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Obama designates new monuments in Fla., Nev., Tex

Washington - President Barack Obama on Friday declared three new national monuments in Texas, California and Nevada in a move protecting over a million acres of wilderness as well as prehistoric artifacts including Mammoth bones and rock carvings.

Op-Ed: U.S. House of Representatves passes $612 billion defense bill

Washington - In spite of President Barack Obama's threat of a veto, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a $612 billion military spending bill.

One detained after gyrocopter lands at the U.S. Capitol

The U.S. capitol remains of high alert after a small gyrocopter lands outside the west end of the Capitol building. The pilot has been detained at this time.

White House summit to discuss extremist threats

Washington D.c. - This week’s White House summit hopes to develop strategies for dealing with extremists, according to officials involved in the planning of the event.

Obama signs executive order at Stanford cybersecurity summit Special

Palo Alto - President Barack Obama signed an executive order laying out new ways for corporations to share information on emerging online threats at a cybersecurity summit at California's Stanford University.

Op-Ed: Congress must approve force, with ground troops, against ISIS

President Barack Obama wants Congress to vote to authorize U.S. military force against ISIS, and may ask for it as early as Friday, February 6. Why Congress must approve this request, including the use of boots on the ground.

Obama plans offshore gas/oil drilling from Virginia to Georgia

Washington, D. C. - Energy companies have long sought the opening of the Atlantic Coast for offshore oil and gas drilling, and the Obama administration gave them approval today. The proposed 2017-2022 offshore plan is the second time Obama has recommended this move.

The Humanities Action Lab seeks to end mass incarceration in USA Special

With 2.2 million Americans behind bars — the world's highest prison population per capita — 17 universities nationwide have committed to debunking mass incarceration through a series of traveling exhibits and public dialogues.

Op-Ed: U.S. launches 500th drone strike in over a decade of the Third War

Islamabad - As Micah Zenko noted in an article in 2012, November 3 that year marked the tenth anniversary of the first drone attack by the U.S. No one took notice. The same will apply to the 500th confirmed U.S. drone attack today outside of combat zones.

Government employees march in D.C. for higher pay, a union

Washington - Hundreds of federally-contracted government workers staged a day-long protest strike Thursday in an effort to persuade President Barack Obama to issue executive orders that would increase pay and benefits for workers on government contract.

President Obama endorses net neutrality, asks FCC for new rules

President Barack Obama struck a populist chord on Monday in his plea to the Federal Communications Commission to enact a strict set of rules designed to prevent corporations from prioritizing websites on the Internet.

Nobel Peace Prize laureates push Obama to release torture report

A group of Nobel Peace Prize winners are pushing for President Barack Obama to release a 500-page document detailing the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture of terrorist suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks

Obama says White House expects FCC to uphold net neutrality

At a town hall-type meeting Thursday in Southern California, Pres. Barack Obama said his administration “expects” the FCC to maintain net neutrality, and to prevent Internet service providers from offering multiple tiers of service.

Op-Ed: Obama may use executive power to help close Guantanamo

Washington - Obama is to be presented with options that will allow him to finally close Guantanamo according to senior Obama administration officials. The options include using his executive power to override a Congressional ban on sending detainees to the US.

U.S. economy adds 248,000 jobs in September, rate falls to 5.9%

Washington - U.S Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 248,000 in September, with the unemployment rate declining to 5.9 percent, the first time in six years the rate dropped below 6 percent mark.

Op-Ed: The Obama 'latte salute' debacle is overblown

Washington D.c. - President Barack Obama was captured on Instagram saluting a U.S. Marine...while holding a cup of coffee in the same hand. The photo has now wound up on the front page of CNN and is burning up the blogosphere.

Pentagon denies bombing Iraq as Obama mulls attack on ISIS

Sinjar - The Pentagon on Thursday vehemently denied Kurdish reports that US forces had begun bombing Islamist militants in Iraq, as President Barack Obama said he was considering renewed military action in the war-torn nation.

Obama: 'We tortured some folks'

Washington - President Barack Obama has acknowledged that the United States tortured detainees during the ongoing 13-year war against terrorism.

See the video North Korea wants removed from the Internet

Kim Jong-un is shown in this parody of world leaders dancing and goofing off during a digital altered video. While North America and Russia say nothing of their leaders being mocked, North Korea wants the video removed.

