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Aug 27, 2015

Obama lauds New Orleans’ progress since Katrina, says more to be done

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality.

On his ninth trip to the city that made worldwide headlines in 2005 after a devastating flood and slow government response, Obama toured a neighborhood of colorful new houses and a new school and community center.

Aug 27, 2015

Obama to address inequality’s role in Katrina disaster

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday will highlight the “structural inequality” that hurt poor black people in New Orleans before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, during a visit to celebrate the city’s progress 10 years after the storm.

On what the White House said was his ninth trip to Louisiana, Obama will meet with people who lived through the storm and recovered, heralding a city reborn.

Aug 26, 2015

Obama appoints economist Shambaugh to Council of Economic Advisers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jay Shambaugh, a George Washington University professor, is joining the White House Council of Economic Advisers as its third member, rounding out a team that provides economic analysis and advice to President Barack Obama.

The White House on Wednesday announced Obama’s appointment of Shambaugh, who worked as a staff economist for the CEA from 2009 to 2011. He replaces Maurice Obstfeld, who is joining the International Monetary Fund.

Aug 24, 2015

White House says Obama may endorse in 2016 Democratic race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday left open the possibility that President Barack Obama would make an endorsement in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary race, which could feature his vice president running against his former secretary of state.

Vice President Joe Biden is mulling a race against Hillary Clinton, the current front runner in the nominating contest, who is struggling to overcome fire over her use of a private email server during her time as the top U.S. diplomat.

Aug 22, 2015

Biden meets liberal leader Warren while mulling White House run

By Jeff Mason

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met on Saturday with Senator Elizabeth Warren, a popular progressive leader with a big support base among Democrats, as he mulls whether to run for president, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Biden has been huddling with senior advisers to evaluate options for taking on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner who has struggled to overcome fallout from her use of a private email server while working as the nation’s top diplomat.

Aug 21, 2015

Islamic State second-in-command killed in U.S. air strike – White House

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate across the Muslim world.

“Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz … was killed in a U.S. military air strike on August 18 while travelling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah,” White House spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Aug 21, 2015

White House: Islamic State second-in-command killed in U.S. air strike

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate across the Muslim world.

“Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz … was killed in a U.S. military air strike on August 18 while traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah,” White House spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Aug 18, 2015

White House hires first openly transgender staff member

, Aug 18 (Reuters) – The White House has
hired its first openly transgender staff member, officials said
on Tuesday, marking the latest step in President Barack Obama’s
public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
rights.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a transgender woman who has worked
as a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender
Equality, will serve as outreach and recruitment director in the
White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Aug 16, 2015

Obamas, Clintons golf and fete friend on Martha’s Vineyard

By Jeff Mason

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama played golf with former President Bill Clinton and attended a party with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday to celebrate the birthday of Washington power broker and mutual friend Vernon Jordan.

The birthday bash, which took place on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, reunited the two powerful Democratic families in the midst of a second White House bid by Hillary Clinton, who is under fire for using a private email server during her time as the top U.S. diplomat.

Aug 15, 2015

Obama, Bill Clinton play golf together on Martha’s Vineyard

, Aug 15 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama and former President Bill Clinton played golf together on
Saturday ahead of an evening birthday celebration for Washington
power broker and mutual friend Vernon Jordan.

The birthday bash reunites Obama and his former secretary of
state, Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential
candidate who is under fire for using a private email server
during her time as the top U.S. diplomat.

    • About Jeff

      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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