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  • Obama carries US economic clout with him to summit

    BRISBANE, Australia President Barack Obama carries a big stick with him when he arrives in Australia on Friday to meet with leaders of the world's largest economies the U.S. economy. It might feel tepid at home. But the U.S. economy is growing, the...
  • Despite Obama outreach, Myanmar's transition to democracy remains troubled

    BEIJING Two years ago, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar, hopeful that U.S. assistance to a budding Asian democracy would be one of his signature foreign policy achievements. On Wednesday, Obama will make a return...
  • Obama exercises his powers on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trip

    Obama exercises his powers on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trip
    With the efficacy of his presidency in question, President Obama began a weeklong trip to Asia and Australia seemingly bent on demonstrating the tools still at his disposal. Within hours of landing in China on Monday for an economic summit, Obama took...
  • Buckle up: The 2016 presidential campaign starts now

    NASHUA, N.H. The end of the 2014 midterm elections can mean only one thing: It's time to launch the 2016 presidential race. The contest to the White House kicked off Wednesday, two years before voters will decide who succeeds President Barack Obama....
  • Obama strives to shake off lame-duck label at start of trip to China

    Within hours of landing here on Monday, President Obama took credit for the release of two Americans detained in North Korea, defended his decision to send more military trainers to Iraq, vowed to expand trade with Asia and unilaterally extended the...
  • Program must change with longevity, demographics

    Program must change with longevity, demographics
    Medicare's age of eligibility — 65 years — is outdated. It is not even rooted in the 1960s, when Medicare was created, but in the 1930s, when Social Security was enacted and initially fixed the normal retirement age at 65. That's why a strong...
  • What is Iran hiding? Nuclear secrets.

    International nuclear inspectors reported Friday that Iran still won't answer their questions about its past nuclear weapons research. It won't grant inspectors access to military sites. It won't allow inspectors to interview key nuclear scientists....
  • President Obama is now truly a lame duck

    WASHINGTON Now, President Barack Obama limps into his final two years in office. All second-term presidents lose considerable clout at this mark. But Obama's time as a lame duck comes amid a political climate so fractured that compromise between Congress...
  • FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

    FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes
    U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc , warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases....
  • Israel, Palestine and the almost deal

    Israel, Palestine and the almost deal
    Gaza remains in rubble, and so does the Israel-Palestinian peace process. The latest talks collapsed in April, though it feels longer ago given the summer of violence that came afterward. Of all the world's flash points to consider, why even look at...
  • 'Gloomdogglers' and the midterm blues

    'Gloomdogglers' and the midterm blues
    As President Barack Obama's speechwriters struggle with how, where and what to say as these dismal mid-second term congressional elections come to a close, I know exactly how they must feel. I was there — only it was 56 years ago, and the...