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Sep 17, 2015

White House prepares for pomp, politics of Pope Francis visit

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – When Pope Francis arrives in Washington next week, the White House hopes he will bring attention to the need to curb climate change and fight inequality – areas of common ground for the popular pontiff and President Barack Obama.

But after months of work on the agenda for their meeting, White House officials said on Thursday that they expect Pope Francis may also address issues such as gay marriage or government funding for abortion – policies on which the Catholic Church and White House fundamentally disagree.

Sep 17, 2015

Biden travels to key states, mulling U.S. presidential run

By Jeff Mason

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s journey to a decision on whether to run for president is taking him this week to California, Michigan, and Ohio – critical states for fundraising and electoral recognition if he decides to jump into the race.

The locations are not a coincidence, even though the events he is attending are officially sanctioned by the White House.

Sep 16, 2015

Mulling U.S. presidential run, Biden travels to key states

, Sept 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe
Biden’s journey to a decision on whether to run for president is
taking him this week to California, Michigan, and Ohio —
critical states for fundraising and electoral recognition if he
decides to jump in the race.

The locations are not a coincidence, even though the events
he is attending are officially sanctioned by the White House.

Sep 16, 2015

Mulling 2016, Biden travels to politically poignant states

By Jeff Mason

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s journey to a decision on whether to run for president is taking him this week to California, Michigan, and Ohio — critical states for fundraising and electoral recognition if he decides to jump in the race.

The locations are not a coincidence, even though the events he is attending are officially sanctioned by the White House.

Sep 11, 2015

Emotional Biden says not ‘there’ when asked about presidential run

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in an emotional interview with comedian Stephen Colbert on Thursday, said he was not in a place to say he could devote his full self to running for president again.

Biden told the host of CBS’ “The Late Show” that anyone running for the White House should be able to tell Americans that his or her whole heart, soul, energy, and passion were committed to the job.

Sep 10, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

What would Biden’s agenda look like if he runs? Here are a few hints.

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NEW YORK – Vice President Joe Biden is not campaigning for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Yet.

But as he ponders whether to join the race a, check out the issues he’s highlighting as part of his official duties: women’s rights, the minimum wage, and U.S. support for Israel.

Sep 8, 2015

U.S. says aware of urgency to act in European migrant crisis

WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is
taking into account the urgency of the migrant crisis in Europe
as it considers further steps the United States can take to
alleviate the situation, the White House said on Tuesday.

The Obama administration has come under criticism from
refugee and immigrant advocates for not doing enough to deal
with the crisis caused by refugees fleeing violence in Syria and
other countries.

Sep 7, 2015

Obama orders government contractors to offer paid sick leave

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday ordered government contractors to offer their workers seven days of paid sick leave a year and, without naming them, knocked Republican presidential candidates for advocating what he said were anti-union policies.

Obama signed an executive order on sick leave during a flight on Air Force One to Boston, where he spoke at a union event. The White House said it would affect some 300,000 people.

Aug 28, 2015

Biden backers eye gay support, money for presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Backers of Vice President Joe Biden are reaching out to donors and activists in the gay and lesbian community to line up financial and political support if Biden, who endorsed same-sex marriage before Hillary Clinton, decides to run for president.

Draft Biden, the outside Super PAC that is laying the groundwork for a run, believes it can tap into a disproportionately large number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) members of the Democratic fundraising pool to support Biden instead of the former secretary of state.

Aug 27, 2015

Obama lauds New Orleans’ progress since Katrina, says more to be done

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality.

On his ninth trip to the city that made worldwide headlines in 2005 after a devastating flood and slow government response, Obama toured a neighborhood of colorful new houses and a new school and community center.

    • About Jeff

      "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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