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Nov 3, 2015

Obama to rule on Keystone despite builder’s plea for delay

WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants
to rule on the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end
of his presidency, the White House said on Tuesday, calling a
request by the project’s Canadian developer to delay a review

Obama, who has increasingly focused on environmental issues
as his presidency nears its final year, plans to decide on
TransCanada Corp’s pipeline before he leaves office in
2017, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

Oct 27, 2015

White House, Congress reach tentative budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and congressional leaders reached a two-year budget deal overnight that would lift mandatory sequestration cuts on both defense and domestic spending and raise the federal debt ceiling, averting a fiscal standoff as the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives prepares for new leadership.

A White House official said on Tuesday the compromise deal would protect Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries from cuts and urged members of Congress from both parties to pass it.

Oct 20, 2015

White House says Canada could do more on climate ahead of Paris talks

WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The White House said on
Tuesday the new Canadian government could do more to address
climate change ahead of international negotiations on the issue
next month in Paris, a top priority for President Barack Obama
in his 15 months remaining in office.

Obama was expected to phone Canada’s Prime
Minister-designate Justin Trudeau on Tuesday to congratulate him
on his party’s win on Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest
told reporters, hinting that climate could be part of the

Oct 20, 2015

Obama, budding astronomers look at moon, dream of Mars at White House

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama got a
guided tour of the moon on Monday, peering at its craters
through a large reflective telescope set up on the South Lawn of
the White House to promote science and technology careers at
“Astronomy Night.”

Obama was joined by budding young scientists who checked out
a moon rock and took selfies with NASA astronauts and other
science celebrities.

Oct 16, 2015

Obama condemns outbreak of violence in Israel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the recent outbreak of violence in Israel and urged Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to tamp down their rhetoric.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms violence directed against innocent people,” Obama said in a news conference.

Oct 16, 2015

Citing ‘very fragile’ security in Afghanistan, Obama slows pace of U.S. troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reversing policy on Afghanistan, President Barack Obama announced on Thursday he will prolong the 14-year-old U.S. military engagement there, effectively handing off the task of pulling out troops to his successor.

Calling it a “modest but meaningful” adjustment to winding down the American presence in Afghanistan, Obama said Afghan forces were not yet as strong as they needed to be given a “very fragile” security situation and the United States will maintain a force of 9,800 through most of 2016.

Oct 15, 2015

Obama to slow pace of withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to announce on Thursday that he will slow plans to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan and instead keep the current force of 9,800 through most of 2016 before beginning to trim levels, senior administration officials said.

Obama had aimed to withdraw all but a small U.S.-embassy based force at Kabul before leaving office in January 2017. Under the new plan, troops will be drawn down to 5,500 starting sometime in 2017 and based at four locations – Kabul, Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar.

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.

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