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August 15, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- President Obama plans to argue Wednesday that his administration has strengthened Medicare without cutting benefits, as the campaign for the White House shifts to a fight over which candidate is better for seniors. Obama has saved seniors hundreds of dollars on their prescription drugs, an aide to the president said in previewing his message in Iowa. Obama hasn't affected benefits "by even a dime," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.  Less than a week after selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, Republican Mitt Romney is in a race to set the national narrative about his vision for seniors.
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April 22, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt deserves a resumption of some U.S. military aid, even though he couldn't vouch that the military-backed government is moving toward a more democratic system. Kerry told Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in a phone call that he believes Egypt is entitled to the aid because it is “sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States” and carrying out its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Tuesday evening.
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September 22, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
MILWAUKEE -- President Obama got a plug from baseball great Hank Aaron, who asked fans Saturday afternoon in his former home of Milwaukee to help the president “hit a grand slam.” Aaron, a native of Alabama during segregation, told the crowd that it was Milwaukee that first made him feel at home, when he moved here to play for the Braves. And he asked them to rally around the 44th president of the U.S. PHOTOS: Obama on the campaign trail “Here in the state of Wisconsin, I found respect, acceptance, appreciation for my talent,” Aaron said.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration Monday accused Russia of promoting separatist agitation in eastern Ukraine and threatened to step up economic sanctions on Moscow unless it reverses course. As pro-Russia separatists in the eastern region seized government buildings and demanded votes on secession, Washington strongly suggested that Moscow was sending in paid agitators and raising tensions by moving thousands of Russian troops along Ukraine's border. Secretary of State John F. Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday to express Washington's “great concern” and to convey its view that pro-Russia demonstrations and the seizure of government buildings “do not appear to be a spontaneous set of events,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at the State Department.
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October 6, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Spurred on by the Democratic National Convention, new donate-by-text capability and an expanding lead in state and national polls, President Obama raised $181 million for his reelection effort in September, his campaign announced Saturday. The immense haul pushes the total raised for the incumbent's campaign this cycle to $947 million, making it a near certainty he'll surpass $1 billion raised for his campaign, the Democratic National Committee and other affiliated campaigns.
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September 5, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
CHARLOTTE , N.C. -- As is customary for political conventions, the headliner is also the straggler. After days of campaigning in swing states, President Obama landed in Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon, the day before he's slated to give his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. It's not clear when conventioneers will first lay their eyes on the president. The Obama campaign is keeping quiet about Obama's schedule and the decision to move his speech indoors has made sketchy details even sketchier.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | By Morgan Little
It appears that President Obama is well aware of critiques that he's long-winded, with his campaign making his characteristically drawn-out answers a focus of his preparations for the upcoming presidential debates, which begin Oct. 3. Obama, who will face off against Republican nominee Mitt Romney in three debates in October, has had less practice time than Romney has enjoyed so far, aides say. Romney participated in 20 debates during the Republican...
WORLD
February 25, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration Tuesday expelled three Venezuelan diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of three U.S. officials a week ago. Two first secretaries and a second secretary from the embassy were given 48 hours to depart, the State Department said. The three expelled American diplomats were accused of fomenting civil unrest that has rocked the government of President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. officials said the expulsions were not justified. The government of Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has often claimed that the United States is to blame for threats to the country.
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt deserves a resumption of some U.S. military aid, even though he couldn't vouch that the military-backed government is moving toward a more democratic system. Kerry told Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in a phone call that he believes Egypt is entitled to the aid because it is “sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States” and carrying out its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Tuesday evening.
NEWS
September 30, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
LAS VEGAS -- President Obama jumped into the pre-debate expectations game on Sunday evening, calling himself a ho-hum debater and showering praise on his opponent's skills. “I know folks are speculating already on who's going to have the best zingers,” Obama told a crowd gathered at a high school in Las Vegas. “Who is going to put more points on the board.” When the crowd answered, “You are!” Obama corrected them.  “No, no. Gov. Romney, he's good debater. I'm just OK,” he said.
WORLD
February 25, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration Tuesday expelled three Venezuelan diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of three U.S. officials a week ago. Two first secretaries and a second secretary from the embassy were given 48 hours to depart, the State Department said. The three expelled American diplomats were accused of fomenting civil unrest that has rocked the government of President Nicolas Maduro. U.S. officials said the expulsions were not justified. The government of Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has often claimed that the United States is to blame for threats to the country.
