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Oct 14, 2014

Obama, foreign military chiefs, coordinate Islamic State plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday told military leaders from more than 20 countries working with Washington to defeat Islamic State that he was deeply concerned about the radical group’s advances at the north Syrian town of Kobani and in western Iraq.

“This is going to be a long-term campaign,” Obama told the defense chiefs during a meeting at Andrews Air Force Base, outside Washington.

Oct 14, 2014

Obama to nominate new attorney general after November 4 elections: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will wait until after Nov. 4 congressional elections to nominate a new U.S. attorney general, a White House official said on Tuesday.

The decision to delay allows Obama more time to pick a replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder and means the new nominee will not get mired in election-year politics in the final weeks of the congressional election campaign.

Oct 10, 2014

Obama moves to protect part of California’s San Gabriel Mountains

By Steve Holland

SAN DIMAS Calif. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday declared large parts of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles as a national monument and vowed to protect more federal lands for future generations.

With the mountains providing a scenic backdrop for Obama’s announcement, the president cast his decision as one of social justice, saying the area is the only close outdoor space for urban families in the outer suburbs of Los Angeles.

Oct 10, 2014

On West Coast swing, Obama gets job offer, raises money at Gwyneth Paltrow’s

SANTA MONICA Calif (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama got an unexpected job offer from a tech executive and a compliment from actress Gwyneth Paltrow to start a two-day West Coast swing aimed at raising money to blunt Republicans’ drive to win the Senate in Nov. 4 elections.

Obama was the headliner at a Democratic fundraising event at the expansive Brentwood, California, home of Paltrow, who introduced Obama to a crowd of about 200 people on her back lawn by telling the president, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”

Oct 9, 2014

Obama says Republicans committing political suicide on immigration

SANTA MONICA Calif (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that Republicans are committing political suicide by resisting comprehensive immigration reform and vowed to go ahead with his plans to loosen some migration rules on his own after Nov. 4 elections.

Obama’s comment came as he began a two-day West Coast trip centered mostly around raising money for Democratic congressional candidates in Los Angeles.

Oct 8, 2014

Mitt Romney for president in 2016? Not entirely out of the question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney, day in and day out, hears it wherever he goes, whether at campaign events for Republican congressional candidates, restaurants, or private dinners, the message is the same – run for president in 2016.

Romney associates say he is flattered by the attention and believes he would have done a better job if he had defeated the Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama in 2012 when he was the Republican nominee.

Oct 6, 2014

U.S. and airlines consider new screenings for Ebola, no travel ban

WASHINGTON/DALLAS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Federal officials and
airlines are discussing whether U.S. airports should screen
passengers to identify people who might have Ebola, but the
White House on Monday said a ban on travel from West African
countries would slow the fight against the virus.

“What we’re looking to do is review these screening
measures,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at
a daily briefing. But officials did not want to
impede transport systems used to send supplies and personnel to
West Africa to fight Ebola, he said.

Oct 2, 2014

Chaotic scene outside White House a challenge for Secret Service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If James McGinley had his way, he would take his message around the world, but he does not have the money and instead is sitting cross-legged in Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House with the words “Wage Love” tattooed across his face.

McGinley, a well-spoken man, is trying to talk over the piercing din of a man shouting into a bullhorn, as tourists on Segways whiz by and Secret Service guards push people off of Pennsylvania Avenue for some unknown security reason.

Oct 1, 2014

U.S. Secret Service director resigns under fire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama.

Pierson, who had been in her position since March 2013, faced growing calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a Sept. 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife clambered over the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him.

Oct 1, 2014

Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that showed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama.

Pierson, who had been in her position since March 2013, faced growing calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a Sept. 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran clambered over the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before he was stopped.

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