Latest Barack Obama News

10 years after ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell,’ cadets see progress

Sep. 25, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Kelli Normoyle was nervous as she arrived at the Coast Guard Academy campus in Connecticut in 2008. She had come out as a lesbian to a few friends near the end of high school, but she faced a military environment where “don’t ask, don’t tell” was still the...

Nebraska advances new congressional map that could help GOP

Sep. 24, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced new congressional boundaries Friday that could make it harder for Democratic presidential hopefuls to pick up one of the state's five Electoral College votes, as they've done twice since 2008. Nearly all Republicans in the...

GOP's Ohio legislative maps hit with 2nd lawsuit in 2 days

Sep. 24, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s newly drawn legislative district maps were hit Friday with the second lawsuit in two days that alleges Republican gerrymandering that violated the state constitution. The lawsuit, filed in the Ohio Supreme Court by the National Democratic...

Minister: Iran will return to nuclear talks `very soon'

Sep. 24, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s new foreign minister said Friday the country will return to nuclear negotiations “very soon,” but accused the Biden administration of sending contradictory messages — saying it wants to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal while slapping new sanctions on Tehran...

Groundbreaking for Obama presidential center set for Tuesday

Sep. 24, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's presidential center will move another step closer to its brick-and-mortar future next week when ground is broken after years of reviews, other delays and continued local opposition. Obama and his wife, Michelle, will...

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley seeking reelection for 8th term

Sep. 24, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, said Friday that he will seek an eighth term in 2022, giving the party more confidence in holding the seat as they fight to overtake Democrats' one-vote margin. The senator, who...

Famed cathedral names artist to replace Confederate windows

Sep. 23, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

Washington National Cathedral announced Thursday it has chosen contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall, renowned for his wide-ranging works depicting African American life, to design new stained-glass windows with themes of racial justice that will replace a set with Confederate imagery that...

Taiwan asks to join trade group, says China might interfere

Sep. 23, 2021 04:47 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan announced Thursday it has applied to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group, setting up a potential clash with rival Beijing over the status of the island democracy. The Chinese government, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory, gave...

Today in History

Sep. 23, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2021. There are 99 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 23, 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and...

Judge considers request to block Arizona abortion law

Sep. 22, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer for several Arizona abortion providers urged a federal judge Wednesday to block a new state law that would allow prosecutors to charge doctors who knowingly terminate a pregnancy solely because the fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome. ...