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Nov 14, 2014

Obama’s immigration plan offers some relief, risk for tech sector

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
executive action on immigration is expected to include some
modest changes to make it easier for technology companies to
retain high-skilled workers frustrated by long and unpredictable
waits for green cards.

But the major overhaul that the tech sector is seeking of
the visa and green card system would require action by Congress.
For now at least, the prospects for legislation appear to be
slim.

Nov 8, 2014

Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the militant group Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday.

Obama’s decision greatly expands the scope of the U.S. campaign and the geographic distribution of American forces, some of whom will head into Iraq’s fiercely contested western Anbar province for the first time to act as advisers.

Nov 8, 2014

Obama picks Brooklyn prosecutor Lynch for attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace the retiring Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general and if confirmed, she would become the first black woman to serve in the post, the White House said on Friday.

The 55-year-old North Carolina native and Harvard-trained lawyer has deep experience in both civil rights and corporate fraud cases. Lynch is known for a low-key personality and stirred little controversy during two tenures as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Nov 7, 2014

Obama to send more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more U.S. troops for Iraq, roughly doubling the number already there to advise and retrain Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants, U.S. officials said on Friday.

The United States has about 1,400 troops in Iraq, slightly below a previous limit of 1,600.

Nov 7, 2014

Obama to host U.S. Congress leaders as post-election battles loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican victors of Tuesday’s U.S. congressional elections break bread with Democratic President Barack Obama on Friday as the two sides assess what legislation can be enacted in coming months despite years of confrontation.

Remarks in the run-up to the White House meeting suggested Obama and the Republicans would keep going at each other no less than they did before Republicans seized control of both houses of Congress in the Nov. 4 vote.

Nov 5, 2014

Obama, Republicans sound conciliatory note but battles loom

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his
powerful U.S. Senate adversary struck a conciliatory tone on
Wednesday, but Obama’s plans to proceed with new immigration
rules foreshadowed a bumpy start to his relationship with a
Republican-controlled Congress.

Obama and Mitch McConnell, who will become majority leader
when Republicans take charge in the Senate in January, signaled
they hoped to get past a previously frosty relationship to pass
legislation on priorities on which they can both agree.

Nov 5, 2014

Rocky road for Obama with Republicans in charge of U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faced a political rebuke and a curb on his policy ambitions on Wednesday after Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years.

Tuesday’s midterm elections gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress for the first time since elections in 2006 and the first time since Obama entered the White House nearly six years ago.

Nov 5, 2014

U.S. Republicans plan quick move on Keystone in 2015: Sen. Hoeven

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans will quickly introduce stand-alone legislation in the first quarter of 2015 that would approve the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada, testing President Barack Obama’s resolve on the project, Republican Senator John Hoeven said on Wednesday in an interview.

The move could bring end the long-standing limbo of TransCanada’s $8 billion project, which has languished for more than six years in a series of studies, reviews and legal challenges.

Nov 5, 2014

Republicans strike early blow in midterm election results

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans struck a powerful first blow in Kentucky in U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday in their drive to control the U.S. Senate and dramatically tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and his Democrats.

Obama’s low job approval rating, partisan gridlock in Washington and a U.S. economy that is not growing broadly enough to help many in the middle class were major issues confronting voters in elections for 36 senators, 36 state governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives.

Nov 4, 2014

White House says oil price plunge good for U.S. consumers

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Plunging oil prices have given
U.S. consumers a break at the gasoline pump, a White House
spokesman said on Tuesday, but he declined to say whether the
government would take advantage of the price slide to top up the
U.S. emergency oil supply.

Asked whether the oil price slide had implications for
President Barack Obama’s economic, energy or climate policies,
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the growth in U.S.
energy production in recent years had helped the U.S. economy.

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