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Jan 20, 2015

Obama to focus on middle class in State of Union address

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
challenge the Republican-led Congress to back his tax-raising
ideas for helping middle-class Americans in a State of the Union
speech on Tuesday that will set up a tough debate and may impact
the 2016 campaign to replace him.

Looking to burnish his legacy with two years left in office,
Obama will appear before a joint session of Congress in the well
of the House of Representatives at 9 p.m. (0200 GMT Wednesday).
The speech will be his best opportunity of the year to command
the attention of millions of Americans watching on television.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama, Cameron vow to take on ‘poisonous ideology’ of radical Islam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to take on “the poisonous ideology” of Islamic extremists and said intelligence agencies must be allowed to track militants online despite privacy concerns.

Obama and Cameron held two days of White House talks amid increasing concern in Europe about the threat posed by extremists after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks and Belgian authorities engaged in a firefight with terror suspects.

Jan 14, 2015

Obama pledges to work on use of force order for Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday pledged to work with Republican and Democratic
lawmakers on a formal authorization of the use of military force
against Islamic State militants after taking a go-slow approach
to the topic last year.

The agreement came during a White House meeting with
bipartisan congressional leaders during which Obama sought to
develop a better working relationship with Congress for the year
after the partisan bickering that has marked much of his

Jan 13, 2015

Obama asks Republicans to work as team but differences emerge

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday sought to develop a better working relationship for
the year with leaders of the new Republican-led Congress but
partisan differences immediately reared their head.

Obama, who has been criticized by both Republicans and
Democrats for not developing closer relationships with
lawmakers, brought in 16 congressional leaders to the White
House to take stock of what is possible this year now that both
houses of Congress are led by Republicans.

Jan 12, 2015

Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan says he’s not running for president in 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, said on Monday he will not run for president in 2016 in order to focus on his new role in Congress as chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee.

“After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided not to run for president,” Ryan said in a statement provided by an aide.

Jan 10, 2015

Romney tells donors he’s considering a 2016 White House run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney, the Republican U.S. presidential nominee in 2012, told a meeting of donors on Friday that he is considering another White House run in 2016, a source familiar with the comments said.

The former Massachusetts governor, who has sent mixed signals about the likelihood of another campaign, told a small group of donors in New York that he was thinking about running and to “tell your friends” he was considering it, the source said.

Jan 9, 2015

Obama proposes idea of two free years of community college

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants
to make two years of community college free and universally
available, a proposal he said on Thursday he would flesh out in
his State of the Union speech later this month.

White House officials acknowledged the plan would come with
a significant price tag but declined to disclose projected
costs, saying those details would come in Obama’s budget on Feb.

Jan 6, 2015

Air of unpredictability as new Obama-McConnell relationship begins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell are warily looking for areas of agreement as they begin a new chapter in a relationship that is likely to remain frosty but businesslike.

With both men trying to position their parties for 2016 elections to choose a successor to Obama, the president and the Senate majority leader will need to find ways to work together if they want to overcome legislative gridlock and reach agreements on trade, tax and economic issues.

Dec 22, 2014

China condemns cyberattacks, but does not mention North Korea

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – China has said it
opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of
directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of
responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed
by Washington for the assault.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi “reaffirmed China’s
relevant position, emphasising China opposes all forms of
cyberattacks and cyber terrorism” in a conversation with U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday, the foreign ministry in
Beijing said in a statement.

Dec 21, 2014

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of
control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures
was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

Washington’s long-standing dispute with North Korea, which
for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has
entered new territory with the accusation that Pyongyang carried
out an assault on a major Hollywood entertainment company.

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