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Jan 17, 2014

Obama takes swipe at Snowden in spy reform speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday took a swipe at Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy contractor whose revelations about American surveillance practices tarnished relations with foreign allies and prompted reforms in Washington.

Obama unveiled those reforms during a long-awaited speech that balanced pledges to increase privacy protections with a warning that intelligence gathering would continue.

Jan 17, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 14, 2014

Obama: Won’t wait for legislation to advance 2014 priorities

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
on Tuesday he would not wait for Congress to pass legislation to
advance his policy priorities this year and said he was “getting
close” to finishing a review of U.S. surveillance practices – to
be unveiled on Friday.

Obama, speaking to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the
White House, foreshadowed his upcoming State of the Union
address and what appeared to be a new messaging strategy by
emphasizing his ability to take executive actions without
approval from lawmakers.

Jan 14, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
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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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