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Nov 16, 2013

House passes Republican health bill with 39 Democratic votes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the most significant legislative rebuke to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, 39 members of his Democratic Party voted for a Republican bill in the House of Representatives on Friday aimed at undermining his signature domestic policy.

The measure, which would allow insurance companies to renew and sell inexpensive, limited-coverage policies that have been canceled because they don’t meet the standards of the new healthcare law that took effect on October 1, passed 261-157.

Nov 15, 2013

White House wants to extend unemployment insurance through 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will push for an extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits through the end of 2014, the White House said on Friday, saying the help is still warranted given stubbornly high unemployment.

“While the labor market has been improving, it is not, clearly, at full strength,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a briefing.

Nov 15, 2013

Biden ready to discuss disposal of U.S. chemical arms on Panama trip

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden will
be ready to discuss with Panamanian officials next week the
disposal of American chemical weapons left on an island off
Panama’s coast during the 1940s when he visits the Central
American nation, U.S. officials said on Friday.

The issue of the chemical munitions on San Jose island,
located 60 miles (100 km) off Panama’s Pacific coast, has been
an irritant in relations between the two countries.

Nov 15, 2013

Biden to discuss disposal of U.S. chemical weapons on Panama trip

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden will discuss with Panamanian officials next week the disposal of American chemical weapons left on an island off Panama’s coast during the 1940s when he visits the Central American nation, U.S. officials said on Friday.

The issue of the chemical munitions on San Jose island, located 60 miles off Panama’s Pacific coast, has been an irritant in relations between the two countries.

Nov 15, 2013

Obama to meet insurance executives, House to vote on health bill

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was
due to meet health insurance chief executives on Friday, a day
after insurers expressed concerns about his plan to help
Americans who are losing their coverage because of his
healthcare overhaul.

Obama, facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, unveiled
a plan on Thursday which would allow insurers to extend by at
least one year policies due to be canceled because they do not
comply with new minimum requirements under the 2010 Affordable
Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

Nov 15, 2013

Obama to meet with insurers Friday on Obamacare fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet with insurance industry executives on Friday to discuss his plan to help those seeing their current health plans canceled because of his signature healthcare law, a White House official said.

The meeting comes a day after the president, under fire for the botched rollout of his top domestic policy achievement, said health insurers could extend by at least one year policies due to be canceled because they do not comply with the new minimum requirements under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

Nov 14, 2013

Obama to tout U.S. economic recovery in Ohio steel mill visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to tout the U.S. economic recovery during a visit to an Ohio steel mill on Thursday even as he faces more questions about the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law.

Obama will talk about the recovery of the U.S. auto industry, the energy benefits of auto fuel-efficiency standards, and the attractiveness of the United States for foreign investment when he visits the ArcelorMittal Cleveland facility, the White House said.

Nov 9, 2013

White House urges Congress to regain U.S. UNESCO vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House national security adviser Susan Rice on Saturday urged Congress to allow the United States to regain its vote at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, which it lost for not paying dues.

“Shameful that US has lost its vote at #UNESCO,” Rice wrote on Twitter. “Congress needs to fix this. Current law doesn’t punish the Palestinians; it handicaps the US.”

Nov 9, 2013

Obama says U.S. needs to update policies on Cuba

MIAMI (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday that it may be time for the United States to revise its policies toward Cuba, against which it has had an embargo for more than half a century.

“We have to be creative and we have to be thoughtful and we have to continue to update our policies,” he said at a fundraising event in the Miami area.

Nov 9, 2013

Obama calls Netanyahu after criticism of Iran nuclear plan

NEW ORLEANS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday after the Israeli leader delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington over a deal taking shape in talks between Iran and world powers seeking to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

The telephone call marked an apparent bid by Obama to tamp down growing unease over the emerging Iran deal among the United States’ Middle East allies, including Saudi Arabia, as well as mounting opposition to the plan on Capitol Hill.

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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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