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The Obama Morning News || April 2, 2015

Iran talks continue, may yield some kind of statement . . . Two days after busting through a March 31 deadline, the negotiators hope to leave the Swiss city of Lausanne with at least a text outlining general political commitments to resolve concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, and the pace of lifting sanctions. They are also trying to fashion more detailed documents on the steps they must

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The Obama Morning News || April 1, 2015

Still no deal . . . Negotiators scrambling to chart Iran’s nuclear future said Wednesday that several “key issues” remain unresolved, casting doubt on earlier, more optimistic predictions that an agreement was ready to be drafted. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said progress has been made but characterized it as “slow going.” “I’m optimistic that we will make further progress this morning, but it does mean

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The Obama Morning News || March 31, 2015

No deal . . . Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement to control Iran’s nuclear ambitions by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Officials had set a deadline of March

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The Obama Morning News || March 30, 2015

Iran backs away from key detail in nuclear deal . . . With a negotiating deadline just two days away, Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country. For months, Iran tentatively agreed that it would send a large portion of its stockpile of uranium

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The Obama Morning News || March 27, 2015

U.S. declassifies report detailing Israel’s nuclear program . . . The Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly

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The Obama Morning News || March 26, 2015

White House still thinks Yemen is a success . . . It’s a counterintuitive claim that puzzles national security experts and enrages Republicans. In a testy exchange with an ABC reporter Wednesday, Obama Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted that the United States continues to “enjoy the benefits of a sustained counterterrorism security relationship with the security infrastructure that remains in Yemen.” Washington Examiner​ Allies down with “Islamist

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The Obama Morning News || March 25, 2015

Veteran reporter to become Obama consigliere . . . President Obama will name Shailagh Murray, a former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reporter, to serve as his new senior adviser, and has tapped Jason Goldman, a Silicon Valley veteran, to become the White House’s first-ever chief digital officer. Murray replaces Dan Pfeiffer as a member of the president’s core team of advisers. Politico Obama snubs NATO

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The Obama Morning News || March 24, 2015

White House Chief of Staff to Israel: Get out . . . White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made clear in a speech to a left-leaning Israel advocacy group that President Obama isn’t letting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu off the hook for his dismissal of a two-state solution. A one-state solution based on unilateral annexation and abandonment of democratic rights for Palestinians, he warned, “would only contribute

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The Obama morning News || March 23, 2015

Obama: “By hook or crook,” I’ll expand government . . . President Barack Obama says he’s going to push the limits on presidential power as far as he can go during the last two years of his tenure. “Where [elected Republicans in Congress] are not willing to work with us, we will do it administratively or we will convene the private sector,” he said in a

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The Obama Morning News || March 20, 2015

Despite Hillary promise, foundation did not disclose donors . . . In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family’s globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence. At the

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The Obama Morning News || March 18, 2015

Obama gets to keep Bibi . . . After six years of testy relations, U.S. President Barack Obama may have to resign himself to the likelihood that he has not seen the last of Benjamin Netanyahu. Reuters Obama-linked nonprofit that interfered to revise tax status . . . The American nonprofit OneVoice Movement – under scrutiny by a U.S. Senate panel over possible links to a campaign to oust Israeli

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The Obama Morning News || March 17, 2015

Obama moving to protect Hillary? . . . The administration today will issue new rules exempting a key administrative office that handles issues such as request for access to government email records from the Freedom of Information Act. That law is specifically designed to allow private parties to look at government documents that aren’t privileged or involve national security. And during “Sunshine Week,” no less. John Fund  Obama

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