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Published: 04/29/11

Obama Says Devastation Unlike Any He Has Ever Seen

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Obama Says Devastation Unlike Any He Has Ever Seen

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Expressing amazement at the destruction all around him, President Barack Obama on Friday stepped through the wreckage left by rampaging tornadoes and pledged help to those who survived but lost their homes in a terrifying flash. Said the president: "I've never seen devastation like this." "We're going to make sure you're not forgotten," Obama said as he and first lady Michelle Obama walked the streets of a reeling neighborhood. He said that although nothing could be done for the many who were killed - "they're alongside God at this point" - Obama assured support for resili...

Published: 04/28/11

Deadliest Tornado Outbreak in Decades Kills Nearly 300

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Deadliest Tornado Outbreak in Decades Kills Nearly 300

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. -- Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation's deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 297 people were killed across six states - more than two-thirds of them in Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters left behind. The death toll from Wednesday's storms seems out of a bygone era, before Doppler radar and pinpoint satellite forecasts were around to warn communities of severe weather. Residents were told the tornad...

Published: 04/28/11

Obama Assembles All-Star Cast to Talk Immigration

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Obama Assembles All-Star Cast to Talk Immigration

WASHINGTON -- His immigration overhaul stalled, President Barack Obama is enlisting an array of voices, including Latino entertainment and media stars, to help jump-start legislation and reassure crucial but restless Hispanic voters that he has not abandoned his campaign pledge to change the law. Obama's political advisers see tremendous potential in a growing Latino electorate. But Obama, who won 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008, faces a disenchanted Latino community, angry over a record number of deportations and an impasse on revamping immigration laws, and fearful of tough state immi...

Published: 04/28/11

Obama: Storm Damage in Southeast 'Catastrophic'

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Obama: Storm Damage in Southeast 'Catastrophic'

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the damage in tornado-stricken states in the Southeast is "nothing short of catastrophic." Speaking at the White House, Obama says the loss of life has been heartbreaking, especially in Alabama, the state hit hardest. At least 250 people have been killed in six states in the deadliest tornado outbreak in 40 years. Obama says the federal government will do everything it can to help the states recover and rebuild. He said the first responders who have been helping those in the region are heroes. Obama will travel to Alabama Friday to view the ...

Published: 04/28/11

Some Blacks See Racism in 'Birther' Questions

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Some Blacks See Racism in 'Birther' Questions

WASHINGTON -- Shortly after President Barack Obama declared himself an American-born citizen with papers to prove it, Baratunde Thurston declared himself a disgusted black man. "I find it hard to summarize in mere words the amount of pain and rage this incident has caused," Thurston said. "This" would be the nation's first black president standing in the White House, blue power suit and all, going on TV to debunk, in more detail than before, the persistent, he-ain't-really-an-American rumors fanned anew by Donald Trump, the developer and might-be presidential candidate. Many African-America...

Published: 04/28/11

Family of Doctor Who Delivered Obama 'Blown Away'

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Family of Doctor Who Delivered Obama 'Blown Away'

HONOLULU - The family of a Honolulu doctor whose signature appears on President Barack Obama's birth certificate woke up to the news Wednesday that the late obstetrician had delivered Obama. Relatives of Dr. David Sinclair told The Associated Press that they were "blown away" and "honored." So-called "birthers" have questioned Obama's birthplace, espousing theories that he was not born in the U.S., possibly his father's native Kenya, and therefore ineligible to be president. Obama released a short form copy of his birth certificate in 2008. Recently, potential Republican presidential candid...

Published: 04/27/11

Obama Sending Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA

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Obama Sending Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA

WASHINGTON -- In a major national security reshuffle, President Barack Obama is sending CIA Director Leon Panetta to the Pentagon to replace Robert Gates, a widely praised Bush holdover, and replacing Panetta at the spy agency with Gen. David Petraeus, the high-profile commander of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Obama's changes, expected to be announced at the White House on Thursday, also will include a new ambassador and war commander in Afghanistan. However, they don't signal any major adjustment in the president's Afghan strategy or the fight against violent extremism. The moves ...

Published: 04/27/11

Obama Heads to Chicago for Oprah, NYC for Money

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Obama Heads to Chicago for Oprah, NYC for Money

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama plunged into donor-rich New York on Wednesday, his first fundraising sweep of the city since announcing his re-election bid this month, with a lament that he has not seen his wish for less-polarizing politics realized. "The hope that I had that we'd start coming together in a serious way ... has been resisted," Obama told contributors gathered at the home of financier and former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. His intention, Obama said, is to make the 2012 campaign an "election in which we're not just talking slogans ... but we are looking soberly at the choic...

Published: 04/27/11

Obama Releases Birth Form, Decries 'Silliness'

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Obama Releases Birth Form, Decries 'Silliness'

WASHINGTON -- Responding to critics' relentless claims, President Barack Obama on Wednesday produced a detailed Hawaii birth certificate in an extraordinary attempt to bury the issue of where he was born and confirm his legitimacy to hold office. He declared, "We do not have time for this kind of silliness." By going on national TV from the White House, Obama portrayed himself as a voice of reason amid a loud, lingering debate on his birth status. Though his personal attention to the issue elevated it as never before, Obama said to Republican detractors and the media, it is time to move on to...

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