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Dec 10, 2013

Biden announces mental health push on eve of Newtown anniversary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding nearly a year after a school shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut.

Biden, who spearheaded a failed Obama administration campaign for stronger gun control measures following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, met with families of the victims and mental health advocates.

Dec 10, 2013

Former Clinton aide Podesta joining White House to advise Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, is returning to the White House to advise President Barack Obama as he struggles to regain his footing after the flawed healthcare law rollout.

Podesta steered Obama’s transition team in 2008 after he won the presidency. His arrival is a signal that the president, famous for accepting counsel primarily from a tight-knit group of advisers, is looking for some outside help as he seeks to regain momentum in his second term.

Dec 9, 2013
Dec 9, 2013
Dec 9, 2013

Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine feted at Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With notes of rock, jazz and opera, Washington feted piano man Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and guitarist Carlos Santana on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors, the capital’s annual celebration of the arts.

Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and opera singer Martina Arroyo rounded out the list of honorees at the country’s prestigious awards ceremony for stars of the stage, screen and concert hall.

Dec 8, 2013
Dec 7, 2013

Obama defends interim Iran deal, seeks to assure Israel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact.

U.S. relations with Israel have been strained by the interim agreement, reached between Iran and major world powers including the United States, was designed to halt further advances in Iran’s nuclear program and buy time for negotiations on a final settlement.

Dec 7, 2013
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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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