JOSH LEDERMAN

Obama visits far-flung Midway Atoll

HONOLULU - Halfway between East and West, President Barack Obama traveled Thursday to one of the most remote corners of the ocean - Midway Atoll - to amplify his call for global action on environmental protection. Read more

Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains

BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains... Read more

After Brussels, leaders tackling threat of nuclear terrorism

WASHINGTON (AP) - Still reeling from attacks in Brussels and Paris, world leaders are wrestling this week with the chilling prospect of the Islamic State group or other extremists unleashing a nuclear attack on a major Western city. Read more

Who Obama might nominate to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Republicans are near-unanimous in demanding that President Barack Obama leave it to his successor to nominate a candidate to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Read more

High hopes, wide gulf as Obama, GOP look for common ground

WASHINGTON - Can President Barack Obama and Republicans put aside years of ill will to secure a few big breakthroughs in Obama's final year? Don't get your hopes up. Read more

Obama moves to require background checks for more gun sales

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama moved Monday to expand background checks to cover more firearms sold at gun shows, online and anywhere else, aiming to curb a scourge of gun violence despite unyielding opposition to new laws in Congress. Read more

In climate deal, Obama sees legacy he hopes won't be undone

WASHINGTON - For President Barack Obama, many of his victories have been tempered by a harsh reality: what he's built up, the next president or a future Congress could one day tear down. Read more

Obama vetoes $612 billion defense bill in rebuke to GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill Thursday in a rebuke to congressional Republicans, and insisted they send him a better version that doesn't tie his hands on some of his top priorities. Read more

Courting unions, Obama pushes paid sick leave

BOSTON - Courting unions on Labor Day, President Barack Obama denounced Republicans for a "constant attack on working Americans" and said he was using his executive power to force federal contractors to give paid sick leave to their employees. Read more

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