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Jun 8, 2013

Cyber disputes loom large as Obama meets Xi

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will complain to Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit on Friday about suspected Chinese cyber hacking of U.S. secrets, even as the White House faces growing questions at home over American government surveillance.

Meeting at the luxurious Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs in California, Obama will seek Xi’s assurance that he takes seriously accusations of growing Chinese cyber spying, including snooping on advanced U.S. weapons designs.

Jun 8, 2013

Obama defends surveillance effort as ‘trade-off’ for security

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday staunchly defended the sweeping U.S. government surveillance of Americans’ phone and internet activity, calling it a “modest encroachment” on privacy that was necessary to defend the United States from attack.

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not what this program is about,” Obama told reporters during a visit to California’s Silicon Valley. He emphasized that the secret surveillance programs were supervised by federal judges and authorized by Congress, which had been briefed on the details.

Jun 7, 2013

Obama defends surveillance program as trade-off for security

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday staunchly defended the sweeping U.S. government surveillance of Americans’ phone and internet activity, calling it a modest encroachment on privacy that was necessary to defend the United States from attack.

Obama said the programs were “trade-offs” designed to strike a balance between privacy concerns and keeping Americans safe from terrorist attacks. He said they were supervised by federal judges and Congress, and that lawmakers had been briefed.

Jun 7, 2013

President Obama takes health pitch to California after rate row

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama insisted on Friday his healthcare overhaul is already proving worthwhile as he promoted the plan in California, where an argument is raging over whether it is living up to its name as the Affordable Care Act.

“If you’re one of 6 million Californians or tens of millions Americans who don’t currently have health insurance, you’ll soon be able to buy quality, affordable care just like everybody else,” he said in San Jose, California.

Jun 7, 2013

Obama staunchly defends U.S. government surveillance programs

, June 7 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
on Friday staunchly defended U.S. government programs conducting
surveillance of Americans’ phone and Internet activity,
insisting that they were conducted with broad safeguards to
protect against abuse.

“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not
what this program is about,” Obama told reporters on a visit to
California’s Silicon Valley.

Jun 7, 2013

Cyber disputes loom large as Obama meets China’s Xi

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will complain to Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit on Friday about alleged Chinese hacking of U.S. secrets, even as the White House faces growing questions at home over American government surveillance.

Meeting at the luxurious Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs in California, Obama will seek Xi’s assurance that he takes seriously accusations of growing Chinese cyber spying, including snooping on advanced U.S. weapons designs.

Jun 6, 2013

Obama wants to transform U.S. schools through faster Internet

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Reuters) – President Barack Obama directed his government on Thursday to begin a process to give 99 percent of American students high-speed internet connections within five years.

“In a country where we expect free Wifi with our coffee, why can’t we expect that in our schools?” he told students at a middle school in Mooresville.

Jun 6, 2013

Obama picks loyalist Susan Rice as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama chose close confidante Susan Rice as his new national security adviser on Wednesday, increasing White House control over foreign policy and defying Republican critics of her handling of last year’s deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.

Rice, selected to replace Tom Donilon in the post, is expected to play a high-profile role in defending Obama’s foreign policy, particularly on the civil war in Syria. Obama has come under fire for his cautious approach to mounting evidence that President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against rebels seeking to oust him.

Jun 5, 2013

Obama to name Susan Rice as national security adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama conducted a major shakeup of his foreign policy team on Wednesday, naming Susan Rice as his new White House national security adviser after she withdrew from consideration last December for secretary of state because she was a lightning rod for Republican criticism.

Rice, currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime Obama confidante, will take over in July from Tom Donilon as the person who coordinates American foreign policy from the White House, officials said.

Jun 5, 2013

Biden urges Turkey to respect rights of protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Turkey’s government on Tuesday to respect the rights of its political opponents after a violent crackdown against anti-government protesters raised concerns about the NATO ally.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, issued an apology to people involved in a protest last week when a group demonstrating against plans to build at an Istanbul park was met with teargas and water cannons.

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