Barack Obama

Trump’s budget proposal offers preview of upcoming campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated by a divided Congress and rifts within his own party, President Donald Trump is giving little indication in his latest budget proposal of any new policy ambitions for the coming two, or six, years. Trump’s budget plan increases spending on his border wall and the military but is light on fresh … Continue reading Trump’s budget proposal offers preview of upcoming campaign

Democrats: Milwaukee convention choice shows party values

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders announced Monday, highlighting the battleground state of Wisconsin that helped elect President Donald Trump and now will launch an opponent who could oust him. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez chose Milwaukee over Houston and Miami after deliberations lingered longer than party … Continue reading Democrats: Milwaukee convention choice shows party values

Biden eyes fundraising challenge amid new sense of urgency

NEW YORK (AP) — On the cusp of another White House run, Joe Biden faces a daunting challenge that could complicate his path to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination: money. Those close to the former vice president believe he would start off at a fundraising disadvantage compared to would-be rivals, whose campaigns have benefited from … Continue reading Biden eyes fundraising challenge amid new sense of urgency

‘He said, he said’ – Who can you trust in Cohen-Trump saga?

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a “he said, he said” where the “he” — no matter who he is — has a credibility problem. The latest White House legal drama — whether or not the president’s former legal fixer asked him for a pardon — has pulled back the curtain on a whole cast of … Continue reading ‘He said, he said’ – Who can you trust in Cohen-Trump saga?

Holder rules out 2020 run, says he’ll focus on redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he’s not running for president in 2020. Holder, a Democrat, said in a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post that he’ll focus on redistricting, the process of reconfiguring electoral districts. Holder served under President Barack Obama and is chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, … Continue reading Holder rules out 2020 run, says he’ll focus on redistricting

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

WASHINGTON / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) House Democrats have ignored a veto threat and passed legislation that would stymie President Donald Trump‘s bid for billions of extra dollars for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The move has escalated a clash over whether he has abused his powers to advance the signature pledge of his 2016 campaign. The … Continue reading House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Federal prosecutor advances to runoff for Chicago mayor

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal prosecutor running as an outsider advanced Tuesday to a runoff for Chicago mayor, a transitional election for a lakefront metropolis still struggling to shed its reputation for corruption, police brutality and street violence. Lori Lightfoot, who could become the first African-American woman to lead the nation’s third-largest city, was the … Continue reading Federal prosecutor advances to runoff for Chicago mayor

Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister has told colleagues he hopes his sudden resignation will reinforce the position of his country’s diplomats. Mohammad Javad Zarif‘s comments Tuesday come after his surprise resignation the night before. The state-run IRNA news agency said he told colleagues his resignation would aid in “restoring the ministry to its … Continue reading Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

DES MOINES, Iowa | Elizabeth Warren makes key 2020 hires ahead of 1st Iowa trip

DES MOINES, Iowa  — Sen. Elizabeth Warren made key political hires in Iowa on Wednesday, signaling her intention to mount a strong campaign in the leadoff caucus state ahead of her first trip there as a likely presidential candidate. The Massachusetts Democrat hired Brendan Summers, who managed the 2016 Iowa caucus campaign for Vermont Sen. … Continue reading DES MOINES, Iowa | Elizabeth Warren makes key 2020 hires ahead of 1st Iowa trip

NEW YORK | Barack Obama appears on Miranda’s latest ‘Hamilton’ song

NEW YORK — Barack Obama, or Barap Obama? The former U.S. president appears on a reworked song by Lin-Manuel Miranda originally from the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” Released Friday, “One Last Time (44 Remix)” features Obama reciting a passage from George Washington’s farewell address. The song also features vocals from Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, who played … Continue reading NEW YORK | Barack Obama appears on Miranda’s latest ‘Hamilton’ song

Biden most consider the age issue as he ponders 2020 run

As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he’s too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president. The discussions suggest Biden is aware that his age may be the biggest hurdle to … Continue reading Biden most consider the age issue as he ponders 2020 run

WASHINGTON | US loses to Russia in case of 2 arms trafficking suspects

WASHINGTON — The Russian father and son were in a Hungarian jail, charged in an elaborate plot to ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels and cocaine to the U.S. They found an American lawyer anticipating an inevitable extradition and trial in New York. But then the case took an unexpected turn. Instead of being extradited … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US loses to Russia in case of 2 arms trafficking suspects

WASHINGTON | The Latest: George W Bush says he called dad ‘wonderful’

WASHINGTON— The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 1:25 p.m. The hearse carrying former President George H.W. Bush’s casket has left Washington National Cathedral following his state funeral. Former President George W. Bush says he told his father just before he died last week in Houston at age … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: George W Bush says he called dad ‘wonderful’

WASHINGTON | Presidents club assembles for Bush funeral, Trump an outlier

WASHINGTON — The death of George H.W. Bush is bringing together the five remaining members of an oh-so-exclusive fraternity — the presidents club. But for President Donald Trump, it may not be an entirely comfortable reunion, throwing him together with former occupants of the Oval Office who have given him decidedly mixed reviews. Wednesday’s state … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Presidents club assembles for Bush funeral, Trump an outlier

