Obama to push extension of middle-class tax cuts
2012-07-09 10:41:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate away from the dismal jobs market and toward the issue of tax fairness.
Obama, in an add...
California high-speed rail gets green light
2012-07-07 11:11:21 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers gave the green light to start building the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line, a multibillion dollar project that will eventually link Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The move marked majo...
Obama challenges Romney on China trade
2012-07-07 10:39:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama challenged rival Mitt Romney's promise to get tough on China, saying in a new ad released Saturday that Romney "made a fortune" allowing China to take U.S. jobs.
Obama's ad turns again to a report that s...
As Obama campaigns, jobs numbers sure to set tone
2012-07-06 15:23:19 UTC
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A sobering economic snapshot intensified the presidential campaign on Friday as President Barack Obama rolled through two vote-rich battleground states and Republican Mitt Romney fended off conservative complaints about his plan...
Scalia's critics fault justice over politics
2012-07-05 08:34:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Antonin Scalia ended his 26th year on the Supreme Court with a string of losses in the term's biggest cases and criticism that he crossed a line from judging to politics.
Scalia's willingness to do battle with those on...
Obama climbs back on the campaign bus in Ohio, Pa.
2012-07-04 17:29:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the kind of trip President Barack Obama relishes — one that plays to his natural political abilities by taking him outside of Washington to mix it up with Americans in small towns and casual settings.
Obama embarks Thursd...
Romney settles it: health care mandate is a tax
2012-07-04 17:20:15 UTC
WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has settled the debate over what to call President Barack Obama's health care mandate.
In an interview Wednesday with CBS News, Romney says it's a tax.
That contradicts a s...
NATO troop supplies set to resume via Pakistan
2012-07-04 08:48:55 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Trucks carrying NATO troop supplies are set to resume shipments to Afghanistan on Wednesday following a deal between the U.S. and Pakistan that ended Islamabad's seven-month blockade.
A customs official at one of Pakistan's two...
THE RACE: Obama heading back to campaign trail
2012-07-03 19:50:36 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ With 126 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics
President Barack Obama is hitting the road again this week with a "Betting on America" bus tour of...
In Florida fight, Obama and Romney scrap along I-4
2012-07-03 19:45:00 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In the presidential battleground with the biggest prize, Democrat Barack Obama is focused on ratcheting up voter turnout in Florida's university towns, its Hispanic enclaves around Orlando and its Jewish communities in the sou...
Romney takes summer break before big campaign push
2012-07-03 19:33:05 UTC
WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — It's a family tradition that spans a decade, as Mitt Romney's clan — all 30 of them — gathers at his New England lakeside compound for a week of home-cooked meals, sporting events and ice cream outings.
Only this summer, ...
Aide: Romney sees mandate as a penalty, not a tax
2012-07-03 19:19:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top adviser says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn't see the health care mandate as a tax but as a penalty or a fee or even a fine.
That's a different view from Republicans who are condemning the individual...
AG says GOP using him as 'proxy' to attack Obama
2012-07-03 19:11:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is charging that he's become a "proxy" for Republican attacks against President Barack Obama in an election year.
Holder tells The Washington Post that Republican congressional figures have used a ...
Obama, Romney volunteers hope to make a difference
2012-07-03 19:06:10 UTC
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Re-electing President Barack Obama is so important to Guy Hancock that he spends more time as a volunteer data collector at Obama's campaign headquarters here than at his paying job as a college professor.
At July lull, presidential race is close as ever
2012-07-03 19:22:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential race is entering the sultry summer, a final lull before the sprint to Election Day, with President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney neck and neck and no sign that either can break away.
As both candidat...
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange not leaving embassy
2012-07-03 02:19:08 UTC
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has defied a British police summons and won't be leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London until he hears about his asylum bid, a member of his defense fund said Friday.
British police had demanded th...
Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill
2012-06-30 06:36:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress emphatically approved legislation Friday preserving jobs on transportation projects from coast to coast and avoiding interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, giving lawmakers campaign-season ...
Health care law survives _ with Roberts' help
2012-06-29 05:48:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obamacare lives.
America's historic health care overhaul, derided by Republicans as intrusive, costly "Obamacare," narrowly survived an election-year battle at the Supreme Court Thursday with the improbable help of conservativ...
THE RACE: Polls: White House race stable and close
2012-06-28 17:06:10 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
EDITOR'S NOTE _ With 132 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics
With just over four months to go, polls underscore what's been clear for some time: President Barack...
Obama calls Supreme Court ruling a 'victory'
2012-06-28 16:45:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's decision to uphold his health care overhaul is a "victory for people all over the country" and will make their lives more secure.
Obama says the decision upholds the fundamental ...
High court ruling vindicates Obama on health care
2012-06-28 16:39:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Barack Obama's sweeping federal health care law handed the Democratic incumbent crucial election-year vindication for his signature legislative accomplishment. Republican rival Mit...
High court upholds key part of Obama health law
2012-06-28 16:25:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that nearly every American have health insurance.
The 5-4 decision mean...
Congress honors black Marines
2012-06-28 06:06:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of African-American veterans who helped to integrate the Marine Corps during World War II at a time segregation was an everyday reality are now proud recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor.
Nearly 70 years ...
Health ruling to end campaign mystery, unleash ads
2012-06-28 05:41:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely four months before the nation votes, one of the biggest factors in the fight for the White House still is a mystery. That will change on Thursday.
The Supreme Court's expected ruling on President Barack Obama's sweeping...
Texas jury convicts Saudi bomb plot suspect
2012-06-27 19:43:34 UTC
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A Saudi man accused of buying chemicals online and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction was found guilty Wednesday in federal court in Amarillo.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, who was legally in the U.S. on a student v...