In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama offered Easter greetings and called on Americans to look beyond their different faiths to foster a sense of community. "The common thread of humanity that connects us all - not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs - is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves," President Obama said. "For me, Easter is a story of hope - a belief in a better day to come, just around the bend," he added.
A once-secret memo released Monday by the Obama administration says The United States can use lethal force against a U.S. citizen overseas if that person is part of an enemy organization seeking to attack the U.S. The 2011 killing of one such American -- al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki -- was justified because it was carried out under applicable laws of war, the memo said.
While speaking at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, President Obama was heckled by someone shouting about Jesus Christ and the universe, but the man was booed by the crowd, which began yelling "O-ba-ma" in unison. "I've actually met that guy before," the president joked as the man appeared to be escorted away.
Obama Weighing Options For Rescuing Iraqi Refugees
The White House said President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain. A U.S. military-led rescue mission on Sinjar Mountain could involve putting American troops on the ground. But officials insisted that their mission would be strictly a humanitarian rescue and would not constitute a return to combat 2½ years after the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq.
President Barack Obama is blaming Russia for the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, but says the U.S. won't take military action there. Obama also says confronting the Islamic State militants requires a regional strategy with Middle East states.