Stories about Barack Obama

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 | 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 — …
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a meeting with police chiefs from three communities in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 28, 2013.

Poll: 55% of Maine voters backed Obama, but fewer approved of his job performance

By Robert Long on Jan. 28, 2013, at 1:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gallup reported Monday that fewer than half of Mainers approved of President Barack Obama’s job performance in 2012, despite the fact that the president garnered 55 percent of the state’s votes in winning a second term. A Gallup analysis released Monday pegged Obama’s job approval rating in …
President Barack Obama strikes a pose as he awards the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team on Monday, April 23, 2012, at the White House in Washington, DC.

Obama: Football needs to change to lessen concussions

By Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Jan. 27, 2013, at 7:39 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama said he loves football but thinks the sport should “probably change gradually” so that there are fewer concussions, particularly at the college level. “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long …
President Barack Obama listens as First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at an inaugural reception at the National Building Museum on Sunday, January 20, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Gallup poll shows Americans dislike Electoral College, want term limits for Congress

By Robert Long on Jan. 23, 2013, at 2:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA | President Barack Obama’s second inauguration Monday provided political leaders with an opportunity to praise a system of government that causes the United States to be “admired throughout the world for our peaceful transitions when campaigns end,” according to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. But voters see at …

Obama to unveil gun violence measures Wednesday

By Jeff Mason, Reuters on Jan. 15, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will propose an assault weapons ban and better background checks for gun buyers on Wednesday as part of a package of proposals to curb gun violence one month after the Newtown school massacre. The proposals will include executive and legislative measures, with the latter sure …
President Barack Obama takes questions from reporters during a news conference at the White House in Washington on January 14, 2013.

Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama

By Andy Sullivan, Reuters on Jan. 15, 2013, at 6:12 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama appears ready to gamble in the debate over gun control. By signaling on Monday that he will ask Congress to ban military-style assault weapons, Obama is embarking on a high-risk strategy that is likely to further inflame tensions with Republicans at a time when feelings …

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013: Abandoned kittens, climate change and protest photos

on Jan. 14, 2013, at 11:42 a.m.
Animal cruelty This is a message specifically about the Clifton area resident who abandoned a mother cat and her newborn kittens, still attached by umbilical cords, in a box by a dumpster. The cats were left in frigid weather just before New Year’s Eve. They were found by the dumpster …
Uncle Darth wants YOU...

Obama administration refuses to build Death Star, ‘does not support blowing up planets’

By Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Jan. 12, 2013, at 9:53 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration dashed the hopes of Star Wars geeks across the galaxy by rejecting an official petition calling for the U.S. government to build a Death Star, the fictional planet-destroying space station featured in the Star Wars movies. “The Administration shares your desire for job creation and …
William Kayatta Jr.

Mainer one of dozens Obama can’t get approved as federal judges

By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times on Jan. 06, 2013, at 8:33 a.m.
WASHINGTON — In January 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Cape Elizabeth lawyer William Kayatta Jr. to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In that time, Kayatta has been endorsed by the judiciary committee but Senate Republicans blocked his approval, despite support from Maine’s two Republican senators. In September 2005, …
Sen. Susan Collins

Collins-Lieberman findings blast State Department actions; clear Hillary Clinton in Benghazi embassy case

By Robert Long on Dec. 31, 2012, at 2:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called on President Barack Obama’s administration Monday to acknowledge “the threat of violent Islamist extremism” as a way to avoid a repeat of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, …
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., (2nd left) walks with unidentified aides and security to his office in Washington, D.C., after returning from a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Congressional leaders pledged to keep working on solutions to avert the year-end tax hikes and spending cuts that would come into force if the so-called fiscal cliff is not averted, but details were yet to be decided after a meeting with President Obama at the White House on Friday.

Senate leaders to make last-ditch ‘fiscal cliff’ effort

By Roberta Rampton and Richard Cowan, Reuters on Dec. 28, 2012, at 8:03 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and U.S. congressional leaders agreed on Friday to make a final effort to prevent the United States from going over the “fiscal cliff,” setting off intense bargaining over Americans’ tax rates as a New Year’s Eve deadline looms. With only days left to avoid steep …
President Barack Obama

Obama seeks to rescue fiscal talks for post-Christmas deal

By David Lawder and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Dec. 21, 2012, at 7:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday tried to rescue stalled talks on a fiscal crisis after a Republican plan imploded in Congress, but there was little headway as lawmakers and President Barack Obama abandoned Washington for Christmas. In remarks before flying to Hawaii for a break, Obama suggested reaching …
President Barack Obama delivers a statement as Vice President Joe Biden (left) listens in the Brady Press Briefing Room about the policy process the administration will pursue in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Obama backs assault weapons ban as he calls for quick action

By Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg on Dec. 19, 2012, at 5:19 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Obama said Wednesday his administration will come up with “concrete proposals” by next month to help stem gun violence in the United States and endorsed restrictions on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. “Words need to lead to action,” Obama said at the White House, where …

Can Obama forge a deal on climate change?

on Dec. 05, 2012, at 4:31 p.m.
Climate change is global. Unless enough big-emitting nations stop pumping carbon into the atmosphere, no single country’s efforts will matter much. That is why, despite the many unmet deadlines, petty squabbles and dashed hopes, it is still important for world leaders to gather and work toward a climate deal, as …

How business can recover from 2012 election debacle

By Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post on Nov. 11, 2012, at 6:06 p.m.
Holy Solyndra, Batman. It turns out businessmen are even worse at making political investments than politicians are in making business investments. After spending hundreds of millions of their own and shareholder dollars to knock off a tax-and-regulate administration and deliver a permanent Republican majority in Congress, business leaders now face …