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Apr 1, 2014

Obamacare enrollment exceeds seven million target despite setback

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s national healthcare program signed up more than 7 million people by the end of March, the president said on Tuesday, notching a rare victory after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout of the law.

Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, the president said 7.1 million people had signed up for coverage under the law, known as Obamacare, and called for Republicans to end their bid to repeal it. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner repeated his pledge to repeal the law on Monday.

Mar 20, 2014

Obama pledges to address gender pay gap

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama used a speech at a community college on Thursday to begin a series of events highlighting economic issues affecting women such as the gender pay gap in which women earn three-quarters as much as their male counterparts.

He spoke at the Orlando campus of Valencia College, a two-year institution that has been recognized for placing students in jobs and sending them on for higher degrees. Many of the students at Valencia are older and are returning to school fort training that will lead to higher-paying work.

Mar 14, 2014

Obama vows more humane immigration law enforcement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has directed his Department of Homeland Security to enforce immigration laws “more humanely,” the White House said on Thursday.

The president made the pledge at a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the White House.

Mar 11, 2014

When Zach met Barack: pitching Obamacare online

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took
his quest to sign young people up for health insurance to an
edgy comedy website on Tuesday, where he traded insults with
host Zach Galifianakis while plugging his signature Obamacare
health program.

Obama sat for an interview on “Between Two Ferns with Zach
Galifianakis,” on the Funny or Die website. The actor, who
starred in “The Hangover” films, is known for his
cringe-inducing banter on the program.

Mar 11, 2014

Obama takes health plan pitch to edgy comedy show

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took his quest to sign young people up for health insurance to a comedy website on Tuesday, where he traded insults with host Zach Galifianakis while plugging his signature Obamacare health program.

Obama sat for an interview on “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” on the Funny or Die comedy website. The actor, who starred in “The Hangover” films, is known for his cringe-inducing banter on the program.

Mar 11, 2014

White House has optimistic growth forecast for 2014, 2015

WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) – The White House on Monday
forecast more robust economic growth in 2014 than last year and
a further pickup in the economy for 2015.

Under a White House projection, the U.S. economy is expected
to expand by 3.1 percent this year, faster than last year’s 1.7
percent. Growth would pick up to 3.4 percent in 2015, the White
House said.

Mar 4, 2014

Obama offers tax breaks for poor in election year budget

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
propose new tax credits and job-training programs for U.S.
workers on Tuesday in a 2015 budget that highlights a competing
vision with Republicans who favor a reduced government role in
promoting economic opportunity.

The proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year that begins on
Oct. 1 would also create automatic retirement accounts known as
IRAs for some 13 million workers.

Mar 4, 2014

Obama to offer new tax breaks for workers in election year budget pitch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will propose an expansion of popular tax credits for middle class and working poor Americans on Tuesday in a fiscal 2015 budget designed to serve as a blueprint for Democrats in this year’s congressional elections.

The budget, which would also create automatic retirement accounts known as IRAs for some 13 million workers, has little chance of getting enacted.

Mar 4, 2014

Obama 2015 budget seeks $60 billion tax credit expansion: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will strike a firmly populist tone in his 2015 budget plan on Tuesday, proposing to pay for an expansion of a popular tax credit for the working poor by eliminating tax breaks claimed by wealthy Americans.

The proposal to expand one of the most popular U.S. government poverty reduction programs, the Earned Income Tax Credit, would cost $60 billion, a modest amount in a budget in which the president has $1.014 trillion in spending to parcel out, the White House said.

Mar 3, 2014

Obama says Russia has violated international law in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday that Russia has violated international law with its military intervention in Ukraine and warned that the U.S. government will look at a series of economic and diplomatic sanctions that would isolate Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to allow international monitors to mediate a deal in Ukraine acceptable to all Ukrainian people, Obama told reporters before he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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      "Mark Felsenthal is a Reuters White House correspondent who covered Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 and the fiscal crisis that immediately followed. Since joining Reuters in 2001, he has written about monetary policy, currency wars, and the housing market meltdown."
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