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Jul 4, 2013

Analysis: Cautious toward Middle East, Obama gets second chance in Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama sat down with his top national security aides this week to determine how to react to a military takeover in Egypt, he had a tough choice to make.

He could denounce what had taken place as a coup launched against a legitimately elected president in Cairo and suspend U.S. military aid. Or he could embrace the move as a reaction to popular discontent with the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government.

Jul 3, 2013

Obama expresses deep concern, doesn’t condemn Egyptian military intervention

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama expressed deep concern about the Egyptian military’s removal of President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday but stopped short of condemning a move that could lead to a cut-off in U.S. aid.

Obama issued a written statement responding to dramatic events in Cairo after huddling with his top national security advisers at the White House. The session took place shortly after the Egyptian military made its move.

Jun 28, 2013

Obama has short list of potential Bernanke successors -source

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – The White House has
assembled a short list of candidates to succeed Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke, a source familiar with the process said
on Thursday, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is running the
search.

Bernanke is expected to leave when his second term as head
of the central bank ends on Jan. 31, after an eventful eight
years in helping the U.S. economy recover from the worst
recession since the Great Depression.

Jun 27, 2013

Obama has short list to succeed Federal Reserve chairman Bernanke

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has assembled a short list of candidates to succeed Federal Reserve Bank chairman Ben Bernanke, a source familiar with the process said, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is running the search.

Bernanke is expected to leave when his second term ends on January 31, after an eventful eight years in helping the U.S. economy recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Jun 22, 2013

Obama to lay out climate change plan in speech on Tuesday

WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
on Saturday that he will outline a climate change plan on
Tuesday centered around reducing pollution from carbon emissions
as he attempts to make good on a pledge for his second term.

“This Tuesday, I’ll lay out my vision for where I believe we
need to go – a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare
our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global
efforts to fight it,” he said in a White House video.

Jun 22, 2013

U.S. seeks Snowden’s extradition, urges Hong Kong to act quickly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States pressured Hong Kong on Saturday to act quickly on its request to extradite Edward Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor charged with espionage for exposing secret U.S. surveillance activities.

“If Hong Kong doesn’t act soon, it will complicate our bilateral relations and raise questions about Hong Kong’s commitment to the rule of law,” a senior Obama administration official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Jun 22, 2013

Obama to lay out climate change plan in speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Saturday that he will outline a climate change plan on Tuesday centered around reducing pollution from carbon emissions as he attempts to make good on a pledge for his second term.

“This Tuesday, I’ll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go – a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it,” he said in a White House video.

Jun 21, 2013

By meeting privacy board, Obama seeks to reassure public on spying

WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – By meeting a privacy
oversight board on Friday, President Barack Obama sought to
reassure Americans worried about losing their privacy after
revelations that the U.S. government engaged in a vast
monitoring of phone and Internet data.

In the White House Situation Room, Obama met with members of
the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for about an
hour.

Jun 21, 2013

Obama says FBI nominee Comey will balance privacy, security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In nominating Jim Comey to be the next FBI director on Friday, President Barack Obama said the former Justice Department official will help strike a balance between the need for information on terrorist plots and respecting Americans’ privacy.

The need for such balance has been brought to the fore recently with the disclosure that the U.S. government has conducted vast surveillance of Americans’ phone and internet data in its search for foreign terrorism plots.

Jun 21, 2013

Obama to meet privacy oversight board to try to reassure public on spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet on Friday with members of a privacy oversight watchdog board to try to reassure Americans rattled by revelations of the U.S. government’s vast monitoring of phone and Internet data.

Obama is scrambling to show he has credibility on the issue after coming under fire for the scope of surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency, which was revealed in a series of disclosures by former government contractor Edward Snowden.

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