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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.

Jun 20, 2013

Obama to nominate Jim Comey as next FBI chief on Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the next FBI director on Friday, picking a former Justice Department official who has deep experience in the U.S. battle against terrorism, a White House official said on Thursday.

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.

Jun 18, 2013

Obama sees Iran’s election of moderate as hopeful sign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran’s election of a moderate as its next president is a sign that Iranians want to move in a different direction, but he was uncertain whether it would lead to a breakthrough over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

In an interview with public television anchor Charlie Rose, Obama said the United States and its allies would be willing to hold talks with Iran over its nuclear program, as long as Tehran recognized that international sanctions would not be lifted unless Iran proved it is not building a nuclear weapon.

Jun 18, 2013

Obama says Bernanke has ‘stayed a lot longer’ than he wanted at Fed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama hinted in an interview aired on Monday that he may be looking for a new chief of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, saying current Chairman Ben Bernanke has stayed a lot longer than he had originally planned.

Obama, speaking to Charlie Rose, host of a PBS interview program, compared Bernanke to longtime FBI Director Robert Mueller, who agreed to stay two years longer than he had planned and is to leave in the coming months.

Jun 18, 2013

Lawyer Cliff Sloan faces tough assignment: Closing Guantanamo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cliff Sloan has represented Jon Bon Jovi’s band in legal matters and argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, he has perhaps his toughest assignment: Helping to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Washington attorney was named on Monday as the State Department’s Guantanamo Bay envoy, a central player in President Barack Obama’s renewed push to make good on a 2008 campaign promise to shut the installation where the United States holds terrorism suspects. Obama wants to close the facility because it is a legacy of the Bush administration that he feels has damaged the U.S. reputation with allies around the world.

Jun 17, 2013

Obama says will meet oversight board about NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday he will meet soon with a privacy and civil liberties oversight board to discuss ways to balance the need for U.S. surveillance while respecting people’s right to privacy.

Obama, in an interview with PBS anchor Charlie Rose, said he believed there is plenty of transparency about the U.S. government’s top-secret monitoring of Americans’ phone and Internet data but that he has asked the intelligence community to see if there is more that can be revealed about it to reassure people.

Jun 8, 2013

Obama, Xi latest leaders to escape to California desert retreat

, June 8 (Reuters) – Frank Sinatra
married his fourth wife here, Richard Nixon visited to nurse his
wounds after resigning the presidency, and now the names of
Barack Obama and Xi Jinping are added to the long list of
celebrities and political leaders who have trekked to this
desert getaway.

The late philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg
intended their Sunnylands sanctuary to be something of a “Camp
David of the West,” a reference to the presidential retreat
tucked away in the Maryland mountains near Washington.

Jun 8, 2013

Obama, China’s Xi seek to ease tensions on cyber security

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed on Friday to work together to try to resolve disputes over cyber security, a major irritant between the world’s top two economic powers.

Hosting Xi at a two-day summit in a luxurious desert estate in southern California, Obama said the United States welcomes China’s “peaceful rise” but made clear that Beijing must play by the same rules of economic world order as other major nations.

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