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Mar 8, 2013

Analysis: Obama’s shift to schmooze offensive reflects political reality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s abrupt shift to a schmooze offensive – dining and visiting with Republican lawmakers – reflects a need for some resolution in the budget wars so he can move on to other priorities like gun control and immigration that could define his second term.

A drop in his approval ratings in recent weeks and a new round of media questions about his scant socializing with members of Congress have also likely put pressure on Obama to start talking to his political foes.

Mar 8, 2013

Obama’s shift to schmooze offensive reflects political reality

WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
abrupt shift to a schmooze offensive – dining and visiting with
Republican lawmakers – reflects a need for some resolution in
the budget wars so he can move on to other priorities like gun
control and immigration that could define his second term.

A drop in his approval ratings in recent weeks and a new
round of media questions about his scant socializing with
members of Congress have also likely put pressure on Obama to
start talking to his political foes.

Mar 5, 2013

After latest budget battle, Obama calls senators looking for common ground

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, unable to persuade Republicans to accept higher taxes, is attempting to cobble together what he calls a “common-sense caucus” among lawmakers to help resolve U.S. budget woes and push his legislative agenda.

On Monday and in recent days, Obama has made individual phone calls to a number of senators in a search for common ground on $85 billion in budget cuts that went into effect last week, as well as his top priorities like deficit reduction, gun control and an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws.

Mar 4, 2013

Obama to nominate Walmart’s Burwell as White House budget chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate Walmart’s philanthropic head Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday to become director of the White House budget office, a White House official said on Sunday.

Burwell, 47, is a veteran of Bill Clinton’s White House and for the past year has been president of the Walmart Foundation at the corporation’s Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters. The charity organization in 2011 gave out nearly $1 billion in corporate contributions to projects around the world such as fighting hunger and empowering women.

Mar 3, 2013

Obama to nominate Walmart’s Burwell as White House budget chief: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to nominate Walmart Foundation head Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the White House Office of Management and Budget on Monday, sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

Burwell, 47, is a veteran of Bill Clinton’s White House and has helped steer philanthropic efforts while at Wal-Mart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Feb 28, 2013

Journalist Bob Woodward caught in crossfire with White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Journalist Bob Woodward has uncovered scandals and shed a withering light on secretive policy decisions for decades, so when he expressed outrage about an emailed crossfire with a senior White House aide, Washington sat up and took notice.

But a closer examination of his dust-up with White House economic adviser Gene Sperling may undercut Woodward even as it sheds a light on hardball tactics used by President Barack Obama’s team to try to rein in reporters.

Feb 27, 2013

White House, Republicans dig in ahead of budget talks

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Positions hardened on
Wednesday between President Barack Obama and Republican
congressional leaders over the budget crisis even as they
arranged to hold last-ditch talks to prevent harsh automatic
spending cuts beginning this week.

Looking resigned to the $85-billion in “sequestration” cuts
starting on Friday, government agencies began reducing costs and
spelling out to employees how furloughs will work.

Feb 27, 2013

Obama cites Navy threat, immigrants freed as budget cuts loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Positions hardened on Wednesday between President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders over the budget crisis even as they arranged to hold last-ditch talks to prevent harsh automatic spending cuts beginning this week.

Looking resigned to the $85-billion in “sequestration” cuts starting on Friday, government agencies began reducing costs and spelling out to employees how furloughs will work.

Feb 27, 2013

Obama will meet with congressional leaders on spending cuts Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will meet with top congressional leaders on Friday to discuss the deep, automatic U.S. government spending cuts slated to go into effect that day, congressional and White House officials said on Wednesday.

Obama is set to meet with Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader.

Feb 25, 2013

Analysis: Obama spending cuts strategy focused on waiting game

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House, while advancing an aggressive public relations campaign to highlight the damaging effects of $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, is largely resigned to the fact that they will go into effect on Friday.

With no deal expected in the few days remaining until the cuts kick in, President Barack Obama is pursuing a strategy aimed at generating outrage among Americans that he hopes will force Republicans to come to the negotiating table and agree to his demand for higher taxes after the cuts go into place.

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