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Jun 17, 2013

Snowden rejects suggestions he is a spy for China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the U.S. government’s top-secret surveillance programs, fought back against his critics on Monday and denied allegations that he was a spy for China.

Snowden told an online forum run by Britain’s Guardian newspaper that he revealed the programs in part out of disappointment with President Barack Obama, who he said had expanded “abusive” government programs while in office.

Jun 17, 2013

Snowden says he cannot get a fair trial on NSA leaks in U.S.

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – The former National Security
Agency contractor who revealed the government’s top-secret phone
and Internet surveillance programs said in an online forum on
Monday that he did not expect to get a fair trial in the United
States.

In a question-and-answer session with readers on the website
of Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Snowden said his disappointment
with President Barack Obama helped spur his decision to reveal
the monitoring of Americans’ phone and Internet data kept by big
companies such as Google Inc and Facebook Inc.

Jul 31, 2012

White House prepping for budget cuts, to shield military pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Tuesday it was starting to get ready for potentially painful year-end spending cuts, and was committed to shielding U.S. military pay from any government budget crunch.

Jeffrey Zients, acting director of President Barack Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, said discussions would start soon on how to weather the looming automatic spending cuts, known as “sequestration,” that would take place starting January 2 if Congress cannot achieve a deficit reduction deal.

Jul 31, 2012

Obama tightens sanctions on banks helping Iran sell oil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced new U.S. sanctions on Tuesday against foreign banks that help Iran sell its oil, efforts that he said would increase pressure on Tehran for failing to meet its international nuclear obligations.

Obama’s decision, in an executive order, came ahead of congressional votes on new sanctions intended to further strip Iran of its oil-related revenues. It also followed criticism from Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney that the White House is failing to act strongly enough to stop Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

Jul 27, 2012

White House lowers growth forecasts, brightens jobs picture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House cut its outlook for U.S. growth in 2012 and 2013 on Friday, hours after data showed the economy grew at a tepid pace in the second quarter, raising concerns about a slowdown that could mar President Barack Obama’s re-election chances.

In its semi-annual budget review, the White House said it expected gross domestic product to rise 2.3 percent this year and 2.7 percent next year – less than the 2.7 percent and 3.0 percent growth projections it made in February.

Jul 27, 2012

White House lowers its growth forecasts for 2012, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House cut its outlook for U.S. growth in 2012 and 2013 on Friday, hours after data showed the economy grew at a tepid pace in the second quarter, raising concerns about a slowdown that could mar President Barack Obama’s re-election chances.

In its semi-annual budget review, the White House said it expected gross domestic product to rise 2.3 percent this year and 2.7 percent again next year – less than the 2.7 percent and 3.0 percent growth projections it made in February.

Jul 19, 2012

Obama seeks gains in Florida as voter angst on economy rises

/ROXBURY, Massachusetts (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought a boost for his campaign in the crucial state of Florida on Thursday, amid new signs that voters are increasingly dissatisfied with his handling of the U.S. economy and questions about whether his attacks on Republican Mitt Romney are resonating.

Kicking off a two-day swing through this politically divided state, Obama tried to shore up his support with senior citizens and continued to cast Romney as a defender of the rich at the expense of the middle class.

Jun 23, 2012

Obama revels in support from Latinos, swipes Romney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama reveled in the support of Latino leaders on Friday and took a swipe at his election rival Mitt Romney for giving mixed messages on how to handle illegal immigration.

In an emotive speech to Hispanic public officials meeting in Florida, Obama reminded the friendly audience that Romney had promised to veto the DREAM Act, which would help the children of illegal immigrants win citizenship.

Jun 22, 2012

Obama seeks to extend edge with Latino voters over Romney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama assured Hispanic Americans on Friday he would champion immigration reform in a second term, contrasting his vision with Republican White House contender Mitt Romney to court voters who could help sway the election on November 6.

Addressing an enthusiastic Latino crowd, who had given his rival a cool reception a day before, Obama is already polling ahead of Romney among Latinos in swing states like Florida, Virginia and Colorado vital to the November vote.

Jun 15, 2012

Obama shifts from grit to glitz in election-year contrast

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Talk about a venue change.

Fresh from giving an economic speech in America’s industrial Rust Belt, President Barack Obama headlined big-dollar campaign fundraisers at the home of “Sex and the City” actress Sarah Jessica Parker and in a landmark New York hotel.

Obama has shaped his re-election message around appealing to middle-class voters, many of whom continue to struggle to find work and afford their homes years after economic recession hit.

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      "Laura MacInnis covers the White House for Reuters. She previously spent five years in Switzerland reporting on diplomacy, banking and energy trading, and before that covered U.S. economic and regulatory issues as a Treasury Department and Securities and Exchange Commission reporter in Washington."
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