Barack Obama

President Barack Obama answers questions about the Iran nuclear deal during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

Obama vigorously challenges critics of landmark Iran deal

WASHINGTON — Vigorously challenging his critics, President Barack Obama launched an aggressive…

President Barack Obama answers questions about the Iran nuclear deal during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)
President Barack Obama speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution,  in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

Obama visits prison to call for a fairer justice system

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — President Barack Obama got a first-hand look…

President Barack Obama speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution,  in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)
An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol lowers the Confederate battle flag as it is removed from the Capitol grounds Friday, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse to the cheers of thousands on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

After 54 years, Confederate flag removed from Statehouse

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of…

An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol lowers the Confederate battle flag as it is removed from the Capitol grounds Friday, July 10, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse to the cheers of thousands on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Trees frame Lake Berryessa with California's newest national monument in the background Friday, July 10, 2015, near Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, Calif.  (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)

Obama gives monument status to 100-mile range in California

BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT, Calif. — As a stretch of gold…

Trees frame Lake Berryessa with California's newest national monument in the background Friday, July 10, 2015, near Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, Calif.  (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)
When the CIA killed al-Qaida's second-in-command in Yemen last month, Obama administration officials celebrated. But many experts are questioning whether the demise of another senior extremist make the United States and its allies any safer.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Obama’s counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism

WASHINGTON — At the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for…

When the CIA killed al-Qaida's second-in-command in Yemen last month, Obama administration officials celebrated. But many experts are questioning whether the demise of another senior extremist make the United States and its allies any safer.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
President Barack Obama arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, to speak after the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Contours of Obama’s legacy form with help of unlikely allies

WASHINGTON — Long past the prime of his presidency, Barack Obama is…

President Barack Obama arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, to speak after the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Mourners embrace next to the casket of Sen. Clementa Pinckney before his funeral service, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  (David Goldman/AP Photo)

Obama delivers passionate race lecture at eulogy

CHARLESTON, S.C. — President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America's…

Mourners embrace next to the casket of Sen. Clementa Pinckney before his funeral service, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  (David Goldman/AP Photo)
Folks rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from the balcony of San Francisco's City Hall Friday, June 26, 2015 in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic decision on Obergefell v. Hodges today ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Pride Photo Gallery: Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage legal

Folks rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from…

Folks rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from the balcony of San Francisco's City Hall Friday, June 26, 2015 in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic decision on Obergefell v. Hodges today ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
French President Francois Hollande walks through the lobby of the Elysee Palace after the weekly cabinet, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Anger, no surprise as US newly accused of spying in France

PARIS — Embarrassed by leaked conversations of three successive French presidents and…

French President Francois Hollande walks through the lobby of the Elysee Palace after the weekly cabinet, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, about the completion of the Hostage Policy Review. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: US government has let down hostages’ families

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conceded Wednesday that the U.S. government…

President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, about the completion of the Hostage Policy Review. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
In this June 9, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Republican-led Congress hands Obama major win on trade

WASHINGTON — In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed…

In this June 9, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act hold up signs as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday June 25, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President…

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act hold up signs as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday June 25, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with reporters as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Tx., right, listen, after a policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Senate vote moves Obama’s trade agenda to brink of enactment

President Barack Obama's long-pursued trade agenda took a giant step toward becoming…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with reporters as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Tx., right, listen, after a policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
This undated file image made from a video released by Islamic State militants purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley by the militant group.  (Militant website via AP, File)

US won’t threaten to prosecute hostages’ families for ransom

Softening longstanding policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held…

This undated file image made from a video released by Islamic State militants purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley by the militant group.  (Militant website via AP, File)
The Obama administration on Friday proposed tougher mileage standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, the latest move by President Barack Obama in his second-term drive to reduce pollution blamed for global warming.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EPA proposes tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucks

The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to reduce pollution…

The Obama administration on Friday proposed tougher mileage standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, the latest move by President Barack Obama in his second-term drive to reduce pollution blamed for global warming.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
FILE - In this June 12, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. leave meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the global trade talks. The president will meet with pro-trade Democrats from Senate and House, trying to salvage trade agenda. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama, leading Republicans mounting rescue effort on trade

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces…

FILE - In this June 12, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. leave meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the global trade talks. The president will meet with pro-trade Democrats from Senate and House, trying to salvage trade agenda. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
In this photo taken May 6, 2015, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of new training camps that likely would require a bigger U.S. troop presence, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Dempsey said he has recommended changes to President Barack Obama but he offered no assessment of when decisions would be made. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Administration nearing decision on improving Iraqi training

The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and…

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of new training camps that likely would require a bigger U.S. troop presence, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Dempsey said he has recommended changes to President Barack Obama but he offered no assessment of when decisions would be made. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaIn this photo taken May 6

Administration nearing decision on improving Iraqi training

The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and…

AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaIn this photo taken May 6
Ellen F. O'Connell/Hazelton Standard-Speaker via APTwo-year-old Brady Houseknecht holds American flags as he watches a Memorial Day parade with his mother Kayla Lloyd in West Hazleton

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying…

Ellen F. O'Connell/Hazelton Standard-Speaker via APTwo-year-old Brady Houseknecht holds American flags as he watches a Memorial Day parade with his mother Kayla Lloyd in West Hazleton
AP Photo/Carolyn KasterPresident Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One

Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle

In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the…

AP Photo/Carolyn KasterPresident Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One