NEWS ABOUT: Barack Obama

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Obama Mulls Airstrikes, Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis

Decision on Yazidi surrounded by Islamic State expected 'imminently'

(Newser) - Both passive and active options are on the table as President Obama decides how to handle the humanitarian catastrophe developing at Iraq's Mount Sinjar , says a senior administration official who spoke to the New York Times . The passive alternative: Airdrops of food and much-needed medicine to the 40,000... More »

Record Number Fear Their Kids Will Be Worse Off

76% of adults think next generation will have worse life than them: poll

(Newser) - Americans are riddled with anxiety about financial prospects for their children—and the majority of them are pointing the finger at DC pols for their worries. A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll of 1,000 adults found that a record 76% of them don't think today's kids will... More »

Obama to Netanyahu: It's Time for a Ceasefire

President says US supports Israel, but is concerned about death toll

(Newser) - In a phone call today, President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is growing more concerned about the rising Palestinian death toll and the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The White House said Obama reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas... More »

Boehner to WH: Stop Saying I Want Impeachment

Lawsuit filed by House speaker will motivate GOP to go after prez, says Obama aide

(Newser) - There’s nothing to suggest that John Boehner has changed his mind since the last time he said he doesn’t want to impeach the president—but that didn’t stop a senior White House aide this morning from saying he thinks the door for Republicans to make that happen... More »

Obama Needs a New 'Team of Rivals'

White House can't be 'echo chamber for the president’s views': Fred Hiatt

(Newser) - When President Obama first took office, he was wise to install a " team of rivals ," from Hillary Clinton to Bush-era defense secretary Robert Gates, who ensured his views would be challenged. But his second-term staff appears to be more a "team of loyalists," writes Fred Hiatt... More »

Real Cause of the Border Crisis: Following the Law

A 2008 bill paved the way for this issue

(Newser) - Conservatives like Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin have alleged that President Obama's "lawlessness"—in the form of his jury-rigged de facto Dream Act implementation—is to blame for the children currently swarming across the border. But the truth is "that this crisis has actually been brought... More »

Pastors: Feds Blocking Us From Immigration Camps

Meanwhile, Obama deflects criticism that he didn't visit the border

(Newser) - As the immigration crisis rages, pastors and faith groups are complaining that they're not being allowed to visit the children being held at border detention facilities. "It's pretty heartbreaking that they don't let anybody in there—even credentialed pastors," one pastor tells Todd Starnes at... More »

Faith Groups to Obama: Let Us Discriminate Against Gays

They want Obama to grant them a 'robust' exemption in executive order

(Newser) - In the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling , another faith-based issue for President Obama: Religious group leaders—including Michael Wear, the man who led the president’s faith-outreach initiative in 2012—are spearheading an effort that seeks a "robust" exemption for religious organizations from Obama’s still-unsigned anti-bias executive... More »

Apparent Loser of Afghan Election Claims Victory

Crisis could break country apart

(Newser) - Preliminary vote tallies show Abdullah Abdullah losing Afghanistan's presidential election to Ashraf Ghani by a pretty wide margin of 56.4% to 43.5%. But Abdullah declared victory anyway yesterday, and said he would decide in the next few days whether to form a "parallel government" competing with... More »

Rick Perry Disses Obama, Then Agrees to Meeting

Didn't want any part of quick handshake on Austin tarmac

(Newser) - Rick Perry is not interested in a photo op with President Obama. The Texas governor and maybe-presidential-candidate yesterday said he would not be greeting Obama at the airport when he arrives in Austin tomorrow. "I appreciate the offer," Perry wrote in a letter to the president, according to... More »

Poll: Obama the Worst President Since WWII

Plurality would rather have Romney

(Newser) - The public isn't just unhappy with President Obama, it has him pegged as the worst president of the modern era, according to a new Quinnipiac poll . Asked to pick the worst president since World War II, 33% said President Obama, pushing him ahead of George W. Bush, who got... More »

Obama to Ditch Congress, Go It Alone on Immigration

John Boehner has told the president he won't do anything, White House says

(Newser) - President Obama held a Rose Garden press conference today about his plan to act on his own to reform US immigration policy, Fox News reports. "America cannot wait forever for them to act," he said of the House. His plan would "fix as much of our immigration... More »

Obama to Boehner: Instead of Suing, Do Your Job

President dismisses lawsuit as a 'stunt'

(Newser) - Barack Obama isn't exactly quaking in his boots over John Boehner's lawsuit threat , at least not publicly. "The suit is a stunt," the president told George Stephanopoulos at ABC . "I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while they're doing nothing.... More »

Boehner's Lawsuit: Ridiculous, or Overdue?

Pundits debate the merits of the Orange One's big play

(Newser) - Pundits are buzzing over John Boehner's attempt to take President Obama to court over his use of executive power. Legal experts doubt it will work , but is it right? Is it smart politics? Does it even make sense? Here's what people are saying: More »

Supreme Court: Obama Overstepped His Bounds

Court curtails president's ability to bypass Congress with recess appointments

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has just limited a president's power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs. The court ruled unanimously today that President Obama exceeded his authority when he invoked the Constitution's provision on recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in... More »

New Executive Order to Give LGBT Rights a Boost

Obama to ban LGBT discrimination for federal contractors

(Newser) - President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official said today. The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to act on his own while a broader employment... More »

Obama Intervenes to End Philadelphia Transit Strike

Workers back as of this morning

(Newser) - Commuter rail service in the Philadelphia area was restored early today, just hours after workers returned to their jobs following a brief strike that was ended when President Barack Obama intervened, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials said. SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams says all workers scheduled for morning shifts today showed... More »

Obama Signs Order Capping Student Loan Payments

Payments limited to 10% of monthly income for more people

(Newser) - President Obama today signed an executive order that will cap student loan payments for as many as 5 million borrowers. Obama is extending an existing rule capping student loan payments at 10% of borrowers' monthly income to those who took out their loans prior to 2007, the AP explains. For... More »

Obama, Putin Have Brief, Informal Talk

It lasts about 15 minutes at summit in France

(Newser) - President Obama spoke with Vladimir Putin on the margins of a lunch for world leaders in France today, the first face-to-face meeting between the leaders since the start of the Ukraine crisis. The two leaders held an informal conversation and not a formal, bilateral meeting, the White House said. It... More »

Obama Will Save Us All From Straw Men

Michael Gerson on the inanity of 'Don't Do Stupid [Stuff]'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has articulated his doctrine. And where FDR had his Four Freedoms, and Harry Truman would fight the spread of communism, Barack Obama … doesn't do stupid s--- . It is at least simple, writes Michael Gerson at the Washington Post , though it's a bit lacking in rhetorical... More »

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