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Feb 26, 2014

Obama to outline plan to fix crumbling roads, rail, bridges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will fly to St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday to propose a four-year, $302 billion plan to create jobs by fixing the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, rail and transportation infrastructure.

Congress faces a September 30 deadline to renew federal funding for transportation programs, a deadline that has made state governors concerned about planning projects that typically run through September and into the fall months.

Feb 25, 2014

Obama hosts Boehner for rare, private Oval Office chat

WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner met for
about an hour on Tuesday in a rare, one-on-one Oval Office
discussion between two leaders who have fought bitterly during
fiscal crises over the past three years.

Aides to both men said they covered a lot of ground, talking
about at least 10 topics. But aides shared little insight into
what, if anything, the meeting accomplished.

Feb 25, 2014

Obama, Boehner to have rare, private Oval Office meeting Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After an acrimonious year where they failed to agree on almost anything, President Barack Obama will host Republican Speaker John Boehner for a rare one-on-one meeting on Tuesday, the White House said.

But with fiscal crises out of the way for the time being, and prospects for major legislation dimming ahead of November midterm elections, it’s unclear what the two men will talk about.

Feb 24, 2014

Obama says sees Keystone decision in next couple months -Oklahoma governor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told governors at a White House meeting on Monday that he expects to make a decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada in the next couple of months, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin told reporters.

Fallin, a Republican who strongly supports the pipeline, said she asked Obama whether he would use his executive powers to approve the pipeline, which has been under government review since 2008.

Feb 22, 2014

Obama meets with Dalai Lama, upsetting China

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama on Friday, prompting the Chinese government to ask why the White House ignored Beijing’s warnings that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would damage ties.

China’s vice foreign minister, Zhang Yesui, summoned Daniel Kritenbrink, charge d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in China, on Friday night, according to a statement posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website.

Feb 21, 2014

Obama, Putin agree on need to ensure Ukraine deal works

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Friday that a deal aimed at halting bloody clashes between government forces and protesters in Ukraine needs to be quickly implemented so that the country stabilizes, a U.S. official said.

The two leaders spoke by phone after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders signed the European Union-mediated peace deal.

Feb 21, 2014

Obama calls out New Jersey Governor Christie in fight for minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday singled out New Jersey’s embattled Republican Governor Chris Christie for criticism for balking at a push to raise the minimum wage, a move favored by most Americans.

During a meeting with top advisors and a group of 14 Democratic governors at the White House, Obama said Republican governors were out of touch with their constituents on the issue.

Feb 21, 2014

Obama calls out N.J. Governor Christie in fight for minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Friday singled out New Jersey’s embattled Republican Governor
Chris Christie for criticism for balking at a push to raise the
minimum wage, a move favored by most Americans.

During a meeting with top advisors and a group of 14
Democratic governors at the White House, Obama said Republican
governors were out of touch with their constituents on the
issue.

Feb 21, 2014

Obama meets with Dalai Lama despite China warnings

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday in a show of concern about China’s human rights practices, and in spite of warnings from China the visit would “seriously damage” ties between the two countries.

The private meeting appeared to last about an hour, although the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was not seen by White House photographers as he entered or exited the complex.

Feb 21, 2014

Obama to meet Dalai Lama on Friday as U.S. urges talks with China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday in a show of concern about China’s human rights practices.

Obama’s midmorning session with the Dalai Lama may well draw a reprimand from China, which views him as a violent separatist because he seeks more autonomy for Tibet.

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