JOSH LEDERMAN

After upset Iraqi vote, US prepares to embrace a former foe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen years after Muqtada al-Sadr's militias fought American troops, the United States is preparing to work hand in hand with the charismatic Shiite cleric and his movement, hoping to find common cause in curtailing Iran's influence in the wake of an upset Iraqi election.

May. 17, 2018 5:21 PM EDT
US gets tougher on Russia; new sanctions, accusations

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its toughest challenge to Russia to date, the Trump administration accused Moscow on Thursday of an elaborate plot to penetrate America's electric grid, factories, water supply and even air travel through cyber hacking.

Mar. 15, 2018 6:17 PM EDT
Putin: Russia will 'never' extradite citizens accused by US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia will "never" extradite any of the 13 Russians indicted by the United States for election-meddling, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, even as he insisted they didn't act on behalf of his government.

Mar. 4, 2018 11:54 AM EST
Obama retaliates against Russia for election hacking

HONOLULU (AP) — In a sweeping response to election hacking and other meddlesome behavior, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and closed down two Russian-owned compounds in the U.

Dec. 29, 2016 3:45 PM EST
Obama vs Trump: Dispute erupts over who would have won

HONOLULU (AP) — In an alternate universe in which President Barack Obama ran for a third term against Donald Trump, who would have won?No surprise: The president and the president-elect disagree.

Dec. 26, 2016 5:48 PM EST
Obama hits 1,000 mark for commutations granted

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama surpassed the 1,000 mark for commutations granted during his presidency on Tuesday after shortening sentences for 79 people.

Nov. 22, 2016 3:21 PM EST
Obama: I'll push back on Trump if needed to defend US ideals

LIMA, Peru (AP) — President Barack Obama said Sunday he doesn't intend to become his successor's constant critic — but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies breach certain "values or ideals.

Nov. 20, 2016 8:00 PM EST
Obama, nudging Trump, says he must 'stand up' to Russia

BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama prodded Donald Trump on Thursday to take a tougher approach toward Russia, urging the president-elect to "stand up" to Moscow when it violates global norms.

Nov. 17, 2016 4:35 PM EST
Obama's alumni-to-be contemplate life after the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their BlackBerrys are still buzzing, day and night. For the moment, aides to President Barack Obama still have world leaders to worry about, distant wars to help manage and decisions to make that affect the nation.

Nov. 16, 2016 3:50 AM EST
Obama: World leaders must heed people's economic fears

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Drawing a broad lesson from the election of Donald Trump, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that world leaders need to pay attention to people's very real fears of economic dislocation and inequality in the midst of globalization.

Nov. 15, 2016 1:59 PM EST
In complete reversal, Obama refuses to criticize Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday abandoned his dire warnings and dark predictions about his newly elected successor and urged Americans to give President-elect Donald Trump time to rise to the daunting responsibilities of the office, breaking sharply from his Democratic allies who have quickly condemned Trump's first major decisions.

Nov. 14, 2016 6:36 PM EST
Obama, urging unity, says he's rooting for Trump's success

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an awkward political ritual, President Barack Obama urged the nation Wednesday to join him in rooting for President-elect Donald Trump's success, even as he and his shell-shocked aides prepared to watch a successor undo much of their work.

Nov. 9, 2016 4:23 PM EST
As campaign closes, the Obamas pass the torch to Clinton

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the place where America's democracy took root, with tens of thousands shivering in the cold, Barack and Michelle Obama passed the torch to Hillary Clinton in an emotional but anxious plea to elect her president.

Nov. 8, 2016 4:42 AM EST
As campaign closes, the Obamas pass the torch to Clinton

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the place where America's democracy took root, with tens of thousands shivering in the cold, Barack and Michelle Obama passed the torch Monday to Hillary Clinton in an emotional but anxious plea to elect her president.

Nov. 7, 2016 11:09 PM EST
Defending Clinton, Obama draws contrast with FBI's Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama staunchly defended Hillary Clinton's use of private email as an "honest mistake," suggesting Wednesday that voters should discount innuendo-filled revelations that the FBI is looking into more emails just ahead of Election Day.

