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Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Congress invites Netanyahu, Obama blindsided

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting President Barack Obama, and a White House spokesman questioned whether protocol had been violated.

An Israeli official said Netanyahu, whose relationship with Obama has often been tense, was looking into the possibility of meeting with Obama when he comes to Washington to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 11.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama, Cameron vow to take on ‘poisonous ideology’ of radical Islam

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to take on “the
poisonous ideology” of Islamic extremists and said intelligence
agencies must be allowed to track militants online despite
privacy concerns.

Obama and Cameron held two days of White House talks amid
increasing concern in Europe about the threat posed by
extremists after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks and
Belgian authorities engaged in a firefight with terror suspects.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama warns Congress more sanctions against Iran could lead to war

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned U.S. lawmakers
on Friday not to trigger new sanctions against Iran over its
nuclear program, saying such a move would upset diplomatic talks
and potentially lead to war.

In a joint news conference at the White House, Obama and
Cameron urged members of Congress to be patient and hold off on
any legislation calling for further sanctions now.

Jan 15, 2015

Exclusive: White House says net neutrality legislation not needed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called “net neutrality” rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.

Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC’s upcoming new rules. The Obama administration’s comments, while not entirely rebuffing the legislative effort, could make some Democrats wary of joining it.

Jan 13, 2015

Obama seeks enhanced cybersecurity laws to fight hackers

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday will announce a renewed push to beef up U.S.
cybersecurity laws after recent headline-grabbing hacks against
companies like Sony Pictures and Home Depot.

Obama will throw his support behind efforts to give
liability protection to companies that quickly share information
about attacks, but will require strict protections for personal
information, the White House said in a statement.

Jan 13, 2015

To fight hackers, Obama wants companies to share threats

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday will announce a renewed push for cybersecurity
legislation after recent headline-grabbing hacks against
companies like Sony Pictures and Home Depot.

Obama will throw his support behind efforts to give
liability protection to companies that quickly share information
about attacks, but will require strict protections for personal
information, the White House said in a statement.

Jan 12, 2015

Obama proposes new data laws as U.S. Central Command hacked

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday said he wants to work with Congress on new laws that would do more to protect Americans’ privacy and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices.

Underscoring the threat posed by hackers, the Twitter feed of U.S. Central Command, which leads U.S. military action in the Middle East, was hacked by someone claiming to be associated with Islamic State militants, while Obama spoke.

Jan 12, 2015

Obama to propose new laws to protect consumer data, privacy

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Monday plans to discuss three new proposed laws aimed at
protecting Americans and the trail of data they leave on smart
phones, computers and other devices.

Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws
to protect consumers and their privacy, a struggle that
intensified after hackers stole massive amounts of credit card
data from companies like Target and Home Depot

Jan 9, 2015

Obama proposes idea of two free years of community college

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants
to make two years of community college free and universally
available, a proposal he said on Thursday he would flesh out in
his State of the Union speech later this month.

White House officials acknowledged the plan would come with
a significant price tag but declined to disclose projected
costs, saying those details would come in Obama’s budget on Feb.
2.

Jan 6, 2015

Corrected – Obama’s Cuba opening hits early obstacles, faces struggle with Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – (Corrects time element to “half-century” from “half-decade” in 3rd paragraph)

Only two-and-a-half weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama announced a historic prisoner exchange and re-establishment of long-broken ties with Cuba, his new policy is encountering obstacles that threaten to flare up when Congress returns next week.

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