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May 21, 2014

Obama says he will get to the bottom of Veterans mess

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
vowed on Wednesday to get to the bottom of allegations of
neglect of veterans’ healthcare and made clear Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric Shinseki’s job may be on the line as he scrambled
to contain a budding controversy.

“If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable,
it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period,” an
angry-sounding Obama said.

May 20, 2014

Obama criticizes Republicans for focusing on Benghazi, Obamacare

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
chastised his Republican opponents on Monday for focusing
criticism on the events surrounding the deaths of four Americans
in Benghazi, Libya, and on his signature healthcare law.

“The debate we’re having now is about what, Benghazi?
Obamacare? And it becomes this endless loop. It’s not serious.
It’s not speaking to the real concerns that people have,” Obama
said.

May 18, 2014

Obama’s transportation chief Foxx takes on increasingly visible role

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – When Anthony Foxx took over
from the hard-charging Ray LaHood last July as U.S.
transportation secretary, he had big shoes to fill and needed to
adjust from his job as a city mayor to presiding over a
sprawling agency with 55,000 employees.

Less than a year later, Foxx, 43, has emerged as an
up-and-coming talent in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, a
central player in Obama’s effort to persuade Congress to approve
new transportation funding and who just last week fined General
Motors $35 million for safety violations linked to 13
deaths.

May 17, 2014

Obama plans to pick San Antonio mayor for housing secretary: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to choose San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as secretary of housing and urban development as part of a Cabinet reshuffle, a Democratic source said on Saturday.

Castro, a rising Latino star in national Democratic politics, would take the place of current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who would move to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, the source said. Both jobs need U.S. Senate confirmation.

May 16, 2014

Obama invites new India leader to visit despite past visa ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated new Indian leader 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 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 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.

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