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Angela Greiling Keane

Obama Brushes Off Philippine President’s Attack

U.S. President Barack Obama brushed off an expletive-laden attack by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, saying he didn’t take it personally and it seemed to be consistent with how the Southeast Asian leader talked generally.

Obama Cancels Meeting With Philippines President After Outburst

U.S. President Barack Obama scrapped a meeting with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, in Laos after Duterte unleashed an expletive-laden warning against the U.S. interfering in a war on drugs that’s led to the deaths of thousands of suspects.

Obama Reassures Asia of U.S. Commitment Despite Trade Woes

President Barack Obama looked to reassure Asian nations that the U.S. commitment to the region would endure as concerns grow over China’s increasingly visible presence and the ability of Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Obama Says Kaepernick Exercising Constitutional Right on Anthem

President Barack Obama said San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the U.S. national anthem before games is both his constitutional right to exercise as well as a stinging symbol to military members and veterans.

Duterte Outburst Raises Doubts Over Planned Obama Talks in Laos

U.S. President Barack Obama declined to say if he would proceed with a meeting with Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte this week in Laos after Duterte unleashed an expletive-laden spray, warning America against interfering in a war on drugs that’s led to the deaths of thousands of suspects.

Erdogan Says Turkish Officials to Deliver Coup Evidence to U.S.

President Barack Obama told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the U.S. would continue its investigation into July’s attempted coup, as Ankara vowed to provide evidence to support a claim the violence was planned by Fethullah Gulen, a 75-year-old preacher living in exile in Pennsylvania.

Apple, GM Join White House Initiative to Address Gender Pay Gap

Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and General Motors Co., the first U.S. automaker to have a female chief executive officer, are among more than two dozen companies that added their names to a White House pledge to study gender pay gaps among their employees.

White House Says It’s Getting Updates on U.S. Swimmers in Brazil

“State Consular Affairs is fully engaged with this case. We’re receiving updates via them,” White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price says in e-mail. Statement comes after U.S. Olympic Cmte said two U.S. swimmers, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, were removed from a flight to the U.S. by Brazilian authorities Pair were among group of 4 swimmers who earlier said they were robbed at gunpoint in Brazil Related: U.S. Swimmers Taken Off Plane in Dispute With Brazil Police

Trump, Clinton Get White House Notice on Intelligence Briefings

A day after President Barack Obama called Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “unfit” to hold the nation’s highest office, the White House said it’s notified his campaign as well as that of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that their intelligence briefings can get underway.

Obama Calls Trump Unfit, Urges Republicans to Repudiate Him

President Barack Obama, delivering his strongest condemnation of Donald Trump yet, said the Republican presidential nominee is unprepared and unfit to hold the nation’s highest office and urged Republican leaders to disavow his candidacy.

Trump Isn’t Sarcastic, He Is Ignorant, Kaine Says

“I don’t have a sense of humor about cyber terrorism and I don’t have a sense of humor about what Russia’s up to,” Tim Kaine says on CNN. “I think he wasn’t just being sarcastic. I think he was being ignorant,” Kaine says about Donald Trump calling on Russians to seek Hillary Clinton e-mails “It really was outrageous” Kaine says Clinton’s speech was optimistic, rather than “dark and depressing” Trump appearance in Cleveland Clinton would be “you’re hired” president, rather than Trump’ s “you’re

Obama, Biden Toss Barbs at Trump and Say Clinton Is Only Choice

The nation’s top Democrats began making their most forceful case yet for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Philadelphia on Wednesday, extolling the former Secretary of State’s national security experience while blasting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency.

Obama Expands Refugee Program for Central American Migrants

President Barack Obama announced an expansion of a refugee program for Central Americans fleeing violence in their home countries, the day after the Democratic National Convention featured an undocumented immigrant among its opening-night speakers.

U.S. Can’t Blame Russia as Easily as N. Korea in Latest Hack

When President Barack Obama blamed North Korea in December 2014 for hacking Sony Pictures Entertainment, he had little to lose. The stakes are higher with Russia, as speculation swirls that Vladimir Putin’s government may be meddling in the U.S. election.

Obama Presses Erdogan in Phone Call to Respect Rights

President Barack Obama pledged U.S. support for the democratically elected government of Turkey while urging embattled Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to respect civil liberties as he responds to the coup attempt that almost forced him from power.

Obama Didn’t Watch Last Night’s Convention, Earnest Says

President Obama “obviously is aware of the news coverage” around the Republican Natl Convention, White House spokesman Josh Earnest tells reporters. “There certainly has been a lot of color commentary,” but “I’m going to largely let others weigh in” on speech by Melania Trump Earnest says he doesn’t know if first lady Michelle Obama watched convention coverage “In 2008 when Mrs. Obama spoke at the Democratic convention, she received an enthusiastic reception and strong reviews,” Earnest says She

Obama Vows to ‘Do More’ to Protect Police After Fatal Shootings

President Barack Obama promised to spend the rest of his presidency looking for ways to protect police officers and address tensions between law enforcement and minorities, issues at the top of his agenda after a series of deadly incidents rattled the nation’s sense of security.

