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Jun 18, 2015

Obama, after S.C. shooting, says U.S. gun violence too frequent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed anger over the “senseless” shooting in a black church in South Carolina and said Americans had to confront the fact that frequent incidents of gun violence do not occur in other advanced countries.

Obama, in a statement to reporters at the White House, said he and his wife, Michelle, knew Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the historic African-American church in Charleston, who was killed along with eight others on Wednesday night.

Jun 10, 2015

Obama orders deployment of up to 450 more U.S. troops to Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered the deployment of up to 450 more U.S. troops and establishment of a new training base in Iraq’s Anbar province to help rebuild Iraqi forces in preparation for a battle to retake territory lost to Islamic State.

The plan to expand the 3,100-strong U.S. contingent of trainers and advisers in Iraq marks an adjustment in strategy for Obama, who has faced mounting pressure to do more to blunt the momentum of Islamic State insurgents.

Jun 8, 2015

Obama vows to boost U.S. cyber defenses amid signs of China hacking

KRUEN, Germany/WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) – President
Barack Obama vowed on Monday that the United States would
aggressively bolster its cyber defenses, as U.S. officials said
the probe into a massive breach of federal government networks
has yielded growing signs of a direct Chinese role.

Obama stopped short of pointing the finger at Beijing for
the recent cyber attack, which threatens to overshadow broader
annual U.S.-China talks in Washington this month at a time when
tensions are already high over Beijing’s pursuit of territorial
claims in the South China Sea.

Jun 8, 2015

Obama says Putin on doomed drive to recreate Soviet glories

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama accused President Vladimir Putin of wrecking Russia’s economy in a doomed drive to recreate the glories of the Soviet empire and G7 leaders said they could step up sanctions against Moscow if violence in Ukraine escalated.

At the conclusion of a Group of Seven summit in the Bavarian Alps, leaders expressed concern about an upsurge in fighting in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have clashed with Kiev’s troops in violation of a ceasefire agreed in April.

Jun 8, 2015

U.S. lacks ‘complete strategy’ to help Iraq fight IS: Obama

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, reprising a phrase that caused uproar in Washington last year, said on Monday the United States does not yet have a “complete strategy” for training Iraqi security forces to reconquer territory seized by Islamic State fighters.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the sidelines of a Group of Seven (G7) nations summit in Germany, Obama said more progress was needed to stem the flow of foreign fighters into Syria and Iraq.

Jun 8, 2015

Obama: No reason for Supreme Court to overturn healthcare law

KRUEN, Germany, June 8 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama said on Monday that he was confident the Supreme Court
would not rule against his healthcare law, describing it as an
“easy case” that should never have been taken up by the court.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on King v.
Burwell, a challenge aimed at subsidies for premiums for 6.4
million low- and middle-income Americans in 34 states under the
2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Jun 8, 2015

G7 leaders urge tough line on Russia at Alpine summit

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – Group of Seven (G7) leaders vowed at a summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday to keep sanctions against Russia in place until President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-backed separatists fully implement the terms of a peace deal for Ukraine.

The Ukraine conflict and a long-running debt standoff between Greece and its European partners dominated the first day of the annual meeting hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel at Schloss Elmau, a luxury Alpine hotel in southern Germany.

Jun 7, 2015

Obama and Merkel reaffirm U.S.-German friendship at G7 summit

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said the United States and Germany were “inseparable allies” and German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Washington as an essential partner on Sunday as the two leaders sought to put a recent spy row behind them.

Ties between the Cold War allies have deteriorated in the last couple of years due to revelations of widespread surveillance of German citizens, including Merkel’s phone, by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

Jun 7, 2015

Obama says G7 to stand up to Russian aggression in Ukraine

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Group of Seven (G7) leaders meeting in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday would discuss standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine amid an upsurge in violence there that monitors have blamed on Moscow-backed separatists.

At the start of the two-day summit of the world’s leading industrial nations, host Angela Merkel greeted Obama in the idyllic Alpine town of Kruen under blue skies, surrounded by locals in traditional dress, drinking beer and eating pretzels.

Jun 6, 2015

Obamas, Clintons join Vice President Biden at son Beau’s funeral

By Jeff Mason

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his family joined a host of U.S. political figures including Bill and Hillary Clinton on Saturday to mourn Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau, who died last week of brain cancer at the age of 46.

One thousand people filled the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington for a funeral Mass for Biden, a former Delaware attorney general who also served a year-long term in Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard.

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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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