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Obama Orders Airstrikes In Syria, Saying U.S. Will 'Take Out' Islamic State

Sep 10, 2014
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President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

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The ripples of tension that began in Ferguson, Missouri 12 days ago are being felt in North Texas.

There have been town hall meetings, heated exchanges and several protests.

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President Barack Obama says there is no excuse for the use of excessive force by police in the tense aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., and no excuse for violence against the police.

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President Barack Obama is announcing new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy, in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels.

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President Obama addressed the nation about the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine. Catch up with NPR's coverage of the story. And here's the video stream from PBS NewsHour:

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At the White House, President Obama spoke this afternon about sanctions the U.S. will impose on Russia and a number of companies based there. Here's NPR's news story.

And here's the PBS NewsHour feed of the president's speech.

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The fist bump heard around the Twittersphere has quite the story and something of a legacy behind it.

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President Obama and Gov. Rick Perry put aside partisan differences, at least briefly, this week to share a helicopter across Dallas and discuss securing the border. The president and the governor then sat down with a group of local officials and religious leaders who are preparing to shelter 2,000 immigrant children who've been housed in cramped detention facilities. 

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President Barack Obama has arrived in Dallas, where he's meeting with local and religious leaders about the immigration crisis on the southern border. 

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Gov. Rick Perry has accepted President Barack Obama's offer to discuss the immigration crisis with faith leaders and local officials in Dallas.

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President Barack Obama says the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military actions in Iraq if they would help fight a growing threat from extremist militants. He also says the U.S. is ready to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq.

Obama Nominates San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro For HUD Secretary

May 23, 2014
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Before a packed crowd in the White House’s state dining room, President Obama on Friday nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to become the newest — and youngest — member of his cabinet, as the secretary of housing and urban development.

In Letter, Perry Faults Obama's Energy Policies

May 19, 2014
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Gov. Rick Perry has reminded President Obama – again – that he is no fan of his energy policies.

In a letter sent to the president Friday, Perry accused Obama of “waging a war on coal; kicking the can down the road on the Keystone XL pipeline and creating obstacles to onshore and offshore oil and gas production.”

Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, wants copies of any photos taken when his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, met Thursday with President Barack Obama. 

To get them, Abbott has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the White House.

Davis’ campaign says she had a private meeting with the president at the LBJ Library in Austin, where he helped commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which Johnson signed into law, Obama lauded his Democratic predecessor's ability to grasp like few others the power of government to bring about change and swing open the doors of opportunity for millions of Americans.

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President Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night. We carried live coverage on KERA-13, KERA 90.1 FM and here at keranews.org. If you missed the speech, or want to watch it again, scroll down. We've also posted the Republican response.

NPR has a list of five things to expect from the president in his fifth State of the Union speech.

With the country slowly digging itself out of recession, some of his legislative priorities buried under Washington's partisanship and his approval ratings at some of their lowest levels, President Obama called for "a year of action" during his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Viewership is declining. Washington seems increasingly dysfunctional and irrelevant to the daily lives of Americans. The presidency isn't the bully pulpit it used to be.

In an age of social media and divided audiences, the annual, constitutionally mandated State of the Union speech is beginning to look like a stuffy relic from a bygone era.

It's an institution in need of a makeover, which is precisely what the White House intends to do Tuesday night.

President Barack Obama suggests he may be ready to rein in some of the bulk collection of Americans' phone records to allay the public's privacy concerns.

Update at 10:02 a.m. ET. News Conference Set For 2 P.M. ET:

The White House just announced that the president will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. ET.

So, we've changed our original headline from "If Obama Takes Questions ..." to "When."

Note: The president's sessions with reporters often get started a little late.

Our original post picks up the story:

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Honoring the legacy of John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the assassinated president's gravesite as a nation remembers that terrible day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday.

Obama also recognized a group of distinguished Americans - including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey - with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award created by Kennedy.

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Less than 3,000 Texans managed to enroll for health insurance last month on the problem-plagued federal online exchange that's a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that 2,991 people in Texas had selected a plan from the insurance marketplace.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Cowboys legend has a brain disease, a group with Arlington ties gets a YouTube award, a recap of the president's visit to Dallas and more.

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President Obama arrived in Dallas shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday and left around 9 p.m. KERA provided updates on 90.1 FM, as well as this blog.

Update, 9:03 p.m.: Air Force One has left Dallas Love Field. President Obama spent four hours in Dallas, making a speech at Temple Emanu-El to talk with volunteers who are helping people sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act. He expressed frustration that Healthcare.gov has experienced technical issues, but says the website is improving. Later, Obama appeared at two private fundraisers. KERA's Lauren Silverman covered the president's Dallas visit and has more details.

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President Obama will visit Dallas on Wednesday.

Obamacare has been facing lots of criticism in recent weeks, so the president hopes to focus on success stories this week in Texas.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: An update on former President George W. Bush, President Obama to visit Dallas this week, exploring what the JFK assassination meant to Dallas, and more:

President Obama spoke with NPR in the Oval Office on Monday, as a visiting group of young people in suits got a tour of the Rose Garden outside the windows. The most striking part of our encounter in this moment of crisis was how familiar the atmosphere seemed.

Reaction from lawmakers – from Texas and elsewhere -- continues to pour in following last night’s presidential address to the nation about Syria.

Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said that a U.S. attack that allows Syrian President Bashar Assad to remain in power wouldn’t promote U.S. national security interests. Cornyn calls a strike "reckless" and "ill-advised."

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UPDATE at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday: President Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night to discuss the Syrian crisis. The address comes as Syrian President Bashar Assad says he might be willing to give up his chemical weapons. PBS and NPR provided live coverage of the president's address. NPR developed this viewer's guide to the president's speech.  Obama sat down with PBS on Monday to discuss the situation. Assad spoke with PBS' Charlie Rose over the weekend. In case you missed the speech, scroll below for the video of the president's remarks. NPR published a live blog during Obama's address -- here's a recap.

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis has sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration to reconsider opposition to the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. 

Davis, a Democrat, represents parts of Fort Worth which is where American Airlines resides.

Davis tells the president thousands of jobs will be lost in Texas and around the country if the merger does not succeed.  She says she disagrees with U.S. Justice Department claims that a merger between the two airlines will reduce competition and raise consumer prices 

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