Obama Decries Baton Rouge Killings of Police as Unrest Mounts

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke on Sunday to a nation shaken again by violence involving minority communities and law enforcement, warning against “inflammatory rhetoric” after the killing of of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Faster Internet Service Gets Boost From Obama Administration

The Obama administration is planning to spend millions of dollars in seed money to help develop the next generation of internet service that could enable ambulances to communicate with emergency rooms and smarter cars to avoid collisions and ease traffic.

‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters Don’t Oppose Police, Obama Says

President Barack Obama engaged in a verbal tussle with the Texas lieutenant governor, defended Black Lives Matter and held an impromptu meeting with the daughter of a Staten Island man killed by police as he spent another day grappling with racial tension roiling the U.S.

Obama Ready to Sign Food-Label Bill Consumer Groups Dislike

The White House plans to support legislation creating a national labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms even though consumer groups criticize the bill for allowing information to live behind special codes, and for exempting meat and eggs.

Painkiller Abuse Epidemic Awaits a Place on U.S. Party Platforms

Mike Smith’s sister died after an overdose of prescription painkillers, and the drugs derailed his brother’s future. Now he’s trying to thrust the issue of America’s opioid epidemic into a presidential campaign that is already one of the most divisive in U.S. history.

Three Amigos Decry Isolationism Fueling Trump, Brexit

President Barack Obama and his counterparts from Canada and Mexico warned against protectionist and isolationist sentiments that drove the U.K. to withdraw from the European Union and now are coursing through the U.S. presidential campaign.

Three Amigos Unveil Climate and Energy Plan, Nafta Changes

The U.S., Canada and Mexico put climate change at the center of efforts to deepen the North American alliance, pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector, boost the development of clean power and build new cross-border transmission lines.

Obama Expands Role of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan Fighting

U.S. forces will have a broader mission to target groups including the Taliban in Afghanistan, aiding their Afghan counterparts not only in training and advising but also accompanying them on the ground and in the air, an administration official said.

Warren Buffett to Join Oprah at Obama’s Women’s Summit

Billionaire Warren Buffett, a regular at the Forbes Most Powerful Women Summit, will be one of the keynote speakers at the White House’s United States of Women Summit next week. Buffett joins previously announced keynote speaker Oprah Winfrey President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama plan to attend women’s summit in Washington on June 14 Goldman Sachs head of impact investing business Dina Habib Powell, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario and Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson among other speakers

Top Clinton Aide: Sanders Movement Is Crucial to Victory

“What would be wrong to ignore right now is the incredible organization that Senator Sanders and his supporters have built and how important that organization and that movement is to defeating Donald Trump this fall,” Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says on CNN. “It’s really important that our party start to come together": Mook ‘‘I think Sanders has done an incredible job raising important issues’’ like income inequality, health care, and college debt Downplays Associated Press nam

Sanders Backer Merkley Says Party Unity to Begin Today

“We have to be unified to take on Trump. And that unity is going to begin today as soon as the polls close,” Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., says on CNN. “To come together, people have to feel like they’ve been respected and they’ve been heard,” Merkley says “It is absolutely important to be together” NOTE: Merkley supported Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, whose campaign manager said yday will continue bid until July national convention Related: Clinton’s New Task After Clinching De

Obama Calls Manning’s ‘Omaha’ to Honor Broncos Super Bowl Win

When just-retired Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning called out “Omaha,” receivers sprang into action and linemen took their positions. When President Barack Obama made the same call in the Rose Garden, the assembled Denver Broncos laughed genially at him.

Obama Decries Violence Associated With Trump Rallies

President Barack Obama criticized the violence that’s happened inside and outside of rallies for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying “that’s not what our democracy is about.” Obama speaks in Miami at Democratic National Committee fundraiser at home of attorney Robert Rubenstein “That’s not what we do. There’s no room for violence. There’s no place for shouting. There’s no room for politics that fails to at least listen to the other side even if you vehemently disagree. I belie

World Leaders ‘Rattled’ by Trump Presidency Idea, Obama Says

The prospect of Donald Trump being elected as the next U.S. president “rattles” leaders of the world’s largest developed economies, President Barack Obama said as he wrapped up his first day of meetings at the Ise-Shima Group of Seven leaders’ summit in central Japan.

Obama Turns to Human Rights in Vietnam After Lifting Embargo

A day after saying Vietnam had made enough progress on human rights to merit lifting a decades-old U.S. ban on arms sales, President Barack Obama chided his host country over its record on dealing with dissent and said the government had blocked several activists from meeting with him.

Yen Intervention Wouldn’t Spur Growth, Obama Adviser Says

The U.S., heading into a major summit of advanced economies, is warning that currency intervention by countries such as Japan won’t help the cause of boosting global growth, reinforcing Obama administration pressure on the nation to avoid weakening the yen.

Priebus: ‘I Don’t Know If Anyone Cares’ About Trump Tax Returns

“If he doesn’t release his tax returns, I don’t know if anyone cares or if it’s going to have any effect,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says on Fox News. Related: Trump Says Doesn’t Expect to Release Tax Returns by November Bloomberg View: I Saw Trump’s Tax Returns. You Should, Too