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Feb 10, 2013

Cantor: children of illegal immigrants should get U.S. citizenship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. Republican lawmaker said on Sunday he would support granting citizenship to children who are in the country illegally in a sign that conservatives who oppose immigration amnesty will be playing defense as Congress takes on immigration reform in the coming months.

Representative Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said Congress could make quick progress on immigration if lawmakers agreed to give citizenship to children – an idea he opposed when it came up for a vote in 2010 as the DREAM Act.

Feb 3, 2013

For U.S. gun clubs, NRA membership has its privileges

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (Reuters) – Things are looking up at the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club.

The junior marksmanship team now has matching jackets and Olympic-style rifles. There’s a new video security system. And the shooting range has been rebuilt, with a rubber roof and double-thick plywood walls to dampen the crack of rifle fire – not that that’s likely to satisfy the neighbors who keep complaining about the noise.

Jan 22, 2013

Obama’s ball: No room to dance, but a night to remember

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whoever coined the term “to the victor goes the spoils” did not have President Barack Obama’s official inauguration party in mind.

They knocked on doors for him and helped him win re-election, but when Obama supporters put on their tuxedos and ball gowns to celebrate the start of his second term in office, they feasted on pretzels, peanuts and Cheez-its.

Jan 19, 2013

Analysis – U.S. Budget constraints limit Obama’s second-term agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama starts his second term in office facing unprecedented budget constraints that will challenge his ability to implement his economic vision.

Spending caps that Obama signed into law in 2011 will make it difficult to boost investment in education, scientific research, transportation and other areas that he says will help the country retool for heightened global competition and rapid technological change, budget experts say.

Jan 15, 2013

Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama appears ready to gamble in the debate over gun control.

By signaling on Monday that he will ask Congress to ban military-style assault weapons, Obama is embarking on a high-risk strategy that is likely to further inflame tensions with Republicans at a time when feelings already are raw because of a series of running budget battles.

Jan 15, 2013

Analysis: Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama appears ready to gamble in the debate over gun control.

By signaling on Monday that he will ask Congress to ban military-style assault weapons, Obama is embarking on a high-risk strategy that is likely to further inflame tensions with Republicans at a time when feelings already are raw because of a series of running budget battles.

Jan 10, 2013

Obama relying on bigger checks for smaller inauguration party

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who has tried to limit the influence of money in politics, is relying on federal contractors and businesses that profited from his campaign to pay as much as $1 million for his inauguration party later this month.

The fundraising strategy marks a shift from Obama’s 2009 inauguration, when he banned corporate money and limited individual contributions to showcase his commitment to transparency and clean government.

Jan 8, 2013

Americans wary after ‘fiscal cliff’ deal: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last week’s “fiscal cliff” deal did little to ease fears among Americans that Washington could harm the U.S. economy or their personal finances in the months to come, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

The online poll found that President Barack Obama gets more credit than his Republican adversaries for the agreement, which canceled across-the-board tax increases and postponed broad spending cuts that could have pushed the economy back into recession.

Jan 8, 2013

Americans think government could harm economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last week’s “fiscal cliff” deal did little to ease fears among Americans that Washington could harm the U.S. economy or their personal finances in the months to come, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

The online poll found that President Barack Obama gets more credit than his Republican adversaries for the agreement, which canceled across-the-board tax increases and postponed broad spending cuts that could have pushed the economy back into recession.

Jan 2, 2013

United States avoids calamity in ‘fiscal cliff’ drama

WASHINGTON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – The United States averted
economic calamity on Tuesday when lawmakers approved a deal to
prevent huge tax hikes and spending cuts that would have pushed
the world’s largest economy off a “fiscal cliff” and into
recession.

The agreement hands a clear victory to President Barack
Obama, who won re-election on a promise to address budget woes
in part by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. His
Republican antagonists were forced to vote against a core tenet
of their anti-tax conservative faith.

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