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Jan 20, 2013

In two-day inauguration, Obama to be sworn in at White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will take the official oath of office in a small, private ceremony at the White House on Sunday, setting a more subdued tone for his second inauguration than his historic swearing-in four years ago.

Obama will still be sworn in publicly outside the U.S. Capitol on Monday with all the traditional pomp, but that event will be mostly for show.

Jan 17, 2013

Obama makes biggest gun-control push in decades

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama launched the biggest U.S. gun-control push in generations on Wednesday, urging Congress to approve an assault weapons ban and background checks for all gun buyers to prevent mass shootings like the Newtown school massacre.

Rolling out a wide-ranging plan for executive and legislative action to curb gun violence, Obama set up a fierce clash with the powerful U.S. gun lobby and its supporters in Congress, who will resist what they see as an encroachment on constitutionally protected gun rights.

Jan 16, 2013

Obama unveils biggest gun-control push in generations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday in a bid to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in generations.

Rolling out a wide-ranging plan for executive and legislative action to curb gun violence, Obama set up a fierce clash with the powerful U.S. gun lobby and its supporters in Congress, who are expected to resist what they see as an encroachment on constitutionally protected gun rights.

Jan 15, 2013

Obama digs in heels, refuses to negotiate debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Monday rejected any negotiations with Republicans over raising
the U.S. borrowing limit, accusing his opponents of trying to
extract a ransom for not ruining the economy in the latest
fiscal fight.

At a White House news conference called to promote his
position on the budget, Obama vowed not to trade cuts in
government spending sought by Republicans in exchange for
raising the borrowing limit.

Jan 15, 2013

Obama says to unveil gun-control proposals this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday he would review a set of “common sense steps” to reduce gun violence proposed by Vice President Joe Biden and announce a plan this week to pursue legislation and measures he could implement on his own.

Though the proposals have not been made public, a rough outline of what the president hopes to pursue is clear. Obama reiterated that he would support reinstating a ban on assault weapons, stricter controls on high-capacity ammunition clips, and stronger background checks.

Jan 14, 2013

Obama vows vigorous effort to implement new gun measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday that he would formally present this week a list of “sensible, common sense steps” to reduce gun violence from Vice President Joe Biden and vowed to work vigorously to implement them.

Though the proposals have not been made public, a rough outline of what the president hopes to pursue is clear. Obama reiterated that he would support reinstating a ban on assault weapons, stricter controls on high-capacity ammunition clips, and stronger background checks.

Jan 14, 2013

Obama refuses to negotiate debt ceiling raise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday rejected any negotiation with Republicans over the most pressing U.S. fiscal issue, refusing to trade cuts in government spending in exchange for raising the borrowing limit.

“If the goal is to make sure that we are being responsible about our debt and our deficit – if that’s the conversation we’re having, I’m happy to have that conversation,” Obama said. “What I will not do is to have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the American people,” he told a news conference.

Jan 13, 2013

Obama, Karzai accelerate end of U.S. combat role

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on Friday to speed up the handover of combat operations in Afghanistan to Afghan forces, raising the prospect of an accelerated U.S. withdrawal from the country and underscoring Obama’s determination to wind down a long, unpopular war.

Signaling a narrowing of differences, Karzai appeared to give ground in talks at the White House on U.S. demands for immunity from prosecution for any American troops who stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, a concession that could allow Obama to keep at least a small residual force there.

Jan 12, 2013

Obama, Karzai accelerate end of U.S. combat role in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on Friday to speed up the handover of combat operations in Afghanistan to Afghan forces, raising the prospect of an accelerated U.S. withdrawal from the country and underscoring Obama’s determination to wind down a long, unpopular war.

Signaling a narrowing of differences, Karzai appeared to give ground in talks at the White House on U.S. demands for immunity from prosecution for any American troops who stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, a concession that could allow Obama to keep at least a small residual force there.

Jan 11, 2013

Obama, Karzai agree to speed up Afghan military transition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on Friday to speed up the handover of combat operations in Afghanistan to Afghan forces this year, underscoring Obama’s determination to move decisively to wind down the long, unpopular war.

Signaling a narrowing of differences, Karzai appeared to give ground in White House talks on U.S. demands for immunity from prosecution for any U.S. troops who stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, a concession that could allow Obama to keep at least a small residual force there.

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