President Obama

"Hidden issue will erupt"
7:32 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Democrats bank on student debt

Huntington, N.Y., Democrat Steve Israel says student loan debt gives his party the advantage in November's elections.
Credit AP/Evan Vucci

At a breakfast meeting in Washington on Tuesday, Congressman Steve Israel was eating eggs and fielding questions from reporters about fundraising statistics and battleground districts.

But halfway into the meeting, he put down his fork and talked about student debt.

"Forgive me for this, but this is what you guys are missing," Israel said, "This issue is so potent it surprised me."

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500 Africans are in the US for Obama's initiative
5:18 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Twenty-five of President Obama's Young African Leaders study at Yale this summer

Some members of President Obama's Young African Leaders at Yale at a block party with local residents at the Stetson Library in New Haven on Wednesday July 9, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

An app that helps doctors keep in touch with patients in Uganda, another that helps teachers keep up with technology in Zambia, and a website that tells the stories of Rwandan genocide survivors. These are just some of the businesses that have been developed by a group of young African entrepreneurs, sought out by President Obama.  The entrepreneurs are part of the president’s Young African Leaders Initiative – in which 500 hundred sub-Saharan Africans between the ages of 25 and 35 have been brought to study at US universities this summer.

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Conn. delegation takes long view on gun control
11:13 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Obama highlights grieving Newtown families in State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen.
Credit AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama once again highlighted the grieving families in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Senator calls for limits on NSA
11:05 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Blumenthal hopeful President Obama will announce changes to NSA

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The president is hosting a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programs.
Credit AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is optimistic President Obama is looking at ways to reign in the National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs. The Connecticut Democrat was one several senators who met with the president at the White House last week.

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Affordable Care Act implementation
9:40 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Conn. insurance commissioner meets with Obama, still undecided about existing policy extension

President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law.
Credit AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi says President Obama is not trying to force state commissioners to follow his suggestion that they allow insurers to extend existing plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Leonardi was one of several state commissioners from around the country who met with the President in the Oval Office on Wednesday. 

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