Barack Obama

Obama pushes huge jobs plan in response to 'crisis'

Obama pushes huge jobs plan in response to 'crisis'

President Barack Obama says the United States faces a "national crisis" and pressed Congress to urgently pass a jobs package of tax cuts and government spending he is proposing to revive the stalled economy.

Obama, aides discuss security for September 11

US President Barack Obama has met top advisers to ensure all security measures are taken to guard against any al Qaeda plot timed for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the White House says.

Obama to lay out $300b jobs package: report

Obama to lay out $300b jobs package: report

US President Barack Obama, facing waning confidence among Americans in his economic stewardship, plans to lay out a $US300 billion ($NZ363 billion) job-creation package on Thursday, CNN reported, citing Democratic sources.

Obama previews jobs speech, challenges Republicans

Obama previews jobs speech, challenges Republicans

US President Barack Obama has previewed proposals for new infrastructure spending and an extension of payroll tax cuts as part of a major jobs package he will unveil this week, and challenged Republicans to find common ground with him.

Obama vows federal help for Irene victims

Obama vows federal help for Irene victims

US President Barack Obama has urged Republicans not to play politics with federal disaster aid as he toured flood-stricken New Jersey and pledged to do everything possible to help states recover after Hurricane Irene.

Wall Street cash shifts to Romney from Obama

Wall Street cash shifts to Romney from Obama

Wall Street money is heavily favouring Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the race to unseat President Barack Obama, the latest signal of business unease with Obama's tenure and perhaps a bet on his re-election chances.

Debt deal signed but political truce shaky

Debt deal signed but political truce shaky

With scant time to spare, President Barack Obama signed legislation to avoid an unprecedented national default that he said would have devastated the US economy. But the truce with Republicans that defused the crisis seemed to be fading already.

Deal agreed to prevent US default

Deal agreed to prevent US default Politicians have agreed a deal to raise the limit on US borrowing and forestall an unprecedented American debt default.

US 'really close' to debt deal

US 'really close' to debt deal

Racing to avoid a government default, President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders have reached urgently for a compromise to permit vital borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts.

Parliament's call

Parliament's call

It is likely that when Prime Minister John Key met United States President Barack Obama and other high-ranking US officials he was pressed to extend New Zealand's commitment to its mission in Afghanistan.

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