By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama reiterated Saturday his call for a thorough investigation of...
Posted on November 14, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (31)
The Obama administration expects Congress to begin moving to overhaul the nation's immigration laws early next year, while improved border security and a drop in migration caused by the economic downturn make passage "far more attainable" than in 2007, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday.
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On the eve of a White House trip to Asia, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will make a somber visit to Texas Tuesday to attend the memorial service for victims of the Fort Hood rampage of Army Major Nidal M. Hasan.
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President Obama extended his condolences to families of the Fort Hood victims in his weekly address Saturday -- deploring, on a third day of grieving, that a tragedy of that kind occurred in a place "where our soldiers ought to feel most safe."
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President Obama made his first visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as commander in chief on Friday, but one administration official recalls seeing him there several times as a senator.
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Associated Press President Obama is pushing back a trip to Capitol Hill to discuss the...
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President Obama made a solemn pre-dawn visit to this military outpost Thursday to honor 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. Obama is deliberating over how to reshape his war strategy in the face of growing violence and political unrest in Afghanistan and deepening public unease at home.
Posted on October 29, 2009 at 06:06 AM ET | Comments (243)
President Obama signed a $680 billion defense authorization bill Wednesday that he said begins the difficult process of eliminating "some of the waste and inefficiency" from the defense budget.
Posted on October 28, 2009 at 06:08 PM ET | Comments (6)
President Obama has chosen two former senators with deep experience in foreign relations and the work of the nation's spy agencies to co-chair his independent advisory board on intelligence.
Posted on October 28, 2009 at 01:51 PM ET | Comments (3)
National Security Adviser James L. Jones will travel to Moscow Wednesday to help push along talks over a new strategic arms-control treaty, the Obama administration has announced. The two-day trip takes Jones out of town as President Obama continues to refine his thinking about what to do in Afghanistan
Posted on October 27, 2009 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (1)
President Obama fired back Monday at critics who accuse him of taking too long to review his strategy in Afghanistan, telling an audience of military personnel here that he will not "rush" his decision on whether to send additional troops there.
Posted on October 26, 2009 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (71)
Before President Obama makes a decision about sending any additional troops to Afghanistan, there must be a careful assessment of the strength and viability of the Afghan government, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday.
Posted on October 18, 2009 at 10:45 AM ET | Comments (5)
By Garance Franke-Ruta Updated 5:21 p.m. President Obama on Friday afternoon sent his supporters an...
Posted on October 9, 2009 at 05:56 AM ET | Comments (166)
Anti-war protesters await a rally in front of the White House in Washington October 5,...
Posted on October 5, 2009 at 06:02 PM ET | Comments (13)
President Obama gave a brief nod to health care reform Monday with a Rose Garden rally for doctors. But he'll spend most of his week on the most potentially far-reaching foreign policy decision of his administration: what to do in Afghanistan.
Posted on October 5, 2009 at 03:45 PM ET | Comments (36)
President Obama is expected to announce shortly that Mark Lippert, Deputy National Security Adviser for Operations and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council, will leave the White House, on a short-term basis, to serve in the United States Navy. Lippert is a reservist in the U.S. Navy who previously deployed to Iraq.
Posted on October 1, 2009 at 09:51 AM ET | Comments (7)
In an interview for The Post's Voices of Power video series, Kerry said he is prepared to buck the administration if his fact-finding leads him to conclude that Afghanistan could turn into another Vietnam.
Posted on October 1, 2009 at 08:38 AM ET | Comments (5)
President Obama Wednesday morning issued a statement on the disaster in American Samoa, which was struck by a tsunami Tuesday night Eastern time in the wake of a South Pacific earthquake.
Posted on September 30, 2009 at 07:27 AM ET | Comments (7)
By John Amick Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that if talks this week...
Posted on September 27, 2009 at 11:50 AM ET | Comments (41)
By Glenn Kessler President Obama's decision to shift direction on missile defense in Europe has...
