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Jun 12, 2013

Obama makes Massachusetts swing to boost Markey’s Senate bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama travels to Massachusetts on Wednesday to offer a boost to Senate candidate Edward Markey in a special election this month that could be a gauge of public reaction to controversies plaguing the Obama administration.

Polls show the lead held by Democratic congressman Markey over Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez is narrowing ahead of the June 25 election for the Senate seat that was vacated when Obama picked John Kerry as his secretary of state.

Jun 7, 2013

Five criteria Obama may weigh in seeking Bernanke successor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the summer of 2009, with the U.S. economy badly wounded and the nation’s financial calamity still a vivid memory, President Barack Obama’s closest aides began a vital discussion about who he should nominate to run the Federal Reserve.

It was, according several former insiders, a short conversation. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was battling resolutely to restore growth, hiring and financial stability, and little serious consideration was given to an alternative.

Jun 6, 2013

Obama picks loyalist Susan Rice as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama chose close confidante Susan Rice as his new national security adviser on Wednesday, increasing White House control over foreign policy and defying Republican critics of her handling of last year’s deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.

Rice, selected to replace Tom Donilon in the post, is expected to play a high-profile role in defending Obama’s foreign policy, particularly on the civil war in Syria. Obama has come under fire for his cautious approach to mounting evidence that President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against rebels seeking to oust him.

Jun 5, 2013

Obama to name Susan Rice as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama conducted a major shakeup of his foreign policy team on Wednesday, naming Susan Rice as his new White House national security adviser after she withdrew from consideration last December for secretary of state because she was a lightning rod for Republican criticism.

Rice, currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime Obama confidante, will take over in July from Tom Donilon as the person who coordinates American foreign policy from the White House, officials said.

Jun 4, 2013

Obama sets stage for Senate battle over judicial nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Setting the stage for a political showdown with Senate Republicans, President Barack Obama named three lawyers on Tuesday to serve on a Washington federal appeals court often called the nation’s second-most important court.

Senate Republicans have already objected to Obama filling the three vacant seats, saying there is no need because the court’s case load, including major regulatory and other high-profile cases, is not sufficiently high.

Jun 3, 2013

Obama to nominate three to influential appeals court: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday will announce three nominees to a key federal appeals court in Washington, the White House said, a move likely to spark confirmation battles in the U.S. Senate.

Obama was due to make the announcement at 10:15 a.m. (1415 GMT) at the White House.

May 21, 2013

Obama pledges all necessary help for storm-hit Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday offered condolences for the victims of a deadly
tornado in Oklahoma and pledged to focus the nation’s resources
on recovery and rebuilding.

“As a nation, our full focus right now is on the urgent work
of rescue and the hard work of recovery and rebuilding that lies
ahead,” he said at the White House. “Yesterday I spoke with
Governor (Mary) Fallin to make it clear to Oklahomans that they
would have all the resources that they need at their disposal.”

May 18, 2013

Obama seeks to cut Afghan war spending by 10 percent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday trimmed his funding request for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas operations by 10 percent, reflecting his plans to wind down the U.S. presence in that country.

The president asked for $79.4 billion to fund so-called overseas contingency operations in fiscal 2014, which begins October 1, down from his original $88.5 billion request, a White House aide said. Obama made the request in a letter to Congress.

May 17, 2013

After tough week, Obama tries to change the subject to jobs

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Friday will seek to turn the spotlight from controversies
threatening to swamp his agenda to the economy by announcing he
will cut in half the time it takes to get federal approval for
large job-creating projects.

Obama travels to Baltimore, where he is due to say that he
has signed a presidential memorandum streamlining the review and
permitting of federal infrastructure projects.

May 17, 2013

Obama shifts focus to jobs, eases building permit process

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Friday will seek to turn the spotlight from controversies
threatening to swamp his agenda to the economic issues by
announcing he will make it easier to get federal building
projects off the ground.

The president travels to Baltimore, where he is due to say
that he has signed a presidential memorandum streamlining the
review and permitting of federal infrastructure projects.

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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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