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Oct 8, 2015

Pretty photos, small companies: how the White House is selling TPP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Crystal tumblers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey, on the rocks. Maine lobster and Maryland blue crabs, garnished with lemon slices. An adorable black Montana steer, staring head on into the camera.

These American-as-apple-pie images from a report released on Wednesday are ones the White House wants to spring to mind when Americans think about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sprawling 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal that President Barack Obama has to sell to the U.S. Congress.

Oct 7, 2015

Obama apologizes for Kunduz attack, MSF demands independent probe

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Medecins Sans Frontieres for the deadly bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, while the medical charity pressed its demand for an international commission to investigate what it calls a war crime.

MSF said that an independent humanitarian commission created under the Geneva Conventions in 1991 should be activated for the first time to handle the inquiry. Three investigations have already begun into Saturday’s air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff.

Oct 6, 2015

Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
kicked off a sales pitch on Tuesday for a 12-nation Pacific Rim
trade agreement, urging farmers to push their lawmakers to
approve what he called a “generational deal.”

Although ultimate winners and losers from the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) are still unclear, some Republicans are
worried about its impact on industries including dairy, tobacco
and pharmaceuticals, highlighting the battle ahead to win votes.

Oct 6, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Cloth napkins, candlelight and confidence: Biden lunches with Obama


White House reporters were hungry for a taste of what it might be like behind closed doors when Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama sat down for their weekly lunch in the private dining room on Tuesday.

What they really wanted to know: would Biden and Obama talk about Biden’s pending decision on whether to jump into the Democratic 2016 presidential race? White House spokesman Josh Earnest played along for a while, describing the scene.

Oct 2, 2015

Obama to look for new gun measures, says ‘talk’ is main tool

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday that he has asked his team to look for new ways to enforce existing regulations to keep guns away from criminals in the wake of the mass shooting in Oregon.

But Obama admitted he had little power to craft tougher gun laws given the political clout wielded by the National Rifle Association, and vowed to elevate discussion about the “political dynamic” he said was the main obstacle to preventing more gun deaths.

Oct 2, 2015

After shooting, angry Obama blasts U.S. gun politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday angrily said America had made a “political choice” to allow mass shootings like the one in Oregon to occur and blasted the National Rifle Association lobby group for blocking reform of U.S. gun laws.

Appearing in the White House briefing room with a grim expression and a frustrated tone, Obama challenged U.S. voters of all political stripes to hold their leaders accountable if they wanted to prevent such tragedies from happening again.

Oct 1, 2015

Obama says U.S. gun laws must be changed, gun owners must speak up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday angrily called for stricter U.S. gun laws after the latest mass murder in Oregon and took aim at the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby for blocking reform.

Appearing in the White House briefing room with a grim expression and an angry tone, Obama said it was not enough to offer prayers after major shootings continued to occur regularly throughout the country.

Sep 30, 2015

White House does not support Senate efforts to lift oil export ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House does not support Senate legislation to lift the 40-year-old ban on oil exports despite a provision allowing the president to halt exports if he deemed them not in the interests of national security, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

“The administration does not support efforts to move this bill,” White House spokesman Frank Benenati said.

Sep 29, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Biden’s intentions? If only the microphone weren’t off.


Vice President Joe Biden can’t escape questions about whether he will jump into the Democratic presidential primary race – not even on the dais at the United Nations General Assembly.

Biden chaired a summit on fighting Islamic State militants on Tuesday at the U.N., taking over from his boss, President Barack Obama, and listened to leaders talk about how they were countering violent extremists.

Sep 24, 2015

Obama and Putin to meet; Syria and Ukraine vie for attention

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in New York next week at a time of high tension in Europe and the Middle East, but the Kremlin and the White House disagreed on Thursday over the top priority for the talks.

The White House insisted the meeting would focus on eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed forces are fighting the Kiev government, prompting tough sanctions that have damaged Russia’s economy.

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