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Jun 19, 2013

United States to meet Taliban to seek Afghan peace

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – The United States and the Taliban raised hopes on Tuesday for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan with commitments to meet this week after 12 years of bloody and costly war between American-led forces and the insurgents.

The Taliban opened an office in Doha, the Qatari capital, on Tuesday to help restart talks and said it wanted a political solution that would bring about a just government and end foreign occupation of Afghanistan.

Jun 18, 2013

U.S. to hold Afghan peace talks with Taliban in Doha

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will meet the Taliban in Doha for talks aimed at achieving peace in Afghanistan, where the United States has battled the insurgents for 12 years, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, warned that the process would likely be lengthy.

Jun 13, 2013

Surveillance thwarted attack on Danish newspaper: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s surveillance of phone and Internet communications led to the 2009 arrest of a Chicago man who was planning to bomb a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, the White House said on Thursday.

The White House also confirmed assertions by U.S. officials and members of Congress that electronic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency had helped foil a plot by Islamist militants to bomb the New York subway system in 2009.

Jun 13, 2013

Obama urges Massachusetts, Florida voters to back Democrats

MIAMI BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, fighting to protect his party’s margin of control in the U.S. Senate and hoping for gains in the House of Representatives, urged Massachusetts voters and well-heeled Floridians to back Democrats.

In Florida, Obama spoke at two fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee, where donors paid between $1,000 and the maximum of $32,4000 a seat.

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.

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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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