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Obama imposes sanctions on Putin’s aides and others over Crimean separation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on 11 Russians and Ukrainians on Monday blamed for Russia’s military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama’s order freezes any assets in the United States and bans travel into the country of 11 people…

Obama national security aides meet at White House to discuss Ukraine crisis, response

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s national security team discussed the Ukraine crisis in a session at the White House on Saturday after a last-ditch bid to find a diplomatic solution to the Cold War-style standoff with Russia floundered. Secretary of State John Kerry, who just returned…

Obama and Obamacare could doom Democrats in November

His name is not on the ballot, but with Republicans on the rise, Barack Obama has a strong incentive to battle hard for Democrats in November’s mid-term elections. But the president who twice carried his party to the White House may struggle to find a candidate willing to stand with…

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announces she will not seek re-election

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican who clashed with the Obama administration over immigration and once wagged her finger at the president on an airport tarmac, said on Wednesday she would not run for re-election, ending speculation about whether she would seek a third…

FL teacher who routinely tweets ‘OBAMA IS A P*SSY’ upset at exclusion from Obama event

A social studies teacher at a Florida high school is claiming that his “right to free speech” was violated when school administrators barred him from a recent appearance of President Barack Obama. Coral Reef Senior High teacher Randall Scott had said that he “would rather dine in Hell with Satan”…

Obama seeks to update regulations to boost number of workers eligible for overtime pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to increase the number of people who earn overtime pay by updating regulations that exempt broad swaths of supervisors, managers and office workers from making overtime, a White House official said on Wednesday. On Thursday, Obama will ask the Labor Department to…

Obama to propose tax breaks for middle class and poor Americans in new budget

By Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will propose an expansion of popular tax credits for middle class and working poor Americans on Tuesday in a fiscal 2015 budget designed to serve as a blueprint for Democrats in this year’s congressional elections. The budget, which…

Obama’s 2015 budget will seek $60 billion tax credit by closing ‘Gingrich loophole’

By Mark Felsenthal and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will strike a firmly populist tone in his 2015 budget plan on Tuesday, proposing to pay for an expansion of a popular tax credit for the working poor by eliminating tax breaks claimed by wealthy Americans. The proposal…

Obama to campaign for minimum wage increase in face of Republican opposition

President Barack Obama will take his campaign to increase the minimum wage on the road in the coming week in an effort to build pressure on Republicans who oppose the raise. Obama will appear on Wednesday in New Bristol, Connecticut alongside four New England governors to make the case, the…

Obama and Putin engage in 90-minute phone call about Russia’s seizing of Crimea

President Obama spoke to Russia’s President Putin today for about 90 minutes, and told him that he’s violating international law with Russian troops leaving their bases in Crimea to seize control of the Ukraine territory. Both sides put out descriptions of the lengthy discussion. First, here’s the White House’s explanation…

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