Obama escalates election fight in Ohio, Virginia
2012-05-05 07:49:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — He's been in campaign mode for months, but President Barack Obama makes his quest for a second term official with rallies Saturday in Ohio and Virginia. He'll be casting Republican rival Mitt Romney as a flip-flopping protector o...
Romney: Regular people teach him about struggles
2012-05-04 20:38:02 UTC
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitt Romney says he learns about what it's like to struggle in a difficult economy by sitting down to chat with regular people. But the Republican presidential candidate doesn't want anybody to see it — and his campaign won't say...
Panetta: Troop scandals hurt US Afghan mission
2012-05-04 20:01:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is warning troops that it takes just seconds for misconduct to make headlines and fuel the enemy in Afghanistan.
Military leaders are pushing commanders to improve discipline in the ranks after a...
Discharged outspoken Marine works last day
2012-05-03 18:38:03 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last day of military service has arrived for a Marine Corps sergeant discharged for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook.
Sgt. Gary Stein says Thursday is his last day on the job for the Marine Corps.
White House is silent on fate of Chinese activist
2012-05-03 18:31:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is sidestepping questions about how the U.S. might resolve the predicament surrounding a blind Chinese activist who sought refuge in the American embassy and who no longer wants to remain China.
White House spo...
Ex-Edwards aide had awkward run-in with mistress
2012-05-03 18:15:42 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Another former close aide to John Edwards testified Thursday about bungled efforts to keep the former presidential candidate's affair hidden from staff members, including an awkward encounter when she showed up at a hotel w...
US uses bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida
2012-05-03 19:58:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege — and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of...
Court: Ex-Bush aide protected from torture lawsuit
2012-05-02 19:08:35 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who wrote the so-called "torture memos" of authorizing illegally harsh treatment.
Former Deputy Ass...
Troubling signs for 6-term Republican senator
2012-05-02 17:49:16 UTC
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's allies have largely disappeared from the television airwaves just days before Tuesday's primary, a sign that even friends of the six-term Republican think he's in trouble and could lose to tea party...
Romney campaigns for small-business vote in VA
2012-05-02 17:44:51 UTC
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Kicking off his Virginia campaign, Republican Mitt Romney said Wednesday he'll do "the opposite" of what President Barack Obama has done to help the economy. His wife, Ann, chipped in by appealing to women voters in a key reg...
Gingrich to abandon presidential run on Wednesday
2012-05-02 17:39:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Newt Gingrich prepared to abandon his presidential bid, President Barack Obama saw it as an opportunity to swipe at Mitt Romney.
Obama's re-election campaign on Wednesday released an 80-second web video of clips from the Re...
Obama returns amid foreign, economic uncertainties
2012-05-02 17:33:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has returned to the uncertainty of election year politics after putting his foreign policy on display: A secret trip to Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin laden.
But a su...
Obama sees 'new day' 1 year after bin Laden raid
2012-05-02 07:42:45 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — On a swift, secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that after years of sacrifice the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq. "We can see...
Obama flies to Afghanistan, signs pact with Karzai
2012-05-01 20:15:43 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan Tuesday night on the anniversary of the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and signed an agreement cementing U.S. commitment to the nation after American combat troo...
Obama: Marking bin Laden death isn't 'celebration'
2012-05-01 03:37:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama gave a steely defense of his handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and his use of it to burnish his re-election credentials a year later, saying Monday that it is appropriate to mark an anniversa...
Obama: N. Korea hostility a weakness, not strength
2012-04-30 19:56:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda On Monday decried aggressive acts from North Korea, including its recent failed rocket launch.
Obama said Pyongyang is operating from a position of weakness, no...
Capitol mystery: Will Secret Service head survive?
2012-04-30 19:37:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, could have retired from government nearly 10 years ago and avoided the scandals of the White House gate crashers and, more recently, the one involving a dozen agents, officers an...
Obama criticizes GOP in speech to union members
2012-04-30 19:30:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is rallying union workers by painting a bleak portrait of America's infrastructure. He blames Republicans for focusing on tax cutting rather than creating jobs by updating and rebuilding highways, railroads...
Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment
2012-04-30 19:11:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would...
Romney says he would have ordered bin Laden killed
2012-04-30 18:10:26 UTC
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says "of course" he would have ordered Osama bin Laden killed.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has raised questions about Romney's willingness to assa...
Obama's new campaign slogan: 'Forward'
2012-04-30 15:23:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new campaign slogan: "Forward."
Obama's re-election team unveiled its new motto in a video released Monday morning. The seven-minute video begins by recalling the grim state of the nation's economy...
Obama, Clintons deepen political and policy ties
2012-04-30 19:22:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a tense rivalry, the relationship between President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton has evolved into a genuine political and policy partnership. Both sides have a strong incentive in making the alliance work...
Obama releases $147M in aid to Palestinian
2012-04-29 02:04:22 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — American aid officials said Saturday they will restore development programs for Palestinians after President Barack Obama ended a six-month funding freeze that shut down the local Sesame Street and other projects.
An official w...
Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric
2012-04-28 23:52:33 UTC
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch moment is at hand.
Now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the "red-meat" issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more event...
Romney urges young people to take economic risks
2012-04-28 23:11:41 UTC
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney on Friday encouraged young Americans facing bleak job prospects to "take risks" — and even borrow money from their parents — to help improve their economic fortunes.
The presumptive Republican presidential n...