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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.

Nov 7, 2013

U.S. government shutdown hit economy, wasted money -White House

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (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.

Oct 31, 2013

U.S. ramps up efforts to lure foreign investment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged an aggressive expansion of U.S. efforts to draw foreign investment by clearing away red tape and having U.S. diplomats court investors who want to break into the market.

“We know we can do more. We know we can do better,” Obama said at a conference his administration organized that attracted business representatives from around the world.

Oct 26, 2013

Obama says shutdown shows contrast of parties’ visions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With an eye to 2014 elections, President Barack Obama held up the government shutdown this month as an emblem of fundamental differences between Democrats and Republicans on Friday in an appeal to wealthy donors.

“The shutdown was about more than just healthcare, it was about, sort of, a contrast in visions about what our obligations are to our fellow citizens,” the president said at a fundraiser at the home of Karen Mehiel on New York’s posh Upper East Side.

Oct 25, 2013

Obama to chide Republicans on spending cuts at school event

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic President Barack Obama will take a swipe at austerity-minded Republicans on Friday ahead of a looming budget rematch, urging against the backdrop of a model school that spending, rather than belt-tightening, is key to economic growth.

Lawmakers are girding for a conference starting Wednesday aimed at reconciling vastly different spending plans put forward by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Oct 24, 2013

White House: no new comment on Merkel spying allegation

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The White House refused to
comment on whether the United States had snooped on German
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone communications and
acknowledged on Thursday that claims of U.S. spying have created
tensions with allies.

“We are not going to comment publicly on every specified
alleged intelligence activity,” White House spokesman Jay Carney
said. “The president spoke with Chancellor Merkel, reassured her
that the United States is not and will not monitor the
chancellor’s communications.”

Oct 24, 2013

White House won’t address any past Merkel monitoring

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House would not deny that the United States snooped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone communications in the past and acknowledged on Thursday that allegations of U.S. spying have created tensions with allies.

“We are not going to comment publicly on every specified alleged intelligence activity,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “The president spoke with Chancellor Merkel, reassured her that the United States is not and will not monitor the chancellor’s communications.”

Oct 24, 2013

More Democrats voice Obamacare concerns as website blame goes around

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The contractors for the government’s troubled healthcare website sought to deflect blame on Wednesday as more Democrats voiced concerns about the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy.

Administration officials, in damage-control mode for nearly a week, held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and a private session with insurance company executives, who said they would assist in efforts to fix the Healthcare.gov website.

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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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