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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.

Nov 8, 2013

White House says criticism of Iran nuclear deal premature

NEW ORLEANS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that Israeli and Saudi criticism of a deal taking shape with Iran to curb its nuclear program was premature, as unease about the plan grew among U.S. lawmakers and Middle Eastern allies.

“There is no deal, but there is an opportunity here for a possible diplomatic solution, and that is exactly what the president is pursuing,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama on Air Force One to New Orleans.

Nov 8, 2013

Obama wants attention on job creation, not healthcare woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will try on Friday to shift the national conversation to economic growth from anger over insurance policy cancellations under his signature healthcare law, as he visits the Port of New Orleans.

The day after Obama said in a nationally televised interview he was sorry some Americans were dropped by their health plans because of changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act, he will tour a busy cargo and cruise ship port, the White House said.

Nov 7, 2013

Government shutdown hit economy, wasted money: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House budget office on Thursday catalogued the economic damage from the 16-day government shutdown, saying the closure wasted billions of government dollars and hurt individuals and businesses that depend on government functions.

Broadly speaking, the shutdown shaved an estimated 0.2 to 0.6 of a percentage point off U.S. gross domestic product in the last three months of the year, the budget office said, citing private-sector analysts.

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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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