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Jul 24, 2015

Obama departs for Kenya, returning to his father’s homeland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama departed for Kenya on Thursday, his first trip to his father’s homeland as U.S. president, kicking off a swing through Africa that will also include a stop in Ethiopia.

Obama, the first black U.S. president, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas. He traveled to Kenya as a U.S. senator but has not gone since winning the White House.

Jul 23, 2015

Obama returns to father’s homeland with history, security on his mind

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will land in Kenya on Friday with a mission to strengthen U.S. security and economic ties, but his personal connection to his father’s birthplace will dominate a trip that Kenyans view as a native son returning home.

Kenya is a critical Western ally in the battle against the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, which massacred 148 people in April at a Kenyan university near the Somali border. Obama is likely to focus talks in Nairobi on security cooperation.

Jul 20, 2015

Obama picks University of Michigan economist Dominguez for Fed post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has chosen Kathryn Dominguez, an economist at the University of Michigan, to join the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the White House said on Monday.

Dominguez, who is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, has a background in foreign exchange rates, emerging markets, and international borrowing, the White House said.

Jul 16, 2015

Exclusive – Iran cannot avoid inspections of suspicious sites: Rice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran will have no way to avoid inspections of military or other sites that the United States and its allies deem suspicious when a nuclear pact sealed this week goes into effect, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Wednesday.

Rice, in an interview with Reuters, said the deal would not give Iran any room to oppose inspections if Washington or others had information believed to reveal a secret site that they took to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for review.

Jul 16, 2015

Exclusive – Rice: Iran cannot avoid inspections of suspicious sites

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran will have no way to avoid inspections of military or other sites that the United States and its allies deem suspicious when a nuclear pact sealed this week goes into effect, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Wednesday.

Rice, in an interview with Reuters, said the deal would not give Iran any room to oppose inspections if Washington or others had information believed to reveal a secret site that they took to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for review.

Jul 15, 2015

Exclusive: Carter to travel to Saudi Arabia to discuss Iran, says Rice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will travel to Saudi Arabia as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to convince skeptical allies in the region about the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Wednesday.

Carter’s trip next week, which the White House already announced will include a stop in Israel, is one of several initiatives President Barack Obama and his staff are taking to sell the controversial deal at home and abroad.

Jul 15, 2015

Exclusive – Rice: Carter to travel to Saudi Arabia to discuss Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will travel to Saudi Arabia as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to convince sceptical allies in the region about the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Wednesday.

Carter’s trip next week, which the White House already announced will include a stop in Israel, is one of several initiatives President Barack Obama and his staff are taking to sell the controversial deal at home and abroad.

Jul 15, 2015

Exclusive – Carter to travel to Saudi Arabia to discuss Iran: Rice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter will travel to Saudi Arabia as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to convince sceptical allies in the region about the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Wednesday.

Carter’s trip next week, which the White House already announced will include a stop in Israel, is one of several initiatives President Barack Obama and his staff are taking to sell the controversial deal at home and abroad.

Jul 15, 2015

Obama relishes Iran deal, warns Congress not to stop it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama heralded a nuclear agreement with Iran on Tuesday as an opportunity to shift direction in the Middle East, and warned he would veto any attempt by deeply skeptical Republican lawmakers to overturn the deal.

Obama, relishing a foreign policy win that fulfilled a campaign promise dating back to 2008, said the pact cut off every pathway for Iran to get an atomic bomb.

Jul 14, 2015

Obama: Would be irresponsible to walk away from Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama heralded a nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday as an opportunity for a new direction in the Middle East and warned Congress he would veto any legislation that prevented its successful implementation.

Obama, speaking at the White House, said every pathway for Iran to get a nuclear weapon was cut off under the pact.

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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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