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May 16, 2014

Obama invites Modi to visit U.S. despite past visa ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated Narendra Modi on his election victory on Friday and invited him to the White House, even though he was barred from the country less than 10 years ago over massacres of Muslims.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies swept India’s elections, putting him in position to be prime minister, and ousted the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift that gives the Hindu nationalist and his party a mandate for sweeping economic reform.

May 14, 2014

White House urges dialogue, not intimidation in China rig dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Wednesday that a dispute between China and Vietnam that erupted within days of President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia to address regional tensions needs to be resolved with dialogue, not intimidation.

While the United States was not a party to the dispute, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama had repeatedly stressed on his trip last month the need for peaceful dialogue on various disputes involving China and the South China Sea.

May 13, 2014

White House criticizes Rove over reported Hillary Clinton comment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House spokesman Jay Carney mocked Karl Rove on Tuesday after the Republican strategist was quoted as saying potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton might have suffered brain damage from a 2012 blood clot.

The New York Post reported that Rove made the suggestion last week at a conference. Rove denied using the phrase, but told the Fox News Channel that Clinton’s health would be an issue should she run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

May 9, 2014

With corporate help, Obama announces actions on renewable energy

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced steps on Friday to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and train more people to work in the renewable energy field.

“It’s the right thing to do for the planet,” Obama said, standing in the outdoor lighting display section of a WalMart store that features roof-top solar panels and a charging station for electric vehicles, among other energy-saving retrofits.

May 8, 2014

Obama turns to tech leaders for cash for Democrats

, May 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
warned tech leaders on Thursday to dig deep in their wallets to
fund Democratic candidates and feel a sense of urgency about
congressional elections in November or risk further gridlock in
Washington and a failure to move on their priorities.

Obama took his California fund-raising tour to the seaside
home in La Jolla of Qualcomm founder Iwin Jacobs. Later
he was headed to Silicon Valley for a fundraiser in San Jose
co-hosted by Y Combinator President Sam Altman and Yahoo Inc.
CEO Marissa Mayer.

May 8, 2014

Obama says kidnapping of Nigerian girls shows man’s “darkest impulses”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama issued a somber warning on Wednesday that the kidnapping of Nigerian girls and sectarian conflicts worldwide are a sign that “we have not extinguished man’s darkest impulses.”

Obama accepted a humanitarian award from director Steven Spielberg at the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation, a Holocaust museum founded by Spielberg after he made the film “Schindler’s List.”

May 8, 2014

Obama urges Democrats not to be distracted by 2016 chatter

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – President Barack Obama brought his fund-raising prowess to California on Wednesday and urged Democrats not to let increasing attention on the 2016 presidential race distract them from focusing on November 4 congressional elections.

Obama issued the warning at the first of five Democratic events he will attend over three days that will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for use by the party’s candidates for the Senate, the House of Representatives and other races.

May 7, 2014

Obama tours Arkansas tornado damage with key Senate Democrat

VILONIA, Arkansas (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday toured the devastation wreaked by tornadoes that slashed through parts of Arkansas, along with a senator whose re-election is key to Democrats’ hanging on to control of the U.S. Senate.

Some Democratic senators in tough races this November have distanced themselves from Obama, but Senator Mark Pryor, whose state has tilted Republican in recent years, welcomed Obama to Arkansas and stood by his side as he spoke about the tragedy.

Apr 28, 2014

White House casts Russia sanctions strategy as battle of attrition

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
calls his sanctions policy against Russia “calibrated”, while
his Republican rivals dismiss it a “slap on the wrist” and
Russia condemns it as “illegitimate.”

As the White House embarks on what experts agree is a
cautious approach to penalizing Russia for its intervention in
Ukraine, the strategy behind the seemingly light penalties is
being cast by Obama administration officials as a slow battle of
attrition, chipping away at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s
credibility while keeping U.S. policy in lockstep with Europe.

Apr 28, 2014

New U.S. sanctions on Putin allies cause few ripples

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States imposed fresh sanctions on Russian firms and government officials on Monday, a move that financial markets largely shrugged off and U.S. Republican lawmakers dismissed as too little to deter Moscow from further action in Ukraine.

The reaction underscored the dilemma facing President Barack Obama: how to use sanctions to punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine without hurting European countries and foreign companies with deep financial ties to Russia.

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