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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.

Oct 26, 2013

After tough week, White House buys time for Obamacare website fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama promised on Saturday that his troubled healthcare website was just weeks away from a cure as he struggled to convince Americans he is on top of what has become a self-inflicted wound to his signature first-term achievement.

His administration unveiled a plan on Friday to make Obamacare insurance marketplaces on healthcare.gov – a website riddled with error messages, long delays and bugs – work better by the end of November.

Oct 23, 2013

White House official fired over anonymous tweets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior White House official who was helping negotiate nuclear issues with Iran has been fired after being unmasked as the acidic voice behind a Twitter account known for its insults of public figures at the White House and on Capitol Hill, a government official said on Tuesday.

Jofi Joseph was director of nuclear non-proliferation on the White House National Security Council staff, but for more than two years sent hundreds of anonymous and abrasive tweets using the handle @NatSecWonk.

Oct 21, 2013

‘Frustrated’ Obama vows to get malfunctioning healthcare website fixed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought on Monday to limit political damage from the problematic launch of the government website for his signature healthcare law as Washington became embroiled in a new uproar days after a debt default was narrowly averted.

With many Americans experiencing error messages and long waits in trying to sign on to healthcare.gov, Republicans in Congress who have fought the Affordable Care Act since before its 2010 passage renewed calls for a delay in the rollout of the law in order to fix it.

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