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Jun 13, 2014

Obama to unveil education proposals on American Indian trip

WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Friday will make his first visit to an American Indian
reservation since entering the White House on a trip to unveil
new measures aimed at boosting education and economic
opportunities for indigenous people.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will travel to the Standing
Rock Sioux Tribal Nation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to show
the administration’s commitment to “upholding our strong and
crucial nation-to-nation relationship,” the White House said.

Jun 12, 2014

Obama does not rule out air strikes against Iraq insurgents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is not ruling out air strikes to assist the Iraqi government fight a growing radical Islamist insurgency, President Barack Obama said on Thursday, raising the possibility of the first American military intervention in Iraq since the end of the U.S.-led war.

Obama was asked whether Washington would consider drone strikes to combat violence that threatens to break up the country. “Iraq is going to need more help. It’s going to need more help from us, and it’s going to need more help from the international community,” he said.

Jun 12, 2014

Obama does not rule out anything to confront Iraq insurgency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he is looking at all options to help the Iraqi government face down a growing insurgency from radical Islamists and does not rule out military strikes to bring security to the country.

“My team is working around the clock to identify how we can provide the most effective assistance to (Iraq),” he told reporters in the Oval Office.

Jun 12, 2014
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Jun 11, 2014

U.S. student loan refinancing bill fails Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation to allow student loan borrowers to refinance at lower interest rates failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, dooming a measure that was a Democratic priority ahead of November congressional elections.

Democrats had said the bill would let holders of both federal and private undergraduate loans – some with rates of 9 percent or higher – to refinance at 3.86 percent. Republicans thought the legislation was too expensive.

Jun 7, 2014
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Jun 6, 2014

Russia, Ukraine leaders shake hands, talk at D-Day event

By John Irish and Jeff Mason

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France(Reuters) – The leaders of Russia and Ukraine met on Friday for the first time since Moscow annexed Crimea as world leaders commemorated the 70th anniversary of the World War Two D-Day landings in France.

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko for a 15-minute meeting before an official lunch for visiting world dignitaries.

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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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