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Exclusive – White House not under pressure to expand US crude exports, says adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House does not feel pressure to loosen restrictions on U.S. oil exports further and views debate over the issue as resolved for now, John Podesta, a top aide to President Barack Obama, told Reuters in an interview.

The drop in oil prices and the Commerce Department’s move to allow companies to ship more ultra-light U.S. crude to the rest of the world – estimated at up to a million barrels per day – has taken pressure off the administration to do more.

Jan 7, 2015

Obama touts auto bailout success, Michigan worries about trade

By Jeff Mason

WAYNE, Mich. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, on a trip to unveil elements of his State of the Union address, took a victory lap in Michigan on Wednesday to tout his support of the auto industry, but concerns about trade policies hung in the background of his tour.

“America’s resurgence is real,” Obama said at a Ford Motor Co plant near Detroit after walking around the factory and sitting in a Mustang.

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Podesta: Clinton to draw differences with Obama if she runs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton will draw differences with President Barack Obama if she runs for the White House and Obama expects that, according to John Podesta, an adviser to the president and a potential campaign chairman for the former secretary of state.

Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton who is now counselor to Obama, said he would depart the White House next month.

Jan 7, 2015
Jan 7, 2015

Exclusive: White House not under pressure to expand U.S. crude exports – adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House does not feel pressure to loosen restrictions on U.S. oil exports further and views debate over the issue as resolved for now, John Podesta, a top aide to President Barack Obama, told Reuters in an interview.

The drop in oil prices and the Commerce Department’s move to allow companies to ship as much as a million barrels per day of ultra-light U.S. crude to the rest of the world has taken pressure off the administration to do more.

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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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