President Barack Obama

11:05am

Fri December 20, 2013
Politics

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: Obama's 2013 Year End News Conference

Screencap of President Obama as he holds his end of year news conference, Dec. 20, 2013
White House YouTube.com

President Obama held a news conference Friday from the White House before departing Washington for the holidays. The President addressed the economy, health care and the NSA among other topics.

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3:45pm

Thu December 5, 2013
World

World Reflects On The Life Of Nelson Mandela

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 6:18 am

Nelson Mandela with South African President F.W. de Klerk in May 1990. Mandela died Thursday at 95.
Denis Farrell AP

Nelson Mandela, who became an icon of the struggle for racial equality during a decades-long struggle against South Africa's apartheid system, is being remembered across the globe on Thursday following his death at age 95.

Mandela died after a prolonged lung infection, which had been a recurring problem for him since his days as a prisoner of conscience on South Africa's Robben Island. He served 27 years at the notorious jail.

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," South African President Jacob Zuma said in an address to the nation.

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8:45am

Thu November 14, 2013
Politics

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: Obama's Statement On The Affordable Care Act

Screencap of President Obama speaking from the White House Press Breifing room as he makes his statement on the current state of the Affordable Care Act and HealthCare.gov rollout, Nov. 14, 2013.
White House YouTube.com

President Obama spoke from the White House press room Thursday. The president first addressed the situation in the Philippines before making a statement on the state of the Affordable Care Act and the rollout of HealthCare.gov.

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3:15am

Fri October 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Shutdown Showdown: Assessing Obama's Negotiating Tactics

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:14 am

President Obama speaks about the government shutdown, the budget and the debt ceiling debate during a visit to M. Luis Construction in Rockville, Md., on Thursday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The government shutdown grinds on with no immediate relief in sight.

President Obama says he's willing to talk with Republican lawmakers about adjustments to the health care law and other issues, but only after they re-open the government and lift the threat of a federal default.

"I'm happy to negotiate with you on anything. I don't think any one party has a monopoly on wisdom. But you don't negotiate by putting a gun to the other person's head," Obama says.

Experts in negotiation say the president's stance may be justified, but it's also risky.

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3:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
The Government Shutdown

For Obama And Boehner, No Sign Of Thaw In Frosty Relationship

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:13 am

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner take part in a ceremony to unveil a statue honoring the late civil rights activist Rosa Parks in the Capitol in February.
Win McNamee Getty Images

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have had five years of fights and negotiations to learn how to work together.

The relationship has had ups and downs. Today it's as sour as it's ever been.

Even if they had a warm friendship, it might not be enough to solve the government shutdown. But the chilliness doesn't help.

'We Get Along Fine'

Their relationship has been a constant source of fascination in Washington. Interviewers ask the two men about it all the time. And they give pretty much the same response, year after year:

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