Biden says end to wars gives US new flexibility
2012-05-26 20:38:39 UTC
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that the United States can now focus on new global challenges after a long decade of war in an election-year commencement address to jubilant graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at ...
Obama on the defensive on spending, debt
2012-05-26 20:35:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government spending and debt are emerging as a campaign tug-of-war, with Mitt Romney blaming President Barack Obama for a "prairie fire of debt" and Obama calling the charge a "cowpie of distortion." House Speaker John Boehner is...
Senate panel reins in Pentagon on clean energy
2012-05-25 22:26:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's investment in green energy requires too much green paper for some in Congress.
A sharply divided Senate Armed Services Committee voted this week to prohibit the military from spending money on alternative fuels ...
Obama's 2008 magic past, Iowa all-out battleground
2012-05-24 20:25:09 UTC
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa magic that launched Barack Obama to the presidency four years ago has all but faded.
Soured by the direction of the nation and its economy, Iowa has drifted away from Obama since his 2008 caucus victory over Hil...
Romney running mate search enters audition phase
2012-05-24 20:18:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's vice presidential search has entered a new phase: auditions.
As his campaign evaluates potential running mates, Republicans with a possible shot at the No. 2 spot on the presidential ticket are starting to engage...
US poised to vet possible arms for Syrian rebels
2012-05-24 19:10:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — As one diplomatic effort after another fails to end more than a year of brutal violence in Syria, the Obama administration is preparing a plan that would essentially give U.S. nods of approval to arms transfers from Arab nations ...
Obama birth certificate OK by Arizona official
2012-05-24 01:27:20 UTC
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's secretary of state said Wednesday that Hawaii's official verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements, meaning the president's name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall.
Obama, Dems redoubling money efforts to keep edge
2012-05-23 18:48:28 UTC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — His cash advantage threatened, President Barack Obama and his party are redoubling their fundraising efforts after robust hauls by Republican rival Mitt Romney and a slew of GOP-leaning super PACs that are raking in ...
Obama team trumpets new polling on gay marriage
2012-05-23 18:30:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is beginning to express some confidence that the president's historic, yet politically risky, embrace of gay marriage may not hurt him in the November election.
In a conference cal...
Romney: American kids get 'third-world education'
2012-05-23 18:03:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says American children are getting "a third-world education" because the system is failing them.
He also called education the "civil rights issue of our era," saying minority stude...
New ad campaign targets disillusioned Obama voters
2012-05-22 19:06:38 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A conservative-leaning independent group is launching a $10 million television ad campaign saying President Barack Obama has not lived up to the expectations voters had for him.
Crossroads GPS is running 30- and 60-second versio...
Old feud in Bush administration part of Ariz. race
2012-05-22 18:55:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Carmona arrived in Washington a political novice in 2002 and left four years later scarred and frustrated. He didn't go quietly.
A year after his term as the nation's 17th surgeon general, the one-time $500 campaign do...
Cory Booker is latest gaffe-prone Obama surrogate
2012-05-22 18:49:33 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Add Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker to the long list of political stand-ins for both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney who've veered wildly off message in a presidential contest notable for its attention-grabbing ga...
Obama's preference for talks with Iran faces test
2012-05-22 18:41:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's preferred path to end the Iranian nuclear standoff faces a stern test this week when world powers sit down with Iran in another bid to press it to meet international demands to prove it is not trying to d...
Obama stands by hits on Romney's Bain Capital days
2012-05-22 18:34:37 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama sought to undermine Mitt Romney's key rationale for his presidential candidacy Monday, sharply attacking his Republican challenger's background as a venture capitalist and arguing that profit-making alone is n...
Powell not ready to endorse Obama for re-election
2012-05-22 18:13:16 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell declined Tuesday to renew the presidential endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, saying he wasn't ready "to throw my weight behind someone" at this time.
The former chairman of...
Romney looks to pad delegate lead in 2 primaries
2012-05-22 18:05:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney was inching closer to officially claiming the Republican presidential nomination as Arkansas and Kentucky voted in primaries Tuesday.
With no serious opposition left, the former Massachusetts governor was certain t...
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...
Senate toughens Iran penalties over nuke program
2012-05-22 18:45:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Intent on weakening Iran economically, the Senate on Monday approved tough new penalties on the Tehran regime to thwart its nuclear ambitions.
By voice vote, the Senate backed the measure ahead of talks between leading nations...
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 speak at Joplin high school graduation
2012-05-21 19:25:19 UTC
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama will speak at the commencement ceremony Monday for graduating seniors whose town was devastated by deadly tornadoes.
Obama's remarks in Joplin, Mo. fall on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the tor...
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...
NATO shifts to help an elusive Afghanistan peace
2012-05-20 22:46:47 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama and NATO allies declared Sunday that the end of the long and unpopular Afghanistan war is in sight even as they struggled to hold their fighting force together in the face of dwindling patience and shaky unity...
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.