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Sep 23, 2014

Obama’s Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad.

The reason for Obama’s good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five.

Sep 23, 2014

Obama vows continued air strikes against extremists in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed more strikes against extremists in Syria on Tuesday after U.S. forces carried out separate air raids targeting Islamic State militants and an al Qaeda affiliate that Washington said was plotting attacks on America and Europe.

“We will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people,” Obama said as he left the White House to travel to the United Nations in New York, where he will meet officials from Arab nations that joined in the strikes against the Islamic State group.

Sep 23, 2014

Obama to address airstrikes against Islamic State: White House official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will make a statement on Tuesday following airstrikes for the first time against the militant group in Syria, according to the White House.

Obama will speak at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) before departing the White House for New York City to attend the U.N. climate meeting, the White House said in an emailed statement.

Sep 22, 2014

White House intruder had 800 rounds of ammunition in car: prosecutor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had over 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and was arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map marking the executive mansion, a federal prosecutor said on Monday.

Omar Gonzalez, 42, was also stopped, but not arrested in August walking by the White House with a hatchet in his waistband, federal prosecutor David Mudd told a federal judge.

Sep 22, 2014

Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November’s congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan’s seminal campaign question: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

Framing the debate like that helped Reagan twice – in 1980 when he beat incumbent Jimmy Carter, and then again in 1984 when he won re-election during an economic upswing.

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. won’t telegraph when Syria strikes will begin: Rice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign on Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations.

At a White House briefing, national security adviser Susan Rice was vague as to when the new air campaign might begin in Syria, and whether Obama would in fact sign off on any final attack plan developed by the Pentagon.

Sep 11, 2014

Obama orders U.S. airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

Obama’s decision to launch attacks inside Syria, which is embroiled in a three-year civil war, showed the seriousness of the threat American officials see from Islamic State. A year ago, the president shied away from airstrikes against Syria’s government for its use of chemical weapons against Syrians.

Sep 10, 2014

Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will vow on Wednesday to attack Islamic State militants “wherever they exist” in a speech to Americans expected to lay out a strategy for expanding U.S. air strikes in Iraq and, for the first time, striking targets in Syria.

Obama will stress in his 9 p.m. (0100 GMT Thursday) speech from the White House that he will not send U.S. combat troops to fight the al Qaeda-like group, and that the United States will act in concert with a broad coalition including Western allies and Arab states.

Sep 7, 2014

Obama to set out plan to go on offensive against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said he will explain to Americans and congressional leaders this week his plan to “start going on some offense” against Islamic State militants, who he said could eventually become a threat to the United States.

Obama will make a speech on Wednesday to “describe what our game plan’s going to be,” and meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group, which controls parts of Syria and Iraq.

Sep 6, 2014

Obama delays acting on immigration until after November elections

WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
has decided to delay taking action on immigration reform until
after November congressional elections because the issue had
become a threat to his fellow Democrats, a White House official
said on Saturday.

Obama had promised in June to announce his decision by the
end of summer, but Democrats worried that any executive actions
taken without congressional approval could hurt them in November
as they struggle to retain control of the U.S. Senate.
Republicans already control the House of Representatives.

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