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President Obama marked his first Sept. 11 anniversary as commander in chief on a rain-soaked Friday morning with a moment of silence and a call for national unity.
Posted on September 11, 2009 at 10:43 AM ET | Comments (37)
Appearing on The Washington Times' "America's Morning News" radio show Tuesday morning, former U.S. attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales defended the decision of his current successor, Eric H. Holder Jr., to investigate alleged prisoner abuse by CIA interrogators.
Posted on September 2, 2009 at 12:45 PM ET | Comments (6)
President Obama will receive the report assessing the war in Afghanistan from his top commander there on Wednesday, and will take it with him to Camp David as he continues his vacation over the extended Labor Day weekend.
Posted on September 1, 2009 at 11:39 AM ET | Comments (18)
Former Vice President Dick Cheney reiterated his claim today that enhanced interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects in U.S. custody in the years after September 11, 2001, worked in revealing terror plots despite contrary sentiment from a CIA investigator who probed detainee interrogations.
Posted on August 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM ET | Comments (155)
Saying that he shares President Obama's "conviction that as a nation, we must, to the...
Posted on August 24, 2009 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (4)
Former president Bill Clinton arrived at the White House late Tuesday afternoon for a meeting with President Obama -- potentially one of their most extensive meetings ever and one that could touch on a range of topics besides North Korea.
Posted on August 18, 2009 at 04:26 PM ET | Comments (22)
Former president Bill Clinton, fresh from his mission to North Korea earlier this month, is delivering his read-out on the trip to President Obama at the White House today.
Posted on August 18, 2009 at 10:05 AM ET | Comments (5)
President Obama said Monday that fierce fighting rages on in Afghanistan, but he defended the administration's new approach to the conflict there, calling it a "war of necessity."
Posted on August 17, 2009 at 01:29 PM ET | Comments (5)
By Anne E. Kornblut The White House called a visit Thursday by security officials to...
Posted on August 13, 2009 at 06:03 PM ET | Comments (7)
One of the 146 images released by the Air Force of the late April...
Posted on July 31, 2009 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (5)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed the administration's interest in engaging Iran in the wake of the disputed election results and crackdown in dissent.
Posted on July 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM ET | Comments (16)
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today named a bipartisan task force to consider changes to the nation's color-coded terror warning system.
Posted on July 14, 2009 at 02:27 PM ET | Comments (4)
The Obama administration is considering changing a color-coded terror warning system, started after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has been much-ridiculed.
Posted on July 13, 2009 at 07:27 PM ET | Comments (8)
The Special Operations Division of the District's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is investigating a suspicious briefcase that was left outside the vice president's residence this morning about about 9 a.m.
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, still ailing from a broken elbow, has canceled plans to join President Obama on his upcoming trip to Russia, the State Department said today.
Posted on July 1, 2009 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (3)
President Obama today signed into law a $105.9 billion war funding bill that supports his plan to step up the fight in Afghanistan until the end of September even as the war in Iraq continues to wind down.
Posted on June 26, 2009 at 06:08 PM ET | Comments (15)
The father of a Somali detainee at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has written a letter to President Obama pleading for his son's release.
Posted on June 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM ET | Comments (19)
The White House is ramping up its efforts to enforce sanctions against North Korea by forming a new interagency team to coordinate U.S. actions with other nations.
Posted on June 26, 2009 at 11:36 AM ET | Comments (0)
The White House announced today that it had withdrawn invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend Fourth of July festivities at U.S. embassies around the world.
Posted on June 24, 2009 at 03:47 PM ET | Comments (4)
His duties will include not only Iran but also Iraq and the Middle East peace process.
Posted on June 23, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (4)
Congressional Democrats today reached agreement on a war-funding bill that had been stalled, as the Obama administration dropped its request for a provision that would bar the release of photos that show abuse of detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Posted on June 11, 2009 at 08:11 PM ET | Comments (2)
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama was "concerned" and "saddened by what -- what has happened" at the Holocaust Memorial Museum today, where a man opened fire, killing a guard.
