Stories tagged: Barack Obama
Fri., May 28, 2010
Obama backs oil spill efforts
WASHINGTON – Thrown on the defensive, President Barack Obama acknowledged his administration could have done better in dealing with the biggest oil spill in the nation’s history and misjudged the …
Thu., May 27, 2010, 10:53 a.m.
Obama asserts responsibility for fixing oil disaster
President Barack Obama defensively and sometimes testily insisted on Thursday that his administration, not oil giant BP, was calling the shots in responding to the worst oil spill in the …
Thu., May 27, 2010
U.S. will count on allies more
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is breaking with the go-it-alone Bush years in a new strategy for keeping the nation safe, counting more on U.S. allies to tackle terrorism and …
Wed., May 26, 2010, 12:15 p.m.
Workers describe failures on oil rig
As the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burned around him, Chris Pleasant hesitated, waiting for approval from his superiors before activating the emergency disconnect system that was supposed to slam the …
Wed., May 26, 2010, 12:07 p.m.
BP: Success of oil spill plug will take day to discern
BP has launched its latest bid to plug the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico by force-feeding it heavy drilling mud, a maneuver known as a “top kill” that …
Wed., May 26, 2010
Obama has tense visit with GOP senators
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama paid a rare visit to Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday, seeking their support on energy, immigration and other top priority measures. But he hit …
Wed., May 26, 2010
Obama beefs up border security
WASHINGTON – Under pressure to take action, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, pre-empting Republican efforts to force a …
Fri., May 21, 2010
Split Senate passes financial overhaul bill
WASHINGTON – The Senate Thursday approved the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression, a milestone in President Barack Obama’s drive to expand government oversight and safeguard …
Thu., May 20, 2010
Obama, Calderon decry Arizona immigration law
WASHINGTON – The presidents of Mexico and the United States offered a united front during a state visit Wednesday – not just against brutal drug cartels but against Arizona and …
Thu., May 13, 2010
Chris Gregoire said to be solicitor general contender
OLYMPIA – Speculation that Gov. Chris Gregoire might be named to replace Solicitor General Elena Kagan raises the prospect of falling political dominoes in Washington state. If the governor’s mansion …
Tue., May 11, 2010
Mona Charen: Obama’s nuclear path naive
When I was a little girl, at the height of the Cold War, I used to wish, deeply and fervently, that nuclear weapons had never been invented. An accompanying fantasy …
Mon., May 10, 2010, 8:19 a.m.
Obama nominates Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, declaring she would demonstrate the same independence, integrity and passion for the law exhibited by retiring …
Tue., May 4, 2010, 1:41 p.m.
Times Square bomb suspect charged with terrorism
A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was charged today with terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the botched Times Square bombing. The government said he confessed to …
Tue., May 4, 2010
U.S. discloses once top-secret arsenal count
WASHINGTON – The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and “several thousand” more retired warheads awaiting the junkpile, the Pentagon said Monday in an unprecedented accounting of …
Mon., May 3, 2010
Quelling oil could take many days, Obama says
VENICE, La. – With no remedy in sight, President Barack Obama on Sunday warned of a “massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster” as a badly damaged oil well in the …
Fri., April 30, 2010
City real estate agent files run for Spokane County assessor
A municipal real estate agent and apocalyptic author is the latest candidate hoping to unseat Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker. Terry L. Cook, 62, registered his Republican candidacy with the …
Fri., April 30, 2010
Immigration reform moves to Obama’s back burner
WASHINGTON – Immigration reform has become the first of President Barack Obama’s major priorities dropped from the agenda of an election-year Congress facing voter disillusionment. Sounding the death knell was …
Thu., April 29, 2010, 7:26 a.m.
Flags lowered today for civil rights matriarch
In response to a proclamation from President Obama, Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff today in memory of Dorothy Height.
Wed., April 28, 2010
Obama: All options on table as deficit panel starts work
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that every politically painful choice must be considered – including spending cuts, tax increases, even changing the new health care law – as …
Tue., April 27, 2010
Mona Charen: Obama’s dithering is no joke
“Lighten up.” That’s what defenders of National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones are saying. Appearing before the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Jones introduced his remarks with the following …
Fri., April 23, 2010, 12:54 p.m.
Administration reduces bailout cost estimate
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is telling Congress that the administration believes the final cost of the government’s heavily criticized financial bailout effort could be as low as $87 billion.
Fri., April 23, 2010
Senate primes for reform
WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday set next Monday for a key vote on financial regulatory reform legislation, setting off frantic negotiations to complete a bipartisan deal as President …
Thu., April 22, 2010
Women’s rights top court criteria
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, treading carefully in the explosive arena of abortion and the Supreme Court, said Wednesday he will choose a nominee who pays heed to the rights …
Thu., April 15, 2010
David S. Broder: Obama looks to the future
We are beginning to learn that the Obama presidency will be an era of substantial but deferred accomplishments – perhaps always to be accompanied by a sense of continuing crisis. …
Wed., April 14, 2010
Crackdown on loose nukes
WASHINGTON – The leaders of more than 40 nations, summoned to action by President Barack Obama, agreed Tuesday to a voluntary but far-reaching program to prevent thousands of tons of …
Tue., April 13, 2010
China signals readiness to back Iran sanctions
WASHINGTON – China on Monday indicated for the first time it might back new U.N. sanctions against Iran, giving a significant boost to President Barack Obama as he opened a …
Mon., April 12, 2010, 11:10 a.m.
March budget deficit declines to $65.4B
The budget deficit for March showed a dramatic decline as the Obama administration formally entered a lower ultimate cost for the government’s $700 billion financial bailout program.
Mon., April 12, 2010
Nuclear summit begins today
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s pledge to one day rid the world of nuclear weapons runs up against global realities this week when representatives from 47 countries try to craft …
Fri., April 9, 2010
Obama, Medvedev sign nuclear weapons treaty
PRAGUE, Czech Republic – President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a new arms-control treaty designed to open a new era of harmony between the former …
Fri., April 2, 2010
Amy Goodman: Obama’s war defies wisdom
President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country is now in its ninth year, …