WASHINGTON | Last salute: A guide to George HW Bush’s funeral

WASHINGTON — President George H.W. Bush is getting a national farewell at Washington National Cathedral before family, friends, presidents and foreign dignitaries. The nation’s 41st president died Friday at age 94. His wife of 73 years, Barbara, passed away in April. Things to know about the event Wednesday: THE SCHEDULE Bush’s casket has been lying … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Last salute: A guide to George HW Bush’s funeral

APNewsBreak: President Donald Trump to attend Army-Navy game

President Donald Trump will attend Saturday’s Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia. The White House confirmed Trump’s attendance to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Trump also went to the 2016 game when he was president-elect. Trump will be the 10th sitting president to attend Army-Navy, a tradition that began with Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. Barack Obama was … Continue reading APNewsBreak: President Donald Trump to attend Army-Navy game

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Obama didn’t have family separation policy

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is falsely asserting that the federal policy that split migrant families at the border was practiced by his predecessor, Barack Obama, as well. The Obama and Trump administrations operated under the same immigration laws but the “zero tolerance” policy that drove children from their parents was Trump’s. TRUMP: “Obama had a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Obama didn’t have family separation policy

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump book didn’t foreshadow bin Laden attack

WASHINGTON  — In an echo of his campaign rhetoric, President Donald Trump is back to portraying himself as the Paul Revere of the terrorism age — the one who told the country Osama bin Laden was coming. There was less to his foreshadowing than he states. Trump’s tweet about bin Laden on Monday has some … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump book didn’t foreshadow bin Laden attack

WASHINGTON | Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama’s book show

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama’s book show in Washington. The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, “Becoming,” and participated in a conversation Saturday night moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. When the conversation shifted … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama’s book show

INGLEWOOD, Calif. | Mrs. Obama says ‘Access Hollywood’ tape led her to speak out

INGLEWOOD, Calif.— Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago. The former first lady recalled that she wrote the outline of her speech addressing Trump’s comments on the infamous 2005 “Access … Continue reading INGLEWOOD, Calif. | Mrs. Obama says ‘Access Hollywood’ tape led her to speak out

NEW YORK | Nielsen says 36.1 million people watched midterm returns

NEW YORK — There was a good election turnout on television, too. The Nielsen company said Wednesday that 36.1 million people watched midterm election results on TV, a whopping 59 percent increase over the last midterms in 2014. For the last midterm election during Barack Obama’s presidency, an estimated 22.7 million people watched the counting. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Nielsen says 36.1 million people watched midterm returns

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Obama was harsh against leakers

WASHINGTON  — Barack Obama‘s recent denunciation of President Donald Trump’s treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public when he was president. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican “sabotage” has cost 3 million people their health insurance. With his return to the political … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Obama was harsh against leakers

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: White House’s selective reading on economy

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pitched a wildly off-base claim about economic growth Monday as the White House used selective statistics to build a case that the economy is doing much better than when Barack Obama was in office. The attention on Obama comes as the ex-president steps back into the political arena on behalf … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: White House’s selective reading on economy

ANAHEIM, Calif | Obama in campaign mode, back to promoting hope over fear

ANAHEIM, Calif  — Former President Barack Obama said Saturday that November midterm elections would give Americans “a chance to restore some sanity in our politics,” taking another swipe at his successor as he raises his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats to regain control of the House. Obama didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name during … Continue reading ANAHEIM, Calif | Obama in campaign mode, back to promoting hope over fear

ANAHEIM, Calif | The Latest: Obama rallies Democrats, Pence disappointed

ANAHEIM, Calif — The Latest on former President Barack Obama (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says it’s disappointing that former President Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail criticizing President Donald Trump. Says Pence: “The truth is, the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama … Continue reading ANAHEIM, Calif | The Latest: Obama rallies Democrats, Pence disappointed

ANAHEIM, Calif | Obama to campaign for congressional candidates in California

ANAHEIM, Calif  — Barack Obama is jumping back into campaign-mode with a visit to a once-solid Republican stronghold in California, promoting Democratic congressional candidates and reminding voters of the stakes in the November elections. His appearance Saturday in Orange County comes on the heels of his strongly worded critique of his successor in the White … Continue reading ANAHEIM, Calif | Obama to campaign for congressional candidates in California

WASHINGTON | McCain funeral speakers expected to include Bush and Obama

WASHINGTON  — Presidents past and present joined members of Congress from both parties and world leaders in mourning Sen. John McCain and praising him for a lifetime of service and accomplishments. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who blocked the Arizona Republican’s own White House ambitions, are among those expected to speak at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | McCain funeral speakers expected to include Bush and Obama

WASHINGTON | The Latest: McCain praised for helping Vietnam relations

WASHINGTON— The Latest on the death of Sen. John McCain (all times local): 2 a.m. A former Vietnamese ambassador to Washington, Nguyen Quoc Cuong, says Sen. John McCain played an important role in normalizing relations between the U.S. and the communist country, where he was held prisoner of war for more than five years. Coung … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: McCain praised for helping Vietnam relations

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pence says he and wife are praying for McCain

WASHINGTON— The Latest on Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (all times local): 8 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says he and his wife are praying for Sen. John McCain and his family. The Arizona Republican is suffering from brain cancer and has discontinued medical treatment. In a tweet Saturday night, Pence writes, “Karen and I are … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pence says he and wife are praying for McCain

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. “The earth lost a lot of music when she … Continue reading Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy