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Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

Obama budget sets up election-year clash with Republicans

By Jeff Mason, Mark Felsenthal and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama proposed new tax credits and job-training programs for U.S. workers on Tuesday in a 2015 budget that drew instant condemnation from Republicans, who dismissed the document as an election-year campaign pitch.

Obama grasps for momentum in State of Union address

In the sixth year of a battered presidency and confounded by recalcitrant Republicans, President Barack Obama will try to loosen his political straitjacket in his annual State of the Union address. Obama will seize one of his diminishing windows Tuesday to command the domestic political stage and literally talk over the heads of lawmakers blocking his agenda to speak directly to the American people. Fighting off the curse of the second term lame duck, Obama hopes to rebound from a disastrous 2013, scarred by Republican obstruction and self-inflicted wounds.

Questions and answers about Obama's plan to rein in NSA snooping on phone records and emails

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is putting limits on the harvesting of Americans' phone records and seeking revisions to a program that sweeps up email and Internet data around the world, seven months after former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden began divulging the secret spying. Here are some questions and answers about Obama's plan: ___ Q: Why did Obama decide to make changes?

Americans want diplomacy on Syria, are unmoved by Obama speech: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three-quarters of Americans support efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria through an international agreement to control chemical weapons, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that shows steady opposition to U.S. military action.

Obama budget aims to kick start deficit-reduction talks

By Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama proposed a $3.77 trillion (2.45 trillion pounds) budget on Wednesday that combines controversial cuts to social safety net programs with tax increases on the wealthy in a package the White House hopes will jumpstart deficit-reduction talks. The proposal, an annual attempt to identify and fund the president's policy desires, is unlikely ever to become law.

Obama touts preschool initiatives in State of the Union tour

* Aimed at closing achievement gap * Obama: "This works" By Jeff Mason DECATUR, Ga. Feb 14 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama turned his State of the Union roadshow to the topic of education on Thursday with a trip to Georgia, where he touted proposals to provide preschool access to all four-year-olds across America.
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