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  • U.S. Republicans look for ways to block normal ties with Cuba

    18 December 2014, 6:35 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Congress searched on Thursday for a strategy to sink or at least slow President Barack Obama's plan to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba, drawing a shrug from the White House.
  • Obama to set up panel to boost trust between police and communities

    18 December 2014, 5:49 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday will set up a task force to draw up recommendations to strengthen trust between law enforcement and local communities, following protests over several instances of police killings of unarmed people this…
  • Obama signs U.S. sanctions law on Venezuela officials

    18 December 2014, 5:48 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials accused of violating protesters' rights during demonstrations earlier this year.
  • U.S. banks to move cautiously into Cuba, trade groups say

    18 December 2014, 5:28 pm

    (Reuters) - U.S. banks will be able to do more business in Cuba after the United States and the island nation agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but trade groups said their members will be slow to ramp up operations, fearing big penalties for mistakes.
  • U.S. Secret Service too insular, needs outside leader, more agents: review

    18 December 2014, 5:06 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service needs an outsider to overhaul the insular agency, beef up staffing and improve training - after building a higher fence around the White House, an independent review concluded on Thursday.
  • U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

    18 December 2014, 5:04 pm

    HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy.
  • Hotel magnate avoids prison in illegal campaign contribution scheme

    18 December 2014, 4:10 pm

    (Reuters) - A hotel tycoon and former Hillary Clinton fundraiser avoided prison on Thursday for conspiring to make $188,000 in illegal U.S. campaign contributions using straw donors.
  • 'Obama, formerly of Somerville,' dials in to Mass. Gov.'s radio show

    18 December 2014, 3:41 pm

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick got an apparently unexpected call on his final monthly radio show before his term ends in January in the form of U.S. President Barack Obama, who lived in the state during his years at Harvard Law School.
  • U.S. Secret Service needs more training, outside leader: WSJ, citing report

    18 December 2014, 3:23 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service needs more staff, better training and a leader from outside to steer an agency that has become too insular, according to an independent review cited on Thursday by The Wall Street Journal.
  • Restoring U.S.-Cuba ties unlikely to be tied to human rights: U.S. official

    18 December 2014, 3:21 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The restoration of U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations after more than half a century is not likely to be directly tied to the issue of human rights in Cuba, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Thursday.
  • Cubans imagine new, more prosperous life without an old foe

    18 December 2014, 3:20 pm

    HAVANA (Reuters) - From bus drivers to bartenders and ballet dancers, many Cubans are already imagining a more prosperous future after the United States said it will put an end to 50 years of conflict with the communist-run island.
  • Obama signs Russia sanctions bill, says no new penalties planned

    18 December 2014, 3:09 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had signed into law a new Russian sanctions bill passed by Congress but did not intend to impose further sanctions against Moscow for now.
  • Sharpton stops short of calling on Sony executive to resign

    18 December 2014, 3:06 pm

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton on Thursday did not call for Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal to step down over racially insensitive emails, despite expectations that he might seek her resignation.
  • White House does not dismiss idea of Castro visit

    18 December 2014, 3:02 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Havana.
  • Obama to hold White House news conference on Friday

    18 December 2014, 1:46 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will hold a White House news conference on Friday before leaving on a two-week vacation in Hawaii, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
  • White House says U.S. weighing proportionate response to Sony hack

    18 December 2014, 1:36 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that U.S. officials were treating a cyber attack on Sony Pictures as a serious national security matter and that President Barack Obama's National Security Council was considering a proportionate…
  • Castro visit to White House not ruled out: Obama spokesman

    18 December 2014, 1:35 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House spokesman on Thursday declined to rule out an eventual visit to the White House by Cuban President Raul Castro a day after President Barack Obama announced plans to normalize U.S. relations with Havana.
  • Obama will sign Russia sanctions bill without imposing new penalties: White House

    18 December 2014, 1:28 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will sign a Russian sanctions bill passed by the U.S. Congress but will not yet use the legislation to impose new penalties on Moscow, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday.
  • Democratic lawmakers warn against investment rules in trade pacts

    18 December 2014, 12:41 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some Democratic lawmakers have urged the U.S. administration to exclude foreign investment protections from major free trade agreements, warning they might undermine buffers against future financial crises and hurt public support for…
  • Iowa and New Hampshire voters will listen before they judge Bush

    18 December 2014, 12:35 pm

    DAVENPORT, Iowa (Reuters) - Life-long Republican Bob Shelley neatly folds his newspaper and uses it as a coaster, placing his coffee mug over a photo of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who just announced he will explore a bid for the White House in 2016.

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