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Jan 21, 2015
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 21, 2015

Time to “turn the page” and help middle class, Obama to say

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back
tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class
Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his
vision for his last two years in office.

On foreign policy, Obama will call on lawmakers to pass a
new authorization of military force against Islamic State
militants to replace powers that were given to President George
W. Bush to prosecute the Iraq war.

Jan 20, 2015

Obama to challenge Republicans to back tax hikes in big speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his vision for his last two years in office.

According to excerpts released by the White House of his 9 p.m. EST televised speech, Obama will say it is time to convert a recent surge in the U.S. economy into improvements for the middle class, many of whom are still experiencing hard times.

Jan 20, 2015
Jan 16, 2015

Obama warns U.S. Congress against more sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned lawmakers on Friday not to trigger new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, saying such a move would upset diplomatic talks and increase the likelihood of a military conflict with Tehran.

In a joint news conference at the White House, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron urged members of Congress to be patient and hold off on legislation calling for further sanctions.

Jan 16, 2015
Jan 16, 2015

Obama warns Congress more sanctions against Iran could lead to war

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned U.S. lawmakers
on Friday not to trigger new sanctions against Iran over its
nuclear program, saying such a move would upset diplomatic talks
and potentially lead to war.

In a joint news conference at the White House, Obama and
Cameron urged members of Congress to be patient and hold off on
any legislation calling for further sanctions now.

Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015

U.S. Secret Service dumping senior officials after security lapses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service will remove four senior officials while another has opted to retire, the latest shake-up after a series of security lapses at the agency charged with protecting the president, an agency official said on Wednesday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmedActing Director Joseph Clancy had told the four assistant directors who oversee the agency’s missions of protection, investigations, technology and public affairs that they must leave their jobs.

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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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