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  • Lawsuit points to hacking by Ethiopia as Obama makes visit 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 3:34 am

    WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device.

  • White House labels rally against Iran deal "pro-war rally" 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 5:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's spokesman has referred to a Washington demonstration against the Iran nuclear deal as a "pro-war rally."

  • Chiding Congress, Obama urges fast Ex-Im Bank renewal story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-22-15 6:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - Chiding Congress in no uncertain terms, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that American businesses are suffering while the Export-Import Bank lapses, and called on lawmakers to reauthorize the bank within days.

  • Obama tries another push to close Guantanamo Bay prison 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 5:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House is close to bringing Congress another plan for closing the prison for terrorism detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a campaign pledge that President Barack Obama hasn't given up on, his spokesman said Wednesday.

  • Invoking Iraq War, Obama brushes off Iran deal critics story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-21-15 1:49 pm

    PITTSBURGH - Brushing off his "chest-beating" critics, President Barack Obama accused opponents of the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday of being the same people who rushed the U.S. into an ill-fated war in Iraq. As he sought support for the deal from U.S. veterans, he said the deal's foes were merely popping off soundbites that accomplish nothing.

  • Grievances persist despite start of new era in US-Cuba ties story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-20-15 5:27 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Cuban national flag fluttered in the Washington sun Monday as the U.S. and Cuba formally ended more than a half-century of estrangement, formally re-establishing relations severed at the height of the Cold War. But the symbolism of an embassy ceremony could not conceal deep, lingering conflicts between the nations.

  • White House seeking Democrats to support Iran nuclear deal story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-14-15 5:16 pm

    WASHINGTON - Just hours after announcing a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran on Tuesday, the White House launched a robust lobbying campaign to persuade skeptical Democrats in Congress to approve the deal.

  • Documents: US agents knew of 'El Chapo' escape plots in 2014 story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-13-15 10:45 pm

    WASHINGTON - The weekend disappearance of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from a maximum security prison should have come as little surprise to Mexican authorities: The Drug Enforcement Administration had alerted them 16 months ago about several plans to escape.

  • US offers full support to Mexico to capture drug lord 
    Updated: Jul-13-15 1:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States is pledging assistance to Mexico's government in bringing escaped drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to justice.

  • Under fire for data breach, Obama personnel chief steps down story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-10-15 6:47 pm

    WASHINGTON - The embattled head of the government's personnel office abruptly stepped down Friday, bowing to mounting pressure following the unprecedented breach of private information her agency was entrusted to protect.

  • Amid flurry of diplomacy with Iran, the White House waits 
    Updated: Jul-10-15 3:50 am

    WASHINGTON - The final days of the high-stakes Iranian nuclear negotiations have been filled with a flurry of diplomatic wrangling and marathon meetings in Vienna.

  • United Airlines hit by 2nd massive grounding in 2 months 
    Updated: Jul-08-15 7:07 pm

    NEW YORK - Hundreds of United Airlines flights were delayed Wednesday after the airline experienced computer problems for the second time in just over a month.

  • Bipartisan plan would overhaul business taxes, fund highways story has photos
    Updated: Jul-08-15 6:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senators unveiled a bipartisan framework Wednesday aimed at making business taxes more competitive while generating much-needed funding to repair the nation's roads and bridges.

  • United Airlines suffers 2nd major grounding in 2 months story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-08-15 5:50 pm

    NEW YORK - Hundreds of United Airlines flights were delayed Wednesday after the airline experienced computer problems for the second time in just over a month.

  • The Latest: NYSE trading resumes after outage story has photos
    Updated: Jul-08-15 4:02 pm

    The latest on halted trading at the New York Stock Exchange (all times Eastern):

  • Obama chimes in on pop culture, 140 characters at a time story has photos
    Updated: Jul-07-15 12:18 pm

    WASHINGTON - After dipping his toe in the online world of Twitter years ago, President Barack Obama is now jumping in head-first, popping off tweets at all hours of the day about pop culture, sports and even Supreme Court rulings.

  • Touting progress, Obama says Islamic State is losing ground story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-06-15 6:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama portrayed the U.S.-led coalition Monday as gaining ground against the Islamic State amid an expanded U.S. effort and ample signs of progress, but conceded more difficulties ahead in fighting what he described as a nimble and opportunistic enemy.

  • After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:59 am

    WASHINGTON - Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

  • White House: No federal bailout for Puerto Rico 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 2:12 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House threw cold water Monday on the notion of bailing out Puerto Rico from its financial crisis, instead urging Congress to consider changing the law so the island can declare bankruptcy.