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Apr 20, 2014
Apr 20, 2014

Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama’s political base

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama’s liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.

Environmentalists, worried about the project’s effect on climate change, have put enormous pressure on the president to reject the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands, staging demonstrations outside the White House and protests in states where he travels.

Apr 20, 2014

Analysis: Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama’s political base

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama’s liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.

Environmentalists, worried about the project’s effect on climate change, have put enormous pressure on the president to reject the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands, staging demonstrations outside the White House and protests in states where he travels.

Apr 16, 2014

New U.S. sanctions against Russia likely after Geneva meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. sanctions punishing Russia for its actions in Ukraine are likely to be announced as early as Friday if, as expected, a meeting between top foreign ministers in Geneva fails to produce significant progress.

U.S. officials said they did not foresee a big breakthrough at the talks on Thursday between Russian, Ukrainian, U.S. and EU foreign ministers about the crisis, which was triggered by the February overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovich, after weeks of protests.

Apr 16, 2014
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Apr 16, 2014
Apr 14, 2014

Obama blasts Russia in tense call with Putin over Ukraine

WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that Russia’s
actions in Ukraine were not conducive to a diplomatic solution
of the crisis in that country, and the White House warned that
Moscow would suffer further costs for its behavior.

Obama spoke to Putin at the Russians’ request, a senior
administration official said, describing the call as “frank and
direct,” a diplomatic construction that usually means tense.

Apr 14, 2014
Apr 14, 2014

White House warns Russia of more ‘costs’ over Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House warned Russia on Monday that it would face further costs over its actions in Ukraine and said U.S. President Barack Obama would speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin soon.

U.S. officials stopped short of announcing a new set of sanctions against Ukraine but said they were in consultations with European partners about the prospect.

    • About Jeff

      "Jeff Mason has covered the White House since 2009 and was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He joined Reuters in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and German business news. He then spent 3 1/2 years in Brussels, Belgium covering the European Union with a focus on climate change and energy policy. He moved to Washington in 2008 to cover the historic primaries and presidential race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and Canada's CBC. He is a graduate of ..."
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      2000
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