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Nov 24, 2013

Obama has leeway on Iran, despite U.S. lawmakers’ concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on Sunday voiced skepticism about an interim nuclear deal reached with Iran but Congress looked likely to give President Barack Obama room to see if the agreement works.

The deal does not need to be ratified by Congress and Obama is using his executive power to temporarily suspend some existing U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Nov 24, 2013

U.S. has eyes ‘wide open’ to risks on Iran deal: Kerry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration insisted on strong safeguards in a nuclear deal with Iran and has no illusions about the risks that the Islamic state might not follow through on its obligations, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.

Kerry sought to reassure skeptics in the Congress who worry that the six-month agreement gives Iran too much leeway and that it might end up using it as a stalling tactic.

Nov 24, 2013

Kerry: U.S. has eyes “wide open” to risks on Iran deal

WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
insisted on strong safeguards in a nuclear deal with Iran and
has no illusions about the risks that the Islamic state might
not follow through on its obligations, U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry said on Sunday.

Kerry sought to reassure skeptics in the U.S. Congress who
worry that the six-month agreement gives Iran too much leeway
and that it might end up using it as a stalling tactic.

Nov 20, 2013

Democrats push to extend emergency U.S. jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressional Democrats are pushing to extend emergency unemployment benefits, saying they are needed to help the economy and provide a safety net for Americans struggling in a sluggish job market.

Extending unemployment benefits is a priority of President Barack Obama, and his fellow Democrats see an opportunity to include such an extension in a possible budget deal that is being negotiated by a bipartisan panel led by Republican Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington.

Nov 20, 2013

Obama was briefed earlier in year on health website problems

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who
has portrayed himself as surprised by technical problems with
the government’s new health care website, was briefed earlier
this year on a consultant’s report that warned of possible
widespread site failures, the White House said on Tuesday.

There have been weeks of questions about whether Obama
understood the depth of the site’s problems and let it open
anyway, or simply “did not have enough awareness” of them, as
the president stated at a Nov. 14 news conference.

Nov 19, 2013

Progress emerges in U.S. budget talks; Murray sees path to deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Signs of progress began to emerge in U.S. budget talks on Tuesday, as top Senate Democratic negotiator Patty Murray said that she sees a path toward an agreement to ease automatic “sequester” spending cuts.

Murray, asked if there was now a path forward in her talks with her counterpart, Republican Representative Paul Ryan, said: “I believe there is.”

Nov 19, 2013

Security risks to U.S. healthcare portal, experts testify in Congress

Nov 19 (Reuters) – Republicans opened a second front in
their political battle against President Barack Obama’s
healthcare program on Tuesday, with a coordinated effort to
convince Americans not only that its main enrollment website is
broken but that personal data is vulnerable to theft.

In a Republican-sponsored hearing in the U.S. House of
Representatives, three security experts said HealthCare.gov has
security flaws that put user data at risk despite government
assurances.

Nov 19, 2013

Officials say Obamacare website improves as Republicans pounce

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The race intensified on Monday between Republicans trying to discredit President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law and officials trying to repair the flawed website crucial to the success of his policy reform.

While Obama administration officials said they had made significant improvements to HealthCare.gov, Republicans began appealing to the public on Monday for personal accounts of negative experiences with the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.

Nov 18, 2013

No huge drop in Obamacare support despite rocky rollout: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The troubled rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law has hurt the popularity of the initiative, but the decline has been fairly modest, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Monday.

Forty-one percent of Americans expressed support for the 2010 law popularly known as Obamacare in a survey conducted from Thursday to Monday. That was down 3 percentage points from a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken from September 27 to October 1.

Nov 18, 2013

Poll: No huge drop in Obamacare support despite rocky rollout

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The troubled rollout of
President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law has hurt the
popularity of the initiative, but the decline has been fairly
modest, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Monday.

Forty-one percent of Americans expressed support for the
2010 law popularly known as Obamacare in a survey conducted from
Thursday to Monday. That was down 3 percentage points from a
Reuters/Ipsos poll taken from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1.

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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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