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Oct 29, 2013

Obama may ban U.S. intelligence collection on allied leaders

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama may
ban U.S. spying on allied leaders as part of a review of
intelligence gathering, a senior Obama administration official
said on Tuesday amid a diplomatic uproar over the National
Security Agency’s surveillance ability.

A week after reports surfaced that the eavesdropping
extended to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone,
Obama is under pressure to take steps to reassure Americans and

Oct 28, 2013

White House sees need for ‘constraints’ on NSA spying

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The White House moved to
reassure U.S. allies and Americans concerned about the sweeping
nature of U.S. surveillance practices on Monday by acknowledging
that more constraints are needed to assure that privacy rights
are protected.

Amid a growing uproar in Europe and protest from a key U.S.
lawmaker, officials said they would review intelligence
collection programs with an eye to narrowing their scope.

Oct 28, 2013

White House official sees need for ‘constraints’ on NSA spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that some constraints are needed in U.S. surveillance practices in the wake of embarrassing revelations about the sweeping nature of U.S. spying.

The comment came a week after President Barack Obama drew heavy criticism over accusations that the National Security Agency had tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and conducted widespread electronic snooping in France and Italy.

Oct 26, 2013

After tough week, White House buys time for Obamacare website fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama promised on Saturday that his troubled healthcare website was just weeks away from a cure as he struggled to convince Americans he is on top of what has become a self-inflicted wound to his signature first-term achievement.

His administration unveiled a plan on Friday to make Obamacare insurance marketplaces on – a website riddled with error messages, long delays and bugs – work better by the end of November.

Oct 23, 2013

White House official fired over anonymous tweets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior White House official who was helping negotiate nuclear issues with Iran has been fired after being unmasked as the acidic voice behind a Twitter account known for its insults of public figures at the White House and on Capitol Hill, a government official said on Tuesday.

Jofi Joseph was director of nuclear non-proliferation on the White House National Security Council staff, but for more than two years sent hundreds of anonymous and abrasive tweets using the handle @NatSecWonk.

Oct 21, 2013

‘Frustrated’ Obama vows to get malfunctioning healthcare website fixed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought on Monday to limit political damage from the problematic launch of the government website for his signature healthcare law as Washington became embroiled in a new uproar days after a debt default was narrowly averted.

With many Americans experiencing error messages and long waits in trying to sign on to, Republicans in Congress who have fought the Affordable Care Act since before its 2010 passage renewed calls for a delay in the rollout of the law in order to fix it.

Oct 17, 2013

Crisis averted, Obama says Americans ‘completely fed up’ with Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama scolded congressional Republicans on Thursday, hours after a fiscal crisis was narrowly averted and called on his opponents to help repair the economic damage caused by a 16-day U.S. government shutdown and a close brush with a debt default.

Obama stressed that he is willing to work with lawmakers wherever they can agree, but the tone he struck amounted to a rebuke of Republicans, whom Americans largely blame for pushing the United States to the brink of an economic calamity.

Oct 17, 2013

Obama says Washington has much work to do to regain public trust

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama emerged bruised but victorious from the latest budget war on Wednesday and said there was much work to do in a deeply divided Washington to win back the trust of the American people.

Obama’s firm stance against negotiating over extending the U.S. debt ceiling, a position he staked out early this year and stuck to despite pressure to back off, appeared to have paid off as Congress was heading toward reopening the government and extending the U.S. debt ceiling.

Oct 16, 2013

Obama says Speaker Boehner ‘can’t control his caucus’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the frantic stop-and-go effort in Congress to avoid a debt default and end a government shutdown is “a mess” as a gloomy mood descended over the White House with time running out to a Thursday deadline.

Obama, who is to meet Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday, and his Democratic backers stressed there is still time to avoid a historic default even as efforts to reach a deal in Congress floundered on Capitol Hill.

Oct 12, 2013

Obama pressures Republicans to raise debt ceiling, end shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressured Republican lawmakers on Saturday to agree to raise the U.S. debt ceiling for longer than they would prefer, as their fiscal impasse dragged into the weekend with five days left to find a deal.

The budget battle between Obama and Republicans who control the House of Representatives has idled hundreds of thousands of government workers hit by a 12-day government shutdown and put the United States at risk of a historic debt default, possibly by next Thursday, unless the borrowing limit is raised.

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