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Feb 20, 2014

Obama looking at range of sanctions on Ukraine violence -White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is urgently considering a range of sanctions against Ukraine after the death toll mounted from violent protests in central Kiev, the White House said on Thursday.

No details were given on the options under consideration or the timeline for decisions, but Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday to discuss steps to help end the violence.

Feb 20, 2014

Obama budget proposal to drop Social Security cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday dropped a measure to trim cost-of-living increases in Social Security from an upcoming budget proposal in an election-year move that may insulate fellow Democrats facing heat from senior voters.

The White House said Obama’s budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year, to be released on March 4, will not include a plan he made last year in an effort to gain some Republican support and break through congressional gridlock.

Feb 18, 2014

Looking for Syria options, U.S. remains cool to using force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite a forthcoming review of options in the deteriorating Syria crisis, the White House on Tuesday signaled that President Barack Obama remains wary of any direct U.S. involvement in the three-year-old civil war.

With peace talks between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and his armed opponents having failed for now, and Russia unwilling or unable to pressure its ally Assad to cede power, U.S. policy toward Syria appears to be approaching a crossroads.

Feb 18, 2014

Obama orders new, higher fuel standards for U.S. trucks

, Feb 18 (Reuters) – President Barack
Obama on Tuesday directed federal agencies to develop higher
fuel standards for medium-sized and heavy trucks, another step
in his efforts to slash oil consumption and carbon emissions
blamed for global warming.

Obama made the announcement in Upper Marlboro, Maryland,
about 20 miles (32 km) from Washington, at a distribution center
for Safeway grocery stores, next to a trucking rig that had been
redesigned to increase fuel economy.

Feb 18, 2014

Obama set to order new fuel standards for U.S. trucks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will direct federal agencies on Tuesday to develop higher standards for medium-sized and heavy trucks over the next two years, another step in his efforts to reduce oil consumption and carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

Obama will travel to Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to make his announcement at a distribution center for Safeway grocery stores.

Feb 17, 2014

White House report on economic stimulus rekindles debate five years later

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama marked the five-year anniversary of a controversial economic stimulus plan by releasing a report on Monday saying that government spending averted a second Great Depression, setting off a new round of partisan debate about the decision.

Obama had been in office only a month when he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $787 billion stimulus that Democratic majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives passed over the objections of Republicans.

Feb 16, 2014

Obama warns Uganda over anti-gay law

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday that enacting an anti-gay law would complicate U.S. relations with Uganda and would be a “huge step backward” for all Ugandans.”

Obama, on a weekend golf holiday in Southern California, issued a statement denouncing Museveni’s plans to sign a law that would impose harsh sentences for those convicted of homosexual acts.

Feb 15, 2014

Obama signs increase in U.S. debt ceiling

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed legislation on Saturday that raises the U.S. debt limit through March 2015, taking the politically volatile issue off the table with congressional elections coming up this November.

Without an increase in the statutory debt limit, the U.S. government would have soon defaulted on some of its obligations and would have had to shut down some programs, an historic event that would have caused severe market turmoil.

Feb 15, 2014

Obama settles into long weekend of golf with buddies

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has settled into a Presidents Day holiday weekend of golf with friends at a secluded desert retreat where many presidents have found refuge from the storms of the White House.

Obama is at Sunnylands, a southern California sanctuary that has become something of a “Camp David of the West,” which was the intention of the late philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg, who developed the place and who hosted former President Ronald Reagan on many New Year’s holidays.

Feb 15, 2014

Obama says considering new pressure on Syria’s Assad

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he is considering new ways to pressure the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he pledged fresh U.S. assistance to Jordan’s King Abdullah, whose country is reeling from the Syrian civil war.

Obama and Abdullah held talks at the Sunnylands retreat, the estate of the late philanthropist Walter Annenberg, in this desert region of California.

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