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Rice briefs Brazilian FM on spying reforms

Brazil's Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Thursday secured a White House explanation of new US spying policies, after his nation reacted with outrage to revelations by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden. Figueiredo was briefed on reforms of National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropping programs proposed by President Barack Obama, by the president's national security advisor Susan Rice.

5 things to know about executive orders: Who's done them, why political opponents hate them

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has a new go-it-alone strategy: When Congress blocks his way, the president says he plans to act on his own more often. (He's already done it quite a bit.) Five things to know about executive orders and other presidential edicts:

Beyonce, John Legend fete Michelle Obama at birthday bash

Michelle Obama's 50th birthday bash featured performances by pop stars Beyonce and John Legend, and appearances by a host of A-list celebrities, one prominent guest said Sunday. "Amazing. Incredible party," political analyst Donna Brazile told CNN the morning after the festivities, about which few details were revealed by the White House. "Childhood friends there. People from the administration," she gushed about Saturday's exclusive celebration.

Obama seeks to build unity with Senate Democrats in election year

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to build a united front with Democratic senators on Wednesday, inviting them to the White House to chat about "shared goals" heading into midterm elections in which Republicans will try to exploit Obama's woes to pick up seats. Obama urged senators to hold off on a proposed Iran sanctions bill that many support - and which he has vowed to veto. The White House has said the legislation would derail an international deal to curb Iran's nuclear program.

Obama emphasizing executive actions, bully pulpit to press his jobs agenda

WASHINGTON - Calling for "all hands on deck" to assist the economy, President Barack Obama is urging his Cabinet to identify ways to keep his administration relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery. With two weeks left before delivering an economy-focused State of the Union address to Congress, Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and demonstrating how he can advance his economic agenda administratively and through his ability to coax action from important interest groups.

Obama to visit Mexico in February for leaders summit

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will visit Mexico in February to attend a North American leaders' summit, the White House said on Monday. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama would travel to Toluca, Mexico, on February 19. Obama will attend the annual North American leaders summit along with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Turkey president, PM to meet amid row over judicial curbs

Turkey's president is to meet Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday after holding talks with opposition leaders on the embattled premier's controversial bid to curb judges' powers. President Abdullah Gul will meet Erdogan later Monday, the NTV channel reported, as the president held separate meetings on the divisive bill with the heads of the opposition Republican People's Party, Nationalist Movement Party and pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party.

Power struggle between Turkey's two leaders heats up

The deepening corruption scandal shaking Turkey's political establishment seems to have pitted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against his longtime political ally President Abdullah Gul, observers say. Although the two leaders have never openly positioned themselves against each other, they now seem to have trouble concealing the discord between them over the role of the judiciary in the high-profile graft probe that poses the most serious challenge to Erdogan's 11 years in power.

Gates blast rocks Obama administration

President Barack Obama's "team of rivals" first-term cabinet has come back to haunt him, following surprisingly blunt critiques of his leadership and top aides by ex-Pentagon boss Robert Gates. Gates, the Washington Republican lifer who served six presidents in senior national security jobs, sent political shockwaves through Washington after his unsparing assessments of the Obama administration in his new book, leaked to top newspapers.

Obama didn't believe his own war strategy

Former defense secretary Robert Gates has delivered a scathing critique of President Barack Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan in a revealing new memoir, US media reported Tuesday. In "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," Gates recounts how Obama appeared to lack faith in a war strategy he had approved and in the commander he named to lead it, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post. He said the president also did not like Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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