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President Obama outlines initiatives to address concerns about privacy and surveillance by intelligence agencies at a press conference, August 9, 2013. (Credit: White House video) President Obama defended the government's intelligence gathering policies, but outlined four initiatives to assuage concerns among Americans and foreigners regarding the legality of U.S. surveillance activities. Responding to questions during a press conference at the White House today, the president said, "The programs are operating in a way that prevents abuse...the question is how do I make the American people more comfortable," he said. "If the American people examine exactly what is taking place and what the safeguards were...they would see that the folks are following the law." He added that revelations in the news have depleted public trust, and called for more dialog and transparency. "If there are additional things to do to build that trust back up, we should be doing it," he said."People may have better ideas and jigger slightly the balance between the information we can get versus incremental encroachments on privacy," he said. The president's remarks came on the same day the Guardian, via a top-secret document that came from former National Security Agency system administrator Edward Snowden, confirmed prior reports that the government has a secret backdoor, under a legal authority, that allows it to search for emails and phone calls of U.S.
interests. "Frankly, on a whole range of issues where we think we can make some progress Russia has not moved," Obama said at a news conference in the White House, acknowledging tension between the two countries. Obama said that he does not have a "bad personal relationship" with Russian President Vladimir Putin, although he said U.S.-Russian relations have slowed since Putin succeeded Dmitry Medvedev. "I think there's always been some tension in the U.S.-Russian relationship after the fall of the Soviet Union," he said. The president recently canceled a Moscow visit with Putin around the time of the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg this fall.
Obama's Moscow visit is called off, and not just because of Snowden
Bernanke, whose term expires on Jan. 31, is definitely one of the most important economic decisions that Ill make in the remainder of my presidency, Obama said at a White House news conference. Obama told House lawmakers last week that he is considering Summers, his former top economic adviser, Yellen, the Feds current vice chairman, and Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn for the job. Obama today mention Summers and Yellen, saying they were among several candidates hes considering. While Bernanke hasnt said whether hed consider staying for a third term, Obama indicated in a June interview with Charlie Rose that the Fed chief had stayed in the post longer than he wanted. When he met with members of Congress, Obama defended Summers, who has Kim Kardashian been criticized by members of the presidents own Democratic Party.
Obama in to reporters: 'I don't see Snowden as a patriot'
was not ready to build relations with Russia on an equal footing. "For many years, Americans have avoided striking an extradition agreement while invariably responding with a denial to our request to extradite persons who committed crimes on Russian territory," he said. Leonid Kalashnikov, deputy head of the foreign relations committee in the lower house of Russia's parliament, said, "Obama is publicly whipping himself with this decision because Snowden will be soon forgotten, but Obama will be criticized at home for dropping Russian-U.S. relations to their lowest point in years." On Wednesday, the White House announced that Obama would visit Stockholm before heading to St. Petersburg.
Obama Says He’s Considering ‘Range’ of Candidates for Fed Chief
interests and increase peace and stability and prosperity around the world, Obama said. Where it can, were going to keep on working with them, where we have differences, were going to say so clearly. And my hope is that, over time, Mr. Putin and Russia recognize that rather than a zero-sum competition, in fact, if the two countries are working together, we can probably advance the betterment of both peoples. Obamas comments came shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrapped up talks with their Russian counterparts that were intended to try to repair some of the damage caused by the differences. Kerry allowed that U.S.-Russia ties had been complicated by the occasional collision and challenging moments. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also acknowledged the fractious state of the relationship but called on both sides to act like grown-ups, saying thats how Moscow wants to handle the differences. Both men maintained that U.S-Russian cooperation on even limited areas of shared concern is important. The relationship between the United States and Russia is, needless to say, a very important relationship, and it is marked by both shared interests and, at times, colliding and conflicting interests and, I think, we are all very clear-eyed about that, Kerry said.
Obama vows to capture Benghazi perpetrators, cites progress in investigation of attack
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) President Obama & Magic Johnson In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, President Barack Obama is greeted on the court by NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Michigan State University assistant coach Mike Garland. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/U.S. Navy via Getty Images) Willow Smith Performs At The White House Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smitt, performs during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn other of the White House on April 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty Images) Antonio Banderas & President Obama Antonio Banderas and his wife Melanie Griffith hosted a fundraising event for President Obama in October 2011.
Obama says US reassessing Russia ties, laments mixed results with Putin
"I would be too if I was outside the government," Obama says. He adds, "I don't have an interest and the people in the NSA don't have interest in doing anything other than making sure we can prevent a terrorist attack." Kim Kardashian He also says, "I am comfortable that the programs are not being abused." 3:27 p.m. Obama confirms Lawrence Summers and Janet Yellen are among those under consideration to be the next Federal Reserve chairman. They are both "outstanding candidates." 3:19 p.m. NBC's Chuck Todd asks Obama multiple questions about NSA leaker Edward Snowden and Obama's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Snowden, "No I don't see Mr. Snowden as a patriot." The fact is that Snowden's been charged with three felonies, Obama says.
Obama To Honor Oprah, Bill Clinton With Presidential Medal Of Freedom
The president said hell work with Congress to change the oversight of some of the National Security Agencys controversial surveillance programs and name a new panel of outside experts to review technologies. By Associated Press, WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is vowing to bring to justice those responsible for last years deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. Obama says his administration is intent on capturing those who carried out the attack, noting that it took Kim Kardashian him longer than 11 months to make good on his promise to find Osama bin Laden. Obama also says his government has a sealed indictment on some suspected of involvement. Officials said earlier this week the Justice Department filed the first criminal charges as part of its investigation of the September attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Republicans have criticized the administrations response to the attack and its shifting explanation of what happened.
Obama pledges greater transparency in surveillance programs
A Google Inc computer scientist and transparency advocates also participated in the meeting, according to the White House. The search for Snowden has upset U.S. relations with some Latin American countries, China and, above all, Russia. Obama this week canceled a planned summit in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin. Obama said the United States has always had tension with Russia and it was an appropriate juncture to reassess where the two nations stand.
Obama: New oversight but no change to spying power
9, 2013. The president said the US will pause and reassess relations with Russia because of Putin's `backward' thinking. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin President Barack Obama rubs his eye as he listens to a question...