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Mar 5, 2014

Obama, Germany’s Merkel discuss potential resolution to Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday about a potential resolution to the crisis ignited by Russian intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region, a senior administration official said.

Under the proposal, Russia would pull back its forces in Crimea to their bases in the region, limit the Russian troop numbers to a Ukraine-mandated ceiling of 11,000, and allow in international monitors to ensure the human rights of ethnic Russians are being protected, the official said.

Mar 5, 2014

Obama budget: a boon midterm narrative for Democrats?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s populist budget proposal, announced on Tuesday, is a pointed attempt to bolster ties with congressional Democrats ahead of high-stakes elections in November.

The budget for fiscal year 2015 focuses on America’s stubbornly high jobless rate and fortifying a middle class that has had more and more trouble getting by.

Mar 4, 2014

Analysis – Obama’s caution on Ukraine may loom over midterm election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Russia’s incursion into Ukraine reviving Cold War-style tensions, President Barack Obama is at risk of suffering a blow to his credibility at a time when he can least afford it: as he tries to convince voters to stick with his fellow Democrats in congressional elections that will help shape his legacy.

For five years, Obama has practiced a cautious approach to foreign policy crises, prizing sober diplomacy and the search for consensus over brinkmanship, in prolonged conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mar 4, 2014

Obama’s caution on Ukraine may loom over midterm election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Russia’s incursion into Ukraine reviving Cold War-style tensions, President Barack Obama is at risk of suffering a blow to his credibility at a time when he can least afford it: as he tries to convince voters to stick with his fellow Democrats in congressional elections that will help shape his legacy.

For five years, Obama has practiced a cautious approach to foreign policy crises, prizing sober diplomacy and the search for consensus over brinkmanship, in prolonged conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mar 3, 2014

Sperling, Obama’s quirky and loquacious economic aide, makes exit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It seems fitting that Gene Sperling, a White House economic aide with a taste for the theatrical, is heading to Hollywood when he ends his latest West Wing tenure this week.

Sperling is exiting stage left to cap a combined 12 years as an economic adviser to Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, a remarkable show of stamina given the punishing hours and sharp elbows in Washington.

Mar 2, 2014

Obama expresses deep concern to Putin on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that Moscow’s deployment of Russian forces into Crimea is a clear violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and warned of greater economic and political isolation if they are not withdrawn.

The White House said Obama and Putin spoke by phone for 90 minutes, their second phone call in the past eight days over Ukraine, an escalating crisis that is presenting a new challenge to already strained U.S.-Russian relations.

Mar 1, 2014

Obama warns Putin against military intervention in Ukraine

WASHINGTON/SIMFEROOL, Ukraine, March 1 (Reuters) – U.S.
President Barack Obama has warned Russia against any military
intervention in Ukraine after the country’s new leaders accused
Moscow of deploying forces in the Crimea region.

A week after Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich was
ousted in Kiev, armed men took control of two airports in Crimea
on Friday in what Kiev described as an invasion and occupation
by Moscow’s forces in a region with an ethnic Russian majority.

Mar 1, 2014

Obama warns Russia of ‘costs’ for intervention in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that military intervention in Ukraine would lead to “costs,” as tension with old foe President Vladimir Putin rose in a Cold War-style crisis.

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” he told reporters.

Mar 1, 2014

Obama warns Russia of ‘costs’ for intervention in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that military intervention in Ukraine would lead to “costs,” as tension with old foe President Vladimir Putin rose in a Cold War-style crisis.

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” he told reporters.

Feb 28, 2014

Obama warns Russia against intervention in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that any military intervention in Ukraine would lead to unspecified “costs,” and expressed deep concern about reports of Russian military movements inside Ukraine.

Obama made a hastily arranged appearance in the White House briefing room to try to head off Russia after reports that armed men had taken over two airports in the Crimea region of southern Ukraine.

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