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Aug 19, 2010

Will Obama keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond 2011?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is on track to draw down its forces in Iraq to 50,000 by Aug. 31, but there are doubts President Barack Obama can fulfill his pledge to withdraw all U.S. troops by the end of 2011.

As a presidential candidate Obama campaigned to end the now seven-year-old war responsibly, and as president he has been explicit in his assurances to Americans that not a single U.S. service member will remain in Iraq come Jan. 1, 2012.

Aug 19, 2010

U.S. reduces troop presence in Iraq to 50,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has completed the drawdown of its forces to Iraq to 50,000 ahead of the scheduled August 31 date, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

He added the combat mission was not yet over and would continue until August 31.

Aug 15, 2010

Obama swims in Gulf, says beaches open for business

, Aug 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama went swimming off the coast of Florida on Saturday
and declared the Gulf area’s beaches “open for business,”
trying to show by example that a region hit by the BP oil spill
was safe for tourists to enjoy.

Obama, on his fifth visit to the region since BP Plc’s
(BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) deep-sea well in the Gulf of Mexico ruptured in
April, pledged to restore the economy and the environment in
the aftermath of the world’s worst offshore oil spill.

Aug 14, 2010

Obama wades into New York mosque debate – again

PANAMA CITY, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Saturday he supported the right of Muslims to build a cultural center near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York City but would not comment on the “wisdom” of such a move.

Obama’s comments came after his remarks at a White House event on Friday in which he appeared to offer his backing for the construction of a center called Cordoba House near the site known as “Ground Zero” in lower Manhattan.

Aug 14, 2010

On Florida trip, Obama vows to restore oil-hit Gulf

, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Declaring Gulf Coast
beaches “open for business,” U.S. President Barack Obama
visited Florida on Saturday and pledged to restore the economy
and the environment of the region damaged by the BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
(BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) oil spill.

Obama, on his fifth visit to the region since BP’s deep-sea
well in the Gulf of Mexico ruptured on April 20, held talks
with local business owners to hear their concerns about the
impact of the world’s worst offshore oil spill.

Aug 14, 2010

Obama backs controversial New York mosque project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday backed construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York — a project opposed by U.S. conservatives and many New Yorkers.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community.

Aug 12, 2010

U.S. upbeat on Iraq despite violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials gave an upbeat assessment of the situation in Iraq on Wednesday, despite Iraqi politicians’ failure to form a government five months after elections and a sharp rise in civilian deaths in July.

“Iraq is on a positive trajectory,” Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama, told journalists at the White House.

Aug 11, 2010

U.S. upbeat on Iraq despite violence, deadlock

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials gave an upbeat assessment of the situation in Iraq on Wednesday, despite Iraqi politicians’ failure to form a government five months after elections and a sharp rise in civilian deaths in July.

“Iraq is on a positive trajectory,” Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama, told journalists at the White House.

Aug 9, 2010

Obama attacks Bush policies in Bush’s home state

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – President Barack Obama attacked the economic policies of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush in Bush’s home state on Monday as evidence of the way Republicans would operate if given power in November 2 U.S. congressional elections.

At the first of two Texas fund-raising events for Democrats, Obama defended his repeated references to Bush’s policies, saying they are necessary to remind Americans of the weak economy he inherited from Bush in January 2009.

Aug 1, 2010

Congress questions BP’s use of dispersants in Gulf

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP’s use of dispersant chemicals on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is sparking questions from a U.S. congressional panel, which says the company used more of these compounds than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had directed.

But the EPA indicated in a statement on Sunday that the difference between what the agency directed and what BP and the U.S. Coast Guard achieved is slight — the difference between a 75 percent cut in dispersant use and a 72 percent cut.