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Nov 14, 2013

Analysis: Humble-sounding Obama tries to climb out of healthcare hole

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Normally brimming with self-confidence, President Barack Obama showed an emotion on Thursday he rarely shares with Americans: humility.

He strode to a White House podium with a jarring admission: He believes he has lost the confidence of the American people and deserves the blame for the rocky rollout of his signature healthcare law.

Nov 14, 2013

Obama, under political pressure, offers fix to healthcare policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama bowed to political pressure from his fellow Democrats on Thursday and announced a plan to let insurers renew for one year the health plans for Americans whose policies would be otherwise canceled due to Obamacare.

The administrative fix offered by Obama would allow insurers to offer certain health plans in 2014 that do not meet the minimum requirements of the health reform law, but require the companies to spell out how the policies are substandard and what alternatives are available.

Nov 8, 2013

Obama: regrets not ‘as clear as we needed to be’ on Obamacare pledge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans who are losing their healthcare insurance policies, saying in an interview that he regrets that “we weren’t as clear as we needed to be” about Obamacare healthcare reforms.

Obama’s expression of regret was aimed at placating Americans whose insurance plans are being canceled in spite of his oft-repeated pledge that if people liked their health plans, they would be able to keep them under Obamacare.

Nov 8, 2013

Obama says would have rejected any option to replace Biden as VP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would have rejected any plan to replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton as his vice president for the 2012 election.

In an interview with NBC News, Obama did not deny that his political aides had poll-tested the idea of having him run for re-election with Clinton as his No. 2 instead of Biden.

Nov 6, 2013

Obama gets earful from Senate Democrats about health law woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday met with frustrated Senate Democrats, some of whom fear the disastrous rollout of his signature healthcare law could complicate their already difficult re-election fights in 2014.

The Obama administration has weathered intense criticism since hundreds of thousands of people have seen their health insurance policies canceled because they do not meet new benefit requirements, despite Obama’s pledge that Americans could keep their current plans under Obamacare.

Nov 5, 2013

‘No-spy’ pact with Germany unlikely despite Snowden’s revelations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is working to improve intelligence cooperation with Germany but a sweeping “no-spy” agreement between the two countries is unlikely, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday.

German and U.S. intelligence officials are meeting this week following reports that the National Security Agency had monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Nov 5, 2013

Obama asks supporters to help with rollout of troubled healthcare plan

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama,
defiant against critics of his troubled healthcare plan, vowed
on Monday to press ahead with the rollout and asked supporters
to help as the White House struggled to gain control of the
debate over his signature achievement in the face of mounting

Obama went before 200 of the core activists who helped turn
out the vote for him in his re-election a year ago, seeking
their assistance to enroll people into the Affordable Care Act
amid signs that early enrollment numbers will fall far short of

Nov 4, 2013

Biden to emphasize Asia pivot on trip to China, Japan, South Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to China, Japan and South Korea in the first week of December, a trip designed to emphasize the U.S. commitment to a policy pivot toward Asia.

With events in the Middle East and domestic policy battles dominating President Barack Obama’s attention in recent months, questions have emerged about the extent of Obama’s commitment to this shift, particularly after the president canceled participation in two Asia-specific summits last month.

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.

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