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May 18, 2015
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Obama gets his own account on Twitter



President Barack Obama sent his first tweet from his very own account on Twitter on Monday, quickly amassing tens of thousands of followers in the latest of many White House efforts to amplify his message with social media.

May 18, 2015

Obama gets his own account on Twitter: ‘It’s Barack. Really!’

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sent
his first tweet from his very own account on Twitter on Monday,
quickly amassing tens of thousands of followers in the latest of
many White House efforts to amplify his message with social

“Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re
finally giving me my own account,” Obama tweeted from his
verified @POTUS account, which had more than 217,000 followers
in its first 45 minutes.

May 15, 2015

Obama vows to ‘stand by’ Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton

CAMP DAVID, Md. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to back Gulf allies against any “external attack,” seeking to reassure them of Washington’s iron-clad commitment to their security amid Arab anxiety over U.S.-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.

Hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council for a rare summit at Camp David, Obama pledged that the United States would consider using military force to defend them and would also help address Iran’s “destabilizing activities in the region.”

May 14, 2015

Obama seeks to reassure Gulf allies on Iran, security at summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to convince Gulf allies including Saudi Arabia on Thursday that the United States is committed to their security despite deep concern among Arab leaders about U.S. efforts to broker a nuclear deal with Iran.

During a rare, high-profile summit at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, Obama will meet with representatives from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to discuss security cooperation.

May 12, 2015

Obama, McConnell missteps undercut trade pact in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Senator Mitch McConnell have seldom worked together and it showed on Tuesday, when the political odd couple failed to persuade the U.S. Senate to move forward with a Pacific Rim trade treaty they both favor.

By hitting the brakes, at least for now, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the center of Obama’s legacy-defining foreign policy pivot to Asia, Senate Democrats put the president and Senate Republican Leader McConnell on notice.

May 6, 2015

Obama puts Nike in trade spotlight despite sweatshop stigma of past

WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
make a high-profile pitch for a Pacific trade deal he promises
will protect workers on Friday at Nike Inc, a company
once reviled for using Asian sweatshops to make its famous

In choosing the company’s Oregon headquarters as the
backdrop for his message, Obama risks reminding people of global
trade’s downside just when he needs to convince nervous
Democrats to back the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),
a key plank of the administration’s strategic pivot to Asia.

Apr 30, 2015

Obama to announce free e-books for low-income kids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will go to a public library in one of Washington’s poorest neighborhoods on Thursday to talk about a plan to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books.

Working with publishers and libraries, the White House sees the modest plan as part of a strategy to address inner city problems by increasing educational opportunities for kids – woes brought into focus with recent riots in nearby Baltimore.

Apr 24, 2015

Several U.S. probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Central Intelligence Agency’s Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two U.S.-born al Qaeda militants, U.S. government sources said on Friday.

The Senate Intelligence Committee also is reviewing the attacks, a Congressional source said.

Apr 23, 2015

Obama to Democratic trade critics: ‘I take that personally’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama fought back on Thursday against the biggest domestic obstacle to the Pacific trade pact he wants to conclude before he leaves office: the trade skeptics in his own Democratic party.

Trade unions, environmental groups and high-profile Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have come out swinging against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it would send American jobs overseas.

Apr 22, 2015

In Florida’s Everglades, Obama wades into climate change politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will tour the subtropical swamps of Florida’s Everglades on Wednesday, part of a push to get Americans thinking and talking about the damage climate change is causing close to home.

Obama has said he sees addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue. With less than two years left in his presidency, he wants to finalize U.S. rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and marshal support for a global deal to limit climate-changing carbon pollution.

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