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President Obama meets Pope Francis

NBC News: President Obama has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican for the 1st time during his trip across Europe and the Middle East.

Pope Francis and President Obama shook hands and smiled warmly in front of cameras. “Thank you, it’s so nice to see you, good to see ya,” Obama repeated before the two men sat down for a meeting.

Photo: Pope Francis and President Obama meet at the Vatican (video still via NBC News)

Obama to increase minimum wage

USA Today: President Obama will announce he is signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for some federal workers to over $10 an hour.

He will also pledge to work with Congress on plans to increase the federal minimum wage for all workers from $7.25 to $10.10

Photo: President Obama working Monday on the State of the Union speech.(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

Obama: Marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol

The New Yorker: President Obama, when asked about the legalization of marijuana in a series of interviews with the New Yorker has told the magazine ‘I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol’

Photo: Marijuana (David Mcnew / Getty Images)

Obama tells Americans to persevere with health care websites
AP: President Obama says Americans definitely shouldn’t give up on signing up through government-run health care websites after a series of technical problems that left some users unable to complete the process. In a wide-ranging interview with the AP, President Obama also said the US believes Iran is still more than a year away from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon.
Photo: In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, President Barack Obama poses for a photo prior to an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama tells Americans to persevere with health care websites

AP: President Obama says Americans definitely shouldn’t give up on signing up through government-run health care websites after a series of technical problems that left some users unable to complete the process.

In a wide-ranging interview with the AP, President Obama also said the US believes Iran is still more than a year away from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon.

Photo: In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, President Barack Obama poses for a photo prior to an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama blends threat of attack, hope of diplomacy
AP: In a national address Tuesday night, US President Barack Obama said he has asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote on Syria while diplomacy is pursued. Obama said that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on President Assad “and be ready to respond” if other measures fail.
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Obama blends threat of attack, hope of diplomacy

AP: In a national address Tuesday night, US President Barack Obama said he has asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote on Syria while diplomacy is pursued. Obama said that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on President Assad “and be ready to respond” if other measures fail.

Photo via NBC News

Obama: Strike on hold if Syria abandons chemical weapons
ABC News: US President Obama said if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives up his chemical weapons, a military strike would “absolutely” be on pause. He told Diane Sawyer in an ABC News interview that he considers Syria’s apparent willingness to relinquish control of its chemical weapons a “modestly positive development.”  Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will delay a vote on authorizing military force in Syria, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday.
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Obama: Strike on hold if Syria abandons chemical weapons

ABC News: US President Obama said if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives up his chemical weapons, a military strike would “absolutely” be on pause. He told Diane Sawyer in an ABC News interview that he considers Syria’s apparent willingness to relinquish control of its chemical weapons a “modestly positive development.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will delay a vote on authorizing military force in Syria, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday.

Photo via NBC News

Obama: Syrian government carried out chemical attack

AP: US President Barack Obama said in a PBS interview Wednesday that the US has “concluded” that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians last week.

Obama did not present any direct evidence to back up his statement, and he said he is still evaluating options for possible military retaliation.


Photo: Activists and medics manufacture homemade chemical masks in the Damascus suburb of Zamalka, on Aug. 23. (Hadi Almonajed / Reuters)

Obama signs Violence Against Women Act reauthorization

NBC News:

Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, the original author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, President Barack Obama signed a reauthorization of the legislation Thursday.

The reauthorization, which includes expansion of protections to gay couples and Native American women, passed the House last month after over a year of partisan disagreement over its renewal.

Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans
AP: US President Barack Obama urged Congress, during the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, to embrace his plans to use government money for job creation and strengthening the nation’s middle class.
Obama called for increased federal spending to fix the nation’s roads and bridges. He also called for the first increase in minimum wage in six years. He said his proposals would not increase the deficit.
Photo credit: AP

Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans

AP: US President Barack Obama urged Congress, during the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, to embrace his plans to use government money for job creation and strengthening the nation’s middle class.

Obama called for increased federal spending to fix the nation’s roads and bridges. He also called for the first increase in minimum wage in six years. He said his proposals would not increase the deficit.

Photo credit: AP

Obama: Scouting should be open to gays, lesbians

AP: In a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS, US President Barack Obama said the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week.


During the interview, Obama praised the scouts as a “great institution” that provides young people with lifelong leadership training and opportunities. He said “no one should be barred from that.”

Obama calls for equality for women, gays in inaugural address
In his second inaugural address, U.S. President Barack Obama urged the nation to make sure that women were paid equally to men and that gay men and lesbians were treated equally under the law."Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," he said.Obama also vowed to respond to the threat of climate change, to maintain economic vitality, to protect the poor and to defend the country’s people through “strength of arms and rule of law.” Read more from The New York Times.
Read the full text of Obama’s inaugural speech from NBC News.
More on today’s inaugural events on BreakingNews.com.Photo: President Barack Obama takes the oath of office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images)

Obama calls for equality for women, gays in inaugural address

In his second inaugural address, U.S. President Barack Obama urged the nation to make sure that women were paid equally to men and that gay men and lesbians were treated equally under the law.

"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," he said.

Obama also vowed to respond to the threat of climate change, to maintain economic vitality, to protect the poor and to defend the country’s people through “strength of arms and rule of law.” Read more from The New York Times.

Read the full text of Obama’s inaugural speech from NBC News.

More on today’s inaugural events on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: President Barack Obama takes the oath of office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP - Getty Images)

Obama unveils gun proposals, says ‘we are responsible for each other’
Saying “the only way we’ll change is if the American people demand it,” President Obama has announced a $500 million program of executive actions and legislative proposals to curb gun violence following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
NBC News reports some of the main legislative proposals backed by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are:

requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales   
banning “military-style” assault weapons   
limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds     
strengthening penalties for gun trafficking
The president also laid out a series of 23 executive actions - free from a Congressional blockade — intended to strengthen existing laws, augment mental health measures and promote federal research on gun crime through the Centers for Disease Control.
Read more on BreakingNews.com.Photo: President Barack Obama speaks about proposals to reduce gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden watches on Jan. 16, 2013. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images)

Obama unveils gun proposals, says ‘we are responsible for each other’

Saying “the only way we’ll change is if the American people demand it,” President Obama has announced a $500 million program of executive actions and legislative proposals to curb gun violence following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

NBC News reports some of the main legislative proposals backed by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are:

  • requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales   
  • banning “military-style” assault weapons   
  • limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds     
  • strengthening penalties for gun trafficking

The president also laid out a series of 23 executive actions - free from a Congressional blockade — intended to strengthen existing laws, augment mental health measures and promote federal research on gun crime through the Centers for Disease Control.

Read more on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: President Barack Obama speaks about proposals to reduce gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden watches on Jan. 16, 2013. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images)

Pastor withdraws from role in Obama inauguration over anti-gay remarks

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration has withdrawn after publicaiton of anti-gay remarks he made two decades ago, the Associated Press reportes

The Rev. Louie Giglio said in a statement Thursday that he’s withdrawing because he thinks the message of mercy he intended will be dwarfed by attention to his past comments.

More from the Associated Press here.

President Barack Obama arrives with Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel during his press briefing to announce his nomination of Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images