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Obama Seeks “Close Relationship” with New Saudi King

A visit to Riyadh is a chance for President Barack Obama to patch up relations with the Saudis.

Obama to request hefty budget boost for the Pentagon

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Continue reading ? The post Obama to request hefty budget boost for the Pentagon appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Obama dropping plan to tax college savings

1 hour agoNews : The Newsroom

President Barack Obama has dropped a controversial proposal to tax "529" college savings plans, a White House official said on Tuesday, calling it a "distraction" from administration efforts to provide middle-class tax relief. The proposal had aroused opposition from Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Show More Summary

Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King

2 hours agoNews : Truthdig

President Obama strolls with the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. White House/Pete Souza President Barack Obama cut short his trip to India, where he lectured the locals on women’s rights, to personally express his warm wishes toShow More Summary

Saudi State Television Blurs Michelle Obama’s Face During Meeting With New Saudi King

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady might have found it apt to cut short their trip to India to pay homage to former Saudi King Abdullah, who passed away last week. The Saudis however doesn’t seem to be enamoured by the presence of Michelle Obama in their country. Show More Summary

Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

3 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Barack Obama was in Riyadh on Tuesday to pay his respects to the late Saudi King Abdullah. His visit, for which he cut short a much-hyped trip to India, underscores how important the U.S.-Saudi relationship remains to the American leadership. On social media, however, much of the attention has focused on something else: His wife's attire.Read full article >>

Indiana agrees to expand Medicaid under Obamacare

5 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

Indiana on Tuesday became the 28th U.S. state to agree to expand the Medicaid program for the poor under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, a move that will extend health coverage to 350,000 low-income state residents, the administration said. Show More Summary

Obama to seek more funds to fight antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ bacteria

8 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

President Barack Obama will request a doubling of funds for fighting and preventing antibiotic-resistant bacteria in his 2016 budget, the White House said Tuesday. The budget blueprint to be unveiled in February will request $1.2 billion, twice the amount granted by Congress in 2015. The US Centers...

Obama says US must catch up to ensure drones are safe

WASHINGTON — The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds. Show More Summary

Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah. Show More Summary

In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

11 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India’s most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities. Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama...

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel: Closing Guantanamo prison going to be ‘very difficult’

11 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said it is “going to be very difficult” to close the controversial US prison at Guantanamo Bay by the end of President Barack Obama’s term in two years. In an interview with National Public Radio that aired Monday, Hagel also acknowledged that he had...

Obama to bolster crucial Saudi alliance amid Mideast unrest

President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay U.S. respects after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security. Obama’s visit comes as Washington struggles with worsening strife in the Middle East and counts Saudi Arabia among […]

Obama, Modi and India’s Solar Future

13 hours agoNews : Truthdig

During his recent visit to India, Barack Obama pressed unsuccessfully for India to set specific carbon limits.

Netanyahu to American Jews: Get Lost

It was not so shocking that House Speaker John Boehner would seek to undermine President Barack Obama and his attempt to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to deliver an address to Congress, in which Netanyahu will presumably dump on Obama's efforts. Show More Summary

Obama, Modi and India’s Solar Future

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) In his visit to India, Barack Obama pressed unsuccessfully for India to set specific carbon limits. Nevertheless, he did get agreement from Indian Prime Minister Narendra…

Ira Stoll on How the Left Wages War on the Family

yesterdayNews : Reason

The idea that the American left is engaged in a war against the family has always struck Ira Stoll as an exaggeration. But the events of the last week have caused him to reconsider. As Stoll explains, President Barack Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo each recently revealed the extent to which big government poses a genuine threat to the American family. View this article.

Today‘s Savannah Guthrie Scores Pre-Super Bowl Interview with Obama

yesterdayNews : Mediaite

With Super Bowl XLIX on NBC this year, the Today show's Savannah Guthrie will do the honors of interviewing President Barack Obama before the big game on Sunday. The announcement coincided with news that Guthrie has resigned with the network for at least three more years.

‘An Ungainly Sight': Obama’s Gum Chewing Disgusts Media In India

Barack Obama has been accused of being disrespectful after being caught chewing gum during the Republic Day parade in India reports the Hindu. A photo of the President removing the gum from his mouth before popping it back in, has been shared across Twitter. Show More Summary

Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency, CBO says

Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday. Continue reading ? The post Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency, CBO says appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

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