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Jun 3, 2014

In Poland, Obama reassures eastern Europe allies over Ukraine

WARSAW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama assured Poland and its eastern European neighbors on Tuesday that the U.S. commitment to their security was sacrosanct at the start of a four-day trip meant to show U.S. resolve after the Russian intervention in Ukraine.

The White House unveiled plans for a $1 billion initiative to send more of its military to Europe on a temporary basis but stopped short of promising to beef up its permanent presence as some of Washington’s allies are seeking. It said the United States would review its force presence on the continent.

Jun 3, 2014

Obama arrives in Poland to reassure eastern Europe over Ukraine

WARSAW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama landed in Poland on Tuesday at the start of a four-day trip to Europe meant to reassure allies there that the United States has their backs in the wake of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.

In Poland, Ukraine’s western neighbor and a U.S. NATO ally, Obama meets with leaders including Ukraine’s president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, and is expected to address criticism he has not done enough to push back against Moscow after it annexed Crimea in March.

Jun 1, 2014

In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama heads to Warsaw, Brussels, Paris and Normandy this week where he is expected to elaborate on the U.S. commitment to counter Russian moves against Ukraine and reassure nervous allies the United States has their backs.

In Poland, Ukraine’s western neighbor, Obama meets with Eastern European leaders – including Ukraine’s president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, on Wednesday – and is expected to address criticism he has not done enough to push back against Moscow after it annexed Crimea in March.

May 30, 2014

Obama spokesman Jay Carney steps down after three years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After more than three years of jousting with the White House press corps, President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman, Jay Carney, will step down next month to pursue yet-to-be-named opportunities, Obama announced on Friday.

Carney’s deputy, Josh Earnest, will take his place, the president said.

Obama interrupted Carney on the podium, where he was answering questions during the White House daily news briefing, catching reporters by surprise.

May 28, 2014

Veterans health probe confirms cover-up of care delays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Veterans Affairs department’s inspector general on Wednesday confirmed allegations that staff at VA medical facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, used scheduling methods that covered up months-long wait times for healthcare appointments for veterans.

Releasing an interim report on allegations that have become a source of embarrassment for President Barack Obama’s administration, the VA internal watchdog said it identified 1,700 veterans who were waiting for a primary care appointment but were not listed on the agency’s electronic waiting list.

May 28, 2014

U.S. veterans health probe confirms cover-up of care delays

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) – The Veterans Affairs
department’s inspector general on Wednesday confirmed
allegations that staff at VA medical facilities in Phoenix,
Arizona, used scheduling methods that covered up months-long
wait times for healthcare appointments for veterans.

Releasing an interim report on allegations that have become
a source of embarrassment for President Barack Obama’s
administration, the VA internal watchdog said it identified
1,700 veterans who were waiting for a primary care appointment
but were not listed on the agency’s electronic waiting list.

May 28, 2014

U.S. industry gears up to fight Obama’s climate rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This summer is likely to see a series of attacks by industry opponents of a U.S. plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants in a bid to stir voter anger ahead of elections in November, when voters in states such as Kentucky and West Virginia may determine whether Democrats keep control of the Senate.

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose new rules to crack down on power plant emissions, part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global climate change. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will release a report Wednesday analyzing the effect the yet-to-be-announced regulations will have on the economy.

May 23, 2014

Obama to tap rising Democratic star Castro for Cabinet post

WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
shuffle his cabinet on Friday, nominating San Antonio Mayor
Julian Castro as secretary of housing and urban development and
naming outgoing HUD chief Shaun Donovan as his new budget
director, a White House official said on Thursday night.

The switch brings a high-profile Latino leader who is a
rising star in Democratic politics into the Obama administration
and moves a long-serving Cabinet member into the president’s
inner circle at the Office of Management and Budget.

May 22, 2014

Obama creates national monument in New Mexico, sparking border concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared almost 500,000 acres of mountains, canyons and desert caves near the U.S.-Mexico border a national monument, which drew criticism from Republicans and local law enforcement that the move could put border security at risk.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region includes “Outlaw Rock” where Billy the Kid inscribed his name more than 130 years ago, and Apache chief Geronimo is believed to have used the mountains to hide out.

May 21, 2014

Obama creates half-million acre national monument in New Mexico

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Wednesday preserved almost 500,000 acres (202,000 hectares) of
mountains, canyons, trails, caves and grasslands in New Mexico
as a new national monument, saying he wanted to protect the
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region for future generations.

The move drew criticism from Republicans in Congress who
slammed him for going beyond a more modest legislative proposal,
and said the move could put border security at risk.

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