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Mar 1, 2014

Obama preaches unity to Democrats at winter meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fiery President Barack Obama on Friday attempted to rally Democratic activists to overcome stiff headwinds and work hard for the party’s congressional candidates this year in an election-year speech that was sharply critical of Republicans.

The president addressed the winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Washington with the aim of maintaining a spirit of unity among party activists. Democrats are trying to face down emboldened Republicans who see a chance of capturing the Senate and building on their majority in the House of Representatives.

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Obama launches personal effort to propel black and Latino boys

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday launched a very personal appeal to help improve opportunities for boys from minority groups who, he said, resembled him as a youth and faced statistical challenges that their white peers did not.

Noting that he grew up without a father and made poor choices including drug use, Obama said that helping black and Hispanic boys succeed was a moral and an economic imperative for the United States.

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      "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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