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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.

Jun 17, 2015

House may vote on ‘fast-track’ Thursday: McCarthy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives might try again on Thursday to advance legislation granting President Barack Obama “fast track” trade negotiating authority, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Reuters on Wednesday.

In a brief hallway interview, McCarthy would not provide specifics, but said it “could be possible” the controversial trade legislation would be on the House floor on Thursday.

Jun 13, 2015

After trade vote fails, Obama pleads with lawmakers to reconsider

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday urged lawmakers to give his trade agenda a second chance and support a bill that would provide training to American workers who see their jobs shipped overseas.

The measure is part of legislation that also includes the “fast-track” authority that Obama needs to finish negotiating a free trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.

Jun 10, 2015

Obama orders deployment of up to 450 more U.S. troops to Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered the deployment of up to 450 more U.S. troops and the establishment of a new training base in Iraq’s Anbar province to help rebuild fragile Iraqi forces in preparation for a battle to retake territory lost to Islamic State.

The plan to expand the 3,100-strong U.S. contingent of trainers and advisers in Iraq marks an adjustment in strategy for Obama, who has faced mounting pressure to do more to blunt the momentum of Islamic State insurgents.

Jun 3, 2015

Obama coaxes Democrats in U.S. House to support his trade agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday pushed reluctant members of his own Democratic party in the U.S. House of Representatives to support a Pacific trade deal he wants to finalize by the time he leaves office.

Obama did a series of television interviews with local anchors from Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, El Paso and Dallas. These are media markets where most Democratic representatives have not yet said how they will vote on trade.

May 29, 2015

Obama says ‘handful of senators’ blocking U.S. surveillance reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless “a handful of senators” stop standing in the way of reform legislation.

Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data.

May 27, 2015

Ukraine must keep up fight against corruption: Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government needs to investigate and prosecute corruption at all levels and implement difficult political reforms to retain the support of the United States, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.

The U.S. government has given Kiev $470 million in economic assistance and signed two loan guarantees, each worth $1 billion, since pro-Western parties took office in Ukraine more than a year ago.

May 21, 2015

Obama to designate Tunisia as major non-NATO ally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he plans to designate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, recognizing the country’s democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.

After a meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in the Oval Office, where the leaders discussed instability in neighboring Libya and the region, Obama said the United States will provide short-term aid so Tunisia can complete economic reforms.

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