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Nov 11, 2012

Obama hails veterans, pledges continued support

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to mark the Veterans Day holiday on Sunday, declaring that soldiers’ needs would be met even as the country winds down wars in the Middle East and Asia.

In the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama pledged continuing support for veterans as they make the transition to civilian life.

Jul 18, 2012

Obama calls for ‘Master Teachers’ to help schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a $1 billion program to recruit high-performing math and science teachers to mentor and evaluate their peers and help students excel.

The so-called Master Teacher Corps program calls for recruiting 2,500 such educators at the outset and increasing that to 10,000 over four years, paying them $20,000 stipends on top of their base salaries. Each teacher would be required to serve at least four years.

Jul 17, 2012

US gives temporary health insurance to seasonal firefighters

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – The federal government on
Tuesday granted temporary healthcare coverage for seasonal
firefighters battling U.S. wildfires this summer, a move
President Barack Obama said would guarantee that those putting
themselves in harm’s way received the care they deserved.

The new mandate gave temporary firefighters and their
families access to the same health insurance offered to
full-time federal employees, with the option of continuing
coverage at their own expense when the firefighting season
ended.

Jul 5, 2012

Scorching heat, dry conditions stifle July 4 celebrations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Millions of Americans headed for parades and fireworks shows on Wednesday to mark a sweltering Fourth of July holiday, some even celebrating as the nation’s founders did – without electricity.

One of the nation’s biggest fireworks parties went off without a hitch Wednesday night on Washington’s National Mall, while many communities canceled annual displays due to dry conditions or a weak economy.

Jun 13, 2012

Obama celebrates early Father’s Day with other dads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama celebrated an early Father’s Day on Wednesday as he visited a barbecue restaurant to have lunch with four dads.

Over a plate of beef ribs and steamed vegetables at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill, Obama chatted with two fathers who are on active duty in the military and two neighborhood barbers about an administration initiative aimed at highlighting the importance of fatherhood.

Jun 5, 2012

Some U.S. colleges to disclose more on education costs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten private U.S. colleges and state university systems announced plans on Tuesday to be more upfront about the costs of higher education, including detailing the monthly loan payments students would face after graduation.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the initiative with leaders from Syracuse University, Vassar College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other institutions serving 1.4 million students, or about 5 percent of college enrollees.

May 30, 2012

Obama honors Dylan, other “heroes” for their influence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave the United States’ top civilian honor on Tuesday to musician Bob Dylan, novelist Toni Morrison and 11 other people he described as his heroes because of their powerful words, songs and actions.

“What sets these men and women apart is the incredible impact they have had on so many people – not in short, blinding bursts, but steadily, over the course of a lifetime,” Obama said, presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards in a packed ceremony at the White House.

May 29, 2012

Obama honors Dylan, other “heroes” for cultural impact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave the United States’ top civilian honor on Tuesday to musician Bob Dylan, novelist Toni Morrison and 11 other people he described as his personal heroes because of their powerful words, songs and actions.

“What sets these men and women apart is the incredible impact they have had on so many people,” Obama said, presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards at the White House.

May 16, 2012

Obama gives Medal of Honor to soldier who died 42 years ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed a fallen Vietnam War soldier who saved his members of his platoon by awarding him the Medal of Honor 42 years after his death.

The sacrifice of Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., 22, might not have been acknowledged if someone had not found the misplaced paperwork recommending him for the medal – the nation’s highest military award for valor – more than a dozen years ago.

May 12, 2012

Obama honors 34 ‘top cops’ for bravery on the job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden honored 34 police officers at the White House on Saturday for “extraordinary acts of bravery,” including a cop from Los Angeles who halted a shooting and one from Chicago who intervened during an armed robbery.

In their first public appearance together since the vice president was seen to preempt Obama’s announcement of support for gay marriage, the two kept to their scripts in the sunny Rose Garden of the White House.

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