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  • Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

    9 hours, 24 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire. Here's what the former justice tells ABC's "This Week"— "I think certainly it's natural ...

  • US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near ...

  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    1 day, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China. Each of the four countries ...

  • Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

    1 day, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal. He ...

  • Time not on side of Russia-Ukraine detente deal

    1 day, 19 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Not until the final minutes of more than seven hours of negotiating was an agreement struck in Geneva this week to calm boiling tensions along the shared border between Russia and Ukraine. But the deal won't be ...

  • Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules

    2 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims. The chief of the asylum division at ...

  • Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

    2 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations but says he's only treating it as guidance. The unusual legislation bars anyone from entering the U.S. as a U.N. representative ...

  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    2 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region. But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the president's ...

  • Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    2 days, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too. But Michelle Obama won't join her husband ...

  • Rice: Obama disgusted by anti-Semitic leaflets

    2 days, 9 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's national security adviser says anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Ukraine were "utterly sickening" and that Obama has bluntly expressed his disgust. Susan Rice is referring to leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with ...

  • 2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

    3 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia (AN'-toh-nihn skuh-LEE'-uh) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect. Scalia thinks the judicial branch is ...

  • Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine

    3 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering. Obama said Thursday that is because what's happening in Eastern Europe is not a situation that ...

  • Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

    3 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration. Cantor said after the two men spoke by phone Wednesday that Obama still hasn't ...

  • Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

    3 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its ...

  • Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

    3 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern. Obama says his hope is that Russia will follow through in the next several ...

  • Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to Ukraine agreement, past practice makes it unlikely

    3 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to Ukraine agreement, past practice makes it unlikely .

  • Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster

    3 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week. Obama said at a White House news conference Thursday ...

  • Obama says 8 million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act

    3 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama says 8 million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act.

  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    4 days, 5 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern ...

  • Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP

    4 days, 5 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration. The Virginia Republican says Obama called him Wednesday to discuss Obama's desire for an ...

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