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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.

Apr 28, 2014

U.S. imposes sanctions against seven Russians, 17 companies it links to Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday slapped sanctions on seven Russian government officials and 17 companies linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a fresh attempt to force Moscow to back down from its intervention in Ukraine.

The White House said the third round of sanctions in response to the Ukraine crisis was prompted by Moscow’s failure to adhere to an April 17 agreement in Geneva on ways to resolve the situation.

Apr 28, 2014

U.S. sanctions Russians over Ukraine

WASHINGTON/KOSTYANTYNIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) – The United States froze assets and imposed visa bans on seven powerful Russians close to President Vladimir Putin on Monday and also sanctioned 17 companies in reprisal for Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

President Barack Obama said the moves, which add to measures taken when Russia annexed Crimea last month, were to stop Putin fomenting rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Obama added he was holding broader measures against Russia’s economy “in reserve”.

Apr 20, 2014

Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama’s political base

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama’s liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.

Environmentalists, worried about the project’s effect on climate change, have put enormous pressure on the president to reject the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands, staging demonstrations outside the White House and protests in states where he travels.

Apr 20, 2014

Analysis: Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama’s political base

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama’s liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.

Environmentalists, worried about the project’s effect on climate change, have put enormous pressure on the president to reject the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands, staging demonstrations outside the White House and protests in states where he travels.

Apr 17, 2014

Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November.

Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout.

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