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Jun 25, 2015

In interview switch, Obama questions British naturalist for BBC program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an interview, President Barack Obama is normally the one giving the answers. But on Sunday, he will turn the tables and ask the questions in an interview with naturalist Sir David Attenborough airing on BBC.

Obama and Attenborough will discuss climate change, one of Obama’s top issues for his remaining time in office.

Jun 24, 2015

Obama announces new hostage response, but no U.S. ransoms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a more coordinated U.S. response to help rescue Americans held hostage by terrorists and acknowledged the government had sometimes let the families down.

After an emotional meeting with relatives of executed hostages, he said: “I acknowledged to them in private what I want to say publicly, that it is true that there have been times where our government, regardless of good intentions, has let them down.”

Jun 23, 2015

U.S. will not prosecute families for paying hostage ransom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government will no longer threaten to prosecute families who try to pay ransom to win the release of American hostages held overseas, and the United States will directly negotiate with militants holding them but will not pay ransom, officials said on Tuesday.

The policy, to be announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, changes the way the government handles cases in which Americans are taken hostage by groups like the Islamic State and al Qaeda.

Jun 20, 2015

Obama blames gun lobby ‘grip’ on Congress for lax U.S. gun laws

, June 20 (Reuters) – President Barack
Obama blamed public apathy combined with the tight “grip” on
Congress of the National Rifle Association, the powerful U.S.
gun lobby, for blocking stricter gun laws.

Speaking during an interview recorded on Friday, just two
days after the mass shooting at a black church in South
Carolina, Obama said he did not foresee any quick changes to gun
laws.

Jun 20, 2015

After trade spat, Obama and Pelosi kiss and make up (literally)

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – After making headlines with a nasty split over trade, President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, made a public show on Friday of making up.

It was only a week ago that Pelosi made a dramatic speech on the House floor and joined most House Democrats in a strategic vote aimed at stalling the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade deal Obama wants to finalize before he leaves office.

Jun 20, 2015

Obama: Church shooting exposes ‘blight’ of racism, need for gun laws

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday said a mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina exposed the “blight” of racism still present in America, and railed against critics who have accused him of politicizing a tragedy to talk about tougher gun laws.

Obama, speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said the murder of nine people at an historic African-American church in Charleston shows the need for vigilance against racism.

Jun 19, 2015

Obama: South Carolina shooting exposes ‘blight’ of racism, need for gun laws

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday said a mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina exposed the “blight” of racism still present in America, and railed against critics who have accused him of politicizing a tragedy to talk about tougher gun laws.

Obama, speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said the murder of nine people at an historic African-American church in Charleston shows the need for vigilance against racism.

Jun 19, 2015

Obama: S.Carolina shooting exposes “blight” of racism, need for gun laws

SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Friday said a mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina
exposed the “blight” of racism still present in America, and
railed against critics who have accused him of politicizing a
tragedy to talk about tougher gun laws.

Obama, speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said the
murder of nine people at an historic African-American church in
Charleston shows the need for vigilance against racism.

Jun 19, 2015

Obama, after S.C. shooting, says U.S. gun violence too frequent

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON/BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed anger over the “senseless” shooting in a black church in South Carolina and said Americans had to confront the fact that frequent incidents of gun violence do not occur in other advanced countries.

Obama said he and his wife Michelle knew Reverend Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the historic African-American church in Charleston, who was killed along with eight others on Wednesday night.

Jun 19, 2015

Obama, after South Carolina shooting, says U.S. gun violence too frequent

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON/BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed anger over the “senseless” shooting in a black church in South Carolina and said Americans had to confront the fact that frequent incidents of gun violence do not occur in other advanced countries.

Obama said he and his wife Michelle knew Reverend Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the historic African-American church in Charleston, who was killed along with eight others on Wednesday night.

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