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Apr 17, 2015

Obama says will sign bill allowing Congress to review Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday a bill allowing Congress to review a deal concerning Iran’s nuclear program was a “reasonable compromise” he planned to sign, and he expressed confidence it would not derail talks with Tehran.

Obama told a White House news conference that Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Corker and the panel’s leading Democrat, Ben Cardin, had agreed they would protect the bill from “poison pills” amendments that would be tilted toward trying to kill an agreement with Iran.

Apr 14, 2015

Obama warns Iran its fighters in Iraq must answer to Baghdad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned Iran on Tuesday that its fighters must respect Iraq’s sovereignty and answer to the government in Baghdad in the battle against Islamic State militants.

Iran-backed Shi’ite militias have played a major and growing role in battling the Sunni Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot also known as ISIL, that emerged from the chaos in Iraq and neighbouring Syria and which swept through northern Iraq last June.

Apr 14, 2015

Obama warns Iran fighters in Iraq must respect its sovereignty

WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
warned Iran on Tuesday that its fighters must respect Iraq’s
sovereignty and report to Baghdad in the region-wide battle
against Islamic State militants.

Iran-backed Shi’ite militias have played a major role in
battling the Sunni group, an al Qaeda offshoot that emerged from
the chaos in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Apr 14, 2015

Obama, Iraq’s Abadi to discuss Islamic State fight in White House meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and President Barack Obama will discuss the fight against Islamic State on Tuesday at a White House meeting likely to be dominated by Iraqi requests for U.S. arms and tension over Iran’s role on the battlefield.

In his first U.S. trip since becoming prime minister, Abadi is expected to seek billions of dollars in drones and other U.S. weapons to combat Islamic State, which seized much of northern and central Iraq last year.

Apr 8, 2015

A third of Republicans support Iran nuclear deal: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thirty-one percent of U.S. Republicans favor a new nuclear deal with Iran, creating a challenge for their party’s lawmakers who largely oppose the framework accord sealed between Tehran and world powers, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.

Another 30 percent of Republicans oppose the pact, while 40 percent are not sure, according to the poll, which revealed a sharp split in the party as its leaders ramp up opposition to the deal championed by President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. says Iran sanctions face phase-out, Obama knocks Israel demand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognizing Israel.

“The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms,” Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

Apr 4, 2015

Obama presses case for Iran nuclear deal in weekly address

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama assured Americans on Saturday that a newly negotiated framework for a nuclear pact with Iran was a “good deal” as he sought public support for a diplomatic breakthrough that many in Congress oppose.

A day after placing calls to top U.S. lawmakers to urge support for the agreement, Obama pressed his case that the deal would ensure Washington’s longtime foe would not be able to build a nuclear weapon.

Apr 3, 2015

White House ‘confident’ on finalizing details for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday pressed its case for a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, expressing confidence in hammering out final details as President Barack Obama reached out to leaders in Congress, where U.S. lawmakers remain cautious.

Obama called the four top leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to discuss the framework agreement announced on Thursday by negotiators in Switzerland, a spokesman said. The agreement lays the groundwork for a final deal to be laid out by a June 30 deadline.

Apr 2, 2015

Tensions with Warren camp could loom over Clinton campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The race for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is turning into a battle of ideas between a woman who has not yet said she is running and another who insists she won’t.

Hillary Clinton is expected to launch her White House bid later this month, while Elizabeth Warren, the senator known for her fiery anti-Wall Street rhetoric, repeated this week that she is not seeking the Democratic nomination.

Apr 1, 2015

U.S. targets overseas cyber attackers with new sanctions program

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
launched a new sanctions program on Wednesday to target
individuals and groups outside the United States that use
“malicious” cyber attacks to threaten U.S. foreign policy,
national security or economic stability.

In an executive order, Obama declared such activities a
“national emergency” and allowed the U.S. Treasury Department to
freeze the assets and bar other financial transactions of
entities engaged in destructive cyber attacks.

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      "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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