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In this March 21, 2014, photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin signs bills making Crimea part of Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow. U.S. sanctions against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but if the goal is to get Putin to roll his forces out of Crimea or prevent him from doing any more land grabs, their effectiveness remains in doubt.  (AP Photo/Sergei Chirikov, Pool)

Are tougher penalties against Russia to come?

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. penalties against a Russian bank and the Kremlin’s inner circle have pinched Moscow, but their effectiveness is in doubt if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll back […]

03/22/2014

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, left, and  President Barack Obama, hold up a bowl of Irish shamrocks during a St. Patrick’s Day reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama, Biden kick off St Patrick’s Day early in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Irish eyes were smiling on the White House a few days early this year. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny kicked off the St. Patrick’s Day holiday at events across Washington Friday, including […]

03/14/2014

President Barack Obama speaks at the National Organizing Summit in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Senate sends Obama childhood cancer research bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Tuesday passed Republican-backed legislation to repeal taxpayer funding for political conventions and to go on record in support of devoting $126 million over the coming decade for additional research into […]

03/11/2014

President Barack Obama signs a document proclaiming the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama expands protection for California coastline

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is fulfilling a State of the Union pledge to preserve more federal lands by adding more California coastline to a national monument. Obama on Tuesday signed a proclamation permanently protecting […]

03/11/2014

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet members of the military on the tarmac upon their arrival at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

For Obama, a last stab at improving ties with Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — In late December, President Barack Obama’s new legislative affairs team sent him more than a dozen recommendations for ways to improve his strained relations with Capitol Hill. The president responded with a […]

03/08/2014

The view from inside the Sunnylands Center & Gardens at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, Calif., where President Barack Obama is playing golf according to White House officials, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama golfs with childhood buddies in California

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — It’s a day of golf in Southern California for President Barack Obama while the nation’s capital recovers from this week’s snowfall. The White House says Obama teed off Saturday at […]

02/15/2014

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Obama: US not backing any Egyptian party or group

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Saturday reiterated that the U.S. is not aligned with and is not supporting any particular Egyptian political party or group and again condemned the ongoing violence across Egypt. […]

07/06/2013

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Medicare increase could ding some in middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) – Retired city worker Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque, N.M., and drives an 18-year-old Subaru. She doesn’t see herself as upper-income by any stretch, but President Barack Obama’s budget would raise her Medicare premiums and those of other comfortably retired seniors.

04/14/2013

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Newtown mom pleads for gun control at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) – The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address to make a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence.

04/13/2013

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Risk for Obama in pursuing morning-after pill case

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama supports requiring girls younger than 17 to see a doctor before buying the morning-after pill. But fighting that battle in court comes with its own set of risks.

04/06/2013

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Obama: Budget not `ideal’ but has `tough reforms’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says his soon-to-be released budget, already criticized by friends and foes, is not his “ideal plan” but offers “tough reforms” for benefit programs and scuttles some tax breaks for the wealthy.

04/06/2013

US President Barack Obama delivers second inaugural address during 57th inauguration ceremony, Washington DC. (AP Photo)

Obama: Scouts should be open to gays and lesbians

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week.

02/03/2013

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