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Congressional Republicans today sharply attacked the Obama administration's decision to bring a detainee from Guantanomo Bay to the United States.
Posted on June 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM ET | Comments (24)
By Michael D. Shear President Obama touched down at in Marine One at 1:20 p.m....
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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs this afternoon denied a report in British newspaper the Daily Telegraph that photos showing detainees in Iraq being sexually abused were among those President Obama recently decided not to release.
Posted on May 28, 2009 at 04:30 PM ET | Comments (9)
By Carrie Johnson President Obama this afternoon directed his national security adviser and senior Cabinet...
Posted on May 27, 2009 at 07:01 PM ET | Comments (14)
Former vice president Dick Cheney today addressed the American Enterprise Institute, of which he is...
Posted on May 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM ET | Comments (19)
By Chris Cillizza The dueling speeches by President Obama and former vice president Dick Cheney...
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By Michael D. Shear More than 250 people packed into the 12-floor conference center at...
Posted on May 21, 2009 at 10:37 AM ET | Comments (4)
Obama on National Security and American Values: 'We Are Cleaning Up Something That Is - Quite Simply - a Mess'
President Obama today spoke on "Protecting Our Security and Our Values" at the National Archives Museum.
Posted on May 21, 2009 at 10:34 AM ET | Comments (7)
The White House said today that President Obama has approved an agreement to help build a nuclear-energy program in the United Arab Emirates, setting up a congressional review of the controversial accord.
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The top White House non-proliferation official says Iran's latest missile test is worrying -- but that there could be a silver lining.
Posted on May 20, 2009 at 03:44 PM ET | Comments (5)
By Garance Franke-Ruta In a little-noticed Web video posted on YouTube yesterday, the Republican...
Posted on May 19, 2009 at 07:38 PM ET | Comments (21)
President Obama held an Oval Office meeting today with four of the nation's foreign policy wise men, who endorsed his administration's vision for a world free of nuclear weapons.
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President Obama will oppose the release of several dozen photos depicting abuse of detainees held in U.S. military custody abroad.
Posted on May 13, 2009 at 01:23 PM ET | Comments (13)
By Dan Eggen Whew, that was close. Two weeks after an Air Force jetliner terrified...
Posted on May 11, 2009 at 05:55 PM ET | Comments (6)
The White House official who approved the Air Force One flight over New York City last month that frightened many resigned after an internal White House investigation.
Posted on May 8, 2009 at 02:11 PM ET | Comments (160)
Former secretary of State and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice gave a finger-wagging defense of enhanced interrogation techniques to a persistent Stanford University student.
Posted on April 30, 2009 at 01:44 PM ET | Comments (66)
President Obama rebuffed calls for a commission to investigate alleged abuses under the Bush administration in fighting terrorism, telling congressional leaders at a White House meeting today that he wanted to look forward instead of relitigating the past.
Posted on April 23, 2009 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (43)
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized yesterday to U.S. military veterans who took offense at being mentioned in a domestic intelligence report that concluded that a declining economy and the nation's political climate could fuel a resurgence of right-wing extremism, saying any slight was unintended.
Posted on April 16, 2009 at 07:54 PM ET | Comments (44)
President Obama today abandoned a proposal to bill veterans' private insurance companies for treatment of combat-related injuries after the measure prompted an outcry from veterans service organizations and members of Congress.
Posted on March 18, 2009 at 06:00 PM ET | Comments (23)
Charles W. Freeman Jr. asked that his name be withdrawn as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, hours after the man who had appointed him, Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair, gave Congress a spirited defense of the outspoken former ambassador.
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President Obama's announcement of a deadline for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq recalled one of the most hotly-debated issues of the presidential campaign: whether a date-certain for withdrawal was tantamount to giving up. It also provided some interesting flip-flops.
Posted on February 27, 2009 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (8)
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today that he is lifting a 1991 ban on news coverage of the return of the remains of fallen service members.
