President Obama

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Obama: Turkey Has Right to Defend Its Airspace

Also: 'Nous sommes tous Francais'

(Newser) - President Obama and French President Francois Hollande met Tuesday in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, with perhaps the most newsworthy moment coming when they were asked about Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet. "Turkey, like every country, has the right to defend its territory and... More »

Coldplay Album Samples ... the President

Clip of Obama's 'Amazing Grace' to be included on album

(Newser) - Coldplay's new album is out next month , and it has a pretty high-profile guest star: President Obama. Chris Martin says he's sampled the president's rendition of "Amazing Grace," which Obama sang during his eulogy for the pastor killed in the Charleston church massacre earlier this... More »

Obama: No Ground Troops to Fight ISIS' 'Face of Evil'

President says we'll keep calm and carry on with current airstrike strategy

(Newser) - Friday's terror attacks in Paris rocked the world, but President Obama appeared steadfast Monday in his overall strategy to go after the Islamic State. In a presser held after Turkey's G20 summit, Obama said that even though ISIS is "the face of evil" and that Paris' attacks... More »

Obama: 'Skies Darkened' After Paris

ISIS' shadow looms large as G20 summit kicks off in Turkey

(Newser) - President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to redouble US efforts to eliminate ISIS and end the Syrian civil war that fueled its rise, denouncing the group's horrifying terror spree in Paris as "an attack on the civilized world." Opening two days of talks with world leaders in Turkey,... More »

Medal of Honor Goes to Soldier Who Tackled Bomber

President Obama also informs audience he's not the lead singer of Korn

(Newser) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that a young Army captain who is the newest Medal of Honor recipient had the instincts and courage to tackle a suicide bomber in Afghanistan during a moment of selfless bravery, saving the lives of many comrades. Florent Groberg is the 10th living service member... More »

White House Will Appeal Immigration Case to Supreme Court

After an appeals court keeps Obama plan from moving forward

(Newser) - Last November, President Obama laid out his immigration plan , which included protection against deportation for millions of undocumented people. Since then, Texas has been leading a slew of states trying to block the executive action, which was dealt another blow Monday when a federal appeals court sided with a lower... More »

Look Who Finally Joined Facebook

Yep, it's Barack Obama

(Newser) - President Obama just joined Facebook Monday, and his page already has almost 90,000 likes (and counting—quickly). As CNN and The Verge note, this page is Obama's own personal page, as opposed to his campaign page (run by Organizing for Action) and the official White House page (run... More »

Obama Rejects Keystone Oil Pipeline

President says it's not in the interests of the US

(Newser) - After more than seven years of debate, President Obama announced Friday he's putting the kibosh on the Keystone XL pipeline, confirming earlier reports from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times . With VP Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry flanking him at a White House... More »

Plane Fears Strand Thousands of Tourists in Egypt

There've been some holdups

(Newser) - British PM David Cameron stopped flights to and from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort city Wednesday as investigations continued into the crash of Flight 9268 . Now the UK is scrambling to retrieve roughly 20,000 citizens from the Sinai Peninsula—a plan that Reuters says has been "thrown into... More »

Obama Mocks GOP Field at Broadway Show

If they can't handle CNBC, they can't handle Putin, he quips

(Newser) - Appearing on Broadway for one night only: Barack Obama, in a solo comedy act roasting the Republican Party. The president left a crowd of more than 1,300 in stitches on Monday night at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, home to the hit musical "Hamilton" about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.... More »

3 Things Obama Will Do for Released Prisoners

The president announces plans to curb recidivism

(Newser) - President Obama visited New Jersey today to promote his new efforts to help prisoners re-integrate into society, the Star-Ledger reports. Visiting a facility that helps former inmates and joining a roundtable on the topic at Rutgers University, the president made his case. "There are people across the board—folks... More »

White House Doesn't Want Clinton-Obama Emails Released

Will seek to block their release, per presidential precedent

(Newser) - President Obama and Hillary Clinton did exchange emails via Clinton's private email server, but the White House is seeking to block their release. The White House press secretary said back in March that Clinton and Obama "did have the occasion to email one another" while Clinton was secretary... More »

US to Send Special Ops to Syria

Officials describe 'shift' in fight against ISIS

(Newser) - All week there's been buzz that the White House was mulling whether to send ground troops to Syria to combat ISIS. Now it looks like it's a done deal. An anonymous senior US official says there will be an announcement Friday that the US will send a small... More »

Obama Ditches Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan

More than 5K will remain when he leaves office

(Newser) - President Obama is scrapping a big goal of his presidency—to leave office with only a token force of troops in Afghanistan. Instead, in what the Wall Street Journal calls a "major reversal," Obama has decided to scrap the current withdrawal plan. About 10,000 US troops are... More »

Obama: Trump Won't Be President

He talks Biden, Clinton on 60 Minutes

(Newser) - It doesn't sound as if President Obama is losing much sleep worrying about turning the keys to the White House over to Donald Trump. In a 60 Minutes interview aired Sunday night, the president told Steve Kroft that while Trump is a "great publicity-seeker," he doesn't... More »

Obama May Use Power to Change a Gun-Control Rule

He's weighing new rules for high-volume private dealers: report

(Newser) - President Obama's next executive action may be to expand background checks for some gun buyers—based on whom they're buying from. Obama, who reacted with emotion to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College and will visit Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, is "seriously considering" new rules that... More »

Murdoch Sorry About 'Real Black President' Dig

Initial tweet was in support of Ben Carson

(Newser) - Sounds like President Obama just isn't black enough for Rupert Murdoch. "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide? And much else," the media tycoon tweeted Wednesday night. The 84-year-old Fox News owner's suggestion that Obama,... More »

US Names 1st Marine Sanctuaries in 15 Years

And Chile creates the 3rd-largest ocean reserve in the world

(Newser) - President Obama declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland on Monday, while Chile blocked off more than 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean—what it said is the third-largest marine reserve in the world—near the world-famous Easter Island from commercial fishing... More »

Inside the Historic Free-Trade Pact We Just Agreed To

Trans-Pacific Partnership terms hashed out after years of negotiations

(Newser) - The United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and eight more Pacific Rim countries on Monday came to an agreement on a free-trade pact that would kill upward of 18,000 tariffs currently in place on US exports ranging from cars to avocados, in a deal the Washington Post hails as the... More »

Obama on Oregon Shooting: 'I Will Politicize It'

'Our inaction is a political decision that we are making'

(Newser) - President Barack Obama says opponents of gun control laws know how to stir up fear and scare politicians. At a news conference Friday, Obama lamented the inability to pass stricter gun laws even after incidents such as the shooting Thursday at an Oregon community college that killed nine people. He... More »

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