Barack Obama

Rebuilding a presidency

Rebuilding a presidency

United States President Barack Obama adopted a tough tone for his State of the Union speech this week as he sought to rebuild his presidency and prepare to leave a lasting legacy.

Pot no more harmful than alcohol: Obama

Pot no more harmful than alcohol: Obama

US President Barack Obama believes smoking marijuana is a "bad habit" but thinks legal penalties now fall disproportionately on minorities and that states legalizing pot should go ahead with their plans.

The US shutdown

The US shutdown

United States President Barack Obama is facing a situation that may yet define his presidency.

Obama urges Congress to reopen government

Obama urges Congress to reopen government

US President Barack Obama, in a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to spotlight the loss of government services because of the shutdown, has urged Congress to reopen government and raise the debt limit immediately.

Obama limits use of US drone strikes

Obama limits use of US drone strikes

President Barack Obama has outlined plans to limit the use of US drone strikes against extremists abroad and has taken steps aimed at breaking a deadlock on closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

Man arrested over US ricin letters

Man arrested over US ricin letters

The FBI have arrested a Mississippi man in connection with letters sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials that are believed to have contained the deadly poison ricin, the US Justice Department says.

Obama wants no crisis with Moscow: lawmaker

Obama wants no crisis with Moscow: lawmaker

A senior pro-Kremlin Russian lawmaker says Washington's publication of a "minimal" list of 18 alleged Russian human rights abusers shows US President Barack Obama does not want to aggravate tensions with Moscow.

Obama makes 'last-ditch' push on gun control

Obama makes 'last-ditch' push on gun control

President Barack Obama has urged Americans to pressure a reluctant Congress to pass new gun control legislation - one of his top domestic policy priorities - as he traveled to Connecticut, where December's school massacre took place.

Obama's final four years

Without the pressure of facing re-election in four years, United States President Barack Obama can afford to be more deliberate and aggressive in his last term as he seeks to step over Republican opposition.

Emboldened Obama launches second term

Emboldened Obama launches second term

US President Barack Obama has urged Americans to reject political "absolutism" and partisan rancour, as he kicked off his second term with an impassioned call for collective action and established a more assertive tone for the challenges he faces over the next four years.

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