Obama to push clean energy technologies in Iowa
2012-05-22 17:52:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to the political battleground state of Iowa this week to prod Congress to act on his agenda.
The president will visit TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer in Newton, on Thursday to highlight hi...
After NATO summit, questions about protest mindset
2012-05-22 00:47:44 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — For activists, the NATO summit in Chicago served as one big stage from which to air a broad range of grievances — not just the war in Afghanistan or other actions of the 63-year-old military alliance.
In their effort to maximize ...
Obama on Afghan: Leave on time, no 'perfect' end
2012-05-22 00:38:38 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders around the globe locked in place an Afghanistan exit path Monday that will still keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years, acknowledging there never will be point at which they...
Obama to address Air Force Academy commencement
2012-05-21 17:59:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to deliver the commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy, his fourth service academy graduation speech in four years.
The president will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, ju...
MS prison guard dies, others hurt in 'disturbance'
2012-05-21 03:45:09 UTC
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A guard at a southwest Mississippi prison died Sunday and several other employees were injured during a disturbance involving hundreds of inmates that continued into the evening, authorities and the prison's operator said.
Obama wants new banking rules put in place soon
2012-05-19 17:18:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the big trading loss at JPMorgan Chase shows the need to finally put in place banking rules he signed into law two years ago. He also is calling on Congress to stop trying to weaken the regulations.
Rihanna: 'Happy Battleship Day'
2012-05-19 17:15:46 UTC
Rihanna catches a flight at LAX Airport on Friday (May 18) in Los Angeles.
The 24-year-old entertainer has been keeping busy promoting her new action flick, Battleship.
The night before, Rihanna dined at Giorgio Baldi restauran...
Mourners gather in NY for funeral of Mary Kennedy
2012-05-19 17:16:17 UTC
BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Mourners gathered Saturday at a modest stone church north of New York City for the funeral of Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The services, held at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in...
Iran, Syria among top for G-8 and NATO
2012-05-19 03:32:19 UTC
CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — Leaders of the largest industrialized countries are displaying strong unity in pursuing both diplomacy and sanctions against the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb and found common ground in focusing on political transit...
THE RACE: Obama, Romney working to stay on message
2012-05-18 18:37:15 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ With 172 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are being buffeted by crosswinds as Oba...
Nurses' pre-NATO rally expected to draw thousands
2012-05-18 15:20:29 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of nurses and other protesters planned to rally at a downtown Chicago plaza Friday ahead of a two-day NATO summit and as a prelude to a much larger demonstration expected this weekend.
Meanwhile, many office buildings i...
Obama's home-turf summits will test his leverage
2012-05-17 18:12:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On his home turf, President Barack Obama will find his leverage tested at two summits beginning Friday.
Europe's economic mess remains its own problem to fix even as it threatens the U.S. recovery and Obama's re-election bid.
Biden attacks Romney tenure as venture capitalist
2012-05-17 01:58:55 UTC
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning in Democratic territory with high unemployment, went after Republican Mitt Romney's business background Wednesday and cast him as a corporate raider more interested in profits than peop...
Obama calls on Congress to help small businesses
2012-05-16 21:57:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner dug in Wednesday on their already hardened positions on tax increases versus spending cuts as the outlines of another dire debt ceiling showdown emerged.
Following a bipart...
Obama, bipartisan leaders to meet at White House
2012-05-15 18:21:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House Wednesday to discuss economic proposals Obama wants Congress to act on this year.
Republicans will be represented at the meeting by House Spe...
Obama seeks to undercut Romney's record on jobs
2012-05-14 19:03:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is casting Mitt Romney as a greedy, job-killing corporate titan with little concern for the working class in a new, multipronged effort that seeks to undermine the central rationale for his Republican rival...
John Edwards' mistress led a tabloid-grade life
2012-05-14 03:25:28 UTC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Rielle Hunter's life had a lurid, supermarket-tabloid quality to it — full of deception, betrayal, reckless behavior and broken dreams — well before she became a party to one of the biggest lies in recent American political...
Obama asks Congress to act on 'to-do' list
2012-05-12 15:58:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama is asking Democrats and Republicans to act on his "to-do list" for Congress, a five-point plan he says would create jobs and help restore middle-class security.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama s...
Biden proves catalyst for Obama on gay marriage
2012-05-11 13:53:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sorry, Mr. President.
After nearly single-handedly pushing gay marriage to the forefront of the presidential campaign and inadvertently pressuring President Barack Obama to declare his support for same-sex unions, there was on...
Romney counters notion he bullied gay classmates
2012-05-10 19:14:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney apologized Thursday to classmates he may have offended by "hijinks and pranks during high school" and insisted he didn't know that some were gay.
The Republican presidential candidate issued the apology during a ha...
Obama not worried about being upstaged by Biden
2012-05-10 20:16:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'd already decided to come out for gay marriage before Vice President Joe Biden publicly endorsed it.
Obama tells ABC in an interview that he wasn't worried about being upstaged by his vice presid...
NC vote shows gay marriage still divisive
2012-05-09 17:52:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faced mounting pressure Wednesday to express support for same-sex marriage after a setback for gay-rights advocates in North Carolina.
Republicans there turned out in force Tuesday night to vote to stren...
House panel considers higher 2013 defense budget
2012-05-09 15:21:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Armed Services Committee pressed ahead Wednesday with a version of the 2013 defense budget that adds billions to President Barack Obama's proposed budget and rejects the administration's call for military base closings....
AP-GfK Poll: Support for Afghan war at new low
2012-05-09 06:19:47 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is...
Obama's 'to do' list for Congress: jobs, mortgages
2012-05-08 18:40:51 UTC
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that only Congress can take the "bold action" needed to spur job creation, as he unfurled an election year "to do" list for lawmakers.
Obama's action plan for Congress centers on a series ...