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Jan 18, 2014

Michelle Obama turns 50, joins retiree advocacy group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michelle Obama on Friday celebrated a rite of passage for Americans turning 50: getting a membership card to AARP, a national organization that promotes the interests of older people.

The first lady tweeted a photograph of herself, smiling while holding up a card from the group, which with its approximately 38 million members, cuts an influential swath in the nation’s capital.

Jan 15, 2014

Obama unveils manufacturing hub on North Carolina trip

, Jan 15 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Wednesday announced a new public-private manufacturing hub in
North Carolina during his visit to the state, seeking to bolster
an industry that he considers essential to raising middle class
incomes.

The hub, backed by $70 million in federal funding, would
connect manufacturers with emerging research on
energy-efficient, high-power electronic chips to make electronic
devices smaller and faster, he said.

Jan 15, 2014

Obama to push manufacturing, economic agenda in North Carolina

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday pitches his economic agenda in North Carolina, a battleground state in the last two national elections that has veered sharply to the right under a Republican governor and a Republican-controlled state assembly.

Obama’s visit is aimed at drawing attention to a manufacturing initiative he promised last year to identify hubs linking ground-breaking research with businesses that could use the innovation commercially.

Jan 10, 2014

Obama moves to fill Fed board, taps Fischer to be No. 2

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday nominated former Bank of Israel governor and experienced crisis manager Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, and tapped two others to round out the U.S. central bank’s top ranks just as it begins winding down its historic economic stimulus.

Fischer would succeed Janet Yellen, who was confirmed by the Senate on Monday to lead the Fed after Chairman Ben Bernanke’s term expires at the end of this month.

Dec 24, 2013

Democrats see benefits from Obama’s long-shot minimum wage push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage will almost certainly fail due to stiff Republican opposition, but analysts and Democratic strategists say the issue could help Democratic Congressional candidates in the 2014 midterm elections.

Focusing on an apparently quixotic effort to raise the minimum wage in 2014 allows the president to show support for working people and could help Democratic candidates change the subject from the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Dec 20, 2013

Obama: U.S. needs checks on NSA data gathering but can’t disarm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama tried to strike a middle ground on Friday on questions about broad surveillance practices conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency, saying some checks are needed on the system but “we can’t unilaterally disarm.”

At a White House news conference, Obama said he would spend the next few weeks sorting through the recommendations of a presidential advisory panel on how to rein in the NSA in the wake of disclosures from former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden.

Dec 20, 2013

Obama says U.S. needs checks on intelligence collection but can’t disarm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama tried to strike a middle ground on Friday on questions about broad surveillance practices conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency, saying some checks are needed on the system but “we can’t unilaterally disarm.”

At a White House news conference, Obama said he would spend the next few weeks sorting through the recommendations of a presidential advisory panel on how to rein in the NSA in the wake of disclosures from former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden.

Dec 20, 2013

DHS report says misconduct not widespread at U.S. Secret Service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general found no evidence that misconduct or inappropriate behavior was widespread in the U.S. Secret Service, it said in a report on Friday, but it urged tougher management and discipline standards.

“Disciplinary and security clearance cases show that, while not widespread, USSS should continue to monitor and address excessive alcohol consumption and personal conduct within its workforce,” the report said.

Dec 18, 2013

Obama can use legislation and executive action to push agenda: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama can most effectively advance his economic agenda by getting Congress to pass laws, but there is a lot the administration can accomplish through unilateral actions, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.

“The biggest impact you can have on the macro economy requires legislation,” White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman said.

Dec 18, 2013

U.S. delegation to Sochi games includes gay athletes

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The United States has named former tennis star Billie Jean King, one of the first prominent athletes to publicly acknowledge her homosexuality, to be in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where Russia’s anti-gay policies have stirred controversy.

Another openly gay athlete, two-time Olympic hockey player Caitlin Cahow, will represent the United States at closing ceremonies, according to a White House statement.

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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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