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Oct 1, 2013

White House rejects latest Republican offer to end shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House rejected a Republican plan to reopen portions of the U.S. government on Tuesday as the first shutdown in 17 years closed landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and threw hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work.

The quick dismissal offered no sign that President Barack Obama and Republicans can soon end a standoff over health care that has sidelined everything from trade negotiations to medical research and raised new concerns about Congress’s ability to perform its most basic duties. An even bigger battle looms in coming weeks, when Congress must raise the debt limit or risk a U.S. default that could roil global markets.

Sep 22, 2013

At Navy Yard service, Obama rails against ‘routine’ of gun violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made an impassioned plea on Sunday for Americans to overcome their “creeping resignation” about gun violence and demand tougher gun laws following the country’s latest mass shooting.

“I’m here today to say there’s nothing routine about this tragedy. There’s nothing routine about your loss,” Obama told families at a memorial service for 12 people killed by a gunman last week at the Washington Navy Yard.

Sep 20, 2013

U.S. says open for Iran talks based on ‘mutual respect’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is ready to engage in talks “on the basis of mutual respect” with Iran about its disputed nuclear program as long as Tehran is willing to demonstrate that its program is for civilian purposes, the White House said on Friday.

“We have had a number of engagements with the Iranians and we’ll continue to have conversations on the basis of mutual respect,” Josh Earnest, the deputy White House spokesman, told reporters aboard Air Force One during President Barack Obama’s flight earlier in the day to Missouri.

Sep 20, 2013

Obama sharply criticizes Republicans in new budget clashes

, Sept 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
warned Republicans in Congress on Friday to quickly resolve two
festering budget issues or risk a government shutdown and a debt
default that would send the U.S. economy into a tailspin.

“Just do your job,” Obama said in a speech in which he
offered his sharpest criticism to date of Republican attempts to
gut funding for his signature health care law as part of any
agreement on the budget or debt limit extension.

Sep 20, 2013

Obama hits the road as House Republicans vote in budget battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will try to put some distance between himself and a battle with Republicans over government spending on Friday, touring a Ford plant in Missouri while the House of Representatives votes on a short-term budget bill.

The Republican-led House is expected to pass a bill that would avert a government shutdown on October 1, but would also gut Obama’s signature healthcare law – the latest in a long series of fiscal fights between Obama and the Republicans.

Sep 18, 2013

Obama tells Rouhani he sees a way to resolve nuclear issue: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has told Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in an exchange of letters that the United States is ready to resolve its nuclear dispute with Iran in a way that allows Tehran to show it is not trying to build weapons, the White House said on Wednesday.

“In his letter the president indicated that the U.S. is ready to resolve the nuclear issue in a way that allows Iran to demonstrate that its nuclear program is for exclusively peaceful purposes,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Sep 18, 2013

Obama to ask business leaders to push Congress to raise debt limit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama appealed to business leaders on Wednesday to urge Congress to approve an increase in the U.S. debt limit without any conditions attached and avoid a default that is possible as early as mid-October.

“It is going to be important for all of you over the next several weeks to understand what’s at stake and to make sure that you are using your influence in whatever way we can to get back to what used to be called regular order around here,” Obama told the Business Roundtable.

Sep 17, 2013

Obama says Navy Yard shooting shows need for better gun checks

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The mass shooting at a
Washington military base shows the United States needs a better
way to check whether gun buyers have mental health problems,
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

Obama made the comments as more details emerged about Aaron
Alexis, a 34-year-old government contractor who is suspected of
killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy
Yard on Monday before police killed him in a gun battle.

Sep 17, 2013

White House to review contractors after Washington shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said Tuesday it will review standards for federal government contractors after the Washington Navy Yard shootings, which authorities said were committed by a contract worker who had a security clearance to work there.

President Barack Obama will be briefed on Tuesday on the details of the Washington Navy Yard shootings by his national security aides, including Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Sep 14, 2013

Unions fail to get fix from White House on key ‘Obamacare’ concern

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top labor leaders left the White House on Friday after an hour-long meeting with President Barack Obama, still looking for a way to address concerns that “Obamacare” will hurt their members’ healthcare plans.

The dispute with unions – traditional allies of Democrats – as the Obama administration begins to roll out Obama’s signature healthcare reforms is providing political ammunition for Republicans who want to defund or repeal the law.

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