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Jan 13, 2014

Obama to visit Mexico in February for leaders summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will visit Mexico in February to attend a North American leaders’ summit, the White House said on Monday.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama would travel to Toluca, Mexico, on February 19.

Jan 11, 2014

Obama honors Sharon’s dedication to Israel, Biden to go to funeral

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday lauded the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s dedication to the Jewish state and reaffirmed an “unshakable commitment” to Israel’s security as Vice President Joe Biden prepared to attend the funeral.

Obama called Sharon – who died at age 85 on Saturday and had been in a coma for the entirety of Obama’s presidency – “a leader who dedicated his life to the state of Israel.” He said he sent his “deepest condolences” to Sharon’s family.

Jan 9, 2014

Obama edges closer to decisions on intelligence reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama consulted intelligence officials on Wednesday on ways to rein in U.S. surveillance practices as he nears the end of a review likely to lead to changes as to how bulk telephone data is handled as well as restrictions to spying on foreign leaders.

Obama, who could announce his intelligence reforms in a speech as early as next week, is acting in an attempt to restore Americans’ confidence in U.S. intelligence services after damaging disclosures from former spy contractor Edward Snowden about the sweep of surveillance practices.

Jan 8, 2014

Obama to consult intelligence leaders, Congress on NSA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will consult intelligence officials and congressional leaders as he nears the final stages of a review over how much to rein in U.S. surveillance practices in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, officials said on Tuesday.

Obama later this month is to unveil a series of intelligence reforms, including how the National Security Agency operates, with a view toward giving Americans more confidence that their privacy is not being violated.

Jan 7, 2014

Obama to consult intelligence leaders, Congress on NSA review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will hear from intelligence officials and congressional leaders as he nears the final stages of a review over how much to rein in U.S. surveillance practices in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, officials said on Tuesday.

Obama later this month is to unveil a series of reforms to how the National Security Agency collects intelligence with a view toward giving Americans more confidence that their privacy is not being violated.

Dec 20, 2013

Obama looking for “sleep and sun” after challenging year

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
declined to engage in a bout of political soul-searching on
Friday and said that despite a botched health care rollout and
stalled legislative initiatives, his year had not been all that
bad.

He acknowledged setbacks but declined to dwell on them at a
year-end news conference in the White House briefing room hours
before escaping Washington for two weeks of what he described as
“sleep and sun” in Hawaii.

Dec 20, 2013

Obama orders one-year review of sexual assault problem in military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama ordered U.S. military leaders on Friday to conduct a one-year review of efforts to eliminate sexual assaults in the armed forces and toughen the response to such cases.

He acted in response to a spate of embarrassing sex-related incidents in the military that provoked strong calls for reform and a Pentagon report showing a 37 percent jump in the estimated number of cases of unwanted sexual contact last year.

Dec 17, 2013

Former Microsoft exec named to oversee Obamacare website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the appointment of a former Microsoft Corp executive to oversee its revamped HealthCare.gov website and expand on technology improvements achieved by the site’s outgoing czar, Jeffrey Zients.

Kurt DelBene, who recently retired as head of the software company’s Microsoft Office unit, will spearhead efforts to continue the overhaul of the website, which was set up to provide federally subsidized health insurance to millions of consumers in 36 states.

Dec 17, 2013

Tech executives press Obama to reform surveillance practices

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Technology company executives
pressed President Barack Obama on Tuesday to rein in the U.S.
government’s electronic spying after a court dealt a blow to
the administration’s surveillance practices.

Top executives from Apple, Google, Yahoo!
, Netflix, Comcast, AT&T,
Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and other
companies met privately for more than two hours with Obama and
top White House aides.

Dec 17, 2013

Former Microsoft exec to oversee Obamacare website overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kurt DelBene, a recently retired Microsoft executive who headed the software giant’s Office unit, will spearhead efforts to continue the overhaul of the federal government’s website for health insurance, the government said on Tuesday.

DelBene, who starts his new job on Wednesday, will replace Jeffrey Zients, a long-time aide to President Barack Obama who starts a new job as top economic adviser at the White House in the new year.

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