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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.

Jul 7, 2015

Obama, Vietnam leader discuss South China Sea in landmark meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and the head of Vietnam’s ruling communist party discussed concerns over China’s activities in the South China Sea during a historic White House meeting on Tuesday marking two decades of engagement between the former foes.

Nguyen Phu Trong met with Obama in the Oval Office, where they had “candid” discussions over differences about human rights and religious freedom as well a pending Pacific trade agreement with the region, Obama said.

Jul 6, 2015

Obama: U.S. to increase support for Syria opposition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to increase U.S. support for the moderate opposition in Syria’s civil war and said the United States needed to do more at home to prevent attacks and combat Islamic State efforts to recruit followers.

Obama, speaking at the Pentagon, said the United States would continue to crack down on Islamic State’s illicit finance operations around the world.

Jul 2, 2015

Obama visits Walker’s Wisconsin to tout federal overtime pay rule

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, July 2 (Reuters) – President Barack
Obama put a political edge on his push for more overtime pay for
U.S. workers on Thursday by touting it in Wisconsin, where
Republican Governor Scott Walker has made a name for himself by
clashing with labor unions.

Walker, who is expected to officially announce his candidacy
for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on July 13,
greeted Air Force One as it landed in La Crosse, a college town
in western Wisconsin.

Jul 2, 2015

Obama touts union-friendly overtime rule in Walker’s Wisconsin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will add some political edge to his push for more overtime pay for U.S. workers on Thursday by touting it in Wisconsin, where Republican Governor Scott Walker has made a name for himself by clashing with labor unions.

Nearly 5 million more American workers would be made eligible for overtime pay under a proposal unveiled by Obama’s Labor Department earlier this week.

Jul 1, 2015

U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro exchanged letters agreeing to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, with the Cubans saying that could happen as soon as July 20.

Jul 1, 2015

Obama formally opens U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States had agreed to the historic step of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and will raise its flag over a U.S. Embassy in Havana later this summer.

“This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas,” Obama said in a statement delivered in the White House Rose Garden.

Jun 30, 2015

After ‘gratifying’ week, Obama sees long to-do list in time left

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It did not match the week of his wedding or the weeks his daughters were born, but President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday that last week was a particularly momentous one for him.

The Supreme Court legalized gay marriage and upheld his signature healthcare law, and Congress passed legislation critical to a Pacific trade pact Obama wants to finalize before leaving office in January 2017.

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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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