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Feb 27, 2015

White House releases draft bill to protect consumer data privacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House released draft legislation on Friday that would give consumers more control over how the trail of data they leave behind them on the internet is used, stored and sold.

The 24-page “discussion draft” on data privacy immediately sparked sharp reaction from the technology industry, which said the proposal would hurt innovation, and also from privacy advocacy groups that said it did not go far enough.

Feb 26, 2015

Obama turns up heat on Republicans for stalled immigration reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama raised the political pressure on Republicans over immigration on Wednesday, telling young members of Miami’s Latino community that Republicans were to blame for stopping reform and urging them to make it an issue in the 2016 elections.

Obama took questions about his stalled immigration executive actions at a town hall-style event at Florida International University, which claims to be first in the nation in awarding degrees to Hispanic students. It was televised on Spanish-language network Telemundo and MSNBC.

Feb 24, 2015

U.S. to allow work permits for spouses of some foreign high-tech workers

WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. government will
allow spouses of certain high-tech foreign workers to apply for
work permits, an accommodation designed to make things easier
for families waiting in long lines for green cards.

The regulation for spouses of H-1B visas, first proposed
last year and finalized as part of President Barack Obama’s
package of executive actions on immigration, will take effect
starting on May 26.

Feb 23, 2015

Obama warns U.S. security funding lapse would hurt economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would mean more than 100,000 border patrol, port inspection and airport security agents would be temporarily left without paychecks.

“It will have a direct impact on your economy, and it will have a direct impact on America’s national security because their hard work helps to keep us safe,” Obama said in a speech to a meeting of state governors at the White House.

Feb 21, 2015

Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary U.S. public

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party.

Obama has said he wants to work with Congressional Republicans to finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, an agreement that would stretch from Japan to Chile, covering 40 percent of the world economy.

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. accuses Israel of inaccurate leaks on Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The United States accused
Israel on Wednesday of distorting its position in the Iran
nuclear talks through selective leaks, intensifying tensions
before a controversial U.S. visit by Israel’s prime minister.

“We see that there is a continued practice of cherry-picking
specific pieces of information and using them out of context to
distort the negotiating position of the United States,” White
House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

Feb 13, 2015

Obama to encourage companies to share cyber threat data

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment.

The order sets the stage for new private-sector led “information sharing and analysis organizations” (ISAOs) – hubs where companies share cyber threat data with each other and with the Department of Homeland Security.

Feb 11, 2015

Obama says world needs to learn from Ebola ‘wake-up call’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he was bringing back nearly all U.S. troops fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and marking a new phase in the battle to help countries “get to zero” cases of the deadly disease.

Obama said the outbreak was a “wake-up call” for the world, and that wealthy countries needed to invest to ensure that poor nations have basic health systems to detect and fight diseases.

Feb 11, 2015

American hostage Mueller’s family, U.S. government say she is dead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Islamic State militants for 18 months, is dead, her family said on Tuesday, but the circumstances were unclear and President Barack Obama vowed to hunt down the culprits.

Mueller’s family received an email and photograph over the weekend from her captors that enabled American intelligence to determine that she had been killed, U.S. officials said.

Feb 11, 2015

Obama to bring back most U.S. troops fighting Ebola in Africa

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set
to announce on Wednesday that he will bring back nearly all of
the 1,300 U.S. troops deployed in West Africa to fight the Ebola
epidemic by April 30, the White House said late on Tuesday.

Obama, who was excoriated last fall for a slow start to his
Ebola outbreak response, will hold a White House event to
showcase how U.S. leadership helped stem the epidemic, which has
killed almost 9,000 people, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra

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