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Nov 3, 2013

Obama, Democrats seek to make Virginia governor’s race a Tea Party referendum

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats attempted on Sunday to tap into voter anger about a 16-day U.S. government shutdown and turn Virginia’s upcoming governor’s election into a referendum on Tea Party conservatives.

With Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe leading polls over Republican Ken Cuccinelli before Tuesday’s vote, Obama and Democratic speakers at a rally in the Washington suburb of Arlington pressed party activists to focus on turning out the vote.

Nov 2, 2013

U.S. wants ‘inclusive’ Iraq: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday to build a more inclusive democracy in his country and said the United States would cooperate with Iraq as it tries to push back a resurgent al Qaeda.

As Iraq experiences a rising spiral of sectarian violence two years after U.S. troops departed following eight years of war, Maliki came to Washington seeking U.S. help to counter a Sunni insurgency revived in part by Syria’s civil war next door.

Nov 1, 2013

Obama tells Iraqi leader that U.S. wants ‘inclusive’ Iraq

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressed
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday to build a more
inclusive democracy in his country and said the United States
would cooperate with Iraq as it tries to push back a resurgent
al Qaeda.

As Iraq experiences a rising spiral of sectarian violence
two years after U.S. troops departed following eight years of
war, Maliki came to Washington seeking U.S. help to counter a
Sunni insurgency revived in part by Syria’s civil war next door.

Nov 1, 2013

White House says Obama did not consider dropping Biden from 2012 ticket

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama “never entertained” the idea of dropping Vice President Joe Biden from his 2012 re-election team and replacing him with Hillary Clinton, the White House said on Friday.

A new book on the 2012 campaign says Obama’s top aides considered the notion but decided not to pursue it because it did not materially improve Obama’s odds.

Oct 31, 2013

Biden urges U.S. lawmakers to hold off on any new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden led a high-powered delegation to Capitol Hill on Thursday to try to persuade U.S. lawmakers to hold off on any more sanctions against Iran and let delicate diplomatic talks over Tehran’s nuclear program unfold.

President Barack Obama is convinced that there is the potential for an international deal to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon but worries that congressional pressure for additional sanctions could complicate negotiations.

Oct 30, 2013

Merkel envoys at White House to sort out U.S.-German tensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American and German officials sought to overcome tension between their governments on Wednesday following reports that the U.S. National Security Agency monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

A meeting between White House national security adviser Susan Rice and her German counterpart came a week after an infuriated Merkel complained to President Barack Obama about accusations that the United States had for years been eavesdropping on her.

Oct 30, 2013

Analysis: On healthcare, spying, questions on what Obama knew and when

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – To his critics, President Barack Obama often has seemed to be conveniently distant when trouble has hit his administration.

But on Tuesday, Obama was hit with a public-relations crisis that struck at the core of his domestic and foreign policy – one that raised questions about whether he had misled Americans on his signature healthcare overhaul, and whether he really was unaware of the U.S. government’s alleged spying on its allies.

Oct 29, 2013

Obama may ban U.S. intelligence collection on allied leaders

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama may
ban U.S. spying on allied leaders as part of a review of
intelligence gathering, a senior Obama administration official
said on Tuesday amid a diplomatic uproar over the National
Security Agency’s surveillance ability.

A week after reports surfaced that the eavesdropping
extended to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone,
Obama is under pressure to take steps to reassure Americans and
allies.

Oct 28, 2013

White House sees need for ‘constraints’ on NSA spying

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The White House moved to
reassure U.S. allies and Americans concerned about the sweeping
nature of U.S. surveillance practices on Monday by acknowledging
that more constraints are needed to assure that privacy rights
are protected.

Amid a growing uproar in Europe and protest from a key U.S.
lawmaker, officials said they would review intelligence
collection programs with an eye to narrowing their scope.

Oct 28, 2013

White House official sees need for ‘constraints’ on NSA spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that some constraints are needed in U.S. surveillance practices in the wake of embarrassing revelations about the sweeping nature of U.S. spying.

The comment came a week after President Barack Obama drew heavy criticism over accusations that the National Security Agency had tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and conducted widespread electronic snooping in France and Italy.

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