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Jul 23, 2013

Obama aims to change topic, seize initiative in fiscal fights

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told
supporters on Monday that he plans to focus his agenda clearly
on the economic challenges of the middle class, a theme he will
lay out in a speech on Wednesday and follow up with detailed
proposals in the coming months.

“There is no more important question for this country than
how do we create an economy in which everybody who works hard
feels like they can get ahead?” Obama told a small group of
donors to Organizing for Action, an advocacy group led by some
of his former advisers.

Jul 22, 2013

White House finds the funny in ‘Obamacare’ pitch to youth

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – What’s so funny about
President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law?

A website known for viral comedy videos popular with
Americans under 30 – Funny or Die – has a few ideas and is
enlisting celebrities to make something that catches the
attention of a key demographic the White House needs to sign up
for Obamacare.

Jul 22, 2013

White House enlists Hollywood to help pitch ‘Obamacare’ to youth

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – Senior White House officials
met with a group of Hollywood stars and entertainers on Monday
to talk about how to use pop culture to persuade young Americans
to sign up for new medical insurance coverage this fall.

For President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform law to
succeed, the White House needs to attract 2.7 million younger
consumers between the ages of 18 to 35, mostly male and
non-white, to participate in new online health insurance
exchanges.

Jul 22, 2013

Obama to talk jobs in struggling Illinois town

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama returns on Wednesday to an Illinois town that has been a touchstone for his plan to rebuild America’s manufacturing sector, giving the first in a series of speeches that will set the tone for his fiscal battles with Congress in the fall.

The White House said the address in Galesburg, Ill. will lay out Obama’s priorities in the face of a pair of expected fights with Republicans over raising the government’s debt limit and the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1.

Jul 19, 2013

Obama says ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday jumped into the debate over the acquittal of the man who killed black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, declaring that Martin “could have been me, 35 years ago,” and urging Americans to understand the pain that African-Americans feel over the case.

Obama came into the White House press briefing room to offer his thoughts on the case involving George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was found not guilty of murder on Saturday after shooting 17-year-old Martin during a struggle.

Jul 19, 2013

Biden: ‘We don’t know’ if White House can help Detroit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is looking for ways to help the city of Detroit after the city filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday, but Vice President Joe Biden said it was unclear what the administration could do.

“Can we help Detroit?” Biden said on Friday in a response to a question from a reporter. “We don’t know.”

Jul 19, 2013

Biden to praise benefits of ‘rules of the road’ in Asia visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden will press India to do more to open up trade and protect intellectual property during a trip to the Asia-Pacific region next week that will also highlight U.S. concern about aggressive Chinese navy patrols in the oil-rich South China Sea.

The trip comes as Asian economies struggle to adjust to a slowdown in growth, a situation Biden said could improve if countries including India and China pursue economic reforms.

Jul 19, 2013

Obama renominates campaign donor for diplomat post in The Hague

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday renominated Timothy Broas, a criminal defense lawyer and campaign donor, as ambassador to the Netherlands, a year after Broas withdrew from consideration following his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

After his first nomination, Broas was charged for driving while under the influence of alcohol, speeding and resisting arrest in his suburban Maryland neighborhood.

Jul 18, 2013

Biden: U.S. ready to engage with North Korea if talks ‘genuine’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is ready to engage in dialogue with North Korea, but only if Pyongyang is prepared for “genuine” negotiations and commits to giving up its nuclear ambitions, Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday.

Biden, who gave a speech on U.S. policy on Asia before a visit next week to India and Singapore, also encouraged China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to speed up talks to resolve a long dispute over boundaries in the South China Sea.

Jul 18, 2013

U.S. ready to engage with North Korea if talks ‘genuine’ – Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is ready to engage in dialogue with North Korea, but only if Pyongyang is prepared for “genuine” negotiations and commits to giving up its nuclear ambitions, Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday.

Biden, who gave a speech on U.S. policy on Asia before a visit next week to India and Singapore, also encouraged China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to speed up talks to resolve a long dispute over boundaries in the South China Sea.

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