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  • “Every Member of Congress is Going to Have to Make a Decision”
    on Apr 17, 2010 in news video
  • Weekly Address: Holding Wall Street Accountable
    on Apr 17, 2010 in video weekly
  • West Wing Week: The Interpreter’s Lounge
    on Apr 16, 2010 in news video
  • Obama makes hospitals allow gay visitation rights
    on Apr 16, 2010 in news
    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama issued a memo on Thursday that would require hospitals accepting Medicare or Medicaid funds to allow visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners. Obama asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services to se...
  • Senate Dems pave way for financial reform vote
    on Apr 15, 2010 in news
    (Reuters) – Democrats pressed ahead with financial regulation reform in the U.S. Congress on Thursday, rejecting Republican complaints and preparing the way for a final vote on legislation in the Senate. The last unfinished piece of a massive...
  • First lady extends her children’s agenda beyond US
    on Apr 15, 2010 in news Michelle
    MEXICO CITY — It’s all about the children for Michelle Obama, and not just her own two growing girls. On her first solo trip outside the U.S. as first lady, Obama announced an international agenda of inspiring the world’s young people...
  • First lady Michelle Obama wraps up Mexico visit
    on Apr 15, 2010 in news Michelle
    MEXICO CITY — First lady Michelle Obama ended her first solo foreign trip by sitting down for a roundtable discussion with a dozen students, chosen by the U.S. Embassy, who have taken leadership roles in their community. They gathered over a l...
  • Firm of ex-Obama aide settles NY corruption probe
    on Apr 15, 2010 in news
    NEW YORK — An investment firm founded by President Obama’s former car czar, Steven Rattner, has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve allegations that it paid kickbacks to drum up business from New York’s giant government pension fund.
  • Michelle Obama backs diversity on Supreme Court
    on Apr 15, 2010 in news Michelle
    WASHINGTON — US First Lady Michelle Obama Thursday said she favored diversity on the nation’s top court, wading into risky political waters as her husband weighs his second pick to the bench. Asked in an interview with MSNBC television her p...
  • Clemency sought for imprisoned UBS whistle-blower
    on Apr 14, 2010 in news
    MIAMI — An imprisoned ex-Swiss banker credited with exposing widespread tax evasion at Swiss bank UBS AG is seeking clemency from President Barack Obama, his attorneys said Wednesday. Lawyers at the Washington-based National Whistleblowers Center...
  • Students welcome Obama statue in Jakarta school
    on Feb 22, 2010 in news
    JAKARTA, Indonesia — Children at an Indonesian elementary school eagerly welcomed the arrival of a statue of a former student called “Little Barry” and were excited by the prospect that he might pay them a visit next month as presid...
  • Obama Mounts a Last-Ditch Attempt to Pass a ‘Hybrid’ Climate and Energy Bill
    on Feb 22, 2010 in news ecology
    The White House is mounting a last-ditch effort to piece together an energy and climate change bill that has enough incentives for nuclear power, natural gas and the coal industry to muster the votes needed to pass it this year. As Democrats enter a...
  • Obama lauds governors for helping ‘right the ship’
    on Feb 21, 2010 in news
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is thanking governors for “helping to right the ship” during the economic crisis that hammered the United States over the last couple of years. The state leaders are gathering at the White House...
  • Governors want “into the game” on healthcare
    on Feb 21, 2010 in news
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – State governors want Congress and President Barack Obama to pay more attention to their concerns as they renew efforts to reform healthcare. The governors, who have been meeting in the U.S. capital this weekend, will mak...
  • Schwarzenegger says Obama’s stimulus created jobs
    on Feb 21, 2010 in news
    WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s Republican governor, defended Democratic President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan on Sunday, saying 150,000 new jobs were created in his state thanks to the legislatio...
  • White House to release revamped Obama health plan
    on Feb 21, 2010 in news
    WASHINGTON — In a crucial week of high wire politics, Barack Obama is seeking to transform his top priority health care plan, now a liability for his presidency, into a trump card to outwit Republicans. But ahead of the president’s bipartisa...
  • Powell backs Obama on national security record
    on Feb 21, 2010 in news
    WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is rejecting charges that the country is less safe because of the way President Barack Obama has handled national security matters. The former army general and secretary of state under Presid...
  • Obama wants education benchmarks to meet higher standard
    on Feb 21, 2010 in news
    President Obama will seek to raise academic standards across the country by requiring states to certify that their benchmarks for reading and mathematics put students on track for college or a career, administration officials said Sunday. The propos...
  • Layoffs loom for teachers: education secretary
    on Feb 21, 2010 in news
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many teachers and educators across the United States are at risk of losing their jobs in the next few months, the nation’s education secretary told a meeting of the National Governors Association on Sunday. “...
  • Obama statue returns to public view in Jakarta
    on Feb 21, 2010 in news
    JAKARTA, Indonesia — A statue of Barack Obama as a boy has been moved to the Jakarta elementary school the U.S. president once attended, after its placement in a public park prompted backlash in the Indonesia capital. The work was taking place...