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Sep 11, 2013

Obama pays tribute to 9/11 victims, mentions Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama observed a moment of silence and laid a wreath on Wednesday to remember the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, events that still weigh heavily over the United States and over his tenure as commander in chief.

The attacks, in which hijacked airliners were flown into New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, triggered a global fight against al Qaeda extremists and their affiliates that continues to this day.

Sep 11, 2013

Somber U.S. ceremonies mark 12th anniversary of September 11 attacks

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bagpipes, bells and a reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field marked the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

More than a thousand people gathered Wednesday on a hot and hazy morning at the National September 11 Memorial plaza in Manhattan, for the annual reading of victims’ names from both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Sep 9, 2013

Obama says Russian proposal on Syria a potential ‘breakthrough’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, seeking to boost support for military action against Syria, said on Monday that Russia’s offer to work with Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control could be a big deal – if it is serious.

“This could potentially be a significant breakthrough,” Obama told NBC News in an interview. “But we have to be skeptical because this is not how we’ve seen them operate over the last couple of years.”

Sep 9, 2013

Obama makes push on Syria, to examine Russian proposal on chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday turned up the pressure on a skeptical Congress to support U.S. military action in Syria but said it would closely examine a Russian proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.

U.S. President Barack Obama planned six television interviews on Monday, and was due to visit the Capitol on Tuesday to make his case to lawmakers before making a televised address from the White House in the evening.

Sep 9, 2013

Americans’ distaste for military strike on Syria is growing – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans’ opposition to a U.S. military strike against Syria is increasing as they learn more about the Arab nation’s alleged use of chemical weapons, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that shows the challenge President Barack Obama faces in seeking congressional approval for military action.

The poll, conducted September 5 to 9, indicated that 63 percent of Americans opposed intervening in Syria, up from 53 percent in a survey that ended August 30. That was a week after the August 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb that U.S. officials say killed more than 1,400 adults and children.

Aug 28, 2013

White House not yet vetting Yellen for Fed chair: sources

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The White House has yet to begin vetting Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen to take over the top job at the U.S. central bank, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation, after one report said the process had begun for her main rival for the job.

Picking a replacement for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term ends in January, is one of the most important jobs President Barack Obama faces. The White House has said the president has not made up his mind and that no announcement is likely until the fall.

Aug 27, 2013

Obama talks Syria with Australia’s Rudd; Rice meets Israelis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama spoke with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday about possible international responses to the Syrian crisis while his national security adviser discussed Syria and security with Israeli officials, the White House said.

In a call with Rudd, “the two leaders expressed their grave concern about the reported use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against civilians near Damascus on Wednesday,” the White House said in a statement. They “discussed possible responses by the international community,” it said.

Aug 25, 2013

U.S. says Syria offer to show chemical attack sites ‘too late’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. military response to alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria appeared more likely on Sunday after Washington dismissed the Syrian government’s offer to allow U.N. inspection of the sites as “too late to be credible.”

A senior official of the U.S. administration said there was little doubt the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against civilians in suburbs of Damascus last week and that President Barack Obama was weighing how to respond.

Aug 21, 2013

As Obamacare rollout nears, president checks in with state officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought a progress report from state officials on Wednesday on the rollout of his signature health care law, stepping up his profile on the issue as the launch of a key provision of the law nears on October 1.

Obama spoke by videoconference with the officials responsible for setting up new online health insurance exchanges that are at the heart of the program. These markets will offer private coverage at federally subsidized rates to individuals and families with low-to-moderate incomes.

Aug 21, 2013

On road trip, Obama will try to steer focus back to economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Shadowed by turmoil in Egypt and domestic controversies, President Barack Obama will seek to regain political momentum on a bus tour during which he will push his plans for stoking the U.S. economy and taming the high cost of college tuition.

On a two-day tour this week in the Northeast, where he has a strong base of support, Obama will grab the microphone while Congress is still out on a five-week summer break and cast Republicans as obstructionists.

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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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