San Bernardino

President's Pledge of Federal Help for Dallas is No Guarantee
Florida was denied $5M by FEMA after Orlando nightclub attack

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where five Dallas police officers were killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama ’s pledge Friday to send “whatever” federal help Dallas officials might need after an attack that left five police officers dead could send a wave of agents and experts to Texas, but it doesn’t guarantee that local officials will get everything they ask for.  

Obama, speaking from Poland where he is attending a NATO summit , said he spoke with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to “convey the deepest condolences of the American people.” The president said he also conveyed that “the federal government will provide whatever assistance Dallas may need as it deals with this tremendous tragedy.”  

Obama Backs iPhone Searches, But Not ‘Willy-Nilly’ Access
Certain Criminal Cases Should be the Exceptions

Obama, at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas, weighs in on the dispute over iPhone searches in criminal cases.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SXSW)

President Barack Obama believes law enforcement should be able to force Apple to unlock iPhones when investigating certain criminal cases, but he cautioned against “willy-nilly” searches of mobile devices.  

Obama’s comments were among his most substantive on the ongoing debate about Apple’s dispute with the Justice Department, which wants the technology behemoth to unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in last year's mass workplace killing in San Bernardino, Calif. His administration has been trying to help bring about a resolution, but so far as failed to do so.  

4 Surprises From Obama's Town Hall

Obama listens to a question from Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu during Thursday's town hall. (Aude Guerrucci/Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama took his plea for gun control to prime time on Thursday, but it is unclear how many minds his CNN town hall will change.  

Obama took questions for just over an hour from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and audience members, some gun-rights advocates and others from the firearms-control community. The event came several days after Obama unveiled a series of executive actions to beef up the federal background check system and other moves intended to curb mass shootings.  

Obama Poised to Tighten Gun Laws After Holidays

Congressional Republicans and Obama are at a standoff over access to guns. . (Saul Loeb/Pool/Getty Images File Photo)

Senior congressional aides and sources in the gun-control community expect the White House to use its executive powers to tighten federal gun laws shortly after President Barack Obama returns from a Hawaiian vacation in early January.  

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday he anticipates a legal review to continue through the holidays.  

Changes to Gun Laws Appear to Be Beyond Obama's Reach

Obama seemed resigned on Thursday that gun law reform might be beyond his reach. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Despite his pleas that changes could help prevent mass shootings like the one that killed 14 on Wednesday in San Bernardino, Calif., President Barack Obama seems resigned that he's mostly powerless to overhaul the country’s gun laws.  

Obama has urged stricter gun laws for much of his tenure, doing so during funerals and vigils for victims during his presidency. But with just 13 months remaining in office, even Obama appears resigned that the “common-sense gun safety laws” for which he often has advocated are out of his reach.