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Jul 15, 2015

Obama says Iran nuclear deal best way to avoid more Mideast war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, insisted on Wednesday that the landmark agreement was the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East.

Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference a day after Iran and six world powers sealed an accord in Vienna to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Jul 14, 2015

Obama calls for criminal justice reforms by end of year

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he wanted to work with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on new prison sentencing reform legislation by the end of the year to reduce sentences for low-level drug dealers and parole violations.

“Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it,” Obama told about 3,000 people attending a convention of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights group.

Jul 11, 2015

Exclusive: At White House, 30-day sprint kicks off cyber marathon to stop intrusions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal government could find more cyber intrusions as it takes a close look at its sprawling and sometimes creaky systems in the wake of massive hacks, the nation’s chief information officer told Reuters.

“I think it’s a realistic chance, and I think this is true no matter where you go. It’s not unique to the federal government,” said Tony Scott, who spent 35 years in the private sector running systems at companies such as Microsoft Corp, Walt Disney Co and General Motors Co.

Jul 10, 2015

U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Office of Personnel Management chief Katherine Archuleta resigned on Friday, a day after the Obama administration said massive computer hacks at the government agency had put the personal data of more than 21 million people at risk.

The White House, facing harsh criticism from Republicans in Congress, said Archuleta had stepped down and that OPM was stepping up cyber security measures, such as limiting the number of “privileged users” of computer data.

Jul 1, 2015

Obama formally opens U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States had agreed to the historic step of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and will raise its flag over a U.S. Embassy in Havana later this summer.

“This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas,” Obama said in a statement delivered in the White House Rose Garden.

Jun 30, 2015

After ‘gratifying’ week, Obama sees long to-do list in time left

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It did not match the week of his wedding or the weeks his daughters were born, but President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday that last week was a particularly momentous one for him.

The Supreme Court legalized gay marriage and upheld his signature healthcare law, and Congress passed legislation critical to a Pacific trade pact Obama wants to finalize before leaving office in January 2017.

Jun 30, 2015

China, rivals to ‘pick up the slack’ with lapse of U.S. trade bank: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Export-Import Bank will stop new loans and insurance activities at midnight on Tuesday, the White House said in a statement, a lapse it said could hurt exports and jobs and benefit rivals such as China.

The Ex-Im Bank’s first lapse in its 81-year history comes after Congress failed to renew the its authority to make new loans or write new credit or trade guarantees.

Jun 30, 2015

Obama, Rousseff turn page on spy spat, work on trade, travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used a White House visit on Tuesday to turn the page on a spying scandal that had damaged bilateral relations and said they want to work to bolster economic ties.

The presidents agreed to a series of steps to make it easier for people and goods to move between the two countries, including reopening fresh beef trade.

Jun 30, 2015

Obama, Rousseff agree to improve trade, travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met at the White House on Tuesday, a visit aimed at bolstering economic ties and turning the page on a spying scandal.

The presidents agreed to a series of steps to make it easier for people and goods to move between the two countries, including reopening fresh beef trade, the White House said in a statement.

Jun 29, 2015

Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him “fast-track” power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation.

Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged that his fight to secure the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was far from over.

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