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Mar 3, 2013

Spending cut showdown threatens Obama’s second-term agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Just hours after across-the-board spending cuts officially took effect, President Barack Obama pressed Congress on Saturday to work with him on a compromise to halt a fiscal crisis that threatens the economy and his broader domestic policy agenda.

The failure by Obama and Republicans to agree to halt the $85 billion “sequester” cuts virtually guaranteed that fiscal issues would remain center stage in Washington for weeks, crowding out Obama’s proposals to reform immigration, tighten gun laws and raise the minimum wage.

Mar 2, 2013

Spending cut debate casts pall over Obama’s second-term agenda

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Just hours after
across-the-board spending cuts officially took effect, President
Barack Obama pressed Congress on Saturday to work with him on a
compromise to halt a fiscal crisis that threatens the economy
and his broader domestic policy agenda.

The failure by Obama and Republicans to agree to halt the
$85 billion ‘sequester’ cuts virtually guaranteed that fiscal
issues would remain center stage in Washington for weeks,
crowding out Obama’s proposals to reform immigration, tighten
gun laws and raise the minimum wage.

Mar 2, 2013

Obama presses Congress for deal to end U.S. spending cuts

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Just hours after
across-the-board spending cuts officially took effect, President
Barack Obama pressed Congress on Saturday to work with him on a
compromise to halt a fiscal crisis he said was starting to
“inflict pain” on communities across the United States.

Obama and a bipartisan group of congressional leaders failed
on Friday to avoid the deep spending reductions known as the
“sequester,” which automatically kicked in overnight in the
latest sign of dysfunction in a divided Washington.

Mar 1, 2013

Obama: No “Jedi mind-meld” with Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who said just days ago that he had no interest in playing a “blame game,” spent much of a news conference on Friday pointing fingers at Republicans after last-ditch talks with congressional leaders failed to avert automatic spending cuts from kicking in later in the day.

Emerging from a nearly hour-long meeting and taking the podium in the White House briefing room, Obama displayed a combative style that has become his regular approach toward opponents since his decisive re-election victory in November.

Feb 20, 2013

Obama reaches out to three key Republicans on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama reached out directly on Tuesday to key Republican senators negotiating a sweeping U.S. immigration overhaul and urged them to help craft a bipartisan reform bill as soon as possible.

Facing criticism for not getting personally involved in the delicate process on Capitol Hill, Obama made phone calls to three U.S. senators – Marco Rubio, John McCain and Lindsey Graham – part of a “Gang of Eight” group of Republicans and Democrats working on an immigration package.

Feb 15, 2013

Obama honors six educators killed in Newtown massacre

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, marking a poignant moment in his push to curb gun violence, awarded presidential medals posthumously on Friday to six educators killed in the Newtown school massacre, saying they gave their lives to protect “the most innocent and helpless among us.”

Obama bestowed the honor, which recognizes citizens who have performed “exemplary deeds” of service, on four teachers and two administrators killed in the December 14 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a tragedy that sparked nationwide calls for tighter gun control laws.

Feb 15, 2013

Americans deserve to know more about drone war – Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to be more forthcoming with the American public on his administration’s campaign of lethal drone strikes amid criticism over the targeting of suspected U.S. terrorism suspects abroad.

Obama, under pressure from the left and right to allow greater scrutiny of the secret decision-making process for killing Americans overseas, vowed to work with Congress to craft a “mechanism” to be more open about how the drone war is conducted.

Feb 15, 2013

Obama: Americans deserve to know more about drone war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to be more forthcoming with the American public on his administration’s campaign of lethal drone strikes amid criticism over the targeting of suspected U.S. terrorism suspects abroad.

Obama, under pressure from the left and right to allow greater scrutiny of the secret decision-making process for killing Americans overseas, vowed to work with Congress to craft a “mechanism” to be more open about how the drone war is conducted.

Feb 13, 2013

Analysis: Obama to Republicans – Can we just move on?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to try to push past the fiscal battles that plagued his first term – and still threaten his second – as he laid out an agenda he hopes will shape his legacy.

Obama’s overarching message was that other things matter beside the Republicans’ seemingly all-consuming drive for deficit cutting, embodied in a looming showdown just three weeks away over automatic across-the-board spending cuts.

Feb 13, 2013

Obama to Republicans: Can we just move on?

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama used
his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to try to push
past the fiscal battles that plagued his first term – and still
threaten his second – as he laid out an agenda he hopes will
shape his legacy.

Obama’s overarching message was that other things matter
beside the Republicans’ seemingly all-consuming drive for
deficit cutting, embodied in a looming showdown just three weeks
away over automatic across-the-board spending cuts.

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