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Aug 1, 2014

Obama on Putin: ‘Sometimes people don’t always act rationally’

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Russia’s Vladimir Putin to urge him to stop supporting separatists in Eastern Ukraine and seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis that has spurred tough new economic sanctions.

Obama told reporters on Friday he believes the United States has done “everything that we can do,” short of going to war, to deter Russia from further threats to Ukraine with the sanctions on its energy, defense and financial sectors.

Aug 1, 2014

Obama says that after 9/11, ‘we tortured some folks’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA “tortured some folks” after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

“We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values,” Obama told a White House news conference.

Jul 30, 2014

Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’

KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took his criticism of congressional Republicans for confounding his agenda to a higher pitch on Wednesday, appealing to them to “stop just hatin’ all the time.”

Republicans in the House of Representatives are expected to vote on Wednesday to sue Obama on grounds that he overstepped his authority while implementing the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law commonly called Obamacare.

Jul 30, 2014

Table for five: Obama gets barbecue with Kansas City penpals

KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) – Valerie McCaw, a single mom who owns a small engineering firm and has a son in college, emailed President Barack Obama last week “in the middle of the night,” describing how she works seven days a week and still struggles to pay the bills.

On Tuesday, she had the chance to tell Obama in person as one of four people the president dined with in a visit to her midwestern city – part of a summertime White House campaign to rouse Democratic voters ahead of November midterm elections.

Jul 29, 2014

Table for five: Obama to dine with Kansas City penpals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Valerie, a single mom from Kansas City, Missouri, who owns a small business, wrote to President Barack Obama last week “in the middle of the night,” describing just how hard she works.

On Tuesday, she will get the chance to tell Obama in person as one of four people the president dines with in a visit to the midwestern city – part of a summertime White House campaign to rouse Democratic voters ahead of November midterm elections.

Jul 29, 2014

Act now on climate change or see costs soar, White House says

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Putting off expensive
measures to curb climate change will only cost the United States
more in the long run, the White House said on Tuesday in a
report meant to bolster a series of actions President Barack
Obama has proposed to address global warming.

“Each decade we delay acting results in an added cost of
dealing with the problem of an extra 40 percent,” said Jason
Furman, chairman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the U.S. government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue.

The Cold War treaty, ratified in 1988, was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles).

Jul 28, 2014

White House: U.S., Europe to issue new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders, in a show of solidarity, agreed on Monday to impose a wider set of sanctions against Russia’s financial, defense and energy sectors in the wake of the shootdown of a passenger jet over Eastern Ukraine, a top Obama aide said.

The coordinated measures come as the United States warned of a Russian troop buildup along the border with eastern Ukraine and the shipment of new sophisticated weapons to pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 22, 2014

Obama vows U.S. will seek justice in downing of Malaysian jet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will not rest until justice is done in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama vowed in a condolence book for the nearly 300 victims on Tuesday.

Obama visited the Netherlands Embassy in Washington to sign the book. Of the 298 people killed in the July 17 shootdown over an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists, 193 were Dutch.

Jul 21, 2014

Obama says there’s more than one ‘authentic way of being black’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told a group of young black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian men on Monday that they need be proud of their backgrounds and draw strength from their cultures, but ignore people who accuse them of “acting white.”

Obama shared the advice to the young men as part of his “My Brother’s Keeper” program that is marshalling private and public resources to help more boys from minority groups succeed, a program that he views as an important part of his legacy.

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