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Jan 31, 2014

Help wanted: Obama calls on CEOs to help fix jobless problem

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet on Friday with a group of chief executive officers who have agreed to make sure their companies do not rule out hiring people just because their resumes show they have been out of work for a while.

More than 300 companies have agreed to a one-page list of “best practices” for recruiting and hiring people from the ranks of the long-term unemployed – a group that has struggled to find work in spite of an otherwise improved economy.

Jan 29, 2014

Obama pushes minimum wage hike on State of Union road trip

LANHAM, Maryland (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, on a road trip to highlight themes from his State of the Union speech that called for narrowing the gap between the rich and poor, urged Congress on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for millions of low-income Americans.

“If you work hard, you should be able to pay your rent, buy your groceries, look after your kids,” Obama said at a Costco big-box store in this Washington suburb. “If you put in a hard day’s work you deserve decent pay for it.”

Jan 29, 2014

At the White House, the State of the Union is #social

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – High school teacher Jason Knoll came to the White House on Tuesday from Madison, Wisconsin, on a mission: to show his students that tweets can be used for “more than selfies at the mall,” and that political Twitter can transcend petty snark.

He joined a diverse group of about 60 people chosen from thousands of applicants who explained in 140 characters or less why they wanted to be chosen as volunteers to live-tweet the State of the Union address.

Jan 25, 2014

Obama to outline new plans for jobless next week

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
announce a new plan next week to help Americans who continue to
struggle to find jobs even as the economy recovers from
recession, his senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, said on Saturday.

Obama’s efforts to help the long-term unemployed are part of
an economic strategy he will lay out in his annual State of the
Union address on Tuesday and expound upon during a four-state
tour, Pfeiffer said in a mass email from the White House.

Jan 25, 2014

Obama to outline new plan to help long-term unemployed -adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce a new plan next week to help Americans who continue to struggle to find jobs even as the economy recovers from recession, his senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, said on Saturday.

Obama’s efforts to help the long-term unemployed are part of an economic strategy he will lay out in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday and expound upon during a four-state tour, Pfeiffer said in a mass e-mail from the White House.

Jan 17, 2014

White House releases summary of six-month Iran nuclear plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday released a summary of the deal reached between six major world powers and Iran to curb its nuclear program, responding to calls from the U.S. Congress and other groups for more transparency about what the agreement entails.

Iran has denied it wants to use the program to eventually build nuclear weapons but agreed to scale it back after the international community applied strict financial and oil sanctions.

Jan 16, 2014

Obamas launch plan to get more low-income kids to college

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Drawing on their own stories as kids from families of modest means who used education to succeed, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama enlisted colleges and universities on Thursday to do more to help low-income students get into college.

“I’m doing this because that story of opportunity through education is the story of my life,” Michelle Obama said.

Jan 16, 2014

Obama seeks to build unity with Senate Democrats in election year

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought
to build a united front with Democratic senators on Wednesday,
inviting them to the White House to chat about “shared goals”
heading into midterm elections in which Republicans will try to
exploit Obama’s woes to pick up seats.

Obama urged senators to hold off on a proposed Iran
sanctions bill that many support – and which he has vowed to
veto. The White House has said the legislation would derail an
international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

Jan 13, 2014

U.S. has concerns about Iran-Russia oil-for-goods swap reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday it was concerned about a recent report that Iran and Russia are negotiating an oil-for-goods swap worth $1.5 billion a month, a deal a spokeswoman said could trigger U.S. sanctions.

Such a deal would significantly boost Iran’s oil exports, which have been slashed by more than half to about 1 million barrels a day by U.S. and European economic sanctions aimed at forcing Iran to accept curbs to its nuclear program.

Jan 12, 2014

Obama says U.S. to give ‘modest relief’ on Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said the United States and other nations would begin to give Iran “modest relief” on economic sanctions as long as Iran lives up to its end of an agreement reached on Sunday to start implementing a nuclear deal.

Obama’s statement came as six world powers and Iran agreed on a six-month plan that would curb Tehran’s most sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for some relief from oil and other economic sanctions while the parties negotiate a broader settlement on the scope of Iran’s nuclear program.

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