President Barack Obama releases statement concerning VA Scandal

Journalist receives unexpected reply from The White House concerning VA Scandal. Says she never expected a reply to come but went out on a limb anyway, this was a topic that breached the heart of our nation. The worst that could happen was no reply."

Quinnipiac: Pres. Obama 'worst president since World War II'

Washington - The latest Quinnipiac poll may be the most troubling for Democrats hoping to hang onto the Senate after midterm elections. In it, Pres. Barack Obama is considered the “worst president” since World War II.

Obama says U.S. should have paid maternity leave

Washington - The United States is the only nation in the industrialized world without paid maternity leave, and President Barack Obama wants to change that.

Shinseki end up 'taking the fall' over VA health care scandal

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that he had accepted Eric Shinseki's resignation as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. This move came after a scathing internal audit that indicated a "systemic" problem has been in the making.

Op-Ed: Will Obama continue supporting child soldiers in South Sudan?

Tuesday's announcement that the United States was targeting both sides in South Sudan's ongoing conflict with sanctions has raised the question of whether the Obama administration will continue to support child soldiers in the war-torn African nation.

Op-Ed: Fatah/Hamas reconciliation represents huge fumble by Kerry

Washington - On Thursday, American/Israeli relations hit the skids after the administration's grandiose mini-summit designed to jump-start Middle East peace talks went south.

Obama puts progress on Cuba relations on back burner

Washington - While U.S. relations with Cuba have improved slowly over the last decades, President Obama seems to be unwilling to push progress any further in the face of resistance from a well-established and organized anti-Cuba lobby.

Keystone XL pipeline green lit by U.S. State Dept report

Washington - In a report released today the United States State department has found that the Keystone XL pipeline would not significantly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.However,the project has yet to be fully approved by President Barack Obama.

Op-Ed: Financial Planner — Obamacare will be disaster for the economy Special

Findlay - Obamacare will be a disaster for the American economy after citizens are forced to enroll this year, and businesses are required to provide coverage next year, according to a financial planner with 28 years of experience.

Obama signs off on pay raise in 2014 for federal workers

President Barack Obama on Monday authorized a 1 percent pay raise for government workers effective Jan 1, ending a three-year pay freeze for most civilian Federal employees.

President Obama issues tribute to Nelson Mandela

President Barack Obama, the first black American president, has paid tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president.
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Obama s victory speech as he wins second term
Obama's victory speech as he wins second term
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President Barack Obama addresses 2012 Democratic national convention.
President Barack Obama addresses 2012 Democratic national convention.
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The White House is always fenced off  but currently additional barriers are set up as the city prepa...
The White House is always fenced off, but currently additional barriers are set up as the city prepares for President Obama's second Inauguration Day.
The Newseum is all dressed up for the Inauguration.
The Newseum is all dressed up for the Inauguration.
President Barack Obama addressing the Democratic National Convention
President Barack Obama addressing the Democratic National Convention
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The White House  a week before Inauguration Day 2013
The White House, a week before Inauguration Day 2013
President Barack Obama at the Oval Office
President Barack Obama at the Oval Office
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President Obama gives an emotional speech to those attending an Interfaith Vigil in Newtown CT
President Obama gives an emotional speech to those attending an Interfaith Vigil in Newtown CT
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Obama unveiled his proposals for the Federal FY 2016 Budget on February 2.
Obama unveiled his proposals for the Federal FY 2016 Budget on February 2.
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Anyone looking to view the White House as Inauguration Day approaches must do so off to the side. (Most of the visitors are off to the right of this image taking pictures)
Audience member reacting to President Barack Obama s 2012 DNC speech.
Audience member reacting to President Barack Obama's 2012 DNC speech.
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President Barack Obama addressing the Democratic National Convention
President Barack Obama addressing the Democratic National Convention
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Areas surrounding the Capitol Building are closed off to visitors as preparations are underway for P...
Areas surrounding the Capitol Building are closed off to visitors as preparations are underway for President Obama's second Inauguration.
John Brennan briefs Obama about the Sandy Hook shooting
John Brennan briefs Obama about the Sandy Hook shooting
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President Barack Obama at Ready to Go Rally  Richmond  VA  May 5th  2012
President Barack Obama at Ready to Go Rally, Richmond, VA, May 5th, 2012
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President Barack Obama - the crooner
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Mitt Romney
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Kenny's BBQ Smokehouse in Washington, DC, where Obama forgot to pay restaurant bill
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President Barack Obama delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term
President Barack Obama delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term
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