Barack Obama

Gun reforms long overdue

A determined United States President Barack Obama last week showed he intends to go over the heads of lawmakers in Congress to push for his package of gun control measures to be adopted.

Obama sworn in for second term

Obama sworn in for second term

President Barack Obama has taken the official oath for his second term at the White House in a small, private ceremony that set a more subdued tone compared to the historic start of his presidency four years ago.

Obama refuses to negotiate debt ceiling raise

Obama refuses to negotiate debt ceiling raise

President Barack Obama has rejected any negotiation with Republicans over the most pressing US fiscal issue, refusing to trade cuts in government spending in exchange for raising the borrowing limit.

Obama picks Vietnam vet for defence

Obama picks Vietnam vet for defence

US President Barack Obama has nominated former Republican senator Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, potentially setting up a Senate confirmation battle on two fronts and establishing a tough tone to start his second term.

Obama Time's 'person of the year'

Obama Time's 'person of the year'

Time has tapped US President Barack Obama for its Person of the Year for the second time, citing his historic re-election last month as symbolic of the nation's shifting demographics and the rise of younger, more diverse Americans.

Unexpected, promising conjunction of events

Unexpected, promising conjunction of events

It's hard to know how much impact New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's comments about climate change after superstorm Sandy had on the US election.

Praise from rival as Obama surveys Sandy damage

Praise from rival as Obama surveys Sandy damage

Putting aside partisan differences, President Barack Obama and Republican Governor Chris Christie have toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey together, taking in scenes of flooded roads and burning homes in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

Obama, Romney tied in presidential race: poll

Obama, Romney tied in presidential race: poll

US Republican Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Barack Obama and the two candidates are now tied in the November 6 presidential race, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll.

Obama bounces back after debate

Obama bounces back after debate

US President Barack Obama bounced off a strong debate performance to target women voters with a dig at Republican Mitt Romney's comment that he received "binders full of women" for cabinet jobs when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Obama, Romney tied in presidential race

Obama, Romney tied in presidential race

Republican Mitt Romney has erased US President Barack Obama's advantage in the race for the White House and the two candidates are now tied among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll.

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