Ari Shapiro

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NSA Scandal Looms Over Obama's Talks With China's Xi

Saturday, June 08, 2013

President Obama always intended to talk about spying this weekend. But not like this.

He's getting to know China's new leader at a sprawling estate in the Southern California desert this weekend, but domestic controversies have followed him there.

The president veered off his talking points Friday to spend more ...


'That Was Me': Recognizing Yourself In A Piece Of History

Thursday, June 06, 2013

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are meeting this weekend at Sunnylands, an exclusive retreat center near Palm Springs, Calif. On top of 11 lakes, a private golf course and a world-renowned art collection, the compound holds more history than even a 200-acre estate should be able to contain. ...


Sunnylands: Where Movie Stars And Presidents Play (And Work)

Thursday, June 06, 2013

President Obama arrives in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Friday to spend two days with China's new president, Xi Jinping, at a 200-acre estate called Sunnylands.

The house at Sunnylands is built of lava stone. The private golf course includes a pink pagoda. And if the presidents feel like ...


Obama's Economic View: A Glass Half-Full And Half-Empty

Saturday, June 01, 2013

It has been a good week for economic news. Here's a quick rundown of the positive signs: Home prices showed their best gains in seven years. Consumer confidence hit a five-year high. The stock market set a new record. All just this week.

"We're seeing progress," President Obama said in ...


Why Obama Wants To Change The Key Law In The Terrorism Fight

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Almost all of the federal government's actions against terrorism — from drone strikes to the prison at Guantanamo Bay — are authorized by a single law: the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Congress passed it just after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Now, President Obama ...


Obama's Next Big Campaign: Selling Health Care To The Public

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

President Obama often tells audiences that he has waged his last campaign. But that's not exactly true.

The White House is gearing up for a massive campaign this summer that will cover all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. And the president's legacy may hinge on whether it succeeds or fails.



Obama Group's Climate Push Puts President Under Scrutiny

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Organizing for Action — a group that formed out of President Obama's re-election campaign — has posted five tweets in the past week about climate change using the @BarackObama Twitter account.

OFA's mission is to promote the president's agenda on a wide range of issues, from guns to ...


Is There Really A Second-Term Curse?

Monday, May 20, 2013

The phrase "second term curse" is so familiar that it's become a cliche of American politics. Whether it's President Richard Nixon's resignation or President Bill Clinton's impeachment, presidents tend to have a tough time during the back half of an eight-year presidency.

Nothing on President Obama's plate comes close to ...


Obama U: What Graduation Speeches Say About The President

Friday, May 17, 2013

This weekend, President Obama will give a speech that very likely won't be about the controversies of the moment.

Every year, a few schools get the president of the United States as their commencement speaker. And this Sunday, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Obama will get an opportunity to take ...


AP Case Adds To Obama Team's Tough Record On Leaks

Friday, May 17, 2013

President Obama had a reputation when he took office as a liberal former constitutional lawyer who had condemned Bush-era national security policies.

But he has proven to be even tougher than President George W. Bush on prosecuting national security leaks. The seizure of Associated Press phone records is ...


Obama Acts To Control 2 Big Controversies

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Democrats Invoke Boston, West To Defend Government's Role

Friday, April 26, 2013

President Obama has spoken at two memorial services in just over a week — one for victims of the Boston Marathon attack and one for those who died in the chemical plant explosions in West, Texas. In both speeches, he focused on victims and survivors.

But other Democrats are using ...


How Obama's Response To Terrorism Has Shifted

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

President Obama's time in office has not been defined by terrorism as President George W. Bush's was. Yet incidents like the one in Boston have been a regular, painful through line of his presidency.

When a new administration walks into the White House, nobody provides a handbook on how to ...