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Feb 28, 2013

Michelle Obama hopes to put spotlight on her to good use

CHICAGO, Feb 28 (Reuters) – First lady Michelle Obama knows
she has star power, and she has used it for four years to
champion her causes of fighting childhood obesity and helping
military families.

But now that she has successfully made it through the last
political campaign for her husband, President Barack Obama, the
first lady is also having fun with her popularity – raising
questions over whether she has gone too far in becoming a pop
culture icon.

Feb 10, 2013

Republican senator says will block CIA, Pentagon nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday threatened to block votes on President Barack Obama’s nominees for CIA director and defense secretary until the administration gives more information about the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Graham and other Republican lawmakers have questioned Obama’s response to the September 11, 2012, incident in which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

Jan 19, 2013

Americans roll up sleeves in day of service before inauguration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From sprucing up hiking trails to painting schools, Americans across the country, including President Barack Obama and his family, took part in a national day of service on Saturday to help kick off presidential inauguration ceremonies.

The day honors the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who famously said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Obama will be publicly sworn in for a second term on Monday, which is also a national holiday honoring King.

Jan 16, 2013

US Secret Service, police gear up for inauguration

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service said
it hopes to balance security with pragmatism during upcoming
inauguration festivities, making changes to prevent a repeat of
2009, when thousands of people got stuck in a tunnel and never
saw President Barack Obama’s swearing in.

Less than a week before the Jan. 21 inauguration, the Secret
Service, FBI and other law enforcement agencies said they hope
changes will improve the flow of hundreds of thousands of people
who are expected to gather on the National Mall to watch Obama
begin his second term.

Jan 12, 2013

U.S. launches safety review of 787 after recent issues

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government ordered a wide-ranging review of Boeing’s latest passenger jet, the 787 Dreamliner, citing concern over a fire and other recent problems but insisting the plane was still safe to fly.

It was unclear how long the review will take or how much it will ultimately cost Boeing, but the company was concerned enough that it sent a top executive to a Washington press conference on the problem. Boeing shares fell 3 percent.

Jan 11, 2013

U.S. to review Boeing 787 safety issues

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The United States
ordered a wide review of Boeing’s latest passenger jet, the 787
Dreamliner, citing “concern” over a spate of technical problems
in recent weeks.

Regulators said the Dreamliner remained safe to fly but a
thorough examination was needed to identify the root cause of
the problems including a fire on a parked 787 on Monday.

Jan 11, 2013

Boeing Dreamliner hit by two more mishaps in Japan

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States ordered a wide review of Boeing’s latest passenger jet, the 787 Dreamliner, citing “concern” over a spate of technical problems in recent weeks.

Regulators said the Dreamliner remained safe to fly but a thorough examination was needed to identify the root cause of the problems including a fire on a parked 787 on Monday.

Nov 16, 2012

U.S. gives states more time to make Obama health law decision

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The federal government on Thursday gave states another month to decide if they will operate insurance exchanges under the new U.S. healthcare law, after some Republican governors stalled in the hope President Barack Obama would lose last week’s election.

The delay was the second time in a week that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius showed flexibility on deadlines as a way to entice states to cooperate in implementing Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

Nov 8, 2012

U.S. election system needs an overhaul, but it’s not that easy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters in Florida were still waiting to cast their ballots more than six hours after polls closed on Election Day, registered voters in Ohio were told they were not on voter rolls and new voter ID laws in Pennsylvania led to confusion at voting places.

Election Day problems have become commonplace in the United States in recent general elections. But a comment by President Barack Obama offered a glimmer of hope that problems that have dogged voting for years might finally be addressed.

Nov 8, 2012

Election system needs an overhaul, but it’s not that easy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters in Florida were still waiting to cast their ballots more than six hours after polls closed on Election Day, registered voters in Ohio were told they were not on voter rolls and new voter ID laws in Pennsylvania led to confusion at voting places.

Election Day problems have become commonplace in the United States in recent general elections. But a comment by President Barack Obama offered a glimmer of hope that problems that have dogged voting for years might finally be addressed.

    • About Deborah

      "General assignment reporter in Washington, DC where she has previously covered the White House, Justice Department, Homeland Security and foreign affairs. Debbie has covered three presidential campaigns, including extensive coverage of Obama from 2007 through inauguration. Also worked in bureaus in Madrid, Bangkok, Montreal, Toronto, New York and Buenos Aires. In February she covered her fifth Olympics in Vancouver."
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      1990
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