Barack Obama

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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 »

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 »

Arne Duncan Stepping Down as Education Secretary

And the president doesn't plan to officially nominate a replacement

(Newser) - At the end of the year, Arne Duncan is stepping down as Education Secretary after seven years. According to a letter to staff that was obtained by the AP and confirmed by a White House official, Duncan is going back to Chicago to be with his family. Duncan, 50, has... More »

An Emotional Obama Responds to Today's School Shooting

He's now made 15 statements on mass shootings since taking office

(Newser) - A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama said Thursday that thoughts and prayers are no longer enough as Americans respond to another deadly school shooting , and he challenged voters wanting to deal with the problem to vote for elected officials who will do something. Obama addressed the nation from the White... More »

McCain Blames Russian Airstrikes on Obama

As do other Republicans

(Newser) - Russia launched airstrikes against Syria Wednesday, and John McCain was quick to blame it on Obama. "It did not have to be this way—but this is the inevitable consequence of hollow words, red lines crossed, tarnished moral influence, leading from behind, and a total lack of American leadership"... More »

Pope Francis Arrives in US

And he's getting a 'rock-star welcome'

(Newser) - Pope Francis is getting a rock-star welcome as he arrives for his first visit to the US. Crowds at Andrews Air Force Base cheered as the pope's plane touched down. Shortly after, President Barack Obama walked from the air base's terminal to the plane, where the American flag... More »

Vatican Isn't Happy With White House Guest List

Gay Episcopal bishop and activist nun reportedly among the sore points

(Newser) - The Vatican is worried President Obama's guest list for Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the White House is a little too "off-brand," the Wall Street Journal reports. Among the thousands of guests invited to Wednesday's event are the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, a nun dedicated... More »

Obama Nominee Would Be 1st Openly Gay Service Chief

President nominates Eric Fanning for Army secretary

(Newser) - President Barack Obama is nominating longtime Pentagon official Eric Fanning to be the Army's new secretary. If confirmed, Fanning would be the nation's first openly gay leader of a military service. Obama says Fanning brings years of experience and leadership to the role. He says in a statement... More »

Bristol Palin Slams Obama for His Support of 'Clock Kid'

White House invite 'encourages more racial strife,' she says

(Newser) - It may seem like absolutely everyone is rallying behind Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old arrested after the clock he made was mistaken for a bomb, but don't exactly count Bristol Palin among that number. After President Obama tweeted the teen an invitation to the White House , Palin responded on her... More »

'Clock Kid' Ahmed Gets 3 Very Cool Invitations

From the president, Zuck, and an astronaut

(Newser) - On Monday, Ahmed Mohamed was getting interrogated at a police station because he brought a homemade clock to school and it was mistaken for a bomb . But soon, the Texas 14-year-old might be hanging out in some much, much better locations. Three of the high-profile responses after his story went... More »

Big Thaw? Obama, Netanyahu to Meet in Nov.

Things have been a little icy since Israel PM appeared before Congress

(Newser) - The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet at the White House on Nov. 9. It will be the first formal meeting between the two leaders in months. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says the two leaders will discuss implementation of the... More »

Boehner May Sue Obama to Stop Iran Nuclear Deal

Republicans have run out of most other options

(Newser) - With Republicans running out of ways to stop the looming Iran nuclear deal from becoming a reality, John Boehner is entertaining the idea of suing President Obama. The House speaker, who described the deal as "worse than anything I could've ever imagined," said yesterday a lawsuit is... More »

Obama Scores Major Win on Iran Nuclear Deal

3 Democratic senators announced their support for the deal today

(Newser) - The Iran nuclear deal appears good to go following announcements of support from three Democratic senators today in what the Hill is calling an "impressive lobbying win" for President Obama and the White House. Those three senators bring the total votes for the deal to 41 in the Senate,... More »

Facebook Post Is So Moving, Even Obama Commented

President says story of charitable Iranian boy 'resonated'

(Newser) - President Obama was apparently perusing Facebook yesterday when he came across a post and was so moved, he decided to leave a comment. It's now getting plenty of attention. It appears on the Humans of New York page created by photographer Brandon Stanton, who posts photos of people he... More »

The President Is Heading to Reality TV

Obama to appear on Bear Grylls' show

(Newser) - Bear Grylls' latest show, NBC's Running Wild With Bear Grylls, involves the survival expert taking celebrities on wilderness adventures—and he's lined up quite the celebrity for the show's second season. President Obama will go on an Alaskan trek with Grylls, former host of Discovery's Man ... More »

Obama Interrupts Vacation to Send Letter to Congress

Hopes letter to Democrats will erase lingering doubts about Iran deal

(Newser) - President Obama is hoping to calm concerns among Democrats still undecided or against the Iran nuclear deal. In an Aug. 19 letter to New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler written in the midst of Obama's vacation on Martha's Vineyard , the president maintains the deal itself cannot be changed,... More »

White House Has Its First Transgender Official

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will serve as outreach and recruitment director

(Newser) - When Raffi Freedman-Gurspan started her new job as outreach and recruitment director for the Presidential Personnel Office today, she became the first openly transgender person to serve on the White House staff, the Advocate reports. Freedman-Gurspan served as a policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Obama... More »

Obama Orders Supercomputer 30 Times Faster Than All Others

President signs executive order calling for astonishingly fast exascale machine

(Newser) - If something called the National Strategic Computing Initiative sounds like a big deal, that's because it is. The White House yesterday announced an executive order from President Obama describing the NSCI plan, a joint effort of the Department of Energy, Defense Department, and the National Science Foundation, Motherboard reports.... More »

Jon Stewart: Those 'Secret' Obama Meetings Weren't Secret

'I went through the normal White House entrance like everybody else'

(Newser) - Jon Stewart only has a few more days until his final signoff on Aug. 6 as host of The Daily Show, but he's not going quietly. The most recent noise revolves around what Politico has labeled Stewart's "secret" meetings with President Obama , a "sinister" description that... More »

Obama Asked Jon Stewart to Secretly Meet—Twice

'Daily Show' host made the trek to the White House in 2011, 2014

(Newser) - A 2,500-word piece by Darren Samuelsohn for Politico certainly doesn't bury the lead: President Obama has twice asked Jon Stewart to make, as the story's headline puts it, "secret" visits to the White House to meet with him. The "previously unreported" meetings, which occurred in... More »

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