WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says some Republicans have an "ideological fixation" with stopping his health care law and that they have no plan to help millions of uninsured Americans.
At his news conference Friday, Obama defended his recent one-year delay in the law's employer coverage requirement as a "tweak" that will ultimately help implement the legislation with fewer disruptions for businesses.
Obama chastised some Republicans who advocate a government shutdown this fall as a last-ditch effort to block the rollout of coverage for the uninsured. He says that's a "bad idea" that will weaken the economy as a recovery is getting traction.
The president says that health care politics have gotten so overheated that the discussion of "Obamacare" doesn't take place in a normal atmosphere.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the main al-Qaida terrorist group is "on its heels" and "decimated," but its regional groups are powerful enough to attack U.S. interests.
Obama says the core of al-Qaida is less able to carry out a terrorist attack on the scale of 9/11. But he says offshoots like the one in Yemen have the capacity to go after U.S. embassies and businesses around the world.
It was the threat of such an attack that prompted the U.S. government to close 19 diplomatic posts in the Middle East and North Africa last week.
U.S. intelligence officials had intercepted a message between a top al-Qaida official and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack targeting American or other Western sites abroad.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is vowing to bring to justice those responsible for last year's deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
Obama says his administration is intent on capturing those who carried out the attack, noting that it took him longer than 11 months to make good on his promise to find Osama bin Laden.
Obama also says his government has a sealed indictment on some suspected of involvement.
Officials said earlier this week the Justice Department filed the first criminal charges as part of its investigation of the September attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Republicans have criticized the administration's response to the attack and its shifting explanation of what happened.
Obama spoke to reporters at a White House news conference Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he is "absolutely certain" that the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill would pass the House if majority Republicans brought it up for a vote. But Republicans say they'll bring up a series of narrow bills instead.
Speaking Friday at the White House, Obama said he would like to see the House act on the Senate bill in September, as soon as they return from summer recess. He urged the House to put forward a bill that could pass, even if does not match the Senate bill. The versions could be reconciled later. Obama says no bill would solve the nation's immigration problem 100 percent.
The Senate-passed bill would include billions for border security and a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think congressional Republicans will force a government shutdown in this fall's budget fight.
Obama said at a news conference Friday that the public would not understand a budget confrontation that leads to a cutoff of government services that could weaken the economy's recovery. He said he assumes Republicans won't choose that path and that common sense will prevail.
Obama and his Democratic allies favor higher spending for federal agencies next year than Republicans prefer. Many conservatives are also demanding that Congress refuse to finance Obama's health care overhaul law as part of legislation funding the government for next year.
Financing for federal agencies expires Sept. 30. Congress is expected to pass temporary funding legislation to give the two sides time to seek a deal.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says it would be wrong to boycott the Winter Olympics in Sochi despite frustrations with Russia.
At a White House news conference Friday, Obama said that American athletes are training hard and it wouldn't be fair to deny them the chance to compete in the Games next February.
Obama says he has been offended by Russia's new law cracking down on gay rights activism that sports officials have said would be enforced during the Games.
Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has roiled the already uneasy U.S.-Russia relationship.
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