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Sep 20, 2014

Bill Clinton says must ‘do whatever it takes’ to fight Ebola

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight Ebola marked a “good beginning,” former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more.

“We’re still a little behind the curve but we’re getting there,” Clinton told reporters in a conference call, a day before his charity, the Clinton Global Initiative, was set to begin its 10th annual meeting in New York.

Apr 9, 2014

U.S. Republican Rubio to offer bill on new education financing vehicles

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Senator
Marco Rubio, a possible 2016 White House contender, will unveil
legislation on Wednesday to broaden the use of financial
vehicles known as “income share agreements” that students can
use to fund their higher education costs.

Under the agreements, which are marketed as an alternative
to traditional student loans, private investors or organizations
provide students with financing for their education costs in
exchange for a percentage of their future earnings.

Jan 9, 2014

In an election year, Republicans join the debate on poverty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on Wednesday seized on the 50th anniversary of the “War on Poverty” to attack long-cherished Democratic social programs and roll out their own alternatives for fighting income inequality.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a potential 2016 White House contender, stood in the Lyndon B. Johnson room of the U.S. Capitol to criticize what he said were flawed Democratic big-government solutions dating back to Johnson’s presidential tenure.

Dec 28, 2013

Democrats plan big push on U.S. jobless aid in new year

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
Democrats will make a major push when Congress returns Jan. 6 to
renew expired benefits for the unemployed and will seek to
pressure Republicans over the issue by painting them as uncaring
toward the middle class.

Federal unemployment benefits will officially expire for 1.3
million out-of-work Americans on Saturday. With Congress in
recess, no last-minute fix is possible.

Dec 27, 2013

Obama, Democrats push for extension of unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the eve of the expiration of federal benefits for the long-term unemployed, U.S. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are stepping up pressure on Republicans to renew the program.

Top White House economic adviser Gene Sperling said in a statement issued on Friday that a failure to renew emergency jobless benefits would harm the economy and he urged Congress to move quickly to pass a short-term extension of the aid.

Dec 21, 2013

Analysis: How the White House is rebranding Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last summer, White House officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its October 1 rollout.

So the administration, scrambling to create a publicity “buzz” that would ripple across social media, turned to Hollywood. Stars such as pop singer Lady Gaga – a Twitter icon with nearly 41 million followers – singer John Legend (5 million followers) and actress Olivia Wilde (1.2 million followers) tweeted messages urging their fans to “get covered” by the program known as Obamacare.

Dec 21, 2013

How the White House is rebranding Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Last summer, White House
officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to
enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls
showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the
success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its
Oct. 1 rollout.

So the administration, scrambling to create a publicity
“buzz” that would ripple across social media, turned to
Hollywood. Stars such as pop singer Lady Gaga – a Twitter icon
with nearly 41 million followers – singer John Legend (5 million
followers) and actress Olivia Wilde (1.2 million followers)
tweeted messages urging their fans to “get covered” by the
program known as Obamacare.

Dec 8, 2013

Democrats wouldn’t reject U.S. budget deal over jobless aid: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior Democrat said on Sunday he hoped an emerging deal on the U.S. budget would include an extension of unemployment benefits but added that his party would not necessarily walk away from an agreement that left it out.

“I don’t think we’ve reached that point where we’ve said, ‘This is it, take it or leave it,’” Senator Richard Durbin told the ABC program “This Week,” when pressed on whether his party would insist on including jobless aid in a final deal.

Dec 4, 2013

U.S. Republicans broaden attacks on Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the Obamacare website performing better, congressional Republicans on Wednesday returned to their broader attack on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, warning that it would harm the quality of medical care and drive up costs.

They used hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to highlight what they say are flaws in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that go beyond the potentially transitory issues of the website, HealthCare.gov, and cancellations of several million insurance policies that did not meet the law’s standards.

Nov 27, 2013

For Republicans, Obamacare is the gift that will keep on giving

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In its current disarray, Obamacare is providing Republicans with a steady stream of stories that any campaign manager would consider priceless: tales of ordinary people, some dreadfully ill, with canceled health insurance thanks to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

But what if the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed soon, as the Obama administration has promised, and canceled policies get replaced long before the November 2014 mid-term congressional elections and the 2016 presidential contest? What if the memories fade?

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      "Caren has covered the White House since 2003. In 2008, she was a lead correspondent covering President Barack Obama's campaign. She has covered international summits, the federal budget, U.S. policy on Iraq and Afghanistan, and has reported extensively on the U.S. economy. Caren joined Reuters in 1992. Caren is president of the White House Correspondents Association."
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