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Obama to seek unity with pope on issues in White House visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common … Continue reading

Obama promises to keep pressure on Iran
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Obama promises to keep pressure on Iran

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is promising Democratic lawmakers that the U.S. will continue to keep economic pressure on Iran — and keep military options open — if his administration’s nuclear deal with Tehran goes through. Obama, in a letter addressed to New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, said that if Iran rushes … Continue reading

US to raise breach of government records at talks with China 
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US to raise breach of government records at talks with China 

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States began annual security talks with China on Monday, and an official said it plans to raise directly the breach of a federal government server that resulted in the theft of personnel and security clearance records of millions of employees and contractors. China has openly denied involvement in the break-in. … Continue reading

Obama, GOP try to revive trade agenda, but hurdles await 
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Obama, GOP try to revive trade agenda, but hurdles await 

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his legislative allies scrambled Monday for ways to revive his severely wounded trade agenda, although Democrats and Republicans alike said all options face serious hurdles. Obama talked with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. And White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough spoke with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House … Continue reading

Trade loss an ominous sign for Obama in month of challenges
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Trade loss an ominous sign for Obama in month of challenges

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The trade defeat in Congress was an ominous sign in a month of challenges that could help determine President Barack Obama’s standing for the rest of his second term. Fellow Democrats rebuffed last-minute appeals to rescue his global trade agenda, and the House seriously damaged Obama’s chances of capping his presidency with … Continue reading

Obama’s trade agenda faces tough battle heading into House 
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Obama’s trade agenda faces tough battle heading into House 

  WASHINGTON (AP) — After several near-death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House. Anti-trade forces have struggled to ignite public outrage over Obama’s bid to enact new free-trade agreements, but Democratic opposition in Congress … Continue reading

Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner
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Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself. “It’s amazing how time flies,” Obama told those attending the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association on Saturday night. “Soon, the first … Continue reading

US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions
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US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

  DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global warming — and don’t require congressional approval. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed … Continue reading

Obama rallies support for job training over tax cuts
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Obama rallies support for job training over tax cuts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. can’t afford tax cuts for the rich while cutting job training programs for young people. Obama laid out his argument Thursday at a Louisville, Kentucky-based tech company that’s participating in a jobs initiative he unveiled last month. The Tech Hire program encourages employers, educational institutions … Continue reading