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Feb 2, 2012

Obama says looks to Christian faith in crafting policies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama sought to emphasize his Christian faith on Thursday, telling a key election-year voting bloc that he prays every morning and has crafted elements of his economic policies in line with Jesus’ teachings.

Obama, who rarely goes to church and speaks far less about his religion than his White House predecessors, told about 3,000 people at a National Prayer Breakfast that the challenges facing the United States required him to listen to God, avoid “phony religiosity,” and pursue “bold action” in the face of resistance or indifference.

Feb 2, 2012

Insight: Deficits, the US election and politics of fear

By Jason Lange and Laura MacInnis

(Reuters) – The top contenders in the U.S. presidential race seem to have a simple plan for the gaping budget deficit: use it to strike fear into the hearts of voters.

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama is such a big spender that he would trigger a Greece-style crisis if re-elected in November.

Jan 25, 2012

Obama: No options off table on Iran nuclear program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Iran on Tuesday the United States would keep up pressure on its disputed nuclear program with “no options off the table” but said the door remained open to talks for a peaceful resolution.

In his State of the Union address, Obama said Tehran was isolated and facing “crippling” sanctions that he said would continue so long as the Islamic Republic keeps its back turned to the international community.

Jan 15, 2012

White House casts doubt over anti-piracy legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials raised concerns on Saturday about online piracy legislation pending in Congress that Google and Facebook have decried as heavy-handed and Hollywood studios and music labels say is needed to save U.S. jobs.

In a blog posting, three advisers to President Barack Obama said they believed the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and other bills could make businesses on the Internet vulnerable to litigation and harm legal activity and free speech.

Jan 14, 2012

White House criticizes online piracy legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials raised concerns on Saturday about online piracy legislation in the works in Congress that top technology companies have decried as heavy-handed, saying a lighter touch would be better.

In a statement, three advisers to President Barack Obama said they believed the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and other bills could make businesses on the Internet vulnerable to litigation and harm legal activity and free speech.

Jan 13, 2012

Obama seeks to revamp government, focus on exports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked Congress on Friday for broad powers to overhaul the U.S. government and untangle what he called an “outdated bureaucratic maze” that makes it hard for U.S. businesses to sell their goods abroad.

Obama said he wanted to consolidate six trade and business agencies into a single export body to help the United States better compete in a 21st century economy and modernize a government he said had grown too complex.

Jan 13, 2012

Obama wants to shrink government, boost exports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked Congress on Friday for authority to shrink the U.S. government and create a single export agency, saying the bureaucracy was too complex and unable to meet the demands of a 21st century economy.

The move comes against the backdrop of the 2012 elections, where a central theme of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has been reducing government and limiting its influence over Americans.

Jan 13, 2012

Obama seeks to merge trade agencies, save $3 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Friday for authority to fold together trade agencies to help boost exports, a reorganization that could help inoculate him against Republican election-year charges that he is a big-government liberal.

Obama was set to announce the request at 11:20 a.m. He is expected to cast it as an effort to make the government leaner and more efficient, reducing bureaucracy for export-oriented companies. It comes amid growing concerns about huge deficits and the size of the federal government.

Jan 13, 2012

Obama to seek powers to merge U.S. trade agencies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Friday for authority to fold together U.S. trade agencies to help boost exports, a reorganization that could help inoculate him against Republican election-year charges that he is a big-government liberal.

Obama was set to announce the request at 11:20 a.m. (1620 GMT). He is expected to cast it as an effort to make the government leaner and more efficient, reducing bureaucracy for export-oriented companies. It comes amid growing concerns about huge deficits and the size of the federal government.

Jan 12, 2012

White House: Keystone pipeline review needs time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Thursday that finding an alternate route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline would take time and any effort to circumvent the approval process would be “counterproductive.”

President Barack Obama faces a February 21 deadline set by Congress to either allow TransCanada’s $7 billion, Canada-to-Texas pipeline or determine that the project is not in the national interest.

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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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