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Jan 9, 2015

Obama proposes idea of two free years of community college

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama wants
to make two years of community college free and universally
available, a proposal he said on Thursday he would flesh out in
his State of the Union speech later this month.

White House officials acknowledged the plan would come with
a significant price tag but declined to disclose projected
costs, saying those details would come in Obama’s budget on Feb.
2.

Jan 6, 2015

Air of unpredictability as new Obama-McConnell relationship begins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell are warily looking for areas of agreement as they begin a new chapter in a relationship that is likely to remain frosty but businesslike.

With both men trying to position their parties for 2016 elections to choose a successor to Obama, the president and the Senate majority leader will need to find ways to work together if they want to overcome legislative gridlock and reach agreements on trade, tax and economic issues.

Dec 22, 2014

China condemns cyberattacks, but does not mention North Korea

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – China has said it
opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of
directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of
responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed
by Washington for the assault.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi “reaffirmed China’s
relevant position, emphasising China opposes all forms of
cyberattacks and cyber terrorism” in a conversation with U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday, the foreign ministry in
Beijing said in a statement.

Dec 21, 2014

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of
control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures
was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

Washington’s long-standing dispute with North Korea, which
for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has
entered new territory with the accusation that Pyongyang carried
out an assault on a major Hollywood entertainment company.

Dec 21, 2014

North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander,” and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of North Korea’s foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to the North Korean U.N. mission and its official KCNA news agency.

Dec 20, 2014

N.Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – North Korea said U.S.
accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony
Pictures were “groundless slander” and that it was wanted a
joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of the North’s foreign ministry said
there would be “grave consequences” if Washington refused to
agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, the
official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Dec 20, 2014

Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America.

Obama said the cyber attack caused a lot of damage to Sony but that the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of “The Interview,” a lampoon portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Dec 20, 2014

Obama vows U.S. response to N.Korea over Sony cyberattack

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed
on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony
Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the
Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign
dictator imposing censorship in America.

Obama said the cyberattack caused a lot of damage to Sony
but that the company should not have let itself be intimidated
into halting the public release of “The Interview,” a lampoon
portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Dec 19, 2014

Obama’s year-end message to Americans: I’m not a lame duck

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If U.S. President Barack Obama is feeling the pain from a rough year at the office, he did a great job of covering it up on Friday.

Before boarding Air Force One for a vacation in Hawaii, the president gave a year-end news conference with a spring in his step, buoyed by a surge in U.S. economic growth and newly confident after having stymied his Republican critics with unilateral actions on immigration and Cuba.

Dec 19, 2014

U.S. expected to formally blame North Korea for Sony cyberattack

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities were
expected to announce on Friday that investigators had determined
that North Korea was behind a devastating cyberattack against
Sony Pictures, setting up a possible confrontation between
Washington and Pyongyang.

The probe into the hack found North Korea was involved and
that there may also be a Chinese link, either through
collaboration with Chinese actors or the use of Chinese servers
to mask the origin of the attack, a U.S. official said.

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