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Jun 20, 2014

Obama says U.S. military plans for Iraq strictly limited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama insisted on Thursday that his decision to send military advisers to Iraq and consider targeted strikes against insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group did not mean U.S. troops would again be at war in the country.

“American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again,” the U.S. president told a White House news conference after meeting his national security team to discuss the crisis.

Jun 19, 2014

Obama to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States would send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraqi forces confronting an al Qaeda-inspired insurgency and was prepared to take targeted military action if it was necessary.

But the U.S. president, speaking to a news conference after meeting with his national security team, insisted: “American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again.”

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. senators want to hike gasoline tax for first time since 1993

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Wednesday said they want to raise the federal gasoline and diesel tax by 12 cents a gallon to prevent a fund that pays for about half of the country’s transportation projects from running out of money in August.

Republican Senator Bob Corker and Democrat Chris Murphy called for raising the tax 6 cents a year for two years and linking future fuel tax increases to inflation.

Jun 18, 2014

Obama says to bar LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he will sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation, but told gay rights activists they need to keep up the pressure on Congress to pass a broader law.

Drawing a lengthy standing ovation from a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) gala raising money for the Democratic National Committee, Obama said the order was the right thing to do for human rights and the economy.

Jun 17, 2014

Getting personal, Obama says equal pay important for women and men

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday cast his administration’s push to reduce pay disparities between men and women in personal terms and said such wage gaps are something that could hypothetically affect his life as well as those of other men.

“This is not a women’s issue, this is a family issue.¬†Women now bring in close to half of all income, and there are a whole lot of families out there where the woman is the primary breadwinner,” Obama said during a townhall-type event in Pittsburgh, before referring to his wife, Michelle.

Jun 13, 2014

Obama says to take several days to decide how to help fight Iraq insurgency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he will take several days to review options for how the United States can help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, saying any action would need significant involvement by Iraq itself.

“The United States is not simply going involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they are prepared to work together,” Obama said, making it clear that he would not send U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq.

Jun 6, 2014

Legacy of D-Day veterans rests with 9/11 generation, Obama says

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER FRANCE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama paid tribute on Friday to U.S. veterans who 70 years ago stormed the beaches of northern France, telling them their spirit of courage and sacrifice is being continued by a new generation of soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.

More than 250 World War Two veterans in their late 80s and early 90s, many of them frail, traveled to Omaha Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Jun 4, 2014

Obama served up lesson in leadership at Warsaw banquet

WARSAW (Reuters) – When Lech Walesa, the man whose Solidarity movement helped bring down the Iron Curtain, found himself sitting across from Barack Obama at a banquet in the Polish capital on Tuesday evening, he offered the younger man a piece of advice.

“I said that I wished the United States would lead,” Walesa told Polish television about the encounter, which he said was not so much an upbraiding of the U.S. president as an “interesting” encounter.

Jun 4, 2014

G7 leaders meet without Russia, take firm line on Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to help stem violence in eastern Ukraine and said the West would not hesitate to impose stricter economic sanctions on Russia if it failed to cooperate.

Speaking ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations, a meeting Russia was supposed to host but has been excluded from because of its seizure of Crimea, Merkel presented Putin with a straight choice.

Jun 4, 2014

Obama gives backing to Ukraine’s new president

WARSAW, June 4 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
endorsed Ukraine’s president-elect Petro Poroshenko on
Wednesday, offering Kiev financial and security help and saying
he was the right choice to lead the country locked in a
stand-off with Moscow.

At their first meeting since the billionaire confectionary
magnate was elected last month against a backdrop of armed
clashes in Ukraine’s east, Obama said he was impressed by
Poroshenko’s vision for pulling his nation out of crisis.

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