Obama lacquered chopsticks shown at world expo in Milan

Jul 21, 2015

Obama lacquered chopsticks shown at world expo in Milan

Lacquered chopsticks from Obama, Fukui Prefecture, were shown Monday at the world expo in Milan. Spectators joined a workshop to get hands-on experience of the techniques involved and made a pair each. Wakasa lacquered chopsticks — named after Wakasa Bay — are typically decorated ...

CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

Dec 11, 2014

CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

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The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a five-year Senate investigation into the CIA’s harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to ...

Obama on collision course with Republicans after trip

Nov 17, 2014

Obama on collision course with Republicans after trip

After a productive trip abroad, U.S. President Barack Obama returned to Washington on Sunday to face a collision course with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project, showdowns that threaten prospects for cooperation over his remaining two years in office. The contentious immigration ...

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

Jul 22, 2014

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East with low expectations but still making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas ...

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

Jul 17, 2014

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

A Texas woman was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A federal judge gave Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, the maximum sentence under her plea deal on a charge ...

Jul 11, 2014

Compromise surfaces on Obama border request

Outlines of a possible compromise over President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency border spending request were emerging Thursday in Congress, which would involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly. The ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. military brass backed Bergdahl prisoner swap

The top U.S. military leaders unanimously supported the Obama administration’s exchange of five Taliban leaders for an army sergeant held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. In letters to the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the chairman and the Joint Chiefs of ...