President Barack Obama

J.D. Gray

President Obama returned to Elkhart Wednesday seeking to bring a major part of his presidency full circle, trumpeting what he sees as the city's and the nation’s economic resurgence. 

But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the president’s speech actually was more about looking forward than looking back.

J.D. Gray

President Barack Obama is shining a spotlight on Elkhart, Indiana – the first city he visited as president – calling it a symbol of America’s economic recovery.

Obama returned Wednesday with a message defends his legacy while laying the groundwork for a Democratic victory this fall.

When the president visited in 2009, unemployment was nearly 20 percent in the community that heavily relies on manufacturing and the recreational vehicle industry,

Seven years later, that rate is now below four percent. 

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President Obama has nominated two Hoosiers to fill federal judicial vacancies.

Obama is asking the Senate to confirm former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Chicago-based court hears appeals from Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Selby became the first woman and the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court when then-Gov. Evan Bayh appointed her in 1995.

She's been in private practice since leaving the court in 1999.

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) / Facebook

Hoosier Islamic leaders are reacting to President Obama's call for American Muslims to help stop the spread of terrorism.

The President says that in the war on ISIS, American Muslim leaders must confront extremist ideology without excuse.

Islamic Society of North America spokesman Edgar Hopida agrees American Muslims must denounce the messages of groups like the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

“One of the things that we should do is continue to legitimize what mainstream Islam is all about and delegitimize what extremist rhetoric is going on,” Hopida says.

Sen. Coats Won't Support Lynch For U.S. Attorney General

Mar 20, 2015
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U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will not support President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. The Indiana Republican says Lynch’s view of the president’s executive action on immigration disqualifies her from the job.