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  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • Obama signs revamped student loan law

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama signed into law the last piece of his mammoth plan to overhaul health care Tuesday and, with the same pen strokes, achieved a dramatic and …


  • Industry agrees to fix gap in kids coverage

    WASHINGTON – After battling President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul the better part of a year, the insurance industry said Monday it won’t try to block his efforts to fix …


  • U.S. prods Karzai in visit

    KABUL, Afghanistan – President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday as he sought to steel American forces for a tough summer fight and deliver a political …


  • Government unveils plan to shrink some home loans

    After months of criticism that it hasn’t done enough to prevent foreclosures, the Obama administration is announcing a plan to reduce the amount some troubled borrowers owe on their home …


  • Obama, Medvedev sign off on new nuclear pact

    Capping months of hard negotiations, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed on Friday to sharp cuts in the nuclear arsenals of both nations in the most comprehensive …


  • Obama seeks aid for Haiti

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $2.8 billion in aid for earthquake-wracked Haiti, jump-starting a global push to raise billions of dollars for the country’s reconstruction. The …


  • US, Russian sources: Nuclear arms treaty close

    All but the final details have been cleared away for a historic nuclear arms reduction pact between the U.S. and Russia, officials said Wednesday, with the former Cold War rivals …


  • Obama signs $938 billion health overhaul

    A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, …


  • Settlement plan testing Obama

    JERUSALEM – President Barack Obama faces what may be the biggest test to date of his credibility in the Middle East after Israel greeted Vice President Joe Biden with an …


  • Obama adds fraud fight to reform sell

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Tuesday he’ll bring in high-tech bounty hunters to help root out health care fraud, grabbing a populist idea with bipartisan backing in his final …


  • Reform ‘within our grasp,’ Obama says

    GLENSIDE, Pa. – President Barack Obama made a spirited, shirt-sleeved appeal for passage of long-stalled health care changes Monday as Democratic congressional leaders worked behind the scenes on legislation they …


  • Impasse persists on health care reform

    WASHINGTON – With Republicans apparently unmoved by a daylong face-off on live TV, President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress now face the test of whether they can overhaul the …


  • Health summit: Heated talk, little agreement

    With tempers flaring, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans clashed in an extraordinary live-on-TV summit Thursday over the right prescription for the nation’s broken health care system, talking of agreement …


  • Renewed push on health reform

    WASHINGTON – On the eve of President Barack Obama’s planned health care summit, Democratic lawmakers are increasingly confident that they can resurrect their sweeping overhaul legislation after weeks of uncertainty …


  • Obama offers up health reform

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Monday launched a last-ditch effort to revive health care legislation that’s unlikely to gain Republican support but may restore Democratic momentum for the bill …


  • Obama urges school reform

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama wants to rewrite federal education law by sending aid for poor students only to states that adopt new standards to prepare high school graduates for …


  • Obama puts forward last-ditch health care plan

    Making a last-ditch effort to save his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Monday put forward a nearly $1 trillion, 10-year compromise that would allow the government to deny …


  • Obama’s role as First Black

    Jack Roosevelt Robinson had a temper. It flashed like lightning when he was confronted by the racial indignities one was required to endure if one were black in the 1930s …


  • The president on parenting

    The president’s daughters must get straight A’s. That’s my conclusion based on this quote from President Barack Obama: “Malia will tell you, my attitude was, if she came home with …


  • Obama says stimulus bill saved troubled economy

    President Barack Obama hailed Wednesday’s one-year-old economic stimulus law as a solid accomplishment that staved off another Great Depression and kept up to 2 million people on the job.