Obama presses liberal agenda as he starts 2nd term

From gun control to gay rights, President Barack Obama's second-term agenda is shaping up as an unabashedly liberal wish list.

Friday - 01/25/2013, 02:58pm EST

McDonough no stranger to Obama inner circle

In selecting Denis McDonough to be his next and fifth chief of staff, President Barack Obama is tapping a longtime confidant and unflappable ally to be his gatekeeper to the personalities and challenges that will confront him in his second term.

Friday - 01/25/2013, 01:29pm EST

Biographical information for Denis McDonough

NAME _ Denis McDonough.

Friday - 01/25/2013, 01:07pm EST

McGovern's personal items to be sold in S. Dakota

George McGovern once gave his daughter a bookend made out of soapstone in the shape of a bear _ a symbol of the "Terr the bear" nickname the former South Dakota senator often called Teresa, who froze to death 18 years ago in a snow bank near a bar where she'd been drinking.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 05:48pm EST

Dems push assault weapons ban

Congressional Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like those used in the school massacre at Newtown, Conn., even as they acknowledged an uphill battle getting the measures through a divided Congress.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 05:47pm EST

Top white-collar crime prosecutor to lead SEC

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Mary Jo White, a former U.S. attorney who built a reputation prosecuting white-collar criminals, terrorists and mobsters, to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. The agency has a lead role in implementing changes on Wall Street.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 03:30pm EST

US: NKorea nuke test plan 'provocative'

North Korea's plan to conduct a third nuclear test is "needlessly provocative" and will only increase its isolation, the White House said Thursday, as the U.S. expanded its financial sanctions against the north Asian country.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 03:02pm EST

White House says Obama supports women in combat

President Barack Obama says allowing women to serve in combat marks another step toward the country's founding ideals of fairness and equality.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 02:25pm EST

Gay rights groups seek order on employer bias

Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 03:13am EST

Biden to promote gun control in pro-gun Virginia

Vice President Joe Biden is launching a White House campaign of road trips to promote gun control with a visit to Virginia, a state that has experienced its own school shooting tragedy yet maintains an avidly pro-gun tradition.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 06:21pm EST

Biden's recent moves stoking chatter about 2016

Joe Biden is thanking Democratic supporters in the afterglow of President Barack Obama's second inauguration, dropping plenty of hints that he may try to cement Obama's legacy with his own presidential campaign in 2016.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 02:43pm EST

Gay activists laud Obama speech, now want action

President Barack Obama's emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 10:19am EST

NRA criticizes Obama's reference to 'absolutism'

A top National Rifle Association official on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of seeking to redefine the rights of gun owners, telling a hunting and wildlife conservation group that the president's use of the word "absolutism" in his inauguration speech was an attack on law-abiding citizens who own firearms.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 12:23am EST

Obama fetes staffers at final inaugural ball

President Barack Obama is thanking White House aides and his re-election campaign staffers at the final celebration of his inauguration.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 09:34pm EST

Obamas, Bidens attend Cathedral prayer service

President Barack Obama began the first full workday of his second term with a rousing, spiritual appeal for unity and strength from church leaders of different faiths.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 06:05pm EST

White House: Obama wouldn't block GOP debt bill

The Obama administration says it won't oppose a House Republican proposal to increase the nation's $16.4 trillion borrowing authority for only three months, even though President Barack last week decried such short-term measures as harmful to the economy.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 04:44pm EST

Obama climate pledge faces test on oil pipeline

Environmental groups say President Barack Obama's warning about climate change will soon be tested as he decides whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 04:00pm EST

Correction: Obit-Clara Jane Nixon story

In a story Jan. 19 about the death of Clara Jane Dixon, former president Richard Nixon's sister-in-law, The Associated Press reported erroneously her age and day of death, based on information from the Richard Nixon Foundation.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 03:28pm EST

Obamas welcome surprised tourists to White House

President Barack Obama and his wife are personally welcoming surprised tourists to the White House.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 02:32pm EST

Obama stands his ground on fiscal debates

President Barack Obama devoted one word _ "deficit" _ to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 01:09pm EST
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