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Aug 8, 2014

U.S. lawmakers laud Iraq strikes, question long-term strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in Washington welcomed President Barack Obama’s decision to attack advancing Islamist militants in Iraq, but some questioned whether his administration has a long-term strategy to arrest Iraq’s disintegration.

Two U.S. F/A-18 fighter jets dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on Friday on an Islamic State mobile artillery piece used to shell Kurdish forces defending Arbil, the Pentagon said.

Aug 8, 2014

Obama authorizes air strikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he has authorized air strikes against Islamist militants in Iraq to protect American personnel and launched humanitarian assistance to prevent a genocide of members of a religious minority who have fled their homes.

The president, in remarks carried live over network television, said he has begun operations to assist Iraqis stranded on a mountain to escape the advancing forces of the Islamist State, which have swept across northern Iraq in recent weeks.

Aug 7, 2014

U.S. may fly aid soon to civilians trapped on Iraq mountain: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has approved military air drops of humanitarian supplies in northern Iraq for religious minorities fleeing attacks by Islamist militants and they could start at any time, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

Officials said President Barack Obama was also weighing carrying out the first U.S. airstrikes in Iraq since a 2011 pullout of troops.

Aug 7, 2014

Russian retaliation against sanctions hurts its own economy -U.S.

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The White House made the case
on Thursday that Western sanctions against Russia for
destabilizing Ukraine have had a significant impact on its
economy and that Russian retaliation by banning many Western
food imports will only boomerang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to
adopt the ban in response to Western economic sanctions on
Russia’s defense, oil and financial sectors over Moscow’s
support for rebels waging an insurrection in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 7, 2014

Obama says to quickly curb use of U.S. corporate tax dodge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday his administration plans to move quickly to curb what he called a “herd mentality” by companies doing business deals that help them escape U.S. corporate taxes, saying the practise was unfair to Americans.

Obama’s comments came the day that U.S. retailer Walgreen Co backed down from its plan to use a so-called inversion to reduce its taxes. Obama did not single out Walgreen, which is based in his home state of Illinois.

Aug 6, 2014

Biden makes plea to U.S. lawyers for pro bono help on migrant crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made an impassioned plea to U.S. law firms on Wednesday to free up attorneys to help deal with the surge of Central American children who have entered the country illegally by providing more pro bono representation.

At the end of a meeting with about 60 people – some from white-collar law firms, others from nonprofit organizations who work with immigrants – Biden urged lawyers to step up and help deal with a backlog of court cases for tens of thousands of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Aug 3, 2014

Obama says CEOs should quit complaining – Economist

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
corporate America has done well under his economic policies,
telling the Economist magazine that chief executive officers
should stop complaining about regulations and show greater
social responsibility.

“If you look at what’s happened over the last four or five
years, the folks who don’t have a right to complain are the
folks at the top,” Obama said in an interview conducted last
week and posted on the magazine’s website late on Saturday.

Aug 3, 2014

Obama says corporate America has benefited from his policies: the Economist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said corporate America has done well under his economic policies, telling the Economist magazine that CEOs should stop complaining about regulations and show greater social responsibility.

“If you look at what’s happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don’t have a right to complain are the folks at the top,” Obama said in an interview conducted last week and posted on the magazine’s website late on Saturday.

Aug 1, 2014

Obama on Putin: ‘Sometimes people don’t always act rationally’

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Russia’s Vladimir Putin to urge him to stop supporting separatists in Eastern Ukraine and seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis that has spurred tough new economic sanctions.

Obama told reporters on Friday he believes the United States has done “everything that we can do,” short of going to war, to deter Russia from further threats to Ukraine with the sanctions on its energy, defense and financial sectors.

Aug 1, 2014

Obama says that after 9/11, ‘we tortured some folks’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA “tortured some folks” after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

“We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values,” Obama told a White House news conference.

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