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Nov 20, 2014

Obama says his immigration plan is lawful

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
planned on Thursday to impose the most sweeping immigration
reform in a generation, easing the threat of deportation for
about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash
with outraged Republicans.

In excerpts ahead of his 8 p.m. (0100 GMT Friday) speech,
Obama rejected Republican critics who say his actions are
tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to
pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Nov 20, 2014

Defying Republicans, Obama to offer immigration help to millions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday is poised to ease the threat of deportations for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants in a move that has enraged Republicans in the U.S. Congress even before he formally unveiled the sweeping program.

Obama’s plan would let approximately 4.4 million parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents remain in the United States temporarily, without the threat of deportation, a source briefed by the administration told Reuters.

Nov 19, 2014

Could Obama cut deal on Keystone pipeline? Don’t rule it out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions.

After years of fighting over TransCanada’s (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) crude oil pipeline from Canada, a Keystone deal is not entirely out of the question, sources inside the administration and others close to the White House told Reuters on Tuesday.

Nov 14, 2014

Obama’s immigration plan offers some relief, risk for tech sector

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
executive action on immigration is expected to include some
modest changes to make it easier for technology companies to
retain high-skilled workers frustrated by long and unpredictable
waits for green cards.

But the major overhaul that the tech sector is seeking of
the visa and green card system would require action by Congress.
For now at least, the prospects for legislation appear to be

Nov 8, 2014

Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the militant group Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday.

Obama’s decision greatly expands the scope of the U.S. campaign and the geographic distribution of American forces, some of whom will head into Iraq’s fiercely contested western Anbar province for the first time to act as advisers.

Nov 8, 2014

Obama picks Brooklyn prosecutor Lynch for attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace the retiring Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general and if confirmed, she would become the first black woman to serve in the post, the White House said on Friday.

The 55-year-old North Carolina native and Harvard-trained lawyer has deep experience in both civil rights and corporate fraud cases. Lynch is known for a low-key personality and stirred little controversy during two tenures as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Nov 7, 2014

Obama to send more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more U.S. troops for Iraq, roughly doubling the number already there to advise and retrain Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants, U.S. officials said on Friday.

The United States has about 1,400 troops in Iraq, slightly below a previous limit of 1,600.

Nov 7, 2014

Obama to host U.S. Congress leaders as post-election battles loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican victors of Tuesday’s U.S. congressional elections break bread with Democratic President Barack Obama on Friday as the two sides assess what legislation can be enacted in coming months despite years of confrontation.

Remarks in the run-up to the White House meeting suggested Obama and the Republicans would keep going at each other no less than they did before Republicans seized control of both houses of Congress in the Nov. 4 vote.

Nov 5, 2014

Obama, Republicans sound conciliatory note but battles loom

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his
powerful U.S. Senate adversary struck a conciliatory tone on
Wednesday, but Obama’s plans to proceed with new immigration
rules foreshadowed a bumpy start to his relationship with a
Republican-controlled Congress.

Obama and Mitch McConnell, who will become majority leader
when Republicans take charge in the Senate in January, signaled
they hoped to get past a previously frosty relationship to pass
legislation on priorities on which they can both agree.

Nov 5, 2014

Rocky road for Obama with Republicans in charge of U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faced a political rebuke and a curb on his policy ambitions on Wednesday after Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years.

Tuesday’s midterm elections gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress for the first time since elections in 2006 and the first time since Obama entered the White House nearly six years ago.

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