WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Seeking to recover from the
bungled rollout of his healthcare reforms, President Barack
Obama went back to basics on Wednesday with a renewed focus on
government policies that benefit the struggling poor and middle
“The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing
mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our
way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Looking to bolster his support after a rocky couple of months, President Barack Obama will speak out on income inequality and economic mobility, issues likely to resonate with his core supporters, in a speech on Wednesday.
After the disastrous launch of the Affordable Care Act website, the president is looking to boost his tarnished popularity and credibility. Obama’s speech in one of Washington’s lowest-income districts is seen as his chance to swing the focus back to the struggles of the poor and middle class.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will try to sell the American people on the relaunch of his troubled healthcare program on Tuesday in a bid to restore confidence in his signature domestic policy initiative and, more broadly, in his presidency.
Obama will speak on the healthcare program, formally called the Affordable Care Act, at 2:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) Tuesday, the White House said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Taking a break from weighty matters of state and pitched battles with political foes, President Barack Obama exercised the lighter side of his authority Wednesday by sparing two magnificent turkeys the fate of becoming someone’s Thanksgiving dinner.
“The office of the presidency, the most powerful position in the world, brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities,” he said as one of the turkeys strutted around the stage next to him. “This is not one of them.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States pledged support for ally Japan on Wednesday in a growing dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea as senior U.S. administration officials said China’s claim to air space over the islands had unsettled its neighbors.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Japanese counterpart in a phone call that the two nations’ defense treaty covers the small island group where China established a new airspace defense zone last week and “commended the Japanese government for exercising appropriate restraint,” a Pentagon spokesman said.
KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, and Washington may have to resort to the “zero option” of withdrawing all American troops from the strife-torn country next year, as it did in Iraq.
Karzai told U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Kabul on Monday that the United States must put an immediate end to military raids on Afghan homes and demonstrate its commitment to peace talks before he would sign a bilateral security pact, Karzai’s spokesman said.
KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Afghanistan and the United States appeared even farther from a deal on Tuesday that would allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014 as a meeting between President Hamid Karzai and a senior U.S. official revealed new differences over the controversial agreement.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai told U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who met with the Afghan leader on Monday during a visit to Kabul, that the United States must put an immediate end to military raids on Afghan homes and demonstrate its commitment to peace talks before the Afghan leader would sign a bilateral security pact, Karzai’s spokesman said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, proposed new terms for a deal governing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he is in no hurry to sign the accord, the White House said on Monday.
“President Karzai outlined new conditions for signing the agreement and indicated he is not prepared to sign the BSA promptly,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting between the two officials.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Simmering tensions between the Obama administration and the White House press corps spilled into the open on Thursday when news organizations formally protested decisions to bar photojournalists from many presidential events.
The White House Correspondents Association and major news organizations, including Reuters, wrote to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to complain about being shut out of events that the White House documented with its own photographer.
WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
signature health law has helped spur stronger economic growth by
contributing to slower increases in healthcare prices and
spending, the White House said on Wednesday.
The White House’s assertion of the economic benefits of the
law commonly called Obamacare runs counter to the views of many
critics, who say it is raising insurance premiums and chilling