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Jun 7, 2013

Obama staunchly defends U.S. government surveillance programs

, June 7 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
on Friday staunchly defended U.S. government programs conducting
surveillance of Americans’ phone and Internet activity,
insisting that they were conducted with broad safeguards to
protect against abuse.

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not
what this program is about,” Obama told reporters on a visit to
California’s Silicon Valley.

Jun 7, 2013

Cyber disputes loom large as Obama meets China’s Xi

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will complain to Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit on Friday about alleged Chinese hacking of U.S. secrets, even as the White House faces growing questions at home over American government surveillance.

Meeting at the luxurious Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs in California, Obama will seek Xi’s assurance that he takes seriously accusations of growing Chinese cyber spying, including snooping on advanced U.S. weapons designs.

Jun 6, 2013

Obama wants to transform U.S. schools through faster Internet

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Reuters) – President Barack Obama directed his government on Thursday to begin a process to give 99 percent of American students high-speed internet connections within five years.

“In a country where we expect free Wifi with our coffee, why can’t we expect that in our schools?” he told students at a middle school in Mooresville.

Jun 6, 2013

Obama picks loyalist Susan Rice as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama chose close confidante Susan Rice as his new national security adviser on Wednesday, increasing White House control over foreign policy and defying Republican critics of her handling of last year’s deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.

Rice, selected to replace Tom Donilon in the post, is expected to play a high-profile role in defending Obama’s foreign policy, particularly on the civil war in Syria. Obama has come under fire for his cautious approach to mounting evidence that President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against rebels seeking to oust him.

Jun 5, 2013

Obama to name Susan Rice as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama conducted a major shakeup of his foreign policy team on Wednesday, naming Susan Rice as his new White House national security adviser after she withdrew from consideration last December for secretary of state because she was a lightning rod for Republican criticism.

Rice, currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime Obama confidante, will take over in July from Tom Donilon as the person who coordinates American foreign policy from the White House, officials said.

Jun 5, 2013

Biden urges Turkey to respect rights of protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Turkey’s government on Tuesday to respect the rights of its political opponents after a violent crackdown against anti-government protesters raised concerns about the NATO ally.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, issued an apology to people involved in a protest last week when a group demonstrating against plans to build at an Istanbul park was met with teargas and water cannons.

Jun 4, 2013

Obama to press China’s Xi to act against cyber spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will tell Chinese President Xi Jinping at a California summit this week that Washington considers Beijing responsible for any cyber attacks launched from Chinese soil and must take action to curb high-tech spying, White House officials said on Tuesday.

Underscoring growing U.S. suspicions of a Chinese role in cyber espionage that has targeted U.S. government entities and major corporations, aides to Obama made clear the issue would be high on the agenda at a relatively informal retreat to begin on Friday.

Jun 3, 2013

Obama administration disputes charge attorney general lied

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Monday pushed backed against Republican accusations that
Attorney General Eric Holder lied during a congressional
appearance last month about his involvement in leak
investigations that involved reporters.

Republican lawmakers have called Holder’s credibility into
question by alleging that he failed to tell the truth in
testimony to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee
about the Justice Department’s secret seizures of journalist
records.

Jun 3, 2013

White House dismisses new criticism of Attorney General Holder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday dismissed a new round of criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder over whether he lied under oath and mishandled leak probes that have focused on reporters.

Holder’s credibility has been called into question over allegations from Republicans that he failed to tell the truth in testimony to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about the Justice Department’s secret subpoena of journalist phone records.

Jun 2, 2013

Cyber hacking to overshadow summit between Obama and China’s Xi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A shirt-sleeves summit between the world’s two top economic powers is shaping up as anything but relaxing, with an assertive new Chinese leadership seeking a bigger place at the global table and the United States pushing back, especially in the battle over cyberspace.

U.S. President Barack Obama and newly installed Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet on Friday in Southern California at a relatively informal retreat aimed at allowing the pair to get to know each other away from the spotlight of Washington.

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