Latest Barack Obama News

Biden picks Zients as his next White House chief of staff

Jan. 27, 2023 10:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Jeff Zients as his next White House chief of staff on Friday, tapping an experienced technocrat who headed his administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as Biden prepares for a reelection bid while facing an onslaught of investigations from...

Past US presidents, VPs asked to recheck for classified docs

Jan. 26, 2023 18:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives has asked former U.S. presidents and vice presidents to recheck their personal records for any classified documents following the news that President Joe Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence had such documents in their possession. The...

US moves to protect Minnesota wilderness from planned mine

Jan. 26, 2023 15:55 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Biden administration moved Thursday to protect northeastern Minnesota's pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from future mining, dealing a potentially fatal blow to a copper-nickel project. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed an order closing...

Slotkin preps Senate run after winning tough reelection bid

Jan. 26, 2023 00:08 AM EST

LANSING, Mich.. (AP) — Just three months ago, Rep. Elissa Slotkin was one of the most vulnerable Democrats in Washington, fighting an expensive campaign for reelection in a Michigan district that Republicans were sure they could retake. That was all a distant memory recently as...

Record 16.3 million seek health coverage through 'Obamacare'

Jan. 25, 2023 14:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 16.3 million people sought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, double the number covered when the marketplaces first launched nearly a decade ago, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. More than 3 million new members joined...

Biden meets with Democratic leaders as debt showdown looms

Jan. 24, 2023 19:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hosted the Democratic congressional leaders Tuesday at the White House as they face a new era of divided government in Washington, staring down a debt ceiling crisis and running up against a new House Republican majority eager for confrontation. ...

Classified documents at Pence's home, too, his lawyer says

Jan. 24, 2023 18:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Documents with classified markings were discovered in former Vice President Mike Pence 's Indiana residence last week, his lawyer says, the latest in a string of recoveries of papers meant to be treated with utmost sensitivity from the homes of current and former top U.S....

Texas silent after Guard member shoots migrant on border

Jan. 24, 2023 15:51 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas National Guard member shot and wounded a migrant during a struggle this month on the U.S.-Mexico border as the soldier tried to detain the person, according to records from the state military, which has not publicly disclosed the incident. It’s...

Learning to lie: AI tools adept at creating disinformation

Jan. 24, 2023 10:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Artificial intelligence is writing fiction, making images inspired by Van Gogh and fighting wildfires. Now it's competing in another endeavor once limited to humans — creating propaganda and disinformation. When researchers asked the online AI chatbot ChatGPT to...

Legal, political strategy in letting FBI search Biden's home

Jan. 23, 2023 20:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s decision allowing the FBI to search his home in Delaware last week is laying him open to fresh negative attention and embarrassment following the earlier discoveries of classified documents at that home and a former office. But it’s a legal and...