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Mar 27, 2014

Obamacare enrollment tops 6 million as deadline looms -White House

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – More than 6 million people
have now signed up for private insurance plans under President
Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law known as Obamacare,
reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31
deadline, the White House said on Thursday.

The milestone gives the White House some ammunition to
counter Republican critics, who have described the program as an
expensive flop in the build-up to midterm congressional
campaigns in November, when Democratic control of the U.S.
Senate is at stake.

Mar 27, 2014

White House says Obamacare enrollment tops 6 million as deadline looms

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The White House said on
Thursday that more than 6 million people have now signed up for
private insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s signature
healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in
enrollments days before the March 31 deadline.

Ten days ago, the administration had pegged enrollment at
more than 5 million people, and enlisted celebrities and top
government officials to try to convince more uninsured people -
particularly the young and healthy – to sign up.

Mar 27, 2014

White House unveils plan to end bulk collection of phone data by NSA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday announced details of its plan to end the government’s vast bulk collection of data about phone calls made in the United States, including new procedures to get judicial approval before asking phone companies for such records.

Under the plan, telephone companies would have to provide data from their records quickly and in a usable format when requested by the government, a senior administration official told reporters. It would also allow the government to seek the data without a court order in a national security emergency.

Mar 25, 2014

NSA ‘metadata’ reform plans seek to defuse potential opposition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Proposals by the White House and a congressional committee to reform the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone “metadata” are being crafted with an eye toward defusing potential opposition from telephone companies and privacy advocates, sources familiar with the plans said.

Lawmakers are considering giving government compensation to phone companies for expenses incurred when the intelligence agency asks for searches of phone records, as well as offering the firms greater protection against lawsuits challenging their compliance with those requests.

Mar 25, 2014

Obama to propose ending NSA bulk collection of phone records: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress to end the bulk collection and storage of phone records by the National Security Agency but allow the government to access the “metadata” when needed, a senior administration official said on Monday.

If Congress approves, the Obama administration would stop collecting the information, known as metadata, which lists millions of phone calls made in the United States. The practice triggered a national debate over privacy rights when the extent of the surveillance program was exposed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Mar 19, 2014

Biden warns Russia on ‘dark path’ to isolation

VILNIUS (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reassured the leaders of Lithuania and Latvia that the United States would defend any NATO members against aggression and warned that Russia was on a “dark path” to isolation over its actions in Ukraine.

Biden was in the capital of Lithuania, part of a quick trip to reassure Baltic allies worried about what an emboldened, aggressive Russia might mean for their nations. Lithuania, along with Estonia and Latvia, are NATO members.

Mar 19, 2014

Biden meets Baltic leaders, pledges support

VILNIUS (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with leaders of Lithuania and Latvia on Wednesday, part of a quick trip to reassure Baltic allies worried about what an emboldened, aggressive Russia might mean for their nations.

The nations have condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for moving to annex Ukraine’s Crimea, and the White House has said it is preparing a fresh round of sanctions in response.

Mar 18, 2014

U.S. eyes military training in Baltics after Russia ‘land grab’

WARSAW (Reuters) – The United States may run more ground and naval military exercises to help Baltic states near Russia beef up their capacity, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday to reassure NATO allies alarmed by the Crimean crisis.

Moscow’s despatch of troops to Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and its unilateral declaration that the area is now part of Russia have left NATO member states in eastern Europe worried that they could be next in line.

Mar 18, 2014

U.S. suggests Baltics war games in response to Russian ‘land grab’

WARSAW (Reuters) – The United States is considering sending troops for war games in the Baltic states bordering Russia, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday in an effort to reassure NATO allies alarmed at the Kremlin’s intervention in Ukraine.

Moscow’s despatch of troops to Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula and its unilateral declaration that the area is now part of Russia have left NATO member states in eastern Europe worried that they could be next in line.

Mar 18, 2014

Biden reassures NATO allies after Russia ‘land grab’

WARSAW (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told NATO allies in eastern Europe on Tuesday that the alliance was unwavering in its commitment to protect them from attack, offering reassurance after what he called Russia’s “land grab” in Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

Biden was in the Polish capital at the start of a two-day mission to demonstrate to countries on Russia’s western borders, nervous they could be next in line after Crimea, that the United States stands by them.

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