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Obama to host dinner to honor Iraq sacrifices

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will host a special White House dinner later this month to honor veterans of the Iraq war, two months after the last US troops left for home. The event will take place on February 29 and include servicemen and women…

Obama urges passage of mortgage relief

US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to approve his plan to provide relief to millions of homeowners who are having trouble paying mortgages. “In order to lower mortgage payments for millions of Americans, we need Congress to act,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “They’re…

Obama admits mistakes ‘every hour’

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday he second-guesses himself all the time and makes frequent mistakes but that experience had made him a better leader. Obama defended his economic policies vigorously in an interview with ABC News and argued that America would have been much worse…

Obama courts swing voters as polls tick up

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Boosted by rising poll numbers, US President Barack Obama courted swing-state voters Thursday, after offering a disdainful critique of his potential Republican general election foes. Obama, driving home the theme of his State of the Union speech — a call for a fair economy to restore…

Obama denies Republican claims of ‘class warfare’

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — US President Barack Obama Wednesday denied Republican claims he was waging class warfare as he set out to sell his call for tax hikes on the rich in states crucial to his reelection bid. Hours after his combative and populist State of the Union address, Obama…

Obama decries Syria violence

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday decried continued and “unacceptable” levels of violence in Syria and pledged to redouble international efforts to force President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Obama also thanked King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office for being the first Arab leader to…

Scottish sports star warned after calling Obama a Wall Street whore

GLASGOW — A Scottish rugby player has been warned about his “completely inappropriate” language after calling US President Barack Obama a “whore” on Twitter. When praising Ron Paul, a candidate to be the Republican Party’s nominee for the 2012 presidential election, Rory Lamont said on January 4: “He doesn’t work…

Obama asks Congress for debt limit increase

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday asked Congress to raise the government’s debt ceiling a further $1.2 trillion dollars to $16.4 trillion. Obama’s move was largely a formality as it was expected under a deal reached with Republicans which ended a political showdown last year that had threatened…

Obama turns to roots as key year dawns

HONOLULU, Hawaii — US President Barack Obama opened a landmark year on Sunday by paying homage to his roots as he wraps up his vacation in his native Hawaii. Obama visited the graveyard of his grandfather, a World War II veteran, in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at…

Obama signs Iran sanctions into law

US President Barack Obama Saturday signed into law tough new sanctions targeting Iran’s central bank and financial sector, in a move likely to deepen acrimony between Washington and Tehran. The measures, meant to punish the Islamic Republic for its nuclear program, were contained in a $662 billion defense bill, which…

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