Barack Obama

Global Scan

Italy's army enters the marijuana business

Italy recently allowed the chronically sick to purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes. But the country's supply has been severely constrained. Now the army is stepping in. Meanwhile, in Canada, the elk supply is anything but constrained and that's a problem. And President Barack Obama may have to ally with Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Conflict & Justice

Obama will outline his strategy for fighting the Islamic State movement

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday, and he's expected to make his case for further US military action against the militants who call themselves the Islamic State. The president is likely to announce a continuation of the air campaign that began against ISIS in Iraq a month ago, and the possible start of airstrikes against the militants in Syria.

Global Scan

Vladimir Putin would like you to know he too opposes fracking

Imagine the foes of fracking and you'd probably put Greenpeace at the top of the list. But add Vladimir Putin too — someone who rarely sees eye-to-eye with the environmentalists. But he has his own reasons, not tied to saving the Earth. Meanwhile, there's tension over US military actions in Iraq. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

Richardson chosen for commerce post

President-elect Barack Obama today named New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as his commerce secretary. One of the country's most prominent Latino politicians accepted the nomination...in Spanish and English. The World's Matthew Bell reports.

Conflict & Justice

Health care reform passed

President Barack Obama is celebrating the passage of health care reform that he made the central goal of his presidency. As The World's Jeb Sharp reports, this puts the United States much more in line with other industrialized countries.

Arts, Culture & Media

Obama in Ireland

President Barack Obama met the locals Monday in Moneygall, the village in Ireland where his great-great-great-grandfather lived before moving to the US. Anchor Lisa Mullins gets details from Irish Independent reporter Eimear Ni Bhraonain.