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Venezuelan President Maduro challenges Obama to ‘high-level dialogue’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro challenged his US counterpart Barack Obama on Friday to hold “high-level dialogue” between their governments, as opposition protests rattled the leading OPEC member. “I call a dialogue with you, President Obama… between the patriotic and revolutionary Venezuela and the United States and its government. Accept the…

Obama takes jab at New Jersey’s Chris Christie for opposing minimum wage hike

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday singled out New Jersey’s embattled Republican Governor Chris Christie for criticism for balking at a push to raise the minimum wage, a move favored by most Americans. During a meeting with top advisors and a group of 14 Democratic…

Revealed: Bucking Republicans, Obama’s 2015 budget to call for end to austerity

No more Mr. Nice Guy. After years of negotiations with Republicans over the U.S. budget, President Barack Obama is setting off on his own course. Obama’s 2015 budget, due in early March, could make the end of an era for Democrats. In recent years, Democrats have taken up much of…

Obama’s new budget proposal drops controversial Social Security changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s soon-to-be released budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year drops a past offer to trim cost-of-living increases in Social Security, a White House official said on Thursday. The offer made in last year’s budget had been an attempt to gain some Republican support and…

Obama proposes $1 billion climate protection fund

President Barack Obama proposed a $1 billion fund to mitigate the impact of climate change in the United States, and unveiled financing to combat drought parching swathes of California. The president landed in the Central Valley area and met farmers……

Report: Another U.S. citizen targeted for drone attack

President Barack Obama is considering killing another U.S. citizen affiliated with Al Qaeda in a drone attack, according to a report published Monday by the Associated Press. According to the AP, the Administration is debating whether to kill him in a strike, as the US is legally obliged to follow…

Chuck Schumer’s compromise: Enact immigration reform now, implement after Obama’s gone

U.S. immigration reforms could be passed now but enacted after President Barack Obama leaves office if Republicans fear he will not enforce the new rules, a key Democratic senator said Sunday, offering a way to achieve one of Obama’s main policy objectives. Last week, Republican House Speaker John Boehner expressed…

Republicans still falling behind in election data wars

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many political strategists saw it as a triumph of the Obama team’s technological prowess, allowing it to identify likely Democratic voters and get them to the polls. It was a sore point…

U.S. considers economic sanctions against Iceland over whaling hunt

The United States said Thursday that Iceland was violating an international agreement through its whaling, opening the possibility of economic sanctions over the controversial hunt. The Department of the Interior, in a decision it is required to take under US law, found that the Nordic country’s actions violated the Convention…

Obama hopes to hook up 20 million school kids with high speed Internet

President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a new government partnership with the private sector worth nearly three billion dollars to hook up an extra 20 million school kids to high speed Internet. “In a country where we expect free Wifi with our coffee we should definitely demand it in our…

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