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  • Obama still pondering death penalty's role in justice system 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 3:46 am

    WASHINGTON - Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty.

  • Obama and Hollande pledge solidarity against Islamic State story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-24-15 8:53 pm

    WASHINGTON - In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State and bolster intelligence sharing following the deadly attacks in Paris. They called on Russia to join the international efforts, but only if Moscow ends its support for Syria's embattled president.

  • White House asks allies to step up in IS campaign story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 7:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House urged allies on Monday to do more in the campaign against the Islamic State, while President Barack Obama faced pressure in return to show the U.S.-led coalition will intensify efforts in response to the Paris attacks, even without a major shift in strategy.

  • House OK of GOP Syrian refugee curbs is just start of fight story has photos
    Updated: Nov-20-15 10:00 am

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have embarrassed President Barack Obama by winning veto-proof House approval of legislation blocking Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the U.S., but from here the effort may take a different turn in Congress.

  • Rebuffed over refugees, Obama aims to shift focus to visas 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 3:39 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The White House is calling for changes that could prohibit some people from bypassing the traditional visa system to enter the American homeland.

  • Congress buys more time to pass a transportation bill 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 1:29 am

    WASHINGTON - Congress has bought itself more time to finish work on a long-term transportation bill.

  • Analysis: Obama refugee argument fails as Democrats desert 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 5:02 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - As anxiety about Syrian refugees entering the U.S. took hold this week, President Barack Obama was having none of it. Halfway across the globe, he scolded politicians questioning his plan to take in 10,000 Syrians in light of the Paris attacks, dismissing them as fear-mongers scoring political points.

  • Courting business, Obama presses for climate action in Asia 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 8:49 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Aggressive action to fight climate change will be a boon for businesses in Asia and beyond, President Barack Obama is asserting as he reaches for a global climate change agreement he hopes will burnish his environmental legacy.

  • Congress OKs bill banning Guantanamo detainees from US story has photos
    Updated: Nov-11-15 12:19 am

    WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Barack Obama a $607 billion defense policy bill that he is expected to sign even though he adamantly opposes its ban on moving some Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. prisons.

  • Appeals court delivers setback to Obama's immigration plan story has photos
    Updated: Nov-10-15 8:52 am

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has ruled against President Barack Obama's plan to protect an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally from deportation.

  • US gov't adding air security 'enhancements' amid crash probe 
    Updated: Nov-06-15 5:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department announced Friday a series of new security efforts aimed at international airports in the wake of the crash of a Russian jetliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

  • 4th Supreme Court go-round for 5-year-old Obama health law story has photos
    Updated: Nov-06-15 3:47 pm

    WASHINGTON - Religion, birth control and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are converging in yet another high-profile dispute at the Supreme Court.

  • Netanyahu appointment casts cloud over US visit story has photos
    Updated: Nov-05-15 4:38 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly appointed spokesman on Thursday apologized for a series of insulting comments about U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, days before his boss heads to Washington on a fence-mending mission.

  • Republicans see health care mandate in Kentucky elections story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-05-15 4:50 am

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Kentucky Republicans view Tuesday's election results as a mandate to dismantle one of the country's most heralded health care programs in the name of fiscal responsibility.

  • Kansas senator puts hold on Obama nominee over Guantanamo story has photos
    Updated: Nov-04-15 11:06 pm

    WASHINGTON - Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday placed a hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for the secretary of the Army to prevent the White House from taking executive action to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees to the United States.

  • Trump: Fed keeping interest rates low to help Obama 
    Updated: Nov-03-15 5:20 pm

    NEW YORK - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday that the Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates low at the behest of President Barack Obama, a charge the White House disputed.

  • Hello policy fights on spending bill, bye budget goodwill 
    Updated: Nov-03-15 3:48 pm

    WASHINGTON - Despite a broad budget deal, fights over Planned Parenthood, the environment and other policy issues still threaten a spending bill to keep the government running, reviving the possibility of a holiday season shutdown.

  • TransCanada denies politics behind Keystone delay request story has video
    Updated: Nov-03-15 2:44 pm

    TORONTO - The head of the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline denied Tuesday that political motivation drove its decision to ask the U.S. government to delay consideration of the project.

  • Christie says president trying to take credit for NJ reforms story has photos
    Updated: Nov-02-15 8:47 pm

    CAMDEN, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie accused President Barack Obama of trying to take credit for criminal justice reforms that New Jersey has put into place, as the Republican presidential contender worked to seize some of the president's limelight during a visit to the state Monday.

  • White House calls Ryan's immigration remarks 'preposterous' story has photos
    Updated: Nov-02-15 6:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House on Monday accused new House Speaker Paul Ryan of "pandering to the extreme right wing" of his party on immigration.

  • Royals reveling in first World Series title since 1985 
    Updated: Nov-02-15 2:55 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The jersey that Eric Hosmer wore in the decisive game of the World Series is headed to the Hall of Fame. So is the glove Salvador Perez used, the spikes Lorenzo Cain laced up and the bat that third baseman Mike Moustakas took to the plate.