Barack Obama

Politics
6:27 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Live Coverage: Presidential Inauguration 2013

President Barack Obama.
(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama is inaugurated for his second term today and we have a variety of ways for you to join in wherever you are.

Politics
10:06 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Obama Calls On Congress To Raise Debt Ceiling

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In what will could be the final news conference of his first term, President Obama called on Congress to increase the debt ceiling.

Obama used harsh language to describe the tactics Republicans are using to bring about spending cuts, saying that they are "holding a gun to the head of the American people."

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Special Coverage
10:53 am
Mon January 7, 2013

President Obama Makes Cabinet Announcements

President Barack Obama.
(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

President Obama made announcements today on two new members of his cabinet:

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National Politics
12:05 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Obama Taps Sen. Kerry For Secretary Of State

President Obama and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., at the White House this afternoon.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 3:02 pm

President Obama announced this afternoon that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be his next secretary of state.

Kerry's long experience in the Senate (he was first elected in 1984) and especially in foreign affairs (he chairs the Foreign Relations Committee) mean the senator's "not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said.

We followed the short appearance at the White House by the president and Kerry and posted some highlights.

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Krulwich Wonders...
1:54 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Obama's Secret Weapon In The South: Small, Dead, But Still Kickin'

Ron Blakey Northern Arizona University

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 2:10 pm

Look at this map, and notice that deep, deep in the Republican South, there's a thin blue band stretching from the Carolinas through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. These are the counties that went for Obama in the last election. A blue crescent in a sea of red.

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It's All Politics
7:24 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Live Blog: Obama & Romney's First Debate

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the first presidential debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver on Wednesdasy, moderated by Jim Lehrer of the PBS NewsHour.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:38 am

President Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, engaged Thursday night in a sometimes spirited, but always cordial, debate that got very technical at times.

It was the "corporate executive" (Romney) vs. the "government professor" (Obama) and the GOP nominee appeared to be "full of confidence and full of sales pitch," NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving says, while Obama put pressure on the Republican to explain what he would do as president.

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Judge dismisses contraception suit
3:14 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Federal Judge Dismisses Contraception Mandate Lawsuit

(via Flickr/brains the head)

A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, was one of nearly three dozen cases nationally challenging the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O'Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement to pay for birth control infringes on his religious beliefs.

President Obama at the UN
8:29 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama: 'Time Is Not Unlimited' To Resolve Iran Nuclear Dispute Via Diplomacy

President Barack Obama speaks to the United Nations on Sept. 25, 2012.
(Screen capture via UN video feed)

Updated 9:55 a.m. with recap, link to full remarks

President Obama addressed the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly today and touched on the Iran nuclear dispute and addressing the root causes of turmoil in the Middle East, among other topics.

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Libya
9:43 am
Wed September 12, 2012

President Obama speaks on Libya consulate attack

President Obama speaks about the attack on the US consulate in Libya on Sept. 12, 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accompanied Obama for the statement.
(via WhiteHouse.gov video/ screen capture)

Thank you for joining us here for this earlier live event. Archive video of Obama's remarks are below.

Will be updated.

President Obama spoke this morning about the events in Libya that left the US Ambassador to Libya dead along with three other Americans.

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It's All Politics
7:17 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Fact Checkers Ding Obama And Biden For Some Spinning

Vice President Biden and President Obama wave to the delegates Thursday night at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 8:52 am

"We heard some facts being spun" Thursday night when President Obama and Vice President Biden gave their acceptance speeches at the Democratic National Convention, report the watchdogs at FactCheck.org.

They and other independent fact checkers have compiled, just as they did at last week's Republican National Convention, a list of those things said by the two parties' standard bearers that don't quite add up or may give misleading impressions.

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