Diplomatic solution? Putin calls Obama to talk Ukraine crisis

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine, according to a White House readout of the phone conversation.

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President Barack Obama, Pope Francis meet for first time

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President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time Thursday in a 52-minute private audience as part of his jam-packed tour of Europe and the Middle East.

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President Obama zings Zach Galifianakis on ‘Between Two Ferns’

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During an interview on the Zach Galifianakis-hosted “Between Two Ferns,” President Barack Obama showed off his comedy chops with zingers about his host’s “Hangover” films and repulsion at his spider bites, all while promoting his Healthcare.gov website, which he insisted “works great now.”

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Bill, Barack and Neil: Now that’s a super science selfie!

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What do you get when you put Bill Nye the Science Guy and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in the same room at the White House with President Barack Obama? 

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President Obama: ‘Spirit of giving’ connects all Americans during holidays

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President Barack Obama used his annual Christmas message to urge Americans to remember troops serving far from home and embrace the spirit of the season and give back.

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Obama: ‘If I was interested in polling, I wouldn’t have run for president’

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In his final news conference of the year, the president addressed sagging approval ratings and lingering controversies, and said 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America.”

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Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Castro at Mandela service

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Briefly laying aside differences hardened over decades, President Barack Obama on Tuesday shook the hand of the president of Cuba at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

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Obama’s approval rating sinks to all-time low, NBC News/WSJ poll shows

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Just 42 percent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance, as frustration and pessimism about the nation’s direction grows.

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President Obama is a fan of Pope Francis

POTUS digs the pontiff.

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he is “hugely impressed” with Pope Francis’ humble style.

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Obama ‘exasperated’ over government shutdown, warns we’re ‘in trouble’

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During an exclusive interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, President Obama says he’s bent over backwards to work with Republicans, but that he’s exasperated, because “this is entirely unnecessary.”

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Obama to Congress: ‘You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job’

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As House Republicans vowed once again to delay Obamacare for a year, the president called the impending crisis “the height of irresponsibility.”

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Obama: Iran overtures on nukes a step toward relationship of ‘mutual respect’

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President Barack Obama said Tuesday that recent overtures from Iran on its nuclear program could start the United States and Iran down a “long road towards a different relationship — one based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”

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Putin to Obama: Promise you won’t strike

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Russia’s proposal for Syria to hand over its chemical arsenal “can work only” if the U.S. rejects the use of force, Putin said Tuesday – hours before Obama prepares to address the nation over the need for military action.

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Obama: I’m not sure I’ll order Syria strike without Congress’ support

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"I’m taking this vote in Congress and what the American people are saying very seriously," the president tells NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie. "To act without consensus … that’s not the kind of precedent I want to set."

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