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December 18, 2015

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Praise, Criticism for GOP as Obama Wraps 2015


US President Barack Obama gestures during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 18, 2015. Obama addressed the press before flying to San Bernardino to meet families of the victims of the December 2 attack, before continuing to Hawaii for a two-week family vacation. AFP PHOTO/ ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama delivered a downright upbeat 2015 legislative victory lap and 2016 pep talk before leaving the White House. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

During his year-end news conference, President Barack Obama took the kinds of partisan shots that for years have so frustrated congressional Republicans. But he also flashed the pragmatic streak that helped him notch several legislative victories in 2015.

On one hand, Obama praised Republicans for crafting several high-profile bills that met his muster. But on the other, he clubbed the GOP for bucking the rest of the world for its rejection of the very concept of climate change. Full story

December 1, 2015

In Paris, Obama Says Climate Change ‘Akin’ to ISIS Threat


US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the plenary session at the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, on November 30, 2015 at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris. More than 150 world leaders are meeting under heightened security,  for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), also known as "Paris 2015" from November 30 to December 11.    AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP / ERIC FEFERBERG        (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

An Obama adviser says the White House views climate change as a top threat. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated 1:41 p.m. | The ramifications of a changing global climate will rival those of Islamic State attacks like the one last month in Paris, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

In comments sure to reverberate across the Atlantic and rile hawkish congressional Republicans, Obama said the threats to U.S. and global security from climate change are already “akin” to an Islamic State terrorist attack.

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November 30, 2015

Obama Climate Plan Pitch Falls on Deaf Ears in GOP


US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the plenary session at the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, on November 30, 2015 at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris. More than 150 world leaders are meeting under heightened security,  for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), also known as "Paris 2015" from November 30 to December 11.    AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP / ERIC FEFERBERG        (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama warned world leaders on Monday that they were among the last to be able to solve climate issues. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates are expected to put the Obama administration’s portion of a multicountry plan to slash carbon emissions through a political wringer, putting in doubt its funding and fate.

The juxtaposition on climate policy between President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was clear Monday. Obama warned world leaders at a climate conference near Paris they are the “last” ones who can address the “problem.” McConnell took to the Senate floor to call Obama’s plan to cut U.S. emissions unfair to middle-class Americans and “likely illegal.”

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Obama: U.S. Helped Cause Climate Change ‘Problem’


WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 24: United States President Barack Obama hosts President François Hollande of France for a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House November 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The leaders are meeting to discuss coordination of their efforts in the war against ISIL in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama and Hollande met in Washington before the climate conference got started in France Monday. (Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama told other world leaders Monday that the United States played a major role in causing the climate change “problem,” and warned the groups it will be the “last” with a chance to address it. Full story

November 6, 2015

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline Plan


(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama announcing his Keystone decision Friday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated 1:10 p.m. | The White House is rejecting a Canadian company’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, sounding a death knell for the controversial project that has long pitted President Barack Obama against Republicans and the energy industry.

Obama on Friday criticized members of both parties for treating the proposal like a “campaign cudgel instead of a serious policy matter.” Ultimately, the president said he concluded the plan was “neither the silver bullet” for the U.S. economy nor a sure-fire cause of “climate disaster” as claimed by those on either side of the issue.

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September 24, 2015

Pope Francis Speech to Congress Transcript


(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On a historic Thursday on the Hill, Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, calling on the legislative body to act on immigration, climate and the economy.

Below is the CQ Roll Call transcript of the speech in its entirety. Full story

September 23, 2015

Pope and President Talk Climate, Immigration on South Lawn


First lady Michelle Obama, Pope Francis, and President Barack Obama waves from the balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

First lady Michelle Obama, Pope Francis, and President Barack Obama waves from the balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The history making arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the White House lived up to its billing, with the pontiff challenging America to live up to its founding ideals and President Barack Obama touting many areas of agreement — from protecting the planet and welcoming immigrants to opening up Cuba.

On a perfect, sunny, breezy day, Pope Francis arrived in his little black Fiat, greeted by the president and first lady Michelle Obama, flanked by an honor guard, the Cabinet, numerous members of Congress from both parties — and cheers from the 11,000 gathered on the South Lawn. Full story

September 1, 2015

Obama’s Alaska Climate Action Call Skips Over Congress


Obama departs the White House for Alaska on Monday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama departs the White House for Alaska on Monday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that President Barack Obama didn’t bother mentioning Congress when he made his remarks on climate change in Alaska late Monday. Republican leaders, after all, uniformly vilify his efforts to clamp down on carbon emissions.

Obama’s speech was aimed at a broader audience than Capitol Hill — intended as a rallying cry for a global agreement later this year in Paris — and a shot to the doubters and deniers.

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By Steven Dennis Posted at 12:04 p.m.
Climate Change

August 31, 2015

Alaska Visit, Denali Naming Highlights Obama’s Bucket List


President Barack Obama’s renaming of Mount McKinley to Denali has raised the hackles of Speaker John A. Boehner, but the rest of his Alaska trip may rile the GOP even more as the president highlights the effects of climate change and his go-it-alone plans to tackle it.

That’s part of the freedom Obama is enjoying in his last year and a half in office. He can cross off more items on his bucket list, doesn’t have to face the voters again and increasingly doesn’t worry about carping from the congressional peanut gallery. Full story

May 14, 2015

Takeaways From Obama’s Press Conference


Warren and Obama have been trading barbs of late over trade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Warren and Obama have been trading barbs of late over trade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama says his fight with “Elizabeth,” as in Warren, has never been “personal.”

He’s happy the Senate is moving forward on his fast-track trade bill but wants to keep reaching out to opponents on the left.

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