President Barack Obama

Middle East
3:22 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Senator Manchin on ISIL: "Go and Get Them."

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"Our message should be very clear: 'Are you intending to do harm to America or any Americans? Are you planning or training any where in the world to do harm to America or Americans? If you are we have the ability and the right to come and take you out.'  Very simple. That should be very clear with what our mission is. And we shouldn't have to mince words about that.  We know that if someone says you shouldn't go into Syria and that is where ISIL has been training, planning and plotting against America and Americans?  Then go in and get them out." 

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Government
9:08 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

W.Va. Attorney General Sues Obama Over Health Care Law Fixes

Credit Janet Kunicki / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is suing President Barack Obama's administration over allegations of hand-picking which laws to follow.

The Republican's lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

The filing by Solicitor General Elbert Lin targets an Obama administrative fix to let some people temporarily keep unqualified plans under the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
11:04 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Manchin to Obama: Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan

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  U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is opposing President Barack Obama's plan to keep 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

In a letter Monday, the Democratic senator urged the president to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Manchin's letter says the war has consumed 12 years, cost untold billions of dollars, and ended the lives of more than 2,000 Americans.

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Federal Relief
2:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

W.Va. Delegation Asks Obama for Spill Help

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia's congressional delegation is urging President Obama to reconsider the denial of extra federal aid after a January chemical spill.
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Feb. 12 denied Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's request for reimbursement for first responders, nonprofits and public agencies that assisted during the spill. Tomblin appealed the decision on March 11.
 

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Obama Goes Between The Ferns To Talk With Zach Galifianakis

In an interview with comedian Zach Galifianakis on the Web series Between Two Ferns, President Obama pitched health insurance to a younger audience.
Funny or Die

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 8:01 pm

"My mouse pad broke, and I had to get my great-aunt some diabetes shoes."

That's how comedian Zach Galifianakis begins his segment with President Obama in an episode of the online interview show Between Two Ferns that was posted Tuesday. It was an interview unlike any other for a sitting U.S. president, as Galifianakis probed the commander in chief's views with a range of oddball questions.

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Threat
11:07 am
Mon March 10, 2014

W.Va. Inmate Charged with Threatening President

Credit West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority

A West Virginia inmate faces federal charges of threatening President Barack Obama and his family.
 
Robert Dale Tasker is charged in an indictment with three counts of threatening Obama and one count of threatening the president's family. The alleged threats were mailed in December and February.
 

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Politics
10:22 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address As Prepared For Delivery

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 9:10 am

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Jan. 28, 2014:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America's graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.

An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years.

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$1.1 Trillon Budget
5:55 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending Bill

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 5:39 pm

President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill into law Friday afternoon, enacting more than 1,500 pages of legislation that received broad support in the House and Senate earlier this week. The expansive bill ensures the U.S. government won't face a potential shutdown until at least October.

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Two-Way
2:06 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

2015 Health Insurance Deadline To Be Pushed Back One Month

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:56 pm

The Obama administration confirmed early Friday afternoon that starting next year, it plans to push back the start of enrollment for coverage under the new health care law by one month.

NPR's Julie Rovner tells us via Twitter that White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Department of Health and Human Services "has indicated its intent to shift the 2015 marketplace schedule by one month."

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Law & Order
2:46 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Charges dismissed in W.Va. Obama threat case

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A federal judge has dismissed charges against a West Virginia man accused of sending a threatening letter to President Barack Obama.
 
     A U.S. Secret Service forensic handwriting analysis showed that 20-year-old Ryan Kirker of McMechen didn't write the letter.
 
     According to court records, the letter sent to the White House in April was filled with profanity and racial slurs.
 
     A federal grand jury charged Kirker in June with threatening the president.
 

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