WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama Monday reaffirmed his call for Libya's embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. After a meeting in the Oval office with Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen Obama told reporters Gadhafi , "has lost legitimacy and he needs to leave, and that we as an international community have to speak firmly against any violence that's directed at civilians."
The president said the United States, working with NATO and the United Nations, would be looking at "a wide range of options that continue to tighten the noose around Gadhafi and apply additional pressure." The president noted that Denmark and Prime Minister Rasmussen in particular had been a leader in Europe's efforts to apply tough sanctions against the Libyan leader's regime. FULL POST
WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was joined by administration officials to answer questions about the nuclear power plants in Japan that were damaged after Thursday's earthquake and tsunamis.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said there is a "very low probability" that harmful radiation levels will reach the United States and other territories.
Jaczko called it a "serious situation," but he and Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman said they don't expect these events will result in any changes in U.S. nuclear power policy.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama declared Monday that he's "heartbroken" by the devastation of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, and vowed to help in any way possible to help the close U.S. ally rebuild.
"I want to reiterate America's support for the people of Japan, who are some of our closest friends and allies," Obama said during an event at a middle school in northern Virginia. "And I've said directly to the prime minister of Japan, Prime Minister Kan that the United States will continue to offer any assistance we can as Japan recovers from multiple disasters. And we will stand with the people of Japan in the difficult days ahead."
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, who had a pre-scheduled meeting with Obama on Monday afternoon to discuss the war in Afghanistan and unrest in the Mideast among other key issues, told CNN in an interview that the relief efforts for Japan would also now be a key part of their Oval Office discussion as well. FULL POST
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama called Monday for Congress to pass education reforms by the time students return to school next fall, telling a Virginia middle school that fixing problems in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - more commonly known as "No Child Left Behind" - should be a top priority.
"In the 21st century, it's not enough to leave no child behind. We need to help every child get ahead," Obama said, urging Congress "to send me an education reform bill I can sign into law before the next school year begins."
Mindful of the budget debate currently enveloping Washington , Obama insisted that education funding must remain robust because it was vital to the nation's future success.
"We cannot cut education," Obama said, noting that families facing tough times cut back on vacation or movies or eating out, rather than dipping into savings for a child's college tuition. "A budget that sacrifices our children's education will be a budget that sacrifices our country's future." FULL POST
President Obama delivers another speech about reforming education at Kenmore Middle School Monday. He's pushing for an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act and will ask Congress to finish the necessary changes before the next school year begins. He'll also visit a classroom at the Arlington, Virginia school. Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with Denmark Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and afterward they'll deliver statements to the press. He'll also be meeting separately with his senior advisers and General David Petraeus. In the evening, the president will attend a DNC event that will be closed press.
Schedule after the jump: FULL POST