President Obama

Politics
1:19 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Obama Nominates Hagel For Defense, Brennan For CIA

President Obama this afternoon nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

In those two, the president said, he has chosen men with experience in the field and who "understand the consequences of decisions we make in this town" on the men and women who serve America around the world,

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World
12:33 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama Urges UN To Confront Roots Of Muslim Rage

President Barack Obama told world leaders Tuesday that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya "were attacks on America," and he called on them to join in confronting the root causes of the rage across the Muslim world.

"I do believe that it is the obligation of all leaders, in all countries, to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism," Obama said in a speech to the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Government
3:34 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Obama Pitches One-Year Extension Of Tax Cuts For 'Middle Class'

Setting the stage for more election-year debate over taxes and economic policy, President Obama has challenged Republicans to support a plan to extend for one year — but only for families earning less than $250,000 annually — the so-called Bush tax cuts.

Republicans want the tax cuts, which expire at the end of 2012, to continue for everyone. Obama says it's time for wealthier taxpayers to pay more because that will help narrow future budget deficits.

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Local
6:50 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Mixed reaction in Illinois to President's immigrant order

President Obama has signed an executive order that will stop the deportation of certain immigrants who moved to the U.S. when they were young. The controversial move is drawing praise and criticism in Illinois.

25-year old Alaa Mukahhal has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. Her family moved to the state from Kuwait when she was a young child. But she’s still not an American citizen, and she’s currently in the midst of deportation proceedings:

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Government
10:25 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Around Illinois -- June 1

  • Ottawa shooting range settles safety case with state
  • Waterman bank agrees to end “unsafe” practices
  • President visits hometown to raise money
  • Cancer center groundbreaking is Monday

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The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

President Obama: Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able To Wed

President Barack Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:19 pm

In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

Here's the money quote from ABC's OTUS blog:

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