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Public Service

Feds in spotlight during Public Service Recognition Week

Feds in spotlight during Public Service Recognition WeekMay 3 to May 9 is Public Service Recognition Week, when government employees are honored for their work.
  • Public Service
  • 3 days, 5 hours ago
Life

Kid moderator interrupts Obama

Kid moderator interrupts ObamaAt an event in Washington's Anacostia neighborhood, President Barack Obama was talking about the importance of reading and writing when a student moderator cut him off. (April 30)
  • Life
  • 4 days, 3 hours ago
Washington

From Washington to Clinton: Most controversial presidential pardons

From Washington to Clinton: Most controversial presidential pardonsThe power to grant pardons is one of the most controversial presidential powers. Throughout history, many criminals have been spared life in prison. We've collected a list of the most remembered ones.
  • Washington
  • 4 days, 6 hours ago
Nation

President Obama awards teacher of the year

President Obama awards teacher of the yearPresident Barack Obama presented Shanna Peeples of Amarillo, Texas with the National Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday for her work teaching refugee students in a poor community. (April 29)
  • Nation
  • 5 days, 5 hours ago
World

Who are Twitter's most influential world leaders?

Who are Twitter's most influential world leaders?Obama has the most followers of any world leader on Twitter, but a new study says that doesn't make him the most influential in the Twittersphere. Video provided by Newsy
  • World
  • 5 days, 11 hours ago
Congress

GOP Candidates Push Iran Amendments

GOP Candidates Push Iran AmendmentsTwo US senators seeking the Republican presidential nomination want to add controversial provisions to high-stakes legislation that Democrats warn could shutter talks over Iran's nuclear program.
  • Congress
  • 5 days, 10 hours ago
Opinion

Baltimore riots expose ignored issues: Your Say Interactive

Baltimore riots expose ignored issues: Your Say InteractiveSocial media reaction from readers, Baltimore community to death of Gray and protests
  • Opinion
  • 4 days, 20 hours ago
Congress

Senators: No 'Poison Pill' Iran Amendments

Senators: No 'Poison Pill' Iran AmendmentsSenators are warning their colleagues to think twice before pushing amendments that might derail talks over Iran's nuclear program or endanger a bill giving Congress a role.
  • Congress
  • 6 days, 4 hours ago
Congress

Budget Boss to GOP: Seek Deal on Budget Caps

Budget Boss to GOP: Seek Deal on Budget CapsRepublicans can avoid vetoes of their spending bills if they and Democrats strike a deal addressing federal spending caps, says a senior Obama administration official.
  • Congress
  • 6 days, 8 hours ago
People

Obama brought his 'Anger Translator' onstage

Obama brought his 'Anger Translator' onstageAt Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Obama invited Luther, the Anger Translater to the podium. USA TODAY's Carly Mallenbaum shows how the character, played by Keegan-Michael Key, had some of the best jokes of the night.
  • People
  • 1 week ago
Washington

Meet President Obama's 'anger translator'

Meet President Obama's 'anger translator'President Obama brought a surprising guest to accompany him on stage at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C. Comedian, Keegan-Michael Key, from Comedy Central's hit show 'Key and Peele' joined the President to play his '
  • Washington
  • 1 week ago
Opinion

Punchlines: Hillary Clinton on the $20 bill?

Punchlines: Hillary Clinton on the $20 bill?The late-night comics give us the latest on Clinton, Bush and Obama. Take a look at our favorite jokes, then vote for your favorite at opinion.usatoday.com.
  • Opinion
  • 1 week ago
Opinion

Are drone strikes needed in war on terror? #tellusatoday

Are drone strikes needed in war on terror? #tellusatodayTwo hostages held by al-Qaeda, including one American, were killed in a counterterrorism drone strike.
  • Opinion
  • 1 week ago
Washington

Obama plays up 'bucket' list at 'Nerd Prom'

Obama plays up 'bucket' list at 'Nerd Prom'President Obama told White House Correspondents' Dinner attendees that he doesn't have a presidential bucket list per se, but he has "something that rhymes" with it.
  • Washington
  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Washington

Obama jokes about lame-duck presidency at 'Nerd Prom'

Obama jokes about lame-duck presidency at 'Nerd Prom'President Obama welcomed White House Correspondents' Dinner attendees with a satirical montage and jokes poking fun at the final chapter of his term.
  • Washington
  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Opinion

Punchlines: How old is the first lady? And other political questions

Punchlines: How old is the first lady? And other political questionsWashington is abuzz with all kinds of questions. The comics break it down. Take a look at our favorite political jokes of the week, then vote for yours at opinion.usatoday.com.
  • Opinion
  • 1 week, 3 days ago
Opinion

Punchlines: How old is the first lady? And other political questions

Punchlines: How old is the first lady? And other political questionsWashington is abuzz with all kinds of questions. The comics break it down
  • Opinion
  • 1 week, 3 days ago
Washington

Great moments from past White House Correspondents' Association dinners

Great moments from past White House Correspondents' Association dinnersHighlights from speeches at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner over the years.
  • Washington
  • 1 week, 3 days ago
Congress

Boehner Ally Blames Democrats on Stalled AUMF

Boehner Ally Blames Democrats on Stalled AUMFA senior House Republican on Thursday said Democratic opposition is mostly to blame for the stalling of a White House war-authorization measure.
  • Congress
  • 1 week, 4 days ago
World

The politician's guide to the word 'genocide'

The politician's guide to the word 'genocide'As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama pledged to use the term "genocide" to describe the mass killings of Armenians. As president, he's avoided the word. Video provided by Newsy
  • World
  • 1 week, 4 days ago
BUDGETS

White House: House VA funding bill hurts veterans

White House: House VA funding bill hurts veteransThe VA funding bill under would underfund the agency by more than $500 million, according to the White House.
  • BUDGETS
  • 1 week, 5 days ago
Pentagon

Obama again avoids calling 1915 Armenian killings 'genocide'

Obama again avoids calling 1915 Armenian killings 'genocide'President Obama will once again stop short of calling the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, prompting anger and disappointment from those who have been pushing him to fulfill a campaign promise and use the politically fraught term on the 100th anniversary of the...
  • Pentagon
  • 1 week, 5 days ago
Opinion

Emma Thompson: Move away from risky oil extraction, blind greed in Arctic

Emma Thompson: Move away from risky oil extraction, blind greed in ArcticOpen letter to U.S. Special Arctic Envoy Admiral Papp.
  • Opinion
  • 1 week, 1 day ago
MIKE THOMPSON

What will more free trade mean to you?

What will more free trade mean to you?Ready for another NAFTA? The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is heading our way.
  • MIKE THOMPSON
  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
John T. Bennett

Column: About That Iran Vote ... Still Risky

Column: About That Iran Vote ... Still RiskyWhen I wondered aloud whether I was becoming too cynical about the current Congress, a fellow congressional reporter responded: "Is that possible?"
  • John T. Bennett
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Opinion

As friends, U.S. can push change in Cuba: #tellusatoday

As friends, U.S. can push change in Cuba: #tellusatodayPresident Obama announced Tuesday that he plans to take Cuba off the terrorism list.
  • Opinion
  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
News

Obama to wounded warriors: 'We've got your back'

Obama to wounded warriors: 'We've got your back'The nationwide, annual ride offers wounded service members and veterans the chance to salve physical, mental and emotional wounds.
  • News
  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago