Obama Talks Ukraine Ceasefire With Merkel | Thehill

February 15, 2015

original site The ceasefire, betweeen the forces of the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia rebels, was agreed at talks in Minsk, Belarus on Thursday. A ceasefire that emerged from talks in the same city in September soon crumbled. Obama and Merkel expressed concern over the fighting in and around the city of Debaltseve, according to a White House readout of the call. ADVERTISEMENT The U.S. released photos earlier on Saturday that it said showed Russian armaments being used to aid separatists in an assault on the Ukrainian Army. One of the images purported to show smoky plumes of "multiple rocket launcher deployment" in Debaltseve.
Source: http://thehill.com/policy/international/232869-obama-talks-ukraine-ceasefire-with-german-chancellor

Obama Spending Long Holiday Weekend in Southern California - ABC News

law enforcement agencies comes months after the network breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment, perhaps the highest-profile hack in American corporate history. The episode, which ensnared Sony's top executives and ultimately caused the studio to scrap the cinema release of a major motion picture, galvanized Washington to take more seriously the threats posed by cyber criminals. The Sony attack was the work of North Korea, the U.S. government claims. Other hacking incidents -- including the recent breach of consumer information at the health insurer Anthem -- have allegedly originated in China.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/12/politics/obama-apple-cyber-security-san-francisco/index.html

Obama Talks Cease-Fire With Leaders of Ukraine, Germany - ABC News

He was expected to spend most of his daylight hours swinging golf clubs in the desert heat, as he has done on visits to the area in each of the past two years. Obama is becoming a regular at Sunnylands. Saturday's visit was his fourth to the sprawling estate once owned by the late publishing tycoon Walter Annenberg since 2013, when Obama invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to the retreat for two days of talks. The timing of Obama's golf vacation couldn't have been better. Obama stepped off of Air Force One into 80-degree, blue-sky weather as the District of Columbia region endured a Valentine's Day blast of bitter cold air, powerful winds and snow. Obama traveled to Southern California without his wife, Michelle, or their daughters, Malia and Sasha.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-spending-long-holiday-weekend-southern-california-28970043

Obama huddles with tech execs in San Francisco - CNN.com

Contributions started at $10,000 and went up the maximum donation of $32,400. Robertson said the fundraiser was a "nice sense of completion" for him because he had been asked to host a fundraiser for Obama in 2004 but was unable to because he was out of the country at the time. In brief remarks that touched on his desire to lift up the middle class, a theme he discussed in last month's State of the Union address, Obama noted that his time in office is dwindling but said "two years is a long time." Long enough, he said, to set the political and policy stage for years to come with his policies. "Two years is also the time in which we're going to be setting the stage for the next presidential election and the next 10 years of American policy," Obama said. "I intend to run through the tape and work really hard and squeeze every last little bit of change and improvement in the lives of ordinary Americans and middle-class families that I can," he said, concluding his remarks before launching into a closed-door question-and-answer session with the roomful of supporters. After the fundraiser, Obama joined senior members of his staff and friends for dinner at Spruce, the White House said.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-begins-raising-money-2016-election-cycle-28961565

Obama Calls for Public Debate Over Encryption - ABC News

Obama said companies like Apple are "properly responding" to market demand because people, including him, want to know that their private communications remain so. Apple's iMessage platform, for example, offers end-to-end encrypted text messages, unlike traditional text messages. That encryption likely means the only way police can see those messages is by obtaining a user's iPhone . Apple has sold hundreds of millions of devices that use iMessage. Obama said he wants to "narrow the gap" in the differences of opinion over which has more value: privacy or safety.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/obama-calls-public-debate-encryption-28961647

Obama Begins Raising Money for 2016 Election Cycle - ABC News

Feb 14, 2015, 5:56 PM ET By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press President Barack Obama spoke Saturday with the leaders of Ukraine and Germany as fighting continued between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine hours before a scheduled cease-fire. The White House says Obama and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stressed the need for all sides to halt the violence beginning at midnight in the region as scheduled. The leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia agreed to the cease-fire this week after a marathon negotiating session in Belarus. The White House says Obama, Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all expressed concern over intense fighting in and around the key government-held railway hub of Debaltseve. Obama spoke with the leaders from aboard Air Force One as it flew him to the Palm Springs area of Southern California for a weekend vacation.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-talks-cease-fire-leaders-ukraine-germany-28973034

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