Posted on February 26, 2009 at 01:51 PM ET | Comments (10)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told reporters this afternoon that he remains determined to shutter the scandal-plagued facility within a year, despite a series of legal and diplomatic hurdles in his path.
Posted on February 25, 2009 at 04:18 PM ET | Comments (3)
President Obama could outline his concrete plan for withdrawing troops from Iraq as early as this Friday.
Posted on February 24, 2009 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (0)
President Obama has created an inter-agency task force to review U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and tasked it to report back to him by the NATO summit in April, a senior aide told reporters today.
Posted on February 10, 2009 at 01:47 PM ET | Comments (3)
By Michael D. Shear, Peter Finn and Dan Eggen President Obama will gather tomorrow with...
Posted on February 5, 2009 at 05:28 PM ET | Comments (44)
Backers of Los Angeles emergency manager Ellis M. Stanley Sr. are fiercely lobbying advisers to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not to name rival New York City emergency commissioner Joseph F. Bruno to the post.
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President Obama is scheduled to visit the Pentagon tomorrow afternoon, where he is to meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other military leaders about his plans to withdraw combat troops from Iraq while beefing up the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
Posted on January 27, 2009 at 05:37 PM ET | Comments (11)
President Obama announced his intention to nominate Jane Holl Lute as deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano will bring two of her top aides from Arizona to serve as chiefs of staff for policy and operations.
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U.S. counter-terrorism officials are aggressively investigating a potential threat of "uncertain credibility" to today's inauguration events posed by an East African Islamic extremist group with ties to al-Qaeda.
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At the request of Obama aides, Bush homeland security officials will stay on the job Tuesday night to allow their successors to enjoy the festivities around the inauguration of the 44th president.
Posted on January 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM ET | Comments (15)
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D), President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of homeland security, named her first senior aide this morning, tapping Rand Beers as counselor.
Posted on January 14, 2009 at 11:17 AM ET | Comments (0)
Senior aides to President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama met at the White House this morning to conduct an unprecedented joint disaster exercise for transition leaders.
Posted on January 13, 2009 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (2)
President-elect Barack Obama announced Leon Panetta as his next Central Intelligence Agency director today.
Posted on January 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM ET | Comments (6)
President-elect Barack Obama officially named William J. Lynn III as deputy secretary of defense today and also announced several other top Pentagon officials who will work under Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 03:04 PM ET | Comments (3)
Vice-president-elect Joseph Biden admitted today the Obama transition team made a "mistake" in not notifying top Senate officials of the selection of Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, defending the former Clinton White House chief of staff as a nominee would take the CIA on "new path."
Posted on January 6, 2009 at 02:11 PM ET | Comments (76)
Credible buzz has it that William J. Lynn, a former top Pentagon official in the Clinton administration and more recently senior vice president of government operations and strategy at Raytheon Company, is the pick to be deputy secretary of defense.
Posted on January 5, 2009 at 07:48 PM ET | Comments (4)
President-elect Barack Obama began filling out the rest of his national security team today, naming long-standing Democratic foreign policy figures -- plus a former White House budget director -- to key posts at the State Department and National Security Council.
Posted on December 23, 2008 at 05:22 PM ET | Comments (3)
Army Secretary Pete Geren will not remain in his position under an Obama administration, a senior Army official said Monday.
Posted on December 22, 2008 at 03:07 PM ET | Comments (5)
Retired Adm. Dennis Blair is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to become director of national intelligence, congressional officials knowledgeable about the decision said today.
Posted on December 18, 2008 at 04:44 PM ET | Comments (0)
Retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki is best known for his four-year tenure as Army chief of staff, and in particular his response to congressional questioning in February 2003 about troop levels necessary to protect a presumed military victory in Iraq.
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Onlookers stand at the site of a bomb blast in Mumbai Nov. 26, 2008. (Reuters)...
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"We are totally committed to ensuring the transition of leadership in this department is as smooth and seamless as can be. The troops on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve it and our nation's security demands it," said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell during a press briefing this morning.
