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Jan 13, 2015

To fight hackers, Obama wants companies to share threats

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday will announce a renewed push for cybersecurity
legislation after recent headline-grabbing hacks against
companies like Sony Pictures and Home Depot.

Obama will throw his support behind efforts to give
liability protection to companies that quickly share information
about attacks, but will require strict protections for personal
information, the White House said in a statement.

Jan 12, 2015

U.S. Treasury nominee Weiss withdraws from consideration-White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Antonio Weiss, an investment banker
who was a controversial nominee for a top post at the U.S.
Treasury Department, has decided to withdraw from consideration,
the White House said on Monday.

Liberal lawmakers, led by Senator Elizabeth Warren of
Massachusetts, fiercely opposed Weiss’s nomination to the top
Treasury domestic finance job because of his work for investment
bank Lazard, which they viewed as proof of a revolving door
between Wall Street and the U.S. government.

Jan 12, 2015

Obama proposes new data laws as U.S. Central Command hacked

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday said he wants to work with Congress on new laws that would do more to protect Americans’ privacy and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices.

Underscoring the threat posed by hackers, the Twitter feed of U.S. Central Command, which leads U.S. military action in the Middle East, was hacked by someone claiming to be associated with Islamic State militants, while Obama spoke.

Jan 12, 2015

Obama to propose new laws to protect consumer data, privacy

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Monday plans to discuss three new proposed laws aimed at
protecting Americans and the trail of data they leave on smart
phones, computers and other devices.

Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws
to protect consumers and their privacy, a struggle that
intensified after hackers stole massive amounts of credit card
data from companies like Target and Home Depot

Jan 9, 2015

Obama proposes idea of two free years of community college

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants
to make two years of community college free and universally
available, a proposal he said on Thursday he would flesh out in
his State of the Union speech later this month.

White House officials acknowledged the plan would come with
a significant price tag but declined to disclose projected
costs, saying those details would come in Obama’s budget on Feb.
2.

Jan 6, 2015

Corrected – Obama’s Cuba opening hits early obstacles, faces struggle with Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – (Corrects time element to “half-century” from “half-decade” in 3rd paragraph)

Only two-and-a-half weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama announced a historic prisoner exchange and re-establishment of long-broken ties with Cuba, his new policy is encountering obstacles that threaten to flare up when Congress returns next week.

Jan 3, 2015

Obama’s Cuba opening hits early obstacles, faces struggle with Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Only two-and-a-half weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama announced a historic prisoner exchange and re-establishment of long-broken ties with Cuba, his new policy is encountering obstacles that threaten to flare up when Congress returns next week.

Questions surrounding Havana’s human rights record and the promised release of Cuban detainees have the potential to inflame anti-Havana passions on Capitol Hill, where the House and Senate are expected to hold hearings soon after they resume on Tuesday.

Dec 31, 2014

U.S. drone rules remain in the hangar in 2014

NEW YORK, Dec 31 (Reuters) – The United States missed a
year-end deadline for publishing new rules on remote-control
aircraft, delaying an eagerly awaited step toward using drones
in everything from farming to package delivery.

Businesses have been clamoring for rules to allow
commercial drone flights, fearing the United States is falling
behind other countries in developing a multibillion-dollar
industry.

Dec 20, 2014

Obama mocks absurd plot twist of cyber attack on Sony

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Faced with the most destructive cyber attack of a company on U.S. soil, President Barack Obama resorted to humor to explain an absurd plot that even Hollywood did not see coming.

In his rebuke of Sony Pictures’ decision to shelve “The Interview,” about a fictitious plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Obama said the public did not have to look farther than the film’s stoner-comedy stars to gauge its threat.

Dec 19, 2014

Obama says normalization offers best chance to influence Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Normalized relations with Cuba will give the United States its best chance to influence the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Friday, and he urged Congress to ease the U.S. economic embargo against Havana.

Obama, who announced on Wednesday that Washington was restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, said the historic end of decades of hostility between the two countries would not bring quick changes but ultimately would lead to greater freedom for the Cuban people.

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