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Gun Control Becomes Election 2016 Focus With Obama Actions

Gun Control Becomes Election 2016 Focus With Obama Actions

WASHINGTON (AP) — With his emotional plea for America to embrace some gun control, President Barack Obama on Tuesday thrust the contentious issue to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign just weeks from the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. Speaking in the East Room at the White House, Obama defended his executive actions to tighten […]

Obama Claims Legality to Make Immigration Changes

Obama Claims Legality to Make Immigration Changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.” The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration […]

Civil Rights Order to Protect About 14M LGBT Workers

Civil Rights Order to Protect About 14M LGBT Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.  While Obama lacks the authority to extend that protection to all Americans, the […]

Obama Calls for ‘Year of Action’ – U.S. ‘Does Not Stand Still’

Obama Calls for ‘Year of Action’ – U.S. ‘Does Not Stand Still’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between America’s rich and poor. He unveiled an array of modest executive actions to increase the minimum wage for federal contract […]

Obama to Stress ‘Opportunity’ in State of the Union Address

Obama to Stress ‘Opportunity’ in State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will use Tuesday’s State of the Union address to announce new executive actions on job training and retirement security, while prodding a divided Congress to work harder on expanding economic mobility for middle class Americans. Obama’s broad themes — described by the White House as opportunity, […]

U.S. Must Help Poor, Elderly, Fix Immigration, Obama Says

U.S. Must Help Poor, Elderly, Fix Immigration, Obama Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring “our journey is not complete,” President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the […]

Lincoln, Roosevelt, King Provide Inspiration for Obama’s Inaugural Address

Lincoln, Roosevelt, King Provide Inspiration for Obama’s Inaugural Address

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has been looking to historians for guidance on how to shape his second inaugural’s words into a speech for the ages, eager to make good use of his twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity to command the world’s attention. He will take the oath of office Sunday in an intimate White House ceremony […]

Obama says he can’t fix Immigration on his own

Obama says he can’t fix Immigration on his own

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing weakening support among Hispanics, President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration Wednesday over what he called an inaccurate and damaging perception that he can fix the nation’s flawed immigration system on his own. “This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true,” Obama said during a […]