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Sep 19, 2014

U.S. won’t telegraph when Syria strikes will begin: Rice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign on Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations.

At a White House briefing, national security adviser Susan Rice was vague as to when the new air campaign might begin in Syria, and whether Obama would in fact sign off on any final attack plan developed by the Pentagon.

Sep 11, 2014

Obama orders U.S. airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

Obama’s decision to launch attacks inside Syria, which is embroiled in a three-year civil war, showed the seriousness of the threat American officials see from Islamic State. A year ago, the president shied away from airstrikes against Syria’s government for its use of chemical weapons against Syrians.

Sep 10, 2014

Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will vow on Wednesday to attack Islamic State militants “wherever they exist” in a speech to Americans expected to lay out a strategy for expanding U.S. air strikes in Iraq and, for the first time, striking targets in Syria.

Obama will stress in his 9 p.m. (0100 GMT Thursday) speech from the White House that he will not send U.S. combat troops to fight the al Qaeda-like group, and that the United States will act in concert with a broad coalition including Western allies and Arab states.

Sep 7, 2014

Obama to set out plan to go on offensive against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said he will explain to Americans and congressional leaders this week his plan to “start going on some offense” against Islamic State militants, who he said could eventually become a threat to the United States.

Obama will make a speech on Wednesday to “describe what our game plan’s going to be,” and meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group, which controls parts of Syria and Iraq.

Sep 6, 2014

Obama delays acting on immigration until after November elections

WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
has decided to delay taking action on immigration reform until
after November congressional elections because the issue had
become a threat to his fellow Democrats, a White House official
said on Saturday.

Obama had promised in June to announce his decision by the
end of summer, but Democrats worried that any executive actions
taken without congressional approval could hurt them in November
as they struggle to retain control of the U.S. Senate.
Republicans already control the House of Representatives.

Sep 5, 2014

Obama says he will announce immigration reform steps soon

NEWPORT Wales/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he will soon announce how he will address U.S. immigration reform, but sidestepped questions about whether he would wait until after November’s midterm elections to take action.

Obama said his plan would include more enforcement for illegal immigration and steps to encourage legal immigration, and would address the politically contentious question of how to deal fairly with millions of undocumented people who have lived in the United States for years.

Aug 29, 2014

Obama signals timing of new immigration measures in question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he still planned to take steps on his own to improve the U.S. immigration system but that his timeline for taking action has been affected by the need to deal with a flood of migrant children from central America.

Obama had previously said he planned by the end of summer to find ways to change immigration regulations, unilateral action he said was made necessary by the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive reforms.

Aug 28, 2014

U.S. openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday openly accused Russia of sending combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to tighten economic sanctions, but Washington stopped short of calling Moscow’s intensified support for separatist forces an invasion.

President Barack Obama again ruled out U.S. military action, saying there must be a diplomatic solution. But he said he would reaffirm U.S. commitment to NATO allies in the region at a summit next week.

Aug 26, 2014

No deaths linked to troubled U.S. veterans hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A probe into long waits for medical treatment at Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix documented suffering by sick veterans affected by cover-ups of wait-list delays but did not find evidence that the shoddy care had caused patient deaths.

While Phoenix officials masked months-long wait times to try to achieve two-week targets used for salary and bonus awards, some veterans experienced “clinically significant delays” in care, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general, an internal watchdog.

Aug 24, 2014

As Obama’s vacation ends, criticism does not

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Barack Obama discovered over the past two weeks, presidents can run into trouble when their playtime is perceived as detached from the concerns of Americans.

Obama returns to Washington on Sunday faced with having to repair some of the dings to his reputation after he came under fierce criticism for playing golf amid smoldering crises involving Islamic State militants, racial unrest in Missouri, a Chinese plane’s altercation with an American aircraft over Japan, and renewed violence in Ukraine.

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