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Mar 26, 2013

Obama appoints first woman Secret Service director

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose veteran agent Julia Pierson to lead the Secret Service, the first woman to head the agency, a year after its reputation was tarnished by a scandal involving male agents and prostitutes in Colombia.

Pierson will replace Mark Sullivan, who was in charge during the Colombia scandal – one of the worst in the agency’s history. He retired as director in February.

Mar 23, 2013

Obama plays tourist in Petra as he winds up Middle East trip

Petra, JORDAN (Reuters) – President Barack Obama visited Jordan’s ancient city of Petra on Saturday as he wrapped up a four-day Middle East tour by setting aside weighty diplomatic matters and playing tourist for a day.

The visit followed a trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories that was capped by Obama’s brokering of a rapprochement between Israel and Turkey but which offered little more than symbolic gestures toward Middle East peacemaking.

Mar 21, 2013

Obama tries schmoozing in the Holy Land

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – From old-fashioned schmoozing to “I feel your pain” appeals, President Barack Obama is wading into Middle East diplomacy with a personal touch he has rarely displayed on the world stage.

It is the kind of charm offensive he has been trying to pull off – with decidedly mixed results – with political opponents back home and which he now hopes will help advance peace prospects in a region mostly devoid of them.

Mar 20, 2013

After Israeli backslapping, Obama faces Palestinian discontent

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faces a stony reception when he travels to the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian leaders who accuse him of letting Israel ride rough-shod over their dream of statehood.

Obama has said he will not bring any new initiatives to try to revive long-dormant peace talks and has instead come to Israel and the Palestinian territories for simple consultations.

Mar 15, 2013

Christie is most competitive Republican vs. Democrats in 2016: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the Republican best placed to compete against potential Democratic presidential candidates, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday that also underscored Democrat Hillary Clinton’s strength should she run.

As Republicans gather in the Washington area this weekend to ponder their future after losing the 2012 presidential race, the poll showed how far the party has to go to regain its footing and be competitive at the national level again.

Mar 14, 2013

Obama, China’s Xi discuss cyber security dispute in phone call

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama took mounting U.S. concerns about computer hacking straight to China’s president on Thursday in a sign of how seriously the United States takes the threat of cyber attacks emanating from China.

A day after meeting with U.S. corporate CEOs in the White House Situation Room about cyber threats, Obama spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the cyber issue as well as North Korea’s nuclear challenge, currency and trade issues.

Mar 14, 2013

Biden office apologizes to reporter forced to delete photos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden’s press office has apologized to a student reporter who was asked by a Biden staffer to delete photos taken at a vice presidential event near Washington.

The apology was in response to a formal complaint lodged by Lucy Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland’s journalism school, where the reporter is a student.

Mar 14, 2013

Obama defends new grassroots movement against criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama dismissed criticism on Wednesday of a grassroots group that his former campaign team set in motion to advance his agenda and rejected concerns that the organization could give high-dollar donors undue influence over government policies.

Obama spoke to 75 people who attended a dinner on behalf of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit that will use private donations to promote his second-term agenda. Some paid $50,000 to attend the group’s two-day “founders summit” this week.

Mar 13, 2013

Obama’s campaign team launches grassroots movement amid criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group formed by President Barack Obama’s campaign team kicked off an effort to advance his legislative priorities on Wednesday amid criticism that it risks giving high-dollar donors undue influence over government policies.

Organizing for Action is an independent, nonprofit group that seeks to convert the grassroots energy that led to Obama’s re-election in November into action in support of his policy goals such as gun control and an immigration overhaul.

Mar 12, 2013

Obama to meet CEOs on cyber security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will sit down on Wednesday with corporate leaders to discuss efforts to improve cyber security in private industries amid rising concern about hacking attacks emanating from China.

The White House said that in the meeting, to take place in the Situation Room, Obama would discuss efforts to address the cyber threat and solicit the CEOs’ input on how the government and private sector can best work together to improve the country’s cyber security.

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