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Nov 26, 2014

Obama heckled over immigration policies in Chicago appearance

CHICAGO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was interrupted several times by hecklers during a speech on his immigration policy on Tuesday, and their complaint was that his plan did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants from deportation.

At least four hecklers, all of them women, yelled at the president at the Copernicus Center where he had gone to promote his go-it-alone immigration plan that will remove the threat of deportation for up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants.

Nov 25, 2014

Obama deeply worried and disappointed’ by Ferguson violence

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama is concerned and disappointed at the violence that broke out after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, a White House aide said on Tuesday.

Obama, who was to make remarks in Chicago on immigration, was delayed leaving the White House for the trip to get a briefing about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, from Attorney General Eric Holder, according to White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

Nov 25, 2014

Obama on Ferguson: U.S. ‘has more work to do’ on race relations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama issued an appeal on Monday for restraint by protesters and police after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teen last August.

In a late-night appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama also urged Americans to understand that much work remained to be done to improve relations between black Americans and law enforcement.

Nov 25, 2014

Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defence secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan.

It was the first major change to Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago, and Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, are looking for a new approach from the White house.

Nov 25, 2014

Behind Hagel’s ouster, tensions over Syria and Obama’s team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From the moment he was appointed last year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had a troubled relationship with President Barack Obama’s tight-knit White House national security team. As the bombing intensified in Iraq and Syria, so did his problems.

U.S. officials with knowledge of Hagel’s relationship with the Obama administration described increasingly uneasy ties between Hagel’s Pentagon and the White House – although not between the two men themselves.

Nov 24, 2014

Hagel resigns as U.S. Defense secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago.

Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel at his side. Hagel will remain in the job until a successor is in place.

Nov 24, 2014

Hagel resigns as U.S. defence secretary, official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, the first major cabinet change after Obama’s Democrats were routed in mid-term elections three weeks ago.

Obama was to announce Hagel’s resignation at a White House event at 11:10 a.m. (1610 GMT) on Monday.

Nov 24, 2014

Hagel resigns as Defense Secretary, official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, the first major cabinet change after Obama’s Democrats were routed in mid-term elections three weeks ago.

Obama was to announce Hagel’s resignation at a White House event at 11:10 a.m. on Monday.

Nov 23, 2014

Obama says Clinton likely to have different positions from him in 2016 race

By Steve Holland

HENDERSON, Nev. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he expects Democrat Hillary Clinton to stake out positions that may be different from his if she runs for president in 2016.Clinton, who lost to Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination race and served as his secretary of state in his first term, is considering a run in 2016 and is expected to make up her mind in the early months of 2015.

“She’s not going to agree with me on everything,” Obama told ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” “One of the benefits of running for president is you can stake out your own positions, and have a clean slate, a fresh start.”

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.

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