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May 21, 2015

Obama to designate Tunisia as major non-NATO ally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he plans to designate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, recognizing the country’s democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.

After a meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in the Oval Office, where the leaders discussed instability in neighboring Libya and the region, Obama said the United States will provide short-term aid so Tunisia can complete economic reforms.

May 21, 2015

Obama tells Coast Guard grads climate change threatens U.S

By Roberta Rampton

NEW LONDON, Conn. (Reuters) – Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in office.

May 20, 2015

Obama tells Coast Guard grads climate change menaces U.S.

NEW LONDON, Connecticut, May 20 (Reuters) – Rising seas and
thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten
U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed
services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on
Wednesday.

In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard
Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed
by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his
remaining 19 months in office.

May 20, 2015

Obama: climate change poses risk to U.S. military, national security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rising seas, thawing permafrost and longer wildfires caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama is set to say on Wednesday.

In his commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, the White House said Obama will underscore the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in office.

May 18, 2015

Obama tweets, and a million follow: ‘It’s Barack. Really!’

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sent
his first tweet from his very own account on Twitter on Monday,
quickly amassing a million followers in five hours, the latest
of many White House efforts to amplify his message with social
media.

“Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re
finally giving me my own account,” Obama tweeted from his
verified @POTUS account.

May 18, 2015
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Obama gets his own account on Twitter

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President Barack Obama sent his first tweet from his very own account on Twitter on Monday, quickly amassing tens of thousands of followers in the latest of many White House efforts to amplify his message with social media.

May 18, 2015

Obama gets his own account on Twitter: ‘It’s Barack. Really!’

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sent
his first tweet from his very own account on Twitter on Monday,
quickly amassing tens of thousands of followers in the latest of
many White House efforts to amplify his message with social
media.

“Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re
finally giving me my own account,” Obama tweeted from his
verified @POTUS account, which had more than 217,000 followers
in its first 45 minutes.

May 15, 2015

Obama vows to ‘stand by’ Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton

CAMP DAVID, Md. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to back Gulf allies against any “external attack,” seeking to reassure them of Washington’s iron-clad commitment to their security amid Arab anxiety over U.S.-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.

Hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council for a rare summit at Camp David, Obama pledged that the United States would consider using military force to defend them and would also help address Iran’s “destabilizing activities in the region.”

May 14, 2015

Obama seeks to reassure Gulf allies on Iran, security at summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to convince Gulf allies including Saudi Arabia on Thursday that the United States is committed to their security despite deep concern among Arab leaders about U.S. efforts to broker a nuclear deal with Iran.

During a rare, high-profile summit at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, Obama will meet with representatives from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to discuss security cooperation.

May 12, 2015

Obama, McConnell missteps undercut trade pact in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Senator Mitch McConnell have seldom worked together and it showed on Tuesday, when the political odd couple failed to persuade the U.S. Senate to move forward with a Pacific Rim trade treaty they both favor.

By hitting the brakes, at least for now, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the center of Obama’s legacy-defining foreign policy pivot to Asia, Senate Democrats put the president and Senate Republican Leader McConnell on notice.

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      "Based on Capitol Hill, I help cover U.S. energy and environmental policy. I have reported on commodities since 1995, and have been with Reuters since 2002, moving to Washington from Canada in 2008."
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