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Feb 22, 2013

U.S. air travel upheaval looms with budget cuts: transport chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. air travel system faces widespread disruptions if automatic government spending cuts go into effect next week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Friday, as the administration kept up a steady drum beat of pressure on congressional lawmakers to delay the cuts.

LaHood painted a dismal picture of delayed and canceled flights, shuttered control towers and airports, and irate air travelers from coast to coast if across-the-board spending cuts are allowed to take place under the process known as sequestration.

Feb 22, 2013

U.S. air travel delays loom after sequester -LaHood

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. air travel system
faces widespread disruptions if automatic government spending
cuts go into effect next week, Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood said on Friday in an effort to pressure congressional
lawmakers to delay the cuts.

LaHood painted a dismal picture of delayed and canceled
flights, shuttered control towers and airports, and irate air
travelers from coast to coast if across-the-board spending cuts
are allowed to take place under the process known as
sequestration.

Feb 22, 2013

Ending long break, White House and Republicans renew budget talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After weeks without talks on the U.S. budget crisis, President Barack Obama called Republican leaders on Thursday to discuss the harsh “sequestration” cuts to government spending due to begin in just over a week.

In what might be just the start of long negotiations to prevent the $85 billion in cuts, Obama spoke to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The conversations were “good,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, but he declined to provide details.

Feb 21, 2013

Obama turns to local TV to press Republicans to avert cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama turned
to local television stations across the United States on
Wednesday to increase public pressure on congressional
Republicans to avert $85 billion in budget cuts set to begin in
nine days.

Obama scheduled five-minute interviews with television
stations in eight media markets, most of which have a strong
military presence, on a day when the Pentagon described its
plans for laying off some 800,000 civilian employees for 22 days
to save money.

Feb 15, 2013

Obama honors six educators killed in Newtown massacre

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, marking a poignant moment in his push to curb gun violence, awarded presidential medals posthumously on Friday to six educators killed in the Newtown school massacre, saying they gave their lives to protect “the most innocent and helpless among us.”

Consoling tearful family members as they stepped on stage at the White House, Obama paid homage to the four teachers and two administrators killed in the December 14 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a tragedy that sparked nationwide calls for tighter gun control laws.

Feb 13, 2013

Raising minimum wage would bolster recovery: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage is in sync with his push to grow the economy by bolstering the middle class but it puts him at odds with many small-business owners who see it as a burden.

Obama proposed in his State of the Union speech to increase the low end of the pay scale to $9 an hour by 2015 from $7.25 an hour, where the floor has been since 2009. The president would index the minimum to inflation so that it continues to rise in the future.

Feb 13, 2013

Obama: raising minimum wage would bolster recovery

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
proposal to raise the minimum wage is in sync with his push to
grow the economy by bolstering the middle class but it puts him
at odds with many small-business owners who see it as a burden.

Obama proposed in his State of the Union speech to increase
the low end of the pay scale to $9 an hour by 2015 from $7.25 an
hour, where the floor has been since 2009. The president would
index the minimum to inflation so that it continues to rise in
the future.

Feb 10, 2013

What to look for in Obama’s State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After staking out an unapologetically progressive vision in his inaugural address last month, President Barack Obama is expected to use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to focus on middle-class jobs and fill in the details of his second-term agenda.

Here are a number of things to watch for in a speech that is expected to be viewed by tens of millions of people. Expect Obama to:

Feb 10, 2013

Factbox: What to look for in Obama’s State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After staking out an unapologetically progressive vision in his inaugural address last month, President Barack Obama is expected to use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to focus on middle-class jobs and fill in the details of his second-term agenda.

Here are a number of things to watch for in a speech that is expected to be viewed by tens of millions of people. Expect Obama to:

Feb 10, 2013

Obama to lay out economic growth plan in State of Union speech

WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
describe his plan for spurring the economy in his State of the
Union address on Tuesday, offering proposals for investments in
infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy and education, a
senior administration official said on Saturday.

In the annual presidential address to Congress, Obama plans
to show he has not lost sight of the economic woes of
middle-class Americans – issues that dominated the 2012 election
campaign but have been overshadowed recently by efforts to cut
the deficit, overhaul immigration laws and curb gun violence.

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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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