Nov. 2, 2016 2:14 PM EDT
Obama caught in middle of unseemly spat over Clinton emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest clamor over Hillary Clinton's emails has put Barack Obama in a spot where no president wants to be: caught between his attorney general, his FBI director and his preferred White House successor.

Nov. 1, 2016 8:15 AM EDT
Boosting Clinton, Obama aims to build up Democratic Party

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama had a warning Friday for Democrats in battleground Florida who may be slightly too confident that Hillary Clinton will win the election: Even if she does, it's not enough.

Oct. 28, 2016 7:39 PM EDT
Obama increasingly looks to boost down-ballot Democrats

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Entering the last two weeks of the campaign, President Barack Obama is putting more emphasis on helping Democrats in close Senate and House races with a strategy that ties their Republican opponents to Donald Trump — regardless of whether they support the GOP nominee.

Oct. 24, 2016 9:28 PM EDT
Looking past Trump, Clinton aims to help other Democrats

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Newly confident and buoyant in the polls, Hillary Clinton is looking past Donald Trump while widening her mission to include helping Democrats seize the Senate and chip away at the Republican-controlled House.

Oct. 23, 2016 10:55 PM EDT
WHY IT MATTERS: The Role of Government

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: It's the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right?Few think it's just right.

Oct. 22, 2016 3:00 AM EDT
No regrets, Trump vows; Clinton pursues his supporters

CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Clinton ramped up her pressure on Donald Trump in the election's most competitive states Friday with an emotional TV ad targeting his criticism of a Muslim-American family.

Oct. 21, 2016 8:59 PM EDT
Emails show Clinton's response to LGBT backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hacked emails released in daily dispatches over the weekend by the WikiLeaks group showed Hillary Clinton's campaign staff worried about a response to the gay community's backlash over a comment concerning former first lady Nancy Reagan and AIDS.

Oct. 17, 2016 6:28 AM EDT
Emails show Clinton treading lightly with Wall Street talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton generally avoided direct criticism of Wall Street as she examined the causes and responses to the financial meltdown during a series of paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, according to transcripts disclosed by WikiLeaks.

Oct. 16, 2016 11:09 AM EDT
Speech transcripts show Clinton avoided blaming Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton generally avoided direct criticism of Wall Street as she examined the causes and responses to the financial meltdown during a series of paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, according to transcripts disclosed Saturday by WikiLeaks.

Oct. 15, 2016 8:46 PM EDT
'Come on, man,' Obama says, rolling his eyes at Trump

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rolling his eyes at the Republican nominee, President Barack Obama mocked Donald Trump's purported business acumen and newfound rage against the "global elite," as he rallied Friday for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Oct. 14, 2016 1:42 PM EDT
Obama: Republicans deserve no credit for disavowing Trump

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama insisted Thursday that Republicans who are disavowing Donald Trump deserve no credit for their sudden change of heart after having "stood by silently" for so long.

Oct. 13, 2016 10:48 PM EDT
After testy VP debate, Trump rebuffs claim he 'loves' Putin

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday on Hillary Clinton's accusation that he's cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin after the charge put Trump's running mate on the defensive during the vice presidential debate.

Oct. 5, 2016 8:22 PM EDT
Unscripted Trump overshadows his own economic message

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump questioned Hillary Clinton's loyalty to her husband on Saturday night, adding an explosive personal charge against his Democratic opponent to a turbulent week when he repeatedly veered off script.

Oct. 1, 2016 10:20 PM EDT
Twitter, 'lies' and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Plunging deeper into campaign controversy, Donald Trump publicly shamed a former beauty queen on Friday for her "disgusting" sexual past and then — in one of presidential history's more bizarre moments — encouraged Americans to watch a "sex tape" he said would support his case.

Sep. 30, 2016 8:37 PM EDT
Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton.

Sep. 28, 2016 9:26 PM EDT

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