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Sep 18, 2013

Obama to ask business leaders to push Congress to raise debt limit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will appeal to business leaders on Wednesday to urge Congress to approve an increase in the U.S. debt limit and avoid a default that is possible as early as mid-October.

Obama is to address the Business Roundtable as part of a renewed push to focus on domestic budget and economic issues after a month dominated by foreign policy.

Sep 17, 2013

White House to review contractors after Washington shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said Tuesday it will review standards for federal government contractors after the Washington Navy Yard shootings, which authorities said were committed by a contract worker who had a security clearance to work there.

President Barack Obama will be briefed on Tuesday on the details of the Washington Navy Yard shootings by his national security aides, including Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Sep 16, 2013

Obama says he will not negotiate with Congress on debt ceiling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Republicans in Congress on Monday that he will not negotiate over an extension of the U.S. debt ceiling as part of a budget battle that will soon dominate Washington, with a deadline fast approaching.

Pivoting to domestic policy after devoting weeks to the crisis in Syria, Obama scolded his political opponents for threatening a government shutdown and attempting to attach conditions to funding the budget for the 2014 fiscal year that begins October 1.

Sep 15, 2013

Obama says Syria deal could offer lesson for Iran talks

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
disclosed in a television interview broadcast on Sunday that he
had exchanged letters with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
and said diplomacy on Syria, backed up by a military threat, is
a potential model for negotiating over Tehran’s nuclear
ambitions.

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week with George
Stephanopoulos,” Obama did not reveal details of the letter
exchange, but made clear that U.S. concerns about Iran’s nuclear
ambitions are a “far larger issue for us” than Syria’s chemical
weapons.

Sep 15, 2013

Obama rejects Putin claim on Syria chemical weapons attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Syrian rebels were responsible for an August 21 chemical gas attack but, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, he welcomed Putin’s diplomatic role in the crisis.

Obama, in an interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopolous,” defended his handling of the Syria crisis and dismissed criticism of his zig-zag approach to the issue as an argument about style.

Sep 14, 2013

Obama says U.S. remains prepared to act on Syria if diplomacy fails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Saturday that Syria will be held to account if it fails to live up to its promises to surrender chemical weapons as he faced questions about how a deal brokered by U.S. and Russian diplomats would be enforced.

In a statement, Obama said a framework deal was an important, concrete step toward getting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so they can ultimately be destroyed. The deal emerged from talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Sep 13, 2013

U.S. officials: Use of force not expected in U.N. resolution on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States does not expect a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons to include a potential use of military force due to Russian opposition, senior Obama administration officials said on Friday.

Their comments suggested Washington will not insist on including the use of force in the U.N. resolution.

Sep 13, 2013

U.S. not expecting U.N. resolution on Syria to include use of force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States does not expect a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons to include a potential use of military force due to Russian opposition, senior Obama administration officials said on Friday.

The officials, who briefed a group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said the United States would instead insist that the resolution include a range of consequences should Syria refuse to give up chemical weapons in a verifiable way.

Sep 12, 2013

U.S. warns diplomatic solution for Syria will take time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House warned on Wednesday that a diplomatic solution over Syria would take “some time” and pledged to pursue talks despite skepticism from U.S. lawmakers that Damascus would make good on a Russian plan to surrender its chemical weapons.

A day after President Barack Obama urged Americans to support his call for military strikes if diplomacy failed, officials warned of a long process ahead.

Sep 11, 2013

Obama vows to explore diplomatic route on Syria chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to pursue a diplomatic initiative from Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons on Tuesday but voiced skepticism about it and urged war-weary Americans to support his threat to use military force.

Obama said a Russian offer to push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place chemical weapons under international control opened up the possibility of heading off the type of limited military strike he is considering against Syria.

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