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Obama to address foreign policy goals in commencement address at West Point

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stung by criticism, President Barack Obama will use a speech on Wednesday to launch a sweeping defense of his approach to foreign policy, one that he will say is reliant on multilateral diplomacy instead of military interventions. Obama is to deliver the commencement address at the U.S.…

Obama vows to make sure veterans get necessary medical care

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At the end of a week rocked by allegations of mismanagement and cover-ups at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to vow again to make sure veterans get the necessary medical care. “Let’s keep working to make sure that…

Obama pledges to uphold ‘sacred trust’ with veterans

At the end of a week rocked by allegations of mismanagement and cover-ups at the Veterans Affairs agency, President Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to again vow to make sure veterans get the necessary medical care. “Let’s keep working to make sure that our country upholds our…

Obama taps San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as new HUD secretary

U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Hispanic Democrat Julian Castro, who is tipped for future political stardom, as his new housing and urban development secretary on Friday. The move will equip the San Antonio mayor, 39, with Washington and cabinet experience that would be useful should he seek statewide office in…

Drillers hopeful that Obama will ease longstanding ban on oil exports

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Recent meetings between U.S. oil producers and Commerce Department officials have fueled industry hopes that the Obama administration may soon begin to ease a longstanding ban on oil exports. Although it would require an act of Congress to end the four-decade export ban, some…

Rand Paul uses judicial nomination to pressure Obama over legality of drone strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s choice of David Barron to serve as a U.S. federal appeals court judge will undergo a crucial test on Wednesday when the Senate takes a procedural vote amid controversy over the nominee’s role in authorizing drone strikes against American citizens. Republican Senator Rand Paul…

Obama on Veterans Affairs mess: I will not stand for it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama expressed anger on Wednesday about delays in care for wounded U.S. veterans, saying he will begin next week to get answers from investigations into what went wrong and who to hold accountable. “When I hear allegations of misconduct, any misconduct, whether it’s allegations of…

Mississippi man gets 25 years in prison for sending ricin letter to Obama

By Therese Apel JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) – A Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a federal judge on Monday after pleading guilty to sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. Senator and a state judge, prosecutors said. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo, a former…

Residents call on NH police official to resign for calling Obama a ‘f-cking n-gger’

Residents of a New Hampshire town are calling for the ouster of an elected police commissioner accused of using a racial slur against President Barack Obama. Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland made the remark at a restaurant in early March, said resident Jane O’Toole. O’Toole said she was finishing a…

Operation American Spring reveals plan to dismantle Obama’s America, starting Friday

The organizers of Operation American Spring don’t really expect their demonstration to dislodge some of the nation’s top elected officials. At least, not right away. “When a large chunk of the populace is saying you’re not getting the job done and you have to step down, the House and the…

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