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May 25, 2014

Obama lands in Afghanistan on surprise visit to U.S. troops

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Afghanistan on Sunday for a surprise Memorial Day weekend visit to meet with U.S. troops who are preparing to withdraw after nearly 13 years of war.

Spirited out of Washington aboard Air Force One, Obama flew for more than 13 hours for the brief visit to Bagram Air Base, the main U.S. base in the country.

May 25, 2014

Obama lands in Afghanistan for visit with U.S. troops

BAGRAM AIR BASE Afghanistan (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to Afghanistan on Sunday for a surprise Memorial Day weekend visit to meet with U.S. troops who are preparing to withdraw after nearly 13 years of war.

Spirited out of Washington aboard Air Force One, Obama flew for more than 13 hours for the brief visit to Bagram Air Base, the main U.S. base in the country.

May 24, 2014

Obama to lay out defense of foreign policy in West Point speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stung by criticism, President Barack Obama will use a speech on Wednesday to launch a sweeping defense of his approach to foreign policy, one that he will say is reliant on multilateral diplomacy instead of military interventions.

Obama is to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the first in a series of speeches that he and top advisers will use to explain U.S. foreign policy in the aftermath of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and lay out a broad vision for the rest of his presidency.

May 23, 2014

With HUD choice, Obama brings Latino Castro on to national stage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama elevated fast-rising Latino politician Julian Castro to the national stage on Friday, nominating the San Antonio mayor as the next secretary of housing and urban development.

The move automatically puts the 39-year-old Mexican-American in the mix of speculation about who might be the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee in 2016.

May 21, 2014

Obama says he will get to the bottom of Veterans mess

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
vowed on Wednesday to get to the bottom of allegations of
neglect of veterans’ healthcare and made clear Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric Shinseki’s job may be on the line as he scrambled
to contain a budding controversy.

“If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable,
it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period,” an
angry-sounding Obama said.

May 20, 2014

Obama criticizes Republicans for focusing on Benghazi, Obamacare

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
chastised his Republican opponents on Monday for focusing
criticism on the events surrounding the deaths of four Americans
in Benghazi, Libya, and on his signature healthcare law.

“The debate we’re having now is about what, Benghazi?
Obamacare? And it becomes this endless loop. It’s not serious.
It’s not speaking to the real concerns that people have,” Obama
said.

May 18, 2014

Obama’s transportation chief Foxx takes on increasingly visible role

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – When Anthony Foxx took over
from the hard-charging Ray LaHood last July as U.S.
transportation secretary, he had big shoes to fill and needed to
adjust from his job as a city mayor to presiding over a
sprawling agency with 55,000 employees.

Less than a year later, Foxx, 43, has emerged as an
up-and-coming talent in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, a
central player in Obama’s effort to persuade Congress to approve
new transportation funding and who just last week fined General
Motors $35 million for safety violations linked to 13
deaths.

May 17, 2014

Obama plans to pick San Antonio mayor for housing secretary: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to choose San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as secretary of housing and urban development as part of a Cabinet reshuffle, a Democratic source said on Saturday.

Castro, a rising Latino star in national Democratic politics, would take the place of current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who would move to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, the source said. Both jobs need U.S. Senate confirmation.

May 16, 2014

Obama invites new India leader to visit despite past visa ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated new Indian leader Narendra Modi on his election victory on Friday and invited him to the White House, even though he was barred from the country less than 10 years ago over massacres of Muslims.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies swept India’s elections, putting him in position to be prime minister, and ousted the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift that gives the Hindu nationalist and his party a mandate for sweeping economic reform.

May 16, 2014

Obama invites Modi to visit U.S. despite past visa ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated Narendra Modi on his election victory on Friday and invited him to the White House, even though he was barred from the country less than 10 years ago over massacres of Muslims.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies swept India’s elections, putting him in position to be prime minister, and ousted the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift that gives the Hindu nationalist and his party a mandate for sweeping economic reform.

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