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Aug 7, 2014

Russian retaliation against sanctions hurts its own economy -U.S.

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The White House made the case
on Thursday that Western sanctions against Russia for
destabilizing Ukraine have had a significant impact on its
economy and that Russian retaliation by banning many Western
food imports will only boomerang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to
adopt the ban in response to Western economic sanctions on
Russia’s defense, oil and financial sectors over Moscow’s
support for rebels waging an insurrection in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 7, 2014

Obama says to quickly curb use of U.S. corporate tax dodge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday his administration plans to move quickly to curb what he called a “herd mentality” by companies doing business deals that help them escape U.S. corporate taxes, saying the practise was unfair to Americans.

Obama’s comments came the day that U.S. retailer Walgreen Co backed down from its plan to use a so-called inversion to reduce its taxes. Obama did not single out Walgreen, which is based in his home state of Illinois.

Aug 6, 2014

Biden makes plea to U.S. lawyers for pro bono help on migrant crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made an impassioned plea to U.S. law firms on Wednesday to free up attorneys to help deal with the surge of Central American children who have entered the country illegally by providing more pro bono representation.

At the end of a meeting with about 60 people – some from white-collar law firms, others from nonprofit organizations who work with immigrants – Biden urged lawyers to step up and help deal with a backlog of court cases for tens of thousands of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Aug 3, 2014

Obama says CEOs should quit complaining – Economist

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
corporate America has done well under his economic policies,
telling the Economist magazine that chief executive officers
should stop complaining about regulations and show greater
social responsibility.

“If you look at what’s happened over the last four or five
years, the folks who don’t have a right to complain are the
folks at the top,” Obama said in an interview conducted last
week and posted on the magazine’s website late on Saturday.

Aug 3, 2014

Obama says corporate America has benefited from his policies: the Economist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said corporate America has done well under his economic policies, telling the Economist magazine that CEOs should stop complaining about regulations and show greater social responsibility.

“If you look at what’s happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don’t have a right to complain are the folks at the top,” Obama said in an interview conducted last week and posted on the magazine’s website late on Saturday.

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.

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