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Jan 16, 2014

Obamas launch plan to get more low-income kids to college

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Drawing on their own stories as kids from families of modest means who used education to succeed, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama enlisted colleges and universities on Thursday to do more to help low-income students get into college.

“I’m doing this because that story of opportunity through education is the story of my life,” Michelle Obama said.

Jan 16, 2014

Obama seeks to build unity with Senate Democrats in election year

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought
to build a united front with Democratic senators on Wednesday,
inviting them to the White House to chat about “shared goals”
heading into midterm elections in which Republicans will try to
exploit Obama’s woes to pick up seats.

Obama urged senators to hold off on a proposed Iran
sanctions bill that many support – and which he has vowed to
veto. The White House has said the legislation would derail an
international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

Jan 13, 2014

U.S. has concerns about Iran-Russia oil-for-goods swap reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday it was concerned about a recent report that Iran and Russia are negotiating an oil-for-goods swap worth $1.5 billion a month, a deal a spokeswoman said could trigger U.S. sanctions.

Such a deal would significantly boost Iran’s oil exports, which have been slashed by more than half to about 1 million barrels a day by U.S. and European economic sanctions aimed at forcing Iran to accept curbs to its nuclear program.

Jan 12, 2014

Obama says U.S. to give ‘modest relief’ on Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said the United States and other nations would begin to give Iran “modest relief” on economic sanctions as long as Iran lives up to its end of an agreement reached on Sunday to start implementing a nuclear deal.

Obama’s statement came as six world powers and Iran agreed on a six-month plan that would curb Tehran’s most sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for some relief from oil and other economic sanctions while the parties negotiate a broader settlement on the scope of Iran’s nuclear program.

Jan 11, 2014

Obama to take action on manufacturing goal next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said he will talk next week about how he plans to create jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector, one of several economic goals he set for his administration last year that is now receiving renewed attention from the White House.

Obama’s weekly address hinted that his Wednesday trip to Raleigh, North Carolina, will focus on manufacturing.

Jan 10, 2014

U.S. to part with contractor CGI for Obamacare website

By Roberta Rampton and Caroline Humer

(Reuters) – The U.S. government will part ways next month with contractor CGI Federal over the troubled Obamacare enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, which failed to work when it launched in October for millions of Americans shopping for insurance, the company said on Friday.

HealthCare.gov struggled with error messages and slow speeds for weeks after its October 1 launch, creating a political crisis for President Barack Obama, threatening the roll-out of his signature healthcare law and emboldening its foes among Republican lawmakers to call for its repeal.

Jan 9, 2014

Obama meets lawmakers ahead of intelligence reform decisions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama met with 16 lawmakers on Thursday to discuss reforming how U.S. intelligence agencies collect telephone and internet data after damaging revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

“This meeting was an opportunity for the president to hear from the members about the work that they have been doing on these issues since they last met, and solicit their input as we near the end of our internal review,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a briefing.

Jan 8, 2014

Obama targets poverty in San Antonio, Philadelphia and other U.S. ‘zones’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to speak on Thursday about how he will target job creation, housing, law enforcement and education in the poorest U.S. communities, part of his pledge to narrow the gap between rich and poor in America.

Obama signaled last month that he plans a new focus this year on income inequality, which he called “the defining challenge of our time”, pushing to raise the minimum wage and find new ways to help poor children break out of the cycle of poverty.

Jan 3, 2014

Obama admin proposes new gun background check measures

HONOLULU/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday proposed two new gun control regulations aimed at clarifying restrictions on gun ownership for the mentally ill and strengthening a database used for background checks before firearm purchases.

The measures are the latest step in a year-long push by President Barack Obama to tighten U.S. gun laws in the wake of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children were killed.

Dec 23, 2013

Obamacare signup deadline pushed back to Tuesday

WASHINGTON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – As Americans scrambled to
beat a deadline to sign up for insurance under President Barack
Obama’s new healthcare law, the White House gave consumers
shopping on the program’s website an extra day, until Dec. 24,
to pick plans for coverage that starts Jan. 1.

The last-minute move by the Obama administration came on a
day when officials reported record traffic on HealthCare.gov,
the enrollment website that struggled with glitches after its
launch in October.

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