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Oct 2, 2014

As midterms loom, Obama shifts spotlight to economy

By Roberta Rampton

EVANSTON Ill. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama tried on Thursday to turn the spotlight on the economy, the issue U.S. voters care about most ahead of November midterm elections, making the case that his policies have steered the country away from the brink of collapse and laid a foundation for growth.

It’s the second take for a strategy that the White House rolled out in June, only to have its optimistic message drowned out by crises in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and western Africa.

Sep 26, 2014

For Obama, Holder exit leaves void on civil rights issues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The departure of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder deprives the Obama administration of a powerful voice on civil rights at a time when riots in Ferguson, Missouri, have thrust the issue into the spotlight.

Civil rights advocates fear his exit leaves a hard-to-fill hole on Obama’s team when it comes to events such as in Ferguson – where days of protests followed the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager – and challenging laws in some states requiring voters to show photo identification, measures that Holder has said would prevent black and Latino voters from going to the polls.

Sep 24, 2014

Obamacare to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion in uncompensated care: government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday said it expects expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion this year on the cost of caring for uninsured Americans.

A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said nearly three-quarters of the savings, $4.2 billion, would occur in states that have opted to expand the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor as part of the law, popularly known as Obamacare.

Sep 24, 2014

Obamacare to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 bln in uncompensated care -govt

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Wednesday said it expects expanded health coverage under the
Affordable Care Act to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion this
year on the cost of caring for uninsured Americans.

A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
said nearly three-quarters of the savings, $4.2 billion, would
occur in states that have opted to expand the Medicaid
healthcare program for the poor as part of the law, popularly
known as Obamacare.

Sep 23, 2014

Analysis – Obama’s Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad.

The reason for Obama’s good humour? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five.

Sep 23, 2014

Obama’s Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad.

The reason for Obama’s good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five.

Sep 23, 2014

Obama vows continued air strikes against extremists in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed more strikes against extremists in Syria on Tuesday after U.S. forces carried out separate air raids targeting Islamic State militants and an al Qaeda affiliate that Washington said was plotting attacks on America and Europe.

“We will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people,” Obama said as he left the White House to travel to the United Nations in New York, where he will meet officials from Arab nations that joined in the strikes against the Islamic State group.

Sep 23, 2014

Obama to address airstrikes against Islamic State: White House official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will make a statement on Tuesday following airstrikes for the first time against the militant group in Syria, according to the White House.

Obama will speak at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) before departing the White House for New York City to attend the U.N. climate meeting, the White House said in an emailed statement.

Sep 22, 2014

White House intruder had 800 rounds of ammunition in car: prosecutor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had over 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and was arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map marking the executive mansion, a federal prosecutor said on Monday.

Omar Gonzalez, 42, was also stopped, but not arrested in August walking by the White House with a hatchet in his waistband, federal prosecutor David Mudd told a federal judge.

Sep 22, 2014

Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November’s congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan’s seminal campaign question: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

Framing the debate like that helped Reagan twice – in 1980 when he beat incumbent Jimmy Carter, and then again in 1984 when he won re-election during an economic upswing.

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