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Nov 20, 2013

Obama, Clintons honor President Kennedy 50 years after assassination

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama joined
with Bill and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to recognize the
legacy of John F. Kennedy, the president who inspired a
generation until he was felled by an assassin’s bullets 50 years
ago this week.

Obama, former President Clinton and former Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton laid a wreath and bowed their heads before
Kennedy’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. As a bugler
played “Taps,” an eternal flame at the gravesite fluttered in a
chilly autumn breeze and Kennedy family members stood nearby.

Nov 20, 2013

Obama, Clintons join forces for Kennedy event 50 years after JFK death

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama joined
forces with Bill and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to recognize
the legacy of John F. Kennedy, the president who inspired a
generation until he was felled by an assassin’s bullets 50 years
ago this week.

Obama awarded the highest U.S. civilian honor, the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, to former President Clinton and
15 other Americans who have made significant contributions to
U.S. culture, politics, sports and science.

Nov 17, 2013

Analysis: Republicans plan 2014 campaign around Obamacare chaos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Just a few short weeks ago, Republican elders could only hope that time would make voters forget about the government shutdown the party engineered in October.

Now, with millions of Americans in an uproar over health insurance policies canceled because of President Barack Obama’s health care law, Republicans believe they could seize control of the Senate and build on their majority in the House of Representatives in the November 2014 congressional elections.

Nov 17, 2013

Republicans plan 2014 campaign around Obamacare chaos

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Just a few short weeks ago,
Republican elders could only hope that time would make voters
forget about the government shutdown the party engineered in
October.

Now, with millions of Americans in an uproar over health
insurance policies canceled because of President Barack Obama’s
health care law, Republicans believe they could seize control of
the Senate and build on their majority in the House of
Representatives in the November 2014 congressional elections.

Nov 14, 2013

Analysis: Humble-sounding Obama tries to climb out of healthcare hole

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Normally brimming with self-confidence, President Barack Obama showed an emotion on Thursday he rarely shares with Americans: humility.

He strode to a White House podium with a jarring admission: He believes he has lost the confidence of the American people and deserves the blame for the rocky rollout of his signature healthcare law.

Nov 14, 2013

Obama, under political pressure, offers fix to healthcare policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama bowed to political pressure from his fellow Democrats on Thursday and announced a plan to let insurers renew for one year the health plans for Americans whose policies would be otherwise canceled due to Obamacare.

The administrative fix offered by Obama would allow insurers to offer certain health plans in 2014 that do not meet the minimum requirements of the health reform law, but require the companies to spell out how the policies are substandard and what alternatives are available.

Nov 8, 2013

Obama: regrets not ‘as clear as we needed to be’ on Obamacare pledge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans who are losing their healthcare insurance policies, saying in an interview that he regrets that “we weren’t as clear as we needed to be” about Obamacare healthcare reforms.

Obama’s expression of regret was aimed at placating Americans whose insurance plans are being canceled in spite of his oft-repeated pledge that if people liked their health plans, they would be able to keep them under Obamacare.

Nov 8, 2013

Obama says would have rejected any option to replace Biden as VP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would have rejected any plan to replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton as his vice president for the 2012 election.

In an interview with NBC News, Obama did not deny that his political aides had poll-tested the idea of having him run for re-election with Clinton as his No. 2 instead of Biden.

Nov 6, 2013

Obama gets earful from Senate Democrats about health law woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday met with frustrated Senate Democrats, some of whom fear the disastrous rollout of his signature healthcare law could complicate their already difficult re-election fights in 2014.

The Obama administration has weathered intense criticism since hundreds of thousands of people have seen their health insurance policies canceled because they do not meet new benefit requirements, despite Obama’s pledge that Americans could keep their current plans under Obamacare.

Nov 5, 2013

‘No-spy’ pact with Germany unlikely despite Snowden’s revelations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is working to improve intelligence cooperation with Germany but a sweeping “no-spy” agreement between the two countries is unlikely, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday.

German and U.S. intelligence officials are meeting this week following reports that the National Security Agency had monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

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