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Jan 21, 2015

Obama strikes defiant tone with Republicans in big speech

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama struck
a defiant tone for his dealings with the new Republican-led
Congress on Tuesday, calling on his opponents to raise taxes on
the rich and threatening to veto legislation that would
challenge his key decisions.

Dogged by an ailing economy since the start of his
presidency six years ago, Obama appeared before a joint session
of Congress for his State of the Union speech in a confident
mood, buoyed by an economic revival that has trimmed the jobless
rate to 5.6 percent and eager to use this as a mandate.

Jan 21, 2015

Obama urges skeptical Republicans to back his “middle-class economics”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged the Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to break out of the “tired old patterns” of confrontational politics and back an effort to lift the middle class, with higher taxes on the rich and trade deals.

Dogged since the start of presidency six years ago by an ailing economy, Obama appeared before a joint session of Congress and millions of Americans watching on television to declare that his policies have paid off with an economic revival that has trimmed the jobless rate to 5.6 percent.

Jan 21, 2015

Time to “turn the page” and help middle class, Obama to say

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back
tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class
Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his
vision for his last two years in office.

On foreign policy, Obama will call on lawmakers to pass a
new authorization of military force against Islamic State
militants to replace powers that were given to President George
W. Bush to prosecute the Iraq war.

Jan 20, 2015

Obama to challenge Republicans to back tax hikes in big speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his vision for his last two years in office.

According to excerpts released by the White House of his 9 p.m. EST televised speech, Obama will say it is time to convert a recent surge in the U.S. economy into improvements for the middle class, many of whom are still experiencing hard times.

Jan 20, 2015

Obama to focus on middle class in State of Union address

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
challenge the Republican-led Congress to back his tax-raising
ideas for helping middle-class Americans in a State of the Union
speech on Tuesday that will set up a tough debate and may impact
the 2016 campaign to replace him.

Looking to burnish his legacy with two years left in office,
Obama will appear before a joint session of Congress in the well
of the House of Representatives at 9 p.m. (0200 GMT Wednesday).
The speech will be his best opportunity of the year to command
the attention of millions of Americans watching on television.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama, Cameron vow to take on ‘poisonous ideology’ of radical Islam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to take on “the poisonous ideology” of Islamic extremists and said intelligence agencies must be allowed to track militants online despite privacy concerns.

Obama and Cameron held two days of White House talks amid increasing concern in Europe about the threat posed by extremists after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks and Belgian authorities engaged in a firefight with terror suspects.

Jan 14, 2015

Obama pledges to work on use of force order for Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday pledged to work with Republican and Democratic
lawmakers on a formal authorization of the use of military force
against Islamic State militants after taking a go-slow approach
to the topic last year.

The agreement came during a White House meeting with
bipartisan congressional leaders during which Obama sought to
develop a better working relationship with Congress for the year
after the partisan bickering that has marked much of his
presidency.

Jan 13, 2015

Obama asks Republicans to work as team but differences emerge

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday sought to develop a better working relationship for
the year with leaders of the new Republican-led Congress but
partisan differences immediately reared their head.

Obama, who has been criticized by both Republicans and
Democrats for not developing closer relationships with
lawmakers, brought in 16 congressional leaders to the White
House to take stock of what is possible this year now that both
houses of Congress are led by Republicans.

Jan 12, 2015

Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan says he’s not running for president in 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, said on Monday he will not run for president in 2016 in order to focus on his new role in Congress as chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee.

“After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided not to run for president,” Ryan said in a statement provided by an aide.

Jan 10, 2015

Romney tells donors he’s considering a 2016 White House run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney, the Republican U.S. presidential nominee in 2012, told a meeting of donors on Friday that he is considering another White House run in 2016, a source familiar with the comments said.

The former Massachusetts governor, who has sent mixed signals about the likelihood of another campaign, told a small group of donors in New York that he was thinking about running and to “tell your friends” he was considering it, the source said.

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