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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Man killed in West Plains collision was military veteran who once shook Obama’s hand

A man killed Wednesday morning in a three-vehicle collision was a military veteran with a storied history in the armed forces, one that included a firm handshake with America’s Commander-in-Chief.


Tax-cut debate ignores budget reality

We’ve been through enough cycles of power change in Washington, D.C., to say with certainty that neither political party is serious about balancing the budget.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 12:04 p.m.

Trump campaign aide Carter Page acknowledges meeting senior Russian officials in mid-2016

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page met with Russia’s deputy prime minister and several legislators during a campaign-approved trip to Moscow in July 2016, Page has told the …


Jay Pharoah says he had rocky relationship with ‘SNL’

Jay Pharoah said he had a rocky time on “Saturday Night Live” because he refused to keep quiet and follow orders.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

Idaho exchange’s subsidies at risk under health care repeal

Idaho’s health insurance exchange would lose $220 million in tax subsidies if President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is repealed, Your Health Idaho Director Pat Kelly said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 11:29 a.m.

Obama praised for poise, resolve by members of Spokane’s black community

President Barack Obama entered office eight years ago with the hopes of many black Americans that life would improve. Spokane residents say the president set an example that will be …


President Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs

President Barack Obama welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win and speak to the power of sports to unite a divided …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

In tearful farewell, Obama awards Biden the Medal of Freedom

At the dusk of both of their political careers, surrounded by teary friends and family, President Barack Obama on Thursday bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Joe Biden, the …


Under 3 weeks left: Obama in closing stretch of presidency

His last vacation behind him, President Barack Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches on his …


U.S. imposing sanctions over Russian hacking

President Barack Obama’s administration announced sweeping new measures against Russia on Thursday in retaliation for what U.S. officials have characterized as interference in this fall’s presidential election, ordering the expulsion …


Obama says ‘we will’ retaliate against Russia for election hacking

President Barack Obama said the United States will retaliate against Russia over its malicious cyberactivity during this year’s election, in an interview that will air Friday on National Public Radio.


In 2015, health care tab grew at fastest rate in 8 years

The nation’s health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama’s law and by costly prescription drugs, …


Obama to block Chinese takeover of German company on national security grounds, sources say

LONDON – U.S. President Barack Obama is poised to block a Chinese company from buying Germany’s Aixtron SE, people familiar with the matter said, which would mark only the third …


Spacecraft, mini-drones and robotic arms: Obama nerds out

President Barack Obama has a confession: He’s a science geek, a nerd, and he’s not apologizing to anyone.


Obama shakes mind-controlled robot hand wired to sense touch

A paralyzed man shared a handshake with President Barack Obama on Thursday by using a mind-controlled robotic arm that, in a first for medical research, is helping to restore his …


New vitriol from Philippine leader

Like those from a battering ram, the hits just keep coming from the recently elected president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.


White House blasts Senate for override vote

The White House says the U.S. Senate vote to override President Barack Obama’s veto of Sept. 11 legislation is an “embarrassing” shirking of its duties.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, 9:50 a.m.

Congress overrides president’s veto of Sept. 11 legislation

Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged backing of the attackers, handing Barack Obama the first veto override of …


New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

America’s first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country’s first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained …


Amy Goodman: Future Olympics too hot to handle

The Lancet researchers made use of the global attention being paid to the Olympics to make a bigger point: “The world beyond 2050 poses increasingly difficult challenges … because the …


Q&A: No immediate ruling on Obama transgender directive

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas and 12 other states asked a federal judge on Friday to halt an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools. …


In reversal, Trump says IS claim about Obama was sarcastic

After days of alleging repeatedly that President Barack Obama literally founded the Islamic State group, Donald Trump abruptly shifted tone on Friday and insisted his widely debunked claim had been …


Obama opens up about his golf game: Sand tips needed

Opening up about his golf game, President Barack Obama said he needs some help with his shots out of the sand.


AP source: Site for Obama’s presidential library chosen

CHICAGO – A person familiar with the selection process says an exact location for President Barack Obama’s presidential library has been chosen. The individual tells the Associated press that Obama …


Obama pays tribute to Dallas officers shot in racial attack

DALLAS – At a memorial for slain police officers, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that a week of deeply troubling violence has appeared to expose “the deepest fault lines of …


Obama urges greater respect, understanding after shootings

MADRID – President Barack Obama on Sunday urged respect and restraint from Americans angered by the killing of black men by police, saying anything less does a “disservice to the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 29, 2016, 4:48 p.m.

North America leaders urge against Trump’s isolationism

The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico convened a summit Wednesday intended to reaffirm their close cooperation on security, the environment and trade at a time of rising …


Obama: No huge change anticipated from EU exit

President Barack Obama talks about Britain’s pending exit from the European Union.


In Silicon Valley, Obama says young startup executives are the antidote to a global divide

President Barack Obama is encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs from more than 140 countries to connect their ideas with U.S. businesses.


Obama names Stonewall national monument; 1st for gay rights

President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on Friday, designating the site of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan where the modern gay rights movement took root …