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Jan 25, 2015

Bear hug with Modi gets Obama’s India trip off to warm start

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Signalling his determination to take relations with the United States to a higher level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug U.S. President Barack Obama as he landed in New Delhi on Sunday.

Obama’s visit is a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner and he will seek to nurture friendship with a prime minister who a year ago was persona non grata in Washington.

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Congress invites Netanyahu, Obama blindsided

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting President Barack Obama, and a White House spokesman questioned whether protocol had been violated.

An Israeli official said Netanyahu, whose relationship with Obama has often been tense, was looking into the possibility of meeting with Obama when he comes to Washington to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 11.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama warns U.S. Congress against more sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned lawmakers on Friday not to trigger new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, saying such a move would upset diplomatic talks and increase the likelihood of a military conflict with Tehran.

In a joint news conference at the White House, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron urged members of Congress to be patient and hold off on legislation calling for further sanctions.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama, Cameron vow to take on ‘poisonous ideology’ of radical Islam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to take on “the poisonous ideology” of Islamic extremists and said intelligence agencies must be allowed to track militants online despite privacy concerns.

Obama and Cameron held two days of White House talks amid increasing concern in Europe about the threat posed by extremists after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks and Belgian authorities engaged in a firefight with terror suspects.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama warns Congress more sanctions against Iran could lead to war

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned U.S. lawmakers
on Friday not to trigger new sanctions against Iran over its
nuclear program, saying such a move would upset diplomatic talks
and potentially lead to war.

In a joint news conference at the White House, Obama and
Cameron urged members of Congress to be patient and hold off on
any legislation calling for further sanctions now.

Jan 16, 2015

Exclusive – White House says net neutrality legislation not needed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called “net neutrality” rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.

Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC’s upcoming new rules. The Obama administration’s comments, while not entirely rebuffing the legislative effort, could make some Democrats wary of joining it.

Jan 13, 2015

Obama seeks enhanced cybersecurity laws to fight hackers

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday will announce a renewed push to beef up U.S.
cybersecurity laws after recent headline-grabbing hacks against
companies like Sony Pictures and Home Depot.

Obama will throw his support behind efforts to give
liability protection to companies that quickly share information
about attacks, but will require strict protections for personal
information, the White House said in a statement.

Jan 13, 2015

To fight hackers, Obama wants companies to share threats

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday will announce a renewed push for cybersecurity
legislation after recent headline-grabbing hacks against
companies like Sony Pictures and Home Depot.

Obama will throw his support behind efforts to give
liability protection to companies that quickly share information
about attacks, but will require strict protections for personal
information, the White House said in a statement.

Jan 12, 2015

U.S. Treasury nominee Weiss withdraws from consideration-White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Antonio Weiss, an investment banker
who was a controversial nominee for a top post at the U.S.
Treasury Department, has decided to withdraw from consideration,
the White House said on Monday.

Liberal lawmakers, led by Senator Elizabeth Warren of
Massachusetts, fiercely opposed Weiss’s nomination to the top
Treasury domestic finance job because of his work for investment
bank Lazard, which they viewed as proof of a revolving door
between Wall Street and the U.S. government.

Jan 12, 2015

Obama proposes new data laws as U.S. Central Command hacked

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday said he wants to work with Congress on new laws that would do more to protect Americans’ privacy and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices.

Underscoring the threat posed by hackers, the Twitter feed of U.S. Central Command, which leads U.S. military action in the Middle East, was hacked by someone claiming to be associated with Islamic State militants, while Obama spoke.

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