulations …
Sen. Susan Collins at the investiture ceremony for new district judge Nancy Torrensen May 3, 2012 in Portland.

Collins says she’ll vote against Obama nominee for Defense secretary

By Matthew Stone on Feb. 13, 2013, at 3:46 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday that she opposes President Barack Obama’s choice of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to take over the Defense Department. However, Collins said she wouldn’t join a filibuster to block a final vote on his nomination. In a lengthy statement released by her office, Collins …
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (right) and Vice President Joe Biden (left) stand to applaud as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 12, 2013.

What Obama said and what it means

By The Washington Post, staff on Feb. 13, 2013, at 8:53 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama spent considerable time on the economy but still addressed several other issues in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Here’s a breakdown of key issues mentioned, with relevant excerpts of the speech followed by analysis. Spending “In 2011, Congress passed a law saying …
A man holds an American flag while receiving his proof of U.S. citizenship during a ceremony in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2013. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he believes it is possible to get an overhaul of the immigration system by the end of the year if not the first half of 2013.

Leading from behind on immigration reform

on Jan. 31, 2013, at 1:43 p.m.
In hailing an emerging bipartisan consensus in the Senate on immigration reform, President Barack Obama added Tuesday to the momentum to fix a broken-down system that long ago stopped making sense and serving the country. For at least a day, Washington found itself in the glow of a rare — …
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