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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.

May 29, 2013

Obama expected to pick James Comey as next FBI chief : source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former Justice Department official James Comey as his next head of the FBI, a source said on Wednesday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Comey, a Republican, would replace FBI Director Robert Mueller, who has led the agency since just before the September 11, 2001, attacks. Mueller is expected to step down this fall.

May 28, 2013

Obama, Christie reunite to promote Jersey Shore recovery

ASBURY PARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, strolled along the Jersey Shore boardwalk like old friends on Tuesday, a political odd couple just hanging out together.

The two men had a common purpose: promote the recovery of the Jersey Shore from the aftereffects of Sandy, a superstorm that hit in the final days of last year’s presidential election campaign and which, because of Obama’s well-received show of concern, may have helped him win re-election.

May 23, 2013

Obama limits use of US drone strikes, offers steps to close Guantanamo

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
outlined plans on Thursday to limit the use of U.S. drone
strikes and took steps aimed at breaking a deadlock on closing
the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In a major foreign policy speech after some two weeks of
dealing with domestic scandals, Obama underlined his support for
press freedoms in the face of recent criticism of his
administration’s recent probes to stop leaks of classified

May 22, 2013

Under fire from loyalists, White House admits ‘potholes’ in handling IRS scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facing criticism from Democratic loyalists, the White House acknowledged on Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s team has struggled to get its story straight on who knew what when about the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

Democrats close to the Obama White House said they had been puzzled by the president’s team’s inability to establish one coherent account of the facts and stick to it in the nearly two weeks since the IRS scandal was disclosed. Some have communicated that sentiment to White House officials.

May 19, 2013

Obama tries to bounce back after tough week

ATLANTA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama complained on Sunday that partisan battles in Washington are holding back stronger U.S. economic growth as he tried to recover from one of the most difficult weeks of his presidency.

On a trip to Atlanta, Obama did not specifically mention the three controversies that engulfed his administration last week and raised questions as to how much of his second-term agenda he will be able to achieve.

May 19, 2013

Obama to discuss al Qaeda, drones, Guantanamo Bay in Thursday speech

ATLANTA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, under fire for security lapses at a U.S. mission in Libya, will in a speech on Thursday lay out his wide-ranging counter-terrorism policy, from the controversial use of drones to efforts to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Obama’s use of military drone aircraft to attack extremists has drawn fire and increased tensions in countries like Pakistan and been criticized by human rights activists in the United States.

May 4, 2013

Idea that American held by Venezuela is a spy ‘ridiculous’: Obama

SAN JOSE (Reuters) – The Venezuelan government’s suggestion that an American citizen it has detained is a spy is “ridiculous,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in a television interview recorded on Saturday during a visit to Costa Rica.

Venezuela said late last month it had detained an American called Timothy Hallet Tracy, accusing him of financing opposition student demonstrations after April’s disputed presidential election and saying he had clearly been trained as an intelligence agent.

May 4, 2013

Obama says U.S. natural gas exports could help Central America

SAN JOSE, May 4 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said in
Central America on Saturday that the United States might be able
to help relieve that region’s growing energy demands by
exporting liquefied natural gas, a move opposed by some U.S.
businesses and environmentalists.

At a development forum that ended his three-day trip to
Mexico and Costa Rica, Obama held out the prospect that surging
supplies of natural gas in the United States could be sold in
the area to help reduce its energy costs.

May 4, 2013

Same-sex provision should not derail U.S. immigration move: Obama

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signaled on Friday that a proposal to add a same-sex partnership measure to an immigration overhaul should not be allowed to derail the entire legislative effort.

Obama has used the prospect of new immigration laws as a major selling point for stronger U.S. relations with Latin America on a three-day tour of Mexico and Costa Rica that ends on Saturday.

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