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Jun 11, 2014

Obama budget nominee pledges to boost growth, cut deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s choice to head the White House Office of Management and Budget told Senate panels on Wednesday he would cut budget deficits while funding programs to spur growth but faced criticism of administration management of government.

“Over the last five years, the deficit has been cut in half as a share of the economy,” Obama’s nominee, Shaun Donovan, said in testimony before the Senate Budget Committee.

Jun 9, 2014

Obama moves to ease student loan burdens, urges Congress to act

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order making it easier for up to 5 million people to pay off college tuition debt, and scolded congressional Republicans for opposing legislation that would lower student-loan borrowing costs.

The action, which does not take effect until December 2015, will allow more people to limit repayments of federal student loans to 10 percent of their monthly incomes.

Jun 1, 2014

Factbox: Major steps by the Obama administration on climate change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On Monday, the Obama administration will release new rules regulating carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants that run on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, a linchpin of his plans to tackle climate change.

Following are some key moments in President Barack Obama’s efforts to address climate change:

Jun 1, 2014

Major steps by the Obama administration on climate change

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) – On Monday, the Obama
administration will release new rules regulating carbon
pollution from existing U.S. power plants that run on fossil
fuels like coal and natural gas, a linchpin of his plans to
tackle climate change.

Following are some key moments in President Barack Obama’s
efforts to address climate change:

May 31, 2014

Obama accepts veterans affairs chief resignation with ‘regret’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned on Friday after a political firestorm over widespread delays in veterans’ medical care, leaving President Barack Obama with a freer hand to address systemic problems bedeviling the agency.

Obama announced that he accepted Shinseki’s resignation “with considerable regret,” after the two met on Friday to review initial findings of an internal audit of scheduling abuses at VA facilities across the country.

May 30, 2014

Obama taps Army Ranger as interim head of troubled veterans agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In naming Sloan Gibson as acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Barack Obama turned to a staunch defender of the agency who has a background in both the military and in the corporate world.

Gibson, the son of a World War II Army Air Corps tail gunner and grandson of a World War I veteran, went to West Point before joining the elite Army Rangers. He joined the VA only three months ago as deputy secretary.

May 30, 2014

U.S. veterans affairs chief resigns over healthcare scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, facing calls for his ouster by lawmakers and veterans groups, resigned on Friday after taking responsibility for a healthcare scandal over delays in medical care for U.S. veterans.

President Barack Obama said he accepted the resignation of the soft-spoken, 71-year-old retired Army general after being briefed on the initial findings of the investigation into abuses that were initially found in Phoenix but later identified at other facilities across the country.

May 23, 2014

U.S. Republicans map campaign attack plan on veterans scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans who hope to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats see medical care delays for veterans as a potent line of attack and are devising ways to keep the issue in the news in the months leading up to the November congressional elections.

They are planning a long summer of investigations and hearings on problems at the Veterans Affairs agency to highlight what they say is a pattern of mismanagement in President Barack Obama’s administration.

May 22, 2014

Obama to pitch U.S. tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will make a pitch for U.S. tourism at a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday as part of his efforts to provide a boost for U.S. economic growth.

After meeting with the executives of tourism-related companies in Washington, the president was scheduled to travel to the institution in Cooperstown, New York, which celebrates baseball greats like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle and men with nicknames such as “Old Hoss,” “Dizzy,” and “Country.”

May 16, 2014

Obama marks 60th anniversary of landmark desegregation ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday commemorated the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that outlawed racial segregation in U.S. schools and bolstered the civil rights movement that paved the way for Obama to become the first African-American president.

The unanimous May 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education grew out of a lawsuit filed by the parents of children who attended segregated schools in Topeka, Kansas. The court overturned the doctrine of “separate but equal” that allowed communities and businesses to maintain separate facilities for whites and blacks.

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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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