WORLD
February 6, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials have grumbled for months about what they see as world leaders' faux outrage over revelations of U.S. spying. Countries spy on one another, President Obama has said. The U.S. is a target as well as a player in the international game of espionage. His administration got some unwanted -- and colorful -- evidence of that point this week, when an audio recording of what appeared to be two U.S. diplomats candidly plotting a response to the political crisis in Ukraine was circulated online.
WORLD
December 4, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry paid a whirlwind, four-hour visit to Moldova on Wednesday, the first time America's top diplomat dropped by the former Soviet republic in more than 20 years. Kerry's unexpected stop followed a decision to skip a planned visit to Ukraine, which has been engulfed in political unrest since President Viktor Yanukovich announced he was shelving plans for association and trade agreements with the European Union. Moldova and Georgia went through with their pledges to boost economic and political ties with the 28-nation Western bloc in spite of pressure from Russia to join the emerging, Moscow-led Eurasian Union instead.
WORLD
August 14, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration faces mounting pressure to sanction the Egyptian military for its violent crackdown on opponents, even though officials refrained from any punitive action Wednesday. As the Egyptian government declared emergency law and its security forces killed dozens of Islamist protesters, U.S. officials condemned the actions and said they were weighing whether to call off a large-scale joint military exercise or cut $1.5 billion in aid. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in a brief appearance Wednesday afternoon at the State Department, said the violence was “deplorable” and stressed the administration's opposition to the imposition of emergency law. But the administration also made clear it was deeply reluctant to move too forcefully against the military government that took power last month, fearing that such an action could jeopardize U.S. security interests in the region and diminish what limited leverage Washington has. U.S. officials have been trying to avoid taking sides with either the military or the elected Islamist government that was ousted last month, as the Obama administration has sought to avoid perceptions that it is interfering in Egyptian politics for its own ends.
NEWS
November 1, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Just in case anyone misses the not-so-subtle message of the president's closing days on the campaign trail, there it was emblazoned across his chest in the brown leather bomber jacket he was wearing Thursday. “Barack Obama,” it said. “Commander in Chief.” The closing arguments of the long presidential campaign began in earnest Thursday, and Obama and Republican Mitt Romney returned to the trail broadcasting explicit messages about the economy. INTERACTIVE MAP: The battleground states They're not above some trash-talking, of course.
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October 10, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
COLUMBUS, Ohio - His tepid debate performance has turned a September surge into an October swoon, and President Obama has traded his campaign swagger for a more urgent posture, insisting to supporters that he will finish strong and calling on them to step up as well. After a weekend trip heavy with fundraising stops, Obama returned to more traditional campaigning Tuesday in Ohio, the state that his team has long viewed as a potential bulwark against Mitt Romney. It was his 30th trip there since taking office and the 15th in 2012.
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August 2, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WINTER PARK, Fla. -- President Obama brought his economic message to this key battleground state on Thursday, asking voters to reject the “trickle-down fairy dust” he says Republican Mitt Romney is trying to sell them. Romney's economic plans would grant tax cuts for wealthy people, Obama told a crowd, racking up a cost that he says would land on the middle class -- with no net benefit for them. The idea that the tax cuts would pay for themselves by way of a "massive boom in the economy," Obama said, is "fairy dust" that the GOP has "tried to sell" in the past but which hasn't worked.
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October 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Responding to his rival's attack on his foreign policy record, President Obama defended the decision to remove all combat forces from Iraq as “the right thing to do” and challenged Mitt Romney with favoring a return to failed policies abroad. Speaking at an afternoon rally on the campus of Ohio State University, Obama said that Romney in a speech this week “doubled down” on his past statement that ending the war was “tragic.” “After nine years of war, more than $1 trillion in spending, extraordinary sacrifices by our men and women in uniform and their families, he said we should still have troops on the ground in Iraq.
NEWS
October 6, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Spurred on by the Democratic National Convention, new donate-by-text capability and an expanding lead in state and national polls, President Obama raised $181 million for his reelection effort in September, his campaign announced Saturday. The immense haul pushes the total raised for the incumbent's campaign this cycle to $947 million, making it a near certainty he'll surpass $1 billion raised for his campaign, the Democratic National Committee and other affiliated campaigns.
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