Washington - The current momentum in India-US relationship, resulting after two high profile meetings between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, needs to be tapped and taken advantage of, according to top American lawmakers.
"To take advantage of the momentum and move forward especially in our economic partnership," said Congressman Ami Bera, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans at a luncheon organised jointly by the Indian embassy and the Confederation of Indian Industry.
"We need to harness the energy and success of the Indian American community and recognise the increasing significance of investments by Indian companies in the US," Bera said.
Washington - US President Barack Obama will meet new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah here on March 24, the White House said today.
This would be the first US visit of the new Afghan President after taking over from his predecessor Hamid Karzai last year.
Obama will host Ghani, Abdullah, and key members of their unity government for meetings and a working lunch at the White House.
"The two presidents will discuss a range of issues including security, economic development, and US support to the Afghan-led reconciliation process," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
Washington - The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 today to advance Loretta Lynch's nomination to be President Barack Obama's new attorney general.
All Democrats on the panel backed Lynch, a veteran prosecutor who would be the first African-American woman ever to hold the post. She also earned support from three Senate Republicans.
Her nomination now heads to the full Senate for confirmation.
Lynch, 55, would succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who remains a polarizing figure for Republicans who accuse him of being a rubber stamp for Obama policies.
Her nomination comes at a time of deep Republican animosity towards Obama's immigration reform plan, which he introduced by executive order last November.
Washington - A top adviser to President Barack Obama sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to address Congress next week, calling the move "destructive" to the ties between the US and Israel.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Netanyahu's March 3 speech, which was arranged by Republican congressional leaders, has "injected a degree of partisanship" into a relationship that should be above politics.
"It's destructive to the fabric of the relationship," Rice told the Charlie Rose show yesterday. "It's always been bipartisan. We need to keep it that way."
Washington - Senate Democrats have agreed to a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama.
Spending for the department, which oversees the nation's borders, expires Friday at midnight. The showdown stems from Republican efforts to undermine Obama's executive order to protect millions of people from deportation.
Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters today that he welcomed the opportunity to vote on the measure and said every Democrat will back it.
Reid said he looked forward to working with Republicans to get the measure done in the next 24 hours.
Washington: US President Barack Obama endorses India's candidature as a permanent member of the reformed UN security council, the White House has said.
"As it relates to India's membership in the security council, I know the President endorsed that... the security council in the context of a variety of other important reforms to the operations of the United Nations," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.
Earnest said he had no updates on the status of the ongoing reforms of the UN or efforts to try to bring about some of those reforms.
During his India visit last month, Obama had reaffirmed his support for a reformed UN security council with India as a permanent member.
Washington - US President Barack Obama's visit to India provided an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries and America is willing to work together with Indian government, the White House has said, a month after the historic trip.
"There is an opportunity for us to try to advance the interest of both our countries by working together and by coordinating our efforts. And the (US) President is certainly committed to that. In part because of the substantial economic benefits that could be enjoyed by the American people," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.
Washington, Feb 24 : Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has said in reference to United States President Barack Obama's handling of the Islamic State (IS) that he is "incapable of being commander-in-chief " of the country.
According to the Washington Times, Jindal said that the Americans were not as "dimwitted" as Obama believed them to be.
He accused Obama of refusing to say that "most Muslims have no interest in terrorism".
Obama cannot accept that issue of "Radical Islamic terrorism" and hence, he cannot fix it as well, said Jindal.
Jindal emphasized that killing the enemy is how a war is won and said that Congress should amend Obama's authorization for the use of military force to remove a prohibition on ground troops. (ANI)
Washington - Amid the flak generated by President Barack Obama`s recent comments about religious intolerance in India, the White House has said it`s committed to working with India to reaffirm the principle of diversity around the world.
The reiteration came in an official White House response to an online "We the People Petition on Religious Freedom in India." Urging Obama to "Question Modi `WHY Indian Constitution labels `Sikhs` as Hindus?` while attending Constitution Day events on January 26."
It also asked Obama to raise the issues of "Sikh Genocide"; and "Sikhs` Right to Self-determination".
Houston - The White House promised an appeal today after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders.
The ruling puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare as many as five million people who are in the US illegally from deportation. It came from US District Judge Andrew Hanen, who once accused the Obama administration of participating in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the U.S. By helping reunite them with parents who live here illegally.
Washington, Feb 15 - Barack Obama spend this Valentine's Day away from his wife Michelle Obama again like last year as he was on a trip to Palm Springs.
The President of US landed on the West Coast without his family as he had to attend the White House's cyber security summit with King Abdullah of Jordan at Stanford, and then traveled to his favorite place to play golf with his high-school pals, ABC News reported.
However, Michelle Obama tweeted a Valentine's Day message with a picture of her with husband and wished him the day with stating that love is all they need. (ANI)
Washington - Stating that the murder of three Muslims in North Carolina earlier this week was "brutal and outrageous", the US President Barack Obama today voiced strong concern over religious and racial violence in the county.
"No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship," Obama said in a statement, in which he and the First Lady, Michelle offered their condolences to the victims' loved ones.
Obama said that the FBI has opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Tuesday.
Washington, Feb. 12 : Barack Obama can be seen singing Taylor Swift's 'Shake it off' in the latest lip-dub video created by the YouTube channel, BarackDubs.
The president of the United States has become a viral star with this brilliantly-created video piecing together snippets of his speeches to recreate the pop star's huge tune, E! Online reported.
The video is available to download on Loudr and iTunes.(ANI)
Washington, Feb 10 - United States President Barack Obama has urged Germans to give the U. S. "the benefit of the doubt" on the work of National Security Agency (NSA) that is believed to have tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel 's phone in 2013.
According to TechCrunch, Obama said that he wants Germany to recognize the fact the U. S. has always tried to promote civil liberties ad that the U. S. and Germany have been consistent partners since last 70 years.
In 2013, the news about NSA tapping Merkel's phone has caused a sensation following which Merkel had said that "friends do not spy on each other".
However, now things are calmer than before as Merkel discussed the need for collaboration with the U. S.
Washington - The US is examining the possibility of arming Ukraine with "lethal defensive weapons" President Barack Obama said today but insisted that no decision in this regard had been made yet.
"It is true that if, in fact, diplomacy fails, what I've asked my team to do is to look at all options. What other means can we put in place to change (Russian President) Mr (Vladimir) Putin's calculus? The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of those options that's being examined," Obama said at a White House news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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