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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...

Published: 04/27/11

Obama Reportedly to Make Major National Security Leadership Changes

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Obama Reportedly to Make Major National Security Leadership Changes

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans this week to name CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan, would take the CIA chief's job in a major shuffle of the nation's top national security leadership, administration and other sources said Wednesday. All sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the changes are not final. Getty Images Leon Panetta, left, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and comma...

Published: 04/25/11

White House Considering Targeted Sanctions Against Syria

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White House Considering Targeted Sanctions Against Syria

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has begun drawing up targeted sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his inner circle, officials said Monday, as the White House escalated U.S. condemnation of the increasingly violent crackdown against anti-government protesters in which more than 300 people have been killed. An official familiar with the process said inter-agency discussions about the severity and scope of possible sanctions are under way but that they would likely involve asset freezes and travel bans on Assad, members of his family and senior regime officials. Syria alre...

Published: 04/20/11

White House: First Family to Attend Shuttle Launch

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White House: First Family to Attend Shuttle Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- President Barack Obama and his family will attend next week's launch of Endeavour, NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight commanded by the husband of critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A White House official said Wednesday that the president would be at the April 29 liftoff, along with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha. Commander Mark Kelly will lead the six-man shuttle crew to the International Space Station. He has said he hopes his wife will be there when he blasts off, and is awaiting her doctors' final approval. Giffords, a Democrat from Ari...

Published: 04/20/11

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Unlikely to Pass GOP

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Unlikely to Pass GOP

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama revisited a key campaign promise when he hosted a White House meeting of elected officials and experts on immigration. But if a major overhaul of the nation's immigration policy is his goal, Republicans in Congress say he shouldn't hold his breath. They say any bill that even hints at amnesty or legalization for millions of illegal immigrants already living and working in the United States is dead before it ever makes an appearance in a congressional committee. A path to citizenship is "what has doomed all immigration legislation in the last two administr...

Published: 04/17/11

Geithner Confident Congress Will Raise Debt Limit

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Geithner Confident Congress Will Raise Debt Limit

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says Republican leaders have privately assured the Obama administration that Congress will raise the government's borrowing limit in time to prevent an unprecedented default on the nation's debt. But a top Republican quickly pushed back Sunday and said there was no guarantee the GOP would agree to increase the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling without further controls on federal spending. William B. Plowman, NBC NewsWire / Getty Images Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, left, told "Meet the Press" host David Gregory during an interview ...

Published: 04/14/11

Congress Measure Against Wolves Seen as Precedent

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Congress Measure Against Wolves Seen as Precedent

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The White House is poised to accept a budget bill that includes an unprecedented end-run around Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in five Western states - the first time Congress has targeted a species protected under the 37-year-old law. Lawmakers describe the provision in the spending bill as a necessary intervention in a wildlife dilemma that some say has spun out of control. Sixty-six wolves were reintroduced to the Northern Rockies from Canada in the mid-1990s; there are now at least 1,650. AFP / Getty Images The White House is expected to a...

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