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Oct 16, 2011

Firms urge action on skilled immigrant reform

WASHINGTON/SANTA CLARA, California (Reuters) – When U.S. restrictions on work permits barred Intel from moving nearly 50 Finnish engineers to the United States this year, the microchip maker reluctantly parked them in a new research center in Finland.

U.S. and multinational firms are chafing at delays and difficulties securing visas that effectively require them to keep high-skilled workers abroad instead of expanding operations in the United States.

Oct 16, 2011

U.S. firms urge action on skilled immigrant reform

, Oct 16 (Reuters) – When
U.S. restrictions on work permits barred Intel (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) from
moving nearly 50 Finnish engineers to the United States this
year, the microchip maker reluctantly parked them in a new
research center in Finland.

U.S. and multinational firms are chafing at delays and
difficulties securing visas that effectively require them to
keep high-skilled workers abroad instead of expanding
operations in the United States.

Oct 15, 2011

Obama sends military advisers to central Africa

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he was sending about 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to help and advise government forces battling Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army rebels accused of murder, rape and kidnapping children.

Obama — who once denounced the LRA as an “affront to human dignity” — made clear the troops would serve as trainers and advisers in efforts to hunt down rebel leader Joseph Kony and would not engage in combat except in self-defense.

Oct 14, 2011

Obama sends US military advisers to Uganda

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
on Friday he was sending about 100 U.S. military advisers to
Uganda to support central African allies pursuing Joseph Kony,
leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, and other rebel
commanders.

Obama’s decision commits U.S. forces to help battle a
Ugandan rebel group he once condemned as an “affront to human
dignity” for chilling violence that has included hacking body
parts off victims, abduction of young boys to fight and young
girls to be used as sex slaves.

Oct 13, 2011

Obama, Lee hail trade deal, pressure North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Thursday hailed a long-sought trade deal as an engine for job creation in both countries and presented a united front in the North Korean nuclear standoff.

Hosting Lee for a formal state visit, Obama underscored what is widely seen as a high point in the longtime alliance between Washington and Seoul as well as his strong relationship with the South Korean leader.

Oct 12, 2011

US Senate defeats Obama’s jobs bill

WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate defeated
President Barack Obama’s job-creation package on Tuesday in a
sign that Washington is likely too paralyzed to take major
steps to spur hiring before the 2012 elections.

The $447 billion package of tax cuts and new spending
failed by a vote of 50 to 48, short of the 60 votes it needed
to advance in the 100-member Senate. Voting was expected to
continue for several hours but would not affect the outcome.

Oct 11, 2011

Obama faces jobs bill roadblock in Congress

PITTSBURGH, Oct 11 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
conceded on Tuesday he may have to break up his jobs bill in
the face of political paralysis in Washington that could thwart
major action to spur hiring before the 2012 elections.

Obama has tried to put his Republican opponents on the spot
by highlighting their opposition to his $447 billion proposal
to create jobs at a time when high unemployment is becoming the
dominant issue in early election campaigning.

Oct 11, 2011

Obama says may have to “break up” jobs bill

PITTSBURGH, Oct 11 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
on Tuesday he could “break up” his jobs bill to push it through
Congress, acknowledging the risk that the legislation may fail
to advance as the U.S. Senate prepared to vote on the plan.

The Democratic president was in Pittsburgh as part of a
campaign to get lawmakers to pass his $447 billion proposal.

Oct 11, 2011

White House vows to push job bill “piece by piece”

PITTSBURGH, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The White House vowed to
push forward with President Barack Obama’s jobs package “piece
by piece” if a vote fails on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate, as
expected, to advance the legislation.

Obama was in Pittsburgh as part of a campaign to get
lawmakers to pass his $447 billion proposal. It is the latest
stop in a tour of swing states in next year’s election to raise
pressure on Republicans resisting big chunks of the jobs bill.

Oct 11, 2011

Executives tell Obama how to create jobs

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama could
create millions of jobs by attracting more foreign capital to
the United States, helping entrepreneurs and being more
aggressive in energy, business leaders said on Monday.

In a new report, the chief executives of GE , Intel , Boeing and other companies also backed White
House proposals to fix infrastructure like airports, railways
and electricity grids and to expand broadband Internet networks
as a way to boost hiring and speed up flagging growth.

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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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