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Jun 5, 2014
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Jun 4, 2014

Obama defends deal that freed soldier amid growing demands for hearings

WASHINGTON/WARSAW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama defended on Tuesday the prisoner swap deal that freed a U.S. soldier from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, and the Army pledged to investigate the circumstances of his capture after fellow soldiers said he had deserted.

Trying to defuse concerns of members of Congress who said the president broke the law by not giving them advance notice of the agreement, Obama told a news conference in Warsaw: “Regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop.”

Jun 3, 2014

Obama offers military help to Eastern Europe allies worried by Russia

WARSAW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama promised on Tuesday to beef up military support for eastern European members of the NATO alliance who fear they could be next in the firing line after the Kremlin’s intervention in Ukraine.

Under fire from critics at home who say his leadership on the world stage has not been muscular enough, Obama unveiled plans to spend up to $1 billion in supporting and training the armed forces of NATO states on Russia’s borders.

Jun 3, 2014

Obama defends operation to rescue U.S. soldier from Taliban

WARSAW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the deal to get U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl out of Taliban captivity, saying questions that have emerged about the circumstances of the soldier’s capture did not negate the need to bring him home.

As Bergdahl emerges from five years of captivity, former comrades have accused him of walking away from his unit, prompting a manhunt that they say cost the lives of at least six fellow soldiers.

Jun 3, 2014
Jun 3, 2014

In Poland, Obama reassures eastern Europe allies over Ukraine

WARSAW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama assured Poland and its eastern European neighbors on Tuesday that the U.S. commitment to their security was sacrosanct at the start of a four-day trip meant to show U.S. resolve after the Russian intervention in Ukraine.

The White House unveiled plans for a $1 billion initiative to send more of its military to Europe on a temporary basis but stopped short of promising to beef up its permanent presence as some of Washington’s allies are seeking. It said the United States would review its force presence on the continent.

Jun 2, 2014

U.S. unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. power sector must
cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005
levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that
form the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate
change strategy.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal is one of the
most significant environmental rules proposed by the United
States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on
coal for nearly 38 percent of electricity.

Jun 2, 2014
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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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