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Jun 27, 2014

Obama blasts House Republicans over lawsuit threat

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday blasted House Republicans who have threatened to sue him for issuing executive orders to implement policies that would have a hard time passing in the Republican-controlled chamber of Congress.

“They don’t do anything except block me and call me names,” Obama said in an economic speech that concluded a two-day visit to Minnesota.

Jun 27, 2014

Obama shares an (atypical) ‘day in life’ of Minnesota woman

MINNEAPOLIS, June 26 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
spent a “day in the life” of a young Minnesota accountant
struggling to make ends meet, but the road trip on Thursday
quickly turned into a typical day in the life of Obama – one
spent defending his actions and criticizing Republicans.

The trip, billed as the first in a series, was aimed at
reconnecting Obama with Democrats ahead of midterm elections in
November when Republicans stand a good chance of taking control
of the Senate, jeopardizing his opportunity to accomplish goals
for his last two years in office.

Jun 26, 2014

Obama aims for ‘day in the life’ of Minneapolis woman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama heads to Minneapolis on Thursday, the first stop in series of summer road trips where he will aim to spend a “day in the life” of an ordinary American and convince voters that the White House understands their challenges.

Obama will have lunch with a woman named Rebekah – the White House has not provided her full name – who wrote to him earlier this year. He will hold a town hall meeting and, on Friday, give a speech on the economy.

Jun 23, 2014

Obama seeks to expand flex-time for government workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, as part of efforts to make the U.S. workplace more accommodating for employees with families, will on Monday direct federal agencies to step up efforts to give workers more leeway in determining their schedules.

Obama, who is seeking to boost Democratic fortunes before the midterm elections in November, has been urging Congress to back legislation to make workplaces more “family friendly.”

Jun 20, 2014

Obamas want daughters to get taste of life on minimum wage -Parade

WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
wife Michelle both worked minimum-wage jobs before they got law
degrees: a character-building experience they said they also
want their teenage daughters to share.

The president scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, waited
tables at an assisted-living facility for seniors and also
worked as a painter. The first lady worked at a book binding

Jun 20, 2014

Obama says U.S. military plans for Iraq strictly limited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama insisted on Thursday that his decision to send military advisers to Iraq and consider targeted strikes against insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group did not mean U.S. troops would again be at war in the country.

“American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again,” the U.S. president told a White House news conference after meeting his national security team to discuss the crisis.

Jun 19, 2014

Obama to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States would send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraqi forces confronting an al Qaeda-inspired insurgency and was prepared to take targeted military action if it was necessary.

But the U.S. president, speaking to a news conference after meeting with his national security team, insisted: “American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again.”

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. senators want to hike gasoline tax for first time since 1993

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Wednesday said they want to raise the federal gasoline and diesel tax by 12 cents a gallon to prevent a fund that pays for about half of the country’s transportation projects from running out of money in August.

Republican Senator Bob Corker and Democrat Chris Murphy called for raising the tax 6 cents a year for two years and linking future fuel tax increases to inflation.

Jun 18, 2014

Obama says to bar LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he will sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation, but told gay rights activists they need to keep up the pressure on Congress to pass a broader law.

Drawing a lengthy standing ovation from a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) gala raising money for the Democratic National Committee, Obama said the order was the right thing to do for human rights and the economy.

Jun 17, 2014

Getting personal, Obama says equal pay important for women and men

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday cast his administration’s push to reduce pay disparities between men and women in personal terms and said such wage gaps are something that could hypothetically affect his life as well as those of other men.

“This is not a women’s issue, this is a family issue.¬†Women now bring in close to half of all income, and there are a whole lot of families out there where the woman is the primary breadwinner,” Obama said during a townhall-type event in Pittsburgh, before referring to his wife, Michelle.

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