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Follow the 2012 candidacy of President Barack Obama in our selection of audio clips and coverage.

Follow the 2012 candidacy of President Barack Obama in our selection of audio clips and coverage.


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Follow the 2012 candidacy of President Barack Obama in our selection of audio clips and coverage.






Putin, Obama Meet On Syria, But Deep Differences Remain

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and President Obama spent much of their meeting talking about Syria, but have very different ideas on how to resolve the country's war.


Obama, Castro Strike Different Notes In U.N. Remarks

In his U.N. speech, President Obama cited improved ties with Cuba as an example of his commitment to diplomacy. But in his remarks, Cuban leader Raul Castro laid out a series of demands.


Obama, Putin Meet After Trading Dueling Statements On Syria

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Monday after both spoke at the United Nations General Assembly. The two have been at odds over a solution to the Syrian conflict.


Obama, Putin Give Dueling Speeches On Syrian Conflict At United Nations

Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly in a decade on Monday. Iran's President is also speaking in the wake of his country's nuclear deal with world powers.


Obama At U.N. Vows To Work With Russia, Iran To Resolve Syrian Confict

President Obama vowed to work with Russia and Iran to resolve the Syrian conflict at the United Nations General Assembly Monday, but he insisted there's no place for Bashar al-Assad.


Ahead Of Meeting With Putin, Obama Addresses Syria At U.N.

Steve Inskeep speaks with NPR's Michele Kelemen about President Obama's address to the United Nations, and what it means for U.S. action on the Syrian conflict and for relations with Russia.


Amid Tensions, Obama And Putin To Meet At The U.N.

President Obama meets Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. The meeting comes as Russia has been more assertive in the Middle East.


President Obama And Putin To Meet For The First Time In 2 Years

President Obama and Putin meet on Monday about Russia's military buildup in Syria. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, about their first meeting in years.


Obama And Xi Emerge From Meeting With Big-Ticket Promise On Climate

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Obama agreed on at least one thing this week: They need to coordinate action to lower greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.


Obama To Meet Russian President Vladimir Putin At U.N. Next Week

The White House confirmed Thursday that President Obama will meet next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a United Nations gathering in New York. The one-on-one meeting marks an end to U.S. efforts to isolate Russia over its military maneuvers in eastern Ukraine.


Obama Meets With China's President Amid 'Enormous Strain' Between Nations

China's president Xi Jinping arrives in Washington, D.C., for a two-day state visit. It comes as relations between the two countries are turbulent. Analysts say this will be President Obama's most difficult summit to date.


Sun Shines On Pope's Speech, As Obama Lays Out A Warm Welcome

On a beautiful sunny day, in front of a massive crowd, President Obama greeted Pope Francis at the White House. For more details, Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Scott Horsley at the White House.


Cybersecurity Tops Agenda As Chinese President Visits Obama

One of the biggest topics President Obama is expected to discuss with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week is the hacking of U.S. companies by China. American officials say the issue threatens relations between the countries, and the U.S. is threatening to impose sanctions.


Donald Trump Fails To Correct Supporter Who Called Obama A Muslim

A lackluster week for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign is ending in controversy over his response to a supporter who questioned President Obama's religion and birthplace.


Obama Makes College Aid Application Earlier And Easier

The Obama administration announced big changes Monday to help students fill out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, predicting hundreds of thousands more students will get help as a result.


President Obama's New 'College Scorecard' Is A Torrent Of Data

The Obama administration unveiled its long-awaited College Scorecard on Saturday. It aims to help prospective students decide what school best fits their needs.


Running for President on Obamacare Light?

Two Republican candidates for President appear to be running on a health care platform of "Obamacare Light," according to Michael Cannon.

Obama Signs Order To Extend Contractors' Paid Sick Leave

President Obama signed an executive order Monday giving up to seven paid sick days a year to employees of federal contractors. The White House says this could benefit around 300,000 workers.


Obama Hosts Saudi King To Ease Concerns Over Iran Nuclear Deal

The Iran nuclear deal has strained Obama's relations with allies in the Middle East. The visit comes just before Congress begins debating the Iran deal.


Obama To Reassure Saudi King Amid Concerns Over Iran Nuclear Deal

To prove its support for Gulf Arab allies, the Obama administration is stepping up military sales to Saudi Arabia. The president hosts King Salman at the White House today.