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First lady announces one-stop jobs website as resource for veterans, military spouses

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

Americas News Agenda for April 22

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Tuesday: + Obama heads to Asia + Colombia pays tribute to Garcia Marquez WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama leaves for Asia on a tour that will take him to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. Picture. Video. (US-POLITICS-DIPLOMACY-ASIA)

In Seoul, Obama to mourn victims of ferry sinking

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 21 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will spend much time and effort expressing sympathy over the loss of people in a tragic ferry sinking when he visits Seoul later this week, a White House official said Monday. "I can certainly expect that this will be a big part of his trip," Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, told reporters. "I'm sure the president will want to find a way to express to those families and to the people of the Republic of Korea how much we support them in this difficult time."

In Seoul, Obama to mourn victims of ferry sinking

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 21 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will spend much time and effort expressing sympathy over the loss of people in a tragic ferry sinking when he visits Seoul later this week, a White House official said Monday. "I can certainly expect that this will be a big part of his trip," Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, told reporters. "I'm sure the president will want to find a way to express to those families and to the people of the Republic of Korea how much we support them in this difficult time."

Obama not sure if Ukraine deal will work

President Barack Obama said a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine was a "glimmer of hope" but cautioned he could not be sure if Russia would live up to it. Obama, in a careful response to the apparent breakthrough in Geneva, said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.

Obama not sure if Ukraine deal will work

President Barack Obama said a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine was a "glimmer of hope" but cautioned he could not be sure if Russia would live up to it. Obama, in a careful response to the apparent breakthrough in Geneva, said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.

Obama tells faith leaders he won't change immigration laws while Hill action still possible

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws while there's still a window for Congress to pass legislation. Obama met in the Oval Office with six religious leaders. Following the meeting, the president of the Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza, Luis Cortes, said the president told them that "he would not be doing anything to change the law as it currently exists."

Obama wraps himself in civil rights legacy of President Lyndon Johnson

By Steve Holland and Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Barack Obama wrapped himself on Thursday in the civil rights legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 1960s president who helped clear the way for an African-American to one day become U.S. president. Obama was joined by three former presidents this week in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark legislation that tested Johnson's vaunted negotiating skills and took a step toward ending America's segregationist past.

LBJ comparisons rankle as Obama heads to Texas

Barack Obama may finally lay to rest unflattering comparisons with Lyndon Johnson on Thursday, 50 years after his towering predecessor forced the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination, into law. America's first black president will make a keynote address at the Johnson library in Texas at a civil rights summit also drawing former leaders Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The quickest way to exasperate an Obama aide is to compare their boss's often criticized political skills to those of LBJ, president between 1963 and 1969.

U.S. accepts Japan's invitation to host Obama as state guest: source

The United States has accepted Japan's invitation to host President Barack Obama as a state guest in Tokyo on April 24 and 25, a Japanese government source said Thursday. Obama will become the first U.S. president to be accorded such treatment since Bill Clinton in 1996. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Obama are expected to hold summit talks on April 24, the source added.
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