President Obama

Gun Violence Was on Obama’s Mind on Day Two of Hawaii Vacation

KAILUA, Hawaii (ABC News) — President Obama took a pause during day two of his Hawaii vacation to take to Twitter to praise the teen victim of an apparently gang-related, random shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee. “Zaevion Dobson died saving three friends from getting shot. He was a hero at 15. What’s our excuse for not acting?” the president asked on his…

Congress OKs Year-End Budget Deal, Sends to Obama

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. gestures during an end-of-the-year news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, as the Congress moves toward passage of a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINTON (AP) –The Senate has given sweeping approval to a year-end budget package that boosts federal agency spending and awards tax cuts…

Obama Reassures Americans No Credible Threat of Terror

(ABC News) — Flanked by his national security team, President Obama reassured Americans that there was “no credible threat” against the country. “We do not have any specific and credible information about an attack on the homeland,” Obama said today at the National Counterterrorism Center. “That said, we have to be vigilant.” It’s a similar message to one given in November…

US-Led Coalition Hitting ISIS ‘Harder Than Ever,’ Obama Says

(ABC News) — As the war against the Islamic State spreads across the globe, President Obama says the U.S.-led coalition is hitting ISIS “harder than ever” and moving forward with its strategy with “a great sense of urgency.” “As we squeeze its heart we’ll make it harder for ISIL to sell its propaganda to the world,” Obama said following a…

Gun Sales: White House to Seek Expanded Background Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review “in short order.” She says the recommendations will include measures to expand background checks. Jarrett spoke…