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Obama urges voters to keep pressing for change

US President Barack Obama on Saturday told Americans to keep reminding Congress of what is at stake in their lives, as he predicted change in 2012 — the year in which he will seek reelection. In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president also called on Congress to extend…

Obama denies being ‘Spock-like’

It’s official: US President Barack Obama has nothing to do with highly logical, largely insensitive Mr. Spock character on the science fiction TV show “Star Trek.” “What’s the biggest misconception about you?” ABC interviewer Barbara Walters asked Obama. “Me being detached, or Spock-like, or very analytical,” said Obama. “People who…

Obama, First Lady thank U.S. troops in Christmas address

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday thanked US troops and their families for their sacrifice and service to the country as they wished all Americans happy Christmas holidays. “Our troops are coming home. And across America, military families are being reunited,” the president said in…

Obama squeezes Republicans in year-end showdown

US President Barack Obama doubled down Tuesday in a pre-Christmas duel over taxes with Republicans, warning that political “brinksmanship” could put the fragile US economic recovery at risk. After a miserable year being thwarted by his foes on Capitol Hill, Obama turned the tables when the Republican-led House blocked a…

Obama warns economy at risk in tax fight

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned the “fragile” US economy could be impacted by a failure to extend a payroll tax cut, and called on Republicans to reverse their refusal to act now. “Right now the recovery is fragile but it is moving in the right direction,” Obama told reporters at the White House after House Republicans blocked a Senate compromise to…

Obama raps Republican ‘lurch’ to extremes

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has complained that Republicans see “compromise” as a dirty word, in an interview aired as his aides pressed for a deal in Congress on ending the latest political standoff. Obama told ABC News in an interview, parts of which were to be broadcast Thursday,…

Obama ratings down but Gingrich worse: poll

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s overall popularity has slipped to a new low but his approval ratings are still ahead of current Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich, a poll showed Wednesday. The ABC News/Washington Post poll said the “unfavorable” views of Obama hit 49 percent, the highest of his presidency,…

Obama on 2012: ‘We’re going to win this thing’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama confidently predicted he would overcome tough odds and win his 2012 reelection fight Tuesday, selling the premise of his campaign to influential donors. “Here is my message to you. You guys stick with this. If you don’t falter, if you stay steady we are…

U.S. climate envoy upbeat on China relations

WASHINGTON — The top US climate negotiator on Tuesday gave an upbeat assessment of ties with China, saying the world’s two largest emitters found ways to work together at UN-led talks in Durban, South Africa. The tone contrasts with a recent harder line toward China from US President Barack Obama’s…

Obama: ‘We can’t have an honest conversation’ about income inequality

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Sunday hit back at critics who say he is trying to redistribute wealth, and challenged his Republican opponents to deal with growing income inequality. In an interview with the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” Obama countered rivals who claimed he is moving toward…

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