Latest Barack Obama News

Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh making longshot GOP challenge to Trump

Aug. 25, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman and tea party favorite turned radio talk show host, announced a challenge Sunday to President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020, saying the incumbent is unfit for office and must be denied a second term. "He's nuts. He's erratic. He's cruel. He stokes...

Elizabeth Warren's rise started by looking at the bottom

Aug. 25, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As a young scholar, Elizabeth Warren traveled to federal courthouses, studying families overwhelmed by debt. She brought along a photocopier, gathering reams of statistics as she tried to answer one question: Why were these folks going bankrupt? Warren, then a law professor, wasn't satisfied...

Today in History

Aug. 25, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2019. There are 128 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 25, 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans. On this date: In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act...

Beyonce, Sinatra among those on Obama summer song playlist

Aug. 24, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama summer playlist has everyone from Drake and Beyonce to Steely Dan and Frank Sinatra. The former president calls it "some new, some old, some fast, some slow." Barack Obama tweeted 44 songs Saturday that he and his wife, Michelle, have been listening to. They include Drake's "Too...

Group touts progress in 3 years since monument's creation

Aug. 24, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters group says it's pleased with progress in the three years since the national monument was created by President Barack Obama. Recent improvements include a new bridge over Katahdin Brook, improved trails along the Loop Road at Deasey Pond and...

Buttigieg making faith-based appeal to voters in 2020 bid

Aug. 24, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The question was about climate change. The answer soon turned to the Bible. And Pete Buttigieg knew the verses. "There's a lot about the stewardship of creation that is in Scripture that I don't see being honored by the administration right now, not to mention the stuff about loving...

Is Trump's economic team up for a trade war?

Aug. 24, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office. The assembled brain trust for Friday's urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV...

Biden evokes '68, asks: What if Obama had been assassinated?

Aug. 23, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

CROYDON, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden pondered a most serious, and awkward, question at a campaign stop Friday: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated during his presidential campaign in 2008? Toward the end of an event in Hanover, Biden evoked two of his political heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F....

2020 Democratic field: Narrowing but unwieldy, unpredictable

Aug. 23, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Democratic presidential field is shrinking but not quickly enough to ward off the prospect of a long, bruising fight for the nomination. Three candidates dropped out of the race over the last two weeks, and several others could soon follow. What remains will be a historically...

Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah

Aug. 23, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of a sprawling national monument in Utah before President Donald Trump downsized the protected area two years ago. The plan released...