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Oct 8, 2013

Obama tells Republicans he will negotiate once they end ‘threats’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama turned up the political pressure on Republicans on Tuesday, saying he would be willing to negotiate on budget issues only after they agree to re-open the federal government and raise the debt limit with no conditions.

At a news conference, an unbending Obama said he would not hold talks on ways to end the fiscal impasse under threat from “more extreme parts of the Republican Party.”

Oct 5, 2013

As U.S. shutdown drags on, House votes to pay idled workers

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Democrats and Republicans in
the U.S. House of Representatives agreed on Saturday to
retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed federal employees once the
government reopens, but there was no end in sight to the
shutdown that was in its fifth day.

The House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously and
it is expected to clear the Senate and be signed by President
Barack Obama. It was a rare moment of cooperation in the House
as the two parties were entrenched in their positions on the
shutdown.

Oct 4, 2013

Obama walks to sandwich shop to try to win points on budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took an unusual stroll to a sandwich shop down the street from the White House on Friday, a photo opportunity designed to show their solidarity for workers laid off due to a government shutdown.

Obama also seized the opportunity to respond to an embarrassing quote from an unnamed White House official that Republicans have used to their advantage in the battle over who is to blame for hundreds of thousands of people going without pay checks.

Oct 3, 2013

Obama’s Asia trip: Should he stay or should he go?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Washington paralyzed by a government shutdown, time is running out for President Barack Obama to decide whether to leave the stalemate behind and fly halfway around the world to attend two international summits in Indonesia and Brunei.

On Thursday, the White House was still officially hoping the shutdown would end quickly, allowing Obama to avoid having to choose between looking after things at home, or advancing his trade and foreign policy goals in Asia on a trip beginning on Saturday.

Oct 3, 2013

Obama blames Republican ‘obsession’ for government shutdown

ROCKVILLE, Md (Reuters) – President Barack Obama ridiculed House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday for refusing to allow a vote on a funding bill that would end a three-day government shutdown, saying the top Republican in Washington is in the grip of conservative “extremists.”

Obama’s speech at a construction company in the Washington suburb of Rockville, Maryland, showed there was no sign of movement toward a deal that would reopen the government’s doors and allow hundreds of thousands of idled government workers to go back to their jobs.

Oct 1, 2013

White House rejects latest Republican offer to end shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House rejected a Republican plan to reopen portions of the U.S. government on Tuesday as the first shutdown in 17 years closed landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and threw hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work.

The quick dismissal offered no sign that President Barack Obama and Republicans can soon end a standoff over health care that has sidelined everything from trade negotiations to medical research and raised new concerns about Congress’s ability to perform its most basic duties. An even bigger battle looms in coming weeks, when Congress must raise the debt limit or risk a U.S. default that could roil global markets.

Sep 22, 2013

At Navy Yard service, Obama rails against ‘routine’ of gun violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made an impassioned plea on Sunday for Americans to overcome their “creeping resignation” about gun violence and demand tougher gun laws following the country’s latest mass shooting.

“I’m here today to say there’s nothing routine about this tragedy. There’s nothing routine about your loss,” Obama told families at a memorial service for 12 people killed by a gunman last week at the Washington Navy Yard.

Sep 20, 2013

U.S. says open for Iran talks based on ‘mutual respect’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is ready to engage in talks “on the basis of mutual respect” with Iran about its disputed nuclear program as long as Tehran is willing to demonstrate that its program is for civilian purposes, the White House said on Friday.

“We have had a number of engagements with the Iranians and we’ll continue to have conversations on the basis of mutual respect,” Josh Earnest, the deputy White House spokesman, told reporters aboard Air Force One during President Barack Obama’s flight earlier in the day to Missouri.

Sep 20, 2013

Obama sharply criticizes Republicans in new budget clashes

, Sept 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
warned Republicans in Congress on Friday to quickly resolve two
festering budget issues or risk a government shutdown and a debt
default that would send the U.S. economy into a tailspin.

“Just do your job,” Obama said in a speech in which he
offered his sharpest criticism to date of Republican attempts to
gut funding for his signature health care law as part of any
agreement on the budget or debt limit extension.

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.

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