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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.

May 15, 2013

Obama says watchdog report’s findings on IRS ‘intolerable’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday called the findings in a government report about the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny intolerable and said he has directed his administration to hold those responsible for the agency’s actions accountable.

“The report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable,” Obama said in a statement on the Treasury Department’s investigation. “The IRS must apply the law in a fair and impartial way, and its employees must act with utmost integrity. This report shows that some of its employees failed that test.”

May 10, 2013

Obama launches campaign to boost landmark healthcare program

WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
launched a campaign to promote his signature 2010 healthcare
overhaul on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from
congressional Republicans who say the program will raise costs
and hurt hiring.

“If you’re one of the tens of millions who don’t have health
insurance, beginning this fall you’ll finally be able to compare
and buy quality, affordable private plans that work for you,” he
said at an event at the White House.

May 10, 2013

Obama launches health program sales campaign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring.

Ahead of the Mothers’ Day holiday on Sunday, the president focused his remarks on how the plan could benefit women, who the administration believes will be less stuck on partisan objections to the plan and provide support that will make what has become known as “Obamacare” as success.

May 9, 2013

Obama renews focus on jobs, economic growth with Texas trip

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama travels to Texas on Thursday to put his focus back on job creation and economic growth after giving intensive attention to gun control legislation and immigration reform.

The president is due to hold events around the country to draw attention to his efforts to boost economic growth through jobs that benefit the middle class, a White House official said.

May 7, 2013

White House says would veto debt prioritization bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Tuesday the president would veto legislation that would prioritize U.S. debt payments if the nation hits its borrowing limit, sending an early salvo in the next round of federal budget skirmishes.

The nation’s debt ceiling has been a centerpiece of budget fights between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans for several years and brought the nation to the brink of defaulting on its debt in the summer of 2011.

May 4, 2013

Same-sex provision should not derail U.S. immigration move: Obama

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signaled on Friday that a proposal to add a same-sex partnership measure to an immigration overhaul should not be allowed to derail the entire legislative effort.

Obama has used the prospect of new immigration laws as a major selling point for stronger U.S. relations with Latin America on a three-day tour of Mexico and Costa Rica that ends on Saturday.

May 4, 2013

Obama: Same-sex provision should not derail U.S. immigration move

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 3 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama signaled on Friday that a proposal to add a
same-sex partnership measure to a U.S. immigration overhaul
should not be allowed to derail the entire legislative effort.

Obama has used the prospect of new immigration laws as a
major selling point for stronger U.S. relations with Latin
America on a three-day tour of Mexico and Costa Rica that ends
on Saturday.

May 4, 2013

Obama says does not foresee sending U.S. troops to Syria

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he does not foresee a scenario in which he would send U.S. ground troops to Syria and outlined a deliberate approach to determining whether the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in a 2-year civil war.

Obama insisted that the United States has not ruled out any options in dealing with Syria as the United States investigates whether the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons.

May 3, 2013

Obama tells Mexicans a ‘new Mexico’ is emerging

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told the Mexican people on Friday that he sees a “new Mexico” emerging, with a deepening democracy and growing economy, and that Mexico and the United States should be viewed as equal partners.

“I have come to Mexico because it is time to put old mindsets aside,” Obama said in a speech to university students. “It’s time to recognize new realities, including the impressive progress in today’s Mexico.”

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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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