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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…

Obama scolds Republicans on blocked consumer chief

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday scolded his Republican critics for blocking his nominee to lead a new consumer watchdog agency tasked with protecting Americans from finance industry abuses. In a rare appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama pressed his political foes to “come to their…

Obama campaign tweets Black Friday deals

As shoppers snapped up Black Friday deals around the United States, US President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign also jumped into the fray, offering discounts on 2012 merchandise. “This Black Friday, take 10 percent off all purchases of #Obama2012 gear,” the Obama campaign said in a message to the nearly 11.3…

Obama campaign slams Romney on immigration

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign enlisted two Hispanic lawmakers on Wednesday to blast Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney over his tough talk against undocumented immigrants. The assault underlined how the Obama camp sees Romney as its most likely opponent in the November 2012 elections and highlighted…

Obama urges Yemen to implement ‘historic transition’

US President Barack Obama urged Yemen on Wednesday to immediately implement a deal under which President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to hand over power after 33 years in office. “The United States will continue to stand by the Yemeni people as they embark on this historic transition,” Obama said in a written statement.…

Australia probes Obama security slip

SYDNEY — Australian officials were working Sunday to trace how a top-secret dossier containing detailed plans for US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Australia came to be found in a gutter. The 125-page booklet, classified “In Confidence” and containing the phone numbers and contact details of senior personnel from…

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