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Nov 23, 2014

Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month, a senior administration official said.

The decision made in recent weeks extends previous plans by authorizing U.S. troops to carry out combat operations against the Taliban to protect Americans and support Afghanistan’s security forces as part of the new ISAF Resolute Support mission next year.

Nov 21, 2014

Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote.

With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration overhaul unilaterally, Obama attempted to rally support for his move in a speech at a Las Vegas high school, saying illegal immigrants need a chance to come out of the shadows.

Nov 21, 2014

Obama unveils U.S. immigration reform, setting up fight with Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves.

In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican arguments that his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action was tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Nov 21, 2014

Obama announces action on sweeping U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that the Republican-controled House of Representatives has blocked.

Nov 20, 2014

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy for as many as 5 million people, bypassing Congress and angering Republicans.

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, called the plan a “partisan bomb” while a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner branded the president “Emperor Obama” for acting unilaterally.

Nov 19, 2014

Obama nominates NTSB’s Mark Rosekind to lead auto safety regulator

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday nominated transportation expert Mark Rosekind to lead
the top U.S. auto safety regulator, which has come under
criticism this year for a perceived slow response to major
scandals.

Rosekind, if confirmed by the Senate, would come to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after
spending the past four years as a member of the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the agency that investigates
major transportation accidents.

Nov 19, 2014

Obama poised to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans.

Sources close to the administration said the rollout would include a televised speech by Obama on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support. Nevada is home to the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants in the country.

Nov 19, 2014

Could Obama cut deal on Keystone pipeline? Don’t rule it out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions.

After years of fighting over TransCanada’s (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) crude oil pipeline from Canada, a Keystone deal is not entirely out of the question, sources inside the administration and others close to the White House told Reuters on Tuesday.

Nov 10, 2014

A White House date and other nuggets from George W. Bush’s new book

DALLAS (Reuters) – Young George W. Bush once had a blind date with the daughter of President Richard Nixon. It didn’t go so well.

Bush recalls the incident in an anecdote-filled book being released this week about his father, former President George H. W. Bush, called “41 – A Portrait of My Father.”

Nov 10, 2014

George W. Bush likes idea of Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton in 2016

DALLAS (Reuters) – Never mind the potential for name fatigue. Former U.S. President George W. Bush likes the idea of a 2016 presidential matchup between his Republican brother Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In an interview as part of the rollout of a book he has written about his father, former President George H.W. Bush, Bush said he is urging Jeb to try to make it three Bush presidents.

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