Another presidential first: Obama visits U.S. prison

Jul 17, 2015

Another presidential first: Obama visits U.S. prison

Barack Obama got a first-hand look at the U.S. criminal justice system Thursday, becoming the first sitting president to set foot inside a federal prison and meet with incarcerated men there. Obama’s visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for ...

Death of Tibetan monk in China draws ire of U.S. lawmakers

Jul 15, 2015

Death of Tibetan monk in China draws ire of U.S. lawmakers

U.S. lawmakers held a moment of silence Tuesday and expressed anger and sadness over the death in prison of a prominent Tibetan monk, and lamented that U.S. criticism of China’s conduct is failing to stop repression of the minority group. House members called for ...

Clinton backs TPP foes, complicating Obama push

Jun 16, 2015

Clinton backs TPP foes, complicating Obama push

Hillary Rodham Clinton complicated President Barack Obama’s quest for fast-track authority on his Pacific Rim trade pact Monday by throwing her support behind fellow Democrats who revolted against the measure last week, while the U.S. Congress further delayed action on related legislation. Clinton’s criticism ...

Heed Democrats, change terms on trade pact, Clinton urges Obama

Jun 15, 2015

Heed Democrats, change terms on trade pact, Clinton urges Obama

White House hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton urged President Barack Obama on Sunday to listen to fellow Democrats in Congress and change the terms of a trans-Pacific trade deal. The Republican-run House of Representatives refused on Friday to give Obama fast-track authority to negotiate it ...

Obama's quest for fast-track trade bill on hold in U.S. House

Jun 13, 2015

Obama's quest for fast-track trade bill on hold in U.S. House

A raging battle over President Barack Obama’s request for fast-track authority, seen as central to improving U.S. ties with Asia, will resume in the House of Representatives in the coming week, when lawmakers are expected to try to reverse Friday’s defeat of linchpin trade ...