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Mar 3, 2015

Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday.

Interviewed at the White House, Obama moved to dial back tensions over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress on Tuesday opposing the Iran deal, saying it was a distraction that would not be “permanently destructive” to U.S. Israeli ties.

Mar 2, 2015

Obama, Israel’s Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of the Israeli prime minister’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of U.S.-Israeli strains over the issue.

Even as the two leaders professed their commitment to a strong partnership and sought to play down the diplomatic row, they delivered dueling messages – Netanyahu in a speech to pro-Israeli supporters and Obama in an interview with Reuters – that hammered home their differences on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Mar 2, 2015

Exclusive: Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April.

In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with Cuba after more than a half-century rupture.

Mar 2, 2015

Exclusive: Nemtsov killing sign of worsening climate in Russia – Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday that the killing of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov is a sign of a worsening climate in Russia where civil rights and media freedoms have been rolled back in the last several years.

Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin on Friday night in a gangland-style murder.

Mar 2, 2015

Exclusive: Obama sharply criticizes China’s plans for new technology rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China’s plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping.

In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing’s plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys, the passcodes that help protect data, and install security “backdoors” in their systems to give Chinese authorities surveillance access.

Mar 2, 2015

Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt nuclear work for at least a decade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement.

In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress opposing the Iran deal on Tuesday was a distraction that would not be “permanently destructive” to U.S. Israeli ties.

Feb 25, 2015

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline, leaving it in limbo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as promised, swiftly vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.

The U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after receiving Obama’s veto message, immediately countered by announcing the Republican-led chamber would attempt to override it by March 3.

Feb 24, 2015

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday swiftly delivered on his vow to veto a Republican bill
approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, leaving the
long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.

The Senate received Obama’s veto message and Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell immediately countered by announcing the
Republican-led chamber would attempt to overturn the veto by
March 3.

Feb 23, 2015

Obama presses new rule for broker advice on retirement investments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor on Monday to proceed with new rules that would rein in conflicts of interests among Wall Street brokers who advise clients on retirement investments, administration officials said.

The change would mandate that brokers follow a “fiduciary standard” to prioritize clients’ interests over brokers’ interests, they said. The proposal is opposed by many Republicans and financial firms, which are fearful that the plan will limit broker compensation.

Feb 19, 2015

Obama picks State’s Psaki to lead White House communications

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has
picked U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki to take over
as White House communications director, bringing someone with
whom he has a long history back into his inner circle as other
long-time aides depart.

“Jen worked on both my campaigns, she’s served in the White
House and she’s traveled the world as an advisor to Secretary
(John) Kerry,” Obama said in a statement.

    • 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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