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Jul 10, 2015

U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Office of Personnel Management chief Katherine Archuleta resigned on Friday, a day after the Obama administration said massive computer hacks at the government agency had put the personal data of more than 21 million people at risk.

The White House, facing harsh criticism from Republicans in Congress, said Archuleta had stepped down and that OPM was stepping up cyber security measures, such as limiting the number of “privileged users” of computer data.

Jul 1, 2015

Obama formally opens U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States had agreed to the historic step of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and will raise its flag over a U.S. Embassy in Havana later this summer.

“This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas,” Obama said in a statement delivered in the White House Rose Garden.

Jun 30, 2015

After ‘gratifying’ week, Obama sees long to-do list in time left

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It did not match the week of his wedding or the weeks his daughters were born, but President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday that last week was a particularly momentous one for him.

The Supreme Court legalized gay marriage and upheld his signature healthcare law, and Congress passed legislation critical to a Pacific trade pact Obama wants to finalize before leaving office in January 2017.

Jun 30, 2015

China, rivals to ‘pick up the slack’ with lapse of U.S. trade bank: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Export-Import Bank will stop new loans and insurance activities at midnight on Tuesday, the White House said in a statement, a lapse it said could hurt exports and jobs and benefit rivals such as China.

The Ex-Im Bank’s first lapse in its 81-year history comes after Congress failed to renew the its authority to make new loans or write new credit or trade guarantees.

Jun 30, 2015

Obama, Rousseff turn page on spy spat, work on trade, travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used a White House visit on Tuesday to turn the page on a spying scandal that had damaged bilateral relations and said they want to work to bolster economic ties.

The presidents agreed to a series of steps to make it easier for people and goods to move between the two countries, including reopening fresh beef trade.

Jun 30, 2015

Obama, Rousseff agree to improve trade, travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met at the White House on Tuesday, a visit aimed at bolstering economic ties and turning the page on a spying scandal.

The presidents agreed to a series of steps to make it easier for people and goods to move between the two countries, including reopening fresh beef trade, the White House said in a statement.

Jun 29, 2015

Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him “fast-track” power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation.

Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged that his fight to secure the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was far from over.

Jun 27, 2015

Obama sheds cool style for “fearless” final lap in office

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – Barack Obama has reached the
stage of his presidency where if he wants to break out in song
publicly, as he did with “Amazing Grace” in a eulogy on Friday,
then he’s going to do it.

With a year-and-a-half left in office, Obama is shedding
some of his trademark “no drama” style for a looser approach,
admitting that he feels more fearless and liberated.

Jun 27, 2015

Obama delivers ‘Amazing Grace’ at funeral of slain pastor

By Roberta Rampton and David Adams

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – An impassioned President Barack Obama led thousands of mourners in singing “Amazing Grace” on Friday at the funeral of a slain pastor in Charleston and urged Americans to eliminate symbols of oppression and racism, including the Confederate battle flag.

In a speech likely to be considered one of the most memorable of his presidency, Obama paid an emotional tribute to the nine people shot to death at the church and pleaded for Americans to use the tragedy as a way to bridge racial divide.

Jun 26, 2015

Obama says Confederate flag is reminder of oppression

By Roberta Rampton

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday joined the controversy over public display of the Confederate battle flag, calling it a symbol of oppression and saying America had been blind for too long to the pain it causes.

“By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace,” Obama said in an impassioned eulogy at the funeral for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the African-American church in Charleston where nine people were shot dead last week.

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      "Based on Capitol Hill, I help cover U.S. energy and environmental policy. I have reported on commodities since 1995, and have been with Reuters since 2002, moving to Washington from Canada in 2008."
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