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Mar 16, 2014

Democrats seek ways to limit Obamacare fallout after Florida defeat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls.

The defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by Republican David Jolly in a special election last Tuesday has raised anxiety levels for Democrats as they struggle to hold on to control of the Senate in November and pick up seats in the Republican-held House of Representatives.

Mar 15, 2014

Obama national security aides meet to discuss Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s national security team discussed the Ukraine crisis in a session at the White House on Saturday after a last-ditch bid to find a diplomatic solution to the Cold War-style standoff with Russia floundered.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who just returned from talks with his Russian counterpart in London, was at the White House meeting along with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Mar 12, 2014

Obama, Ukraine premier outline potential opening over Crimea

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Just days before a
referendum in Crimea to decide if it should become part of
Russia, President Barack Obama and Ukraine’s prime minister
outlined a potential diplomatic opening on Wednesday that could
give Russians a greater voice in the disputed region.

The United States and its European allies are trying to head
off the referendum that Crimea’s pro-Russian parliament is to
stage in the southern region of Ukraine.

Mar 12, 2014

Obama says Russia faces costs over Ukraine intervention

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Wednesday the West would be forced to apply a cost to Moscow if it fails to change course in its dispute with Ukraine, in a high-profile show of support for Ukraine’s embattled prime minister.

Obama held face-to-face talks with new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk in the Oval Office in a search for diplomatic leverage that will force Russian President Vladimir Putin to loosen his military grip on Ukraine’s southern Crimea region.

Mar 11, 2014

U.S. president sweats over sweaters during NY shopping stop

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took on a daunting task on Tuesday: shopping for clothes for his wife and daughters during a brief stop at a Gap store in New York.

Obama was in New York to attend two Democratic fundraisers aimed at building up campaign war chests for this year’s midterm congressional elections.

Mar 10, 2014

Kerry-Lavrov meeting depends on Moscow’s stance: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States held out the possibility on Monday that the U.S. and Russian foreign ministers could meet this week about Ukraine but said it needed to know Moscow would engage seriously on a diplomatic solution.

Russia’s bloodless seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine has brought U.S.-Russian relations to one of their lowest points since the Cold War, with the United States searching for a way to keep Russia from annexing Crimea and its Russian naval base.

Mar 7, 2014

Obama warns on Crimea, orders sanctions over Russian moves in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered sanctions on people responsible for Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula, including travel bans and freezing of their U.S. assets, and said a referendum by the region to join Russia would violate international law.

U.S. officials said a list of people targeted by the sanctions had not yet been drawn up but that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not going to be one of them. White House spokesman Jay Carney said he was not aware of a limit on the number of people listed.

Mar 6, 2014

Obama orders sanctions against those involved in Russian move on Ukraine

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Thursday ordered the freezing of U.S. assets and a ban on travel
into the United States of those involved in the Russian military
intervention into the Crimea region of Ukraine.

Obama signed an executive order aimed at punishing those
Russians and Ukrainians responsible for a Russian move into
Crimea, a crisis that has raised old-style Cold War tensions.

Mar 5, 2014

Obama, Germany’s Merkel discuss potential resolution to Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday about a potential resolution to the crisis ignited by Russian intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region, a senior administration official said.

Under the proposal, Russia would pull back its forces in Crimea to their bases in the region, limit the Russian troop numbers to a Ukraine-mandated ceiling of 11,000, and allow in international monitors to ensure the human rights of ethnic Russians are being protected, the official said.

Mar 5, 2014

Obama budget: a boon midterm narrative for Democrats?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s populist budget proposal, announced on Tuesday, is a pointed attempt to bolster ties with congressional Democrats ahead of high-stakes elections in November.

The budget for fiscal year 2015 focuses on America’s stubbornly high jobless rate and fortifying a middle class that has had more and more trouble getting by.

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