Posted on November 19, 2008 at 05:01 PM ET | Comments (0)
President-elect Barack Obama continued his round of congratulatory calls with foreign leaders today, speaking briefly with six more leaders, after chatting with nine on Thursday.
Posted on November 7, 2008 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (24)
Senior McCain aides blasted a report published in today's Washington Post quoting commentary on an Islamic extremist Web site that "Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election," saying that The Post had relied on a "blogger" whose connections to al-Qaeda were questionable.
Posted on October 22, 2008 at 12:22 PM ET | Comments (38)
By Glenn Kessler Sen. John McCain today issued a statement urging the administration to add...
Posted on October 7, 2008 at 07:14 PM ET | Comments (16)
While in Kuwait, Palin made a stop at a border crossing with Iraq, but did not actually visit the country, according to the Boston Globe.
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A new book by The Post's Bob Woodward suggests that John McCain has not always been forthcoming with the public about his views on the Iraq War.
Posted on September 13, 2008 at 11:05 AM ET | Comments (78)
The Ukraine and Georgia should join NATO, even at the risk of antagonizing Russia and forcing the United States into a war with the nuclear-armed nation, said Palin.
Posted on September 11, 2008 at 06:31 PM ET | Comments (1190)
McCain and Obama put aside their increasingly testy campaign for a day to lay roses in the reflecting pool commemorating the terrorist attacks seven years ago.
Posted on September 11, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (86)
Candidates makes statements on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Posted on September 11, 2008 at 09:48 AM ET | Comments (33)
Romney and Huckabee stump with McCain and Palin in the home of the River City Rascals.
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The top diplomat of one of the U.S.'s closest allies said kicking Russia out of the G8 was a "knee-jerk" idea.
Posted on August 27, 2008 at 04:20 PM ET | Comments (23)
McCain said Obama has failed to challenge world criticism which sows doubts about America's greatness.
Posted on August 26, 2008 at 04:43 PM ET | Comments (72)
She is visiting as part of the World Food Program.
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (50)
McCain continued to blast the senator from Illinois's judgment on the war.
Posted on August 20, 2008 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (79)
Obama and McCain clash over the war in Iraq at VFW forum highlights conflict to come.
Posted on August 19, 2008 at 01:57 PM ET | Comments (232)
"The surge has succeeded and yet Senator Obama still cannot quite bring himself to admit his own failure in judgment," McCain a crowd of several thousand attending the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Posted on August 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM ET | Comments (42)
With the man he pops as presumptuous taking R&R in Hawaii this week, McCain did all he could this week to look like President McCain, emphasizing his experience and foreign policy expertise.
Posted on August 14, 2008 at 12:56 PM ET | Comments (29)
McCain offers Saakashvili the support of the American people.
Posted on August 12, 2008 at 02:24 PM ET | Comments (170)
Obama interrupts his vacation in Hawaii to issue statement on the Russian attacks in Georgia.
Posted on August 11, 2008 at 06:45 PM ET | Comments (81)
Obama says military commanders, Iraq stability and troop safety will guide pace of withdrawal.
Posted on July 3, 2008 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)
By Anne E. Kornblut As Sen. Barack Obama convened the first meeting of his new...
Posted on June 18, 2008 at 02:04 PM ET | Comments (0)
Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani accused Barack Obama of having a "September 10" mentality and taking a "softer" approach to terrorism. --Michael D. Shear
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Sen. Barack Obama outlined a comprehensive Latin America policy aimed at bolstering diplomacy, security and investment in the region. --Shailagh Murray
Posted on May 23, 2008 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (0)
Addressing the Knesset in Jerusalem, President Bush takes a veiled swipe at Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats, calling suggestions of negotiating with terrorists "appeasement." Democrats respond.
Posted on May 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM ET | Comments (257)
The presidential hopeful makes one of the bluntest critiques of the Bush administration heard from the current crop of GOP candidates. -- Michael Abramowitz
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