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Obama stays the course despite IS group's advance

Washington - President Barack Obama's war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadists from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course despite the group's advances on the battlefield.

Op-Ed: Times prematurely warns ISIS no threat

Riyad - No need to worry about ISIS, a New York Times” op-ed piece, headlined “Calm Down, ISIS Isn’t Winning” said Friday morning. Whoops.

Obama urged to support encryption by Apple, Google & Microsoft

The largest and most influential technology companies including giants Apple, Google and Microsoft have formed a coalition to deliver a letter to President Obama, urging him to reject any proposal to deliberately weaken the security of smartphones.

Obama set to speed arms shipments, training for Iraq tribes

Washington - US President Barack Obama is poised to quicken the pace of weapons supplies and training to Iraqi tribes, while eyeing a rapid offensive to recapture Ramadi from the Islamic State group.

White House to the rescue: Will aid honey bees with new policy

The White House is wading into yet another battle, but this time it's not the Islamic State, a combative Congress, or any of the other usual suspects that find themselves in the cross hairs of POTUS. Instead, Obama is taking up the cause of honey bees.

Obama moves to demilitarize US cops

Washington - President Barack Obama barred police from using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and large-caliber firearms, in response to accusations that US law enforcement has become too militarized.

Op-Ed: The Kill Chain gets another notch

Headlines around the world heralded the latest kill America has notched up, showing it is capable of making Weapons of Individual Destruction as well as WMDs.

Obama says Syrian war not likely to end before he leaves office

Washington - US President Barack Obama said the war in Syria would not likely end before he leaves office in early 2017 and reaffirmed his belief that there is no "military solution" to the conflict.

Op-Ed: Jeb Bush schooled by college student: 'Your brother created ISIS'

Reno - Potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush found himself in troubled waters when a college student confronted him and said his brother, former President George W. Bush was responsible for the rise of the Islamic State.

Obama's presidential library to be in south Chicago

Washington - Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he had chosen Chicago's troubled south side as the location for his presidential library.

Report: Obama administration lied about Osama bin Laden raid

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has published a 10,000-word exposé accusing the Obama administration of lying about the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the US military mission to assassinate the al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan.

Obama to address race, hint at his future

Washington - President Barack Obama is expected to weigh in on ongoing tensions in America over police treatment of blacks -- and possibly offer a glimpse of his post-White House plans -- during remarks in New York on Monday.

Blow for personalized medicine initiative

President Obama's mission is for a new generation of personalized medicines. However, in one study, personalized pancreatic cancer therapies based on tumor genomics may take too long to prepare to be helpful.

Obama promotes reading with free e-books for low-income kids

Washington - President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that major book publishing companies will donate more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income children.

Op-Ed: Obama's drone war has strong Congressional support

Washington - In spite of the fact that recently President Obama announced that a drone strike in Pakistan killed two innocent hostages being held by Al Qaeda, there is no sign of the drone program ending any time soon or that it will even be altered.

Op-Ed: Obama goes ballistic over TPP free trade deal critics

Washington - There is bipartisan support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) free trade involving 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region but many US liberals, environmentalists, and unions are against the deal.

Jeb Bush: NSA mass surveillance 'best part of Obama presidency'

Seattle - Possible Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush praised President Barack Obama for enhancing the National Security Agency by continuing its worldwide program of mass surveillance and bulk data collection.

Obama in fresh push on climate change

Washington - US President Barack Obama will travel to Florida's Everglades Wednesday hoping to reframe the debate on climate change ahead of a vital few months that will shape his environmental legacy.

Is China getting too aggressive in South China Sea?

Washington, D. C. - U.S. officials are raising concerns internationally about China’s latest activities in the South China Sea that appear to threaten Southeast Asia allies.

Op-Ed: Kerry begins to accept that Congress will have say on Iran deal

Washington, D. C. - Sounds like a fourth-grade social studies teacher finally got to him. Of course, we’re speaking about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the longtime U.S. Senator who took over the State Department when Hillary Clinton left in 2013.

Obama, Venezuela's Maduro meet for first time

Panama - US President Barack Obama spoke with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the first time, telling him Washington was not seeking to threaten Caracas amid sky-high tensions.

Castro tells Obama diplomatic thaw requires patience

Panama - Cuban President Raul Castro told US counterpart Barack Obama during historic face-to-face talks Saturday that negotiations to restore diplomatic ties will require much patience.

Obama's personalized medicine plan advances

Washington D.c. - The U.S. National Institutes of Health has assembled a team of medicine and science experts to begin the process of building President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

Obama visits Jamaica, takes in Bob Marley museum

Kingston - Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to set foot in Jamaica since 1982 -- and made some time for the late reggae legend Bob Marley.

Russia hacked the White House, accessed the President's schedule

The same Russian hackers that recently damaged the State Department hacked into sensitive parts of the White House managed to access information including details of the president's schedule, according to a new report.

Obama to offer alternative to Venezuelan crude on Caribbean swing

Washington - Barack Obama will become the first US president to set foot on Jamaican soil in more than three decades Wednesday, as the United States bids to check Venezuelan influence in the Caribbean.

Op-Ed: Voice of America can learn from State Dept. about social media

When it comes to a few important journalistic new media skills, such as speed of posting information online and use of social media, U.S. State Department's public diplomacy is leagues ahead of U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA).

Op-Ed: Chinese dissident criticizes Obama, praises Hillary Clinton

In a Voice of America interview, a blind Chinese dissident blamed the Obama White House for trying to force him out of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he had sought refuge in 2012, but praised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her help.

Op-Ed: Fun times as Canadian born Ted Cruz (Dad Cuban!) seeks Presidency

Many members of the Tea Party were among those loonies that jumped on an Internet rumor about U.S. President Barack Obama and turned it into the birther movement. They said he wasn't born in the U.S. - they were way wrong - and so could not be President.

Obama rips Netanyahu over Arab voter comments

Washington - US President Barack Obama criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his warning that Arab Israeli voters would vote "in droves.
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