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Politics Barack Obama

  • A large drawing of Cuba's late President Fidel Castro is displayed in the Playa neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, November 29, 2016.

    The Trump administration is nearing completion of a policy review to determine how far it goes in rolling back former President Barack Obama's engagement with Cuba.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has reopened his Twitter spigot now that his foreign trip is over, so brace yourself. A look at some of the assertions under scrutiny in recent days, before Trump flew home and raged about "fake news" leaks from the White House. TRUMP: "I will tell you, a big difference over the last year, money is actually starting to pour into NATO from...

  • His $4.1 trillion spending plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 generally makes deep cuts in safety net programs, including Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and Social Security's disability program. "We're not going to measure compassion by the amount of money that we spend, but by the number of people that we help," White House budget...

  • Pipelines and oil storage tanks in Cushing, Okla.

    The Trump administration proposes selling off half the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve over a decade to shrink the deficit.

  • Dawn Erin went nearly 20 years without health insurance before the Affordable Care Act, bouncing between free clinics for frequent and painful bladder infections. The liver-destroying disease hepatitis C made her ineligible for coverage until President Barack Obama's law barred insurers from denying people with a medical condition.

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The Trump administration's call for an opening of U.S. national monuments to economic development has drawn 107,00 comments from the public, with many expressing hope that sites like Utah's Bears Ears can maintain their protected status. President Donald Trump last month ordered the Interior Department to review some 27 national...

  • WASHINGTON— The president's chief economic adviser is casting doubt on the future of U.S. coal, saying it "doesn't really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock," directly contradicting President Donald Trump's repeated promises to revive the struggling coal industry. Joe Manchin, D- W.Va., a longtime coal advocate, said he was taken aback by Cohn's remarks,...

  • French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd L) speaks as US President Donald Trump (C) arrives next to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) for a family picture during the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.

    World leaders braced for contentious talks with Trump at the G-7 summit after he earlier lambasted NATO allies for not spending more on defense.

  • *G7 leaders to hold two days of talks in Sicily. TAORMINA, Italy, May 26- Leaders of the world's rich nations braced for contentious talks with Donald Trump at a G7 summit in Sicily on Friday after the U.S. president lambasted NATO allies for not spending more on defence and accused Germany of "very bad" trade policies. The summit will kick off with a ceremony at an...

  • WASHINGTON, May 25- U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to stop at least a portion of President Donald Trump's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Republican Rand Paul and Democrats Chris Murphy and Al Franken introduced a resolution of disapproval in the Senate to force a vote on whether to block part of the sale. Saudi Arabia was the first...

  • WASHINGTON, May 25- The United States would impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile development, arms transfers, support for Islamist militant groups and human rights violations under legislation approved by a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday. By an 18-3 vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee paved the way for full Senate consideration,...

  • WASHINGTON— Restaurants, grocers and other businesses celebrated on Thursday as House Republicans backed off efforts to eliminate the cap on fees that banks can charge retailers when customers use a debit card. Jeb Hensarling, R- Texas, had pushed for scrapping the limit as part of his legislation to gut the Dodd-Frank law, the strict financial rules...

  • BRUSSELS, May 25- A smiling Donald Trump offered European Union chiefs assurances on security in Brussels on Thursday but EU officials did not conceal lingering differences with the U.S. president over Russia, trade and climate change. "The leaders discussed... shared challenges in fighting global terrorism," the White House said in a statement.

  • WASHINGTON— House Speaker Paul Ryan is assuring investors that Congress will meet a new deadline to increase the government's borrowing authority and avert an economy-quaking default on U.S. obligations. He spoke a day after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned lawmakers that Congress needs to vote to increase the almost $20 trillion borrowing cap...

  • WASHINGTON— A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Most older Americans mistakenly believe they can rely on Medicare already, the poll shows, while few have done much planning for their...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina's largest health insurer said Thursday it wants to increase the average price for heavily subsidized policies created by former President Barack Obama's overhaul law by 22.9 percent next year, a double-digit increase it blames mostly on Congress. If the Republican-led Congress fully funded the so-called "cost sharing...

  • *EU, U.S. not seeing eye-to-eye on Russia, EU says. BRUSSELS, May 25- A smiling Donald Trump offered European Union chiefs assurances on security in Brussels on Thursday but EU officials did not conceal lingering differences with the U.S. president over Russia, trade and climate change. "action plan" on trade-- an indication the new occupant of the White House is not as...

  • Former President of the United States of America Barack Obama after a discussion about democracy at Church Congress on May 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

    Former U.S. President Barack Obama urged people to unite against “nationalism and intolerance”, arguing that amid greater global pressures, no is not the time to “hide behind a wall.”

  • United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson appears on SiriusXM's Town Hall on May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    In an interview with SiriusXM Radio host, Carson was asked about what could be done to reduce the number of people living in poverty.

  • PALOMINO VALLEY, Nev.— President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the West without the current requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter. Doug Busselman, executive vice president of the Nevada Farm Bureau, blamed the stalemate on the "emotional...