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Jul 23, 2015

In Clinton vs Clinton fantasy run-off, Hillary wins: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Neither her husband, nor George Clooney, Michelle Obama, Oprah or Al Gore would come close to challenging Hillary Clinton’s polling dominance for the Democratic presidential nomination.

While Republicans wrestle to pick a favorite among 16 candidates, Democratic voters – facing a far smaller field – strongly favor the former first lady and secretary of state, even when presented with a fantasy list of notables, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,033 Democrats.

Jul 22, 2015

Obama says Ex-Im Bank lapse hurts small businesses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged lawmakers to renew the charter for the U.S. Export-Import Bank before leaving for an August break, saying small and large businesses alike have been hurt by the lapse in new loan guarantees and trade insurance.

If Congress fails to reauthorize of the Ex-Im Bank, the United States would be the only advanced country to leave companies without export finance assistance, Obama said.

Jul 22, 2015

Obama: Ex-Im Bank needs more attention than Trump

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Wednesday met with a quiche-maker, an organic coffee roaster, a
music-stand manufacturer and other small companies whose
travails he said deserve urgent attention from lawmakers and the
media.

The companies have put new orders on hold after the U.S.
Export-Import Bank was forced to halt new loan guarantees and
trade insurance to exporters on June 30 because of a fight in
Congress.

Jul 18, 2015

A man, his kids, and a phalanx of security: Obama in Central Park

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Helicopters whirling overhead, a phalanx of New York police officers on scooters to shoo away tourists, and about 50 anxious Secret Service agents fanning out in front, to the sides, and to the rear.

That is how you take a Saturday stroll in Central Park when you are the president of the United States.

Jul 17, 2015

‘Dad-in-chief’ Obama takes daughters for time out in the Big Apple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will carve out some time this weekend for two people he has described as “magnificent” but who, he says, find him boring: his teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Upping his game as dad-in-chief, Obama will hang out with his daughters in New York City on Friday night and Saturday, a rare diversion from his weekend schedules, which usually involve work and golf.

Jul 16, 2015

Obama: Iran deal is only alternative to more Mideast war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and nervous allies, insisted on Wednesday the landmark agreement was the only alternative to a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East.

Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad after Iran and six world powers sealed an accord in Vienna on Tuesday to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Jul 15, 2015

Obama says Iran nuclear deal best way to avoid more Mideast war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, insisted on Wednesday that the landmark agreement was the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East.

Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference a day after Iran and six world powers sealed an accord in Vienna to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Jul 14, 2015

Obama calls for criminal justice reforms by end of year

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he wanted to work with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on new prison sentencing reform legislation by the end of the year to reduce sentences for low-level drug dealers and parole violations.

“Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it,” Obama told about 3,000 people attending a convention of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights group.

Jul 11, 2015

Exclusive: At White House, 30-day sprint kicks off cyber marathon to stop intrusions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal government could find more cyber intrusions as it takes a close look at its sprawling and sometimes creaky systems in the wake of massive hacks, the nation’s chief information officer told Reuters.

“I think it’s a realistic chance, and I think this is true no matter where you go. It’s not unique to the federal government,” said Tony Scott, who spent 35 years in the private sector running systems at companies such as Microsoft Corp, Walt Disney Co and General Motors Co.

Jul 10, 2015

U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Office of Personnel Management chief Katherine Archuleta resigned on Friday, a day after the Obama administration said massive computer hacks at the government agency had put the personal data of more than 21 million people at risk.

The White House, facing harsh criticism from Republicans in Congress, said Archuleta had stepped down and that OPM was stepping up cyber security measures, such as limiting the number of “privileged users” of computer data.

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