Citing deficit, Obama freezing federal worker pay (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced a pay freeze for 2 million federal employees Monday and warned the American public that the move is the first of many difficult decisions that must be made to slash the nation’s mounting deficits. “The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by...
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Obama admin. backs spill figures, releases e-mails (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Wednesday defended the integrity of estimates that for months were inaccurate in showing how much oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, disclosing thousands of pages of internal e-mails written by government scientists on the project. “It is a guess,” a senior U.S. scientist acknowledged to his colleagues. The behind-the-scenes e-mails hint...
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Obama in Portugal; meets with EU, NATO partners (AP)

Tweet LISBON, Portugal – Back on the world stage for crucial talks, President Barack Obama on Friday quickly encountered European leaders willing to question a president weakened at home and rebuffed abroad. Standing next to Obama to address the media after the two met privately, Portugal’s president, Anibal Cavaco Silva, complained that the level of U.S. investment in his country is “far...
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Obama seeks to show Europe he still cares (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – Just days after an exhausting and sometimes disappointing trip to Asia, President Barack Obama is dashing to Europe to assure America’s trans-Atlantic allies that he is not neglecting them. Obama departed from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland shortly before midnight. His two days of diplomacy in Lisbon, Portugal, will be framed by back-to-back summits: one with the North...
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Obama calls latest Israeli plan promising (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Sunday hailed the prospect of a new settlement freeze in the disputed West Bank as a promising step toward peace, urging Israelis and Palestinians to get back into serious negotiations quickly. An upbeat president also pledged to return to the basic principles that drove his thinking when he first came to the White House, including sticking to a more bipartisan...
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Obama’s Asian trip shows limits on global stage (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama left Asia with a greater foothold in the emerging nations that could help shape the American economy for years. But his failure to deliver on his own high expectations on key economic issues served notice that the global stage is not nearly his for the taking. The president returned to Washington on Sunday with mixed results to show from his longest foreign...
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Obama tells Medvedev START vote is ‘top priority’ (AP)

Tweet YOKOHAMA, Japan – President Barack Obama, capping a far-flung Asian trip of mixed results, assured Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday that getting the Senate to ratify the START nuclear weapons treaty is a “top priority” of his administration. “I reiterated my commitment to getting the START treaty done during the lame-duck session,” Obama said, noting that...
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Obama turns to Russian diplomacy as Asia trip ends (AP)

Tweet YOKOHAMA, Japan – President Barack Obama, capping a far-flung trip of mixed results, said Saturday the United States is “here to stay” as a force in Asia and pivoted to Russian diplomacy as a nuclear treaty hung in the balance. In his final hours in Japan, Obama was meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as the White House scrambled to round up votes for ratification of...
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Insurgents attack NATO base in eastern Afghanistan (AP)

Tweet KABUL, Afghanistan – Insurgents wearing suicide vests tried to storm a major NATO base in eastern Afghanistan but were repelled before they could enter on Saturday — the latest in a series of attacks on coalition targets that appear designed to show the Taliban remain strong despite U.S.-led offensives and an influx of troops. A bomb hidden in a motorbike also exploded on a busy street in...
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Obama seeks more market access, jobs for Americans (AP)

Tweet YOKOHAMA, Japan – President Barack Obama appealed to Asian leaders Saturday for greater access to fast-growing markets, proclaiming “the United States is here to stay” and saying its prosperity is tied inextricably to the success of its Pacific trading partners. “America is leading again in Asia,” Obama told a gathering of chief executives at the Asia-Pacific Economic...
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