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Sep 20, 2013

Obama hits the road as House Republicans vote in budget battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will try to put some distance between himself and a battle with Republicans over government spending on Friday, touring a Ford plant in Missouri while the House of Representatives votes on a short-term budget bill.

The Republican-led House is expected to pass a bill that would avert a government shutdown on October 1, but would also gut Obama’s signature healthcare law – the latest in a long series of fiscal fights between Obama and the Republicans.

Sep 18, 2013

Obama tells Rouhani he sees a way to resolve nuclear issue: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has told Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in an exchange of letters that the United States is ready to resolve its nuclear dispute with Iran in a way that allows Tehran to show it is not trying to build weapons, the White House said on Wednesday.

“In his letter the president indicated that the U.S. is ready to resolve the nuclear issue in a way that allows Iran to demonstrate that its nuclear program is for exclusively peaceful purposes,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Sep 18, 2013

Obama to ask business leaders to push Congress to raise debt limit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama appealed to business leaders on Wednesday to urge Congress to approve an increase in the U.S. debt limit without any conditions attached and avoid a default that is possible as early as mid-October.

“It is going to be important for all of you over the next several weeks to understand what’s at stake and to make sure that you are using your influence in whatever way we can to get back to what used to be called regular order around here,” Obama told the Business Roundtable.

Sep 17, 2013

Obama says Navy Yard shooting shows need for better gun checks

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The mass shooting at a
Washington military base shows the United States needs a better
way to check whether gun buyers have mental health problems,
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

Obama made the comments as more details emerged about Aaron
Alexis, a 34-year-old government contractor who is suspected of
killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy
Yard on Monday before police killed him in a gun battle.

Sep 17, 2013

White House to review contractors after Washington shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said Tuesday it will review standards for federal government contractors after the Washington Navy Yard shootings, which authorities said were committed by a contract worker who had a security clearance to work there.

President Barack Obama will be briefed on Tuesday on the details of the Washington Navy Yard shootings by his national security aides, including Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Sep 14, 2013

Unions fail to get fix from White House on key ‘Obamacare’ concern

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top labor leaders left the White House on Friday after an hour-long meeting with President Barack Obama, still looking for a way to address concerns that “Obamacare” will hurt their members’ healthcare plans.

The dispute with unions – traditional allies of Democrats – as the Obama administration begins to roll out Obama’s signature healthcare reforms is providing political ammunition for Republicans who want to defund or repeal the law.

Sep 13, 2013

Obama says Syria deal must be ‘verifiable and enforceable’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he hopes talks on a plan to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons are successful, but said he will insist any deal is “verifiable and enforceable.”

Obama made his comments after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.

Sep 12, 2013

White House sees ‘irony’ in Putin’s New York Times column

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin proved an important point about “American exceptionalism” when he took a shot at the concept in his column in the New York Times, the White House said on Thursday.

In the opinion piece, Putin lauded a Russian proposal to put Syrian chemical weapons under international control and lectured the United States for what he said was a tendency to use “brute force” in world disputes.

Sep 12, 2013

White House pledges to work with Brazil on surveillance concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House tried on Wednesday to smooth over a diplomatic row with Brazil, pledging to address concerns caused by reports that the United States had spied on President Dilma Rousseff and hacked into the computer networks of state-run oil company Petrobras.

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security advisor, met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo to discuss Brazil’s questions about documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Sep 10, 2013

Obama wants to keep pressure on Syria as diplomatic option pursued

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and top national security officials urged Congress on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.

A potential diplomatic breakthrough put the brakes on a vote in Congress over authorizing military force as lawmakers and the administration sought more time to assess Russia’s proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.

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