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Mar 10, 2013

Ryan says budget deal possible as he readies his own plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republicans’ point person on fiscal issues in Congress said on Sunday that compromise with President Barack Obama is possible on taxes and spending even though his soon-to-be-unveiled budget plan faces certain rejection from Obama’s Democrats.

Representative Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, acknowledged that Democrats who control the Senate are likely to defeat his proposal to repeal Obama’s signature healthcare law and other elements of his plan to balance the budget within 10 years.

Mar 6, 2013

Analysis: Obama faces skepticism from Democrats on budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama must work with a deeply skeptical partner as he tries to undo painful spending cuts and set U.S. finances on a more sustainable course: the liberal wing of his own party.

While Republicans have dug in their heels against further tax increases, many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have refused to consider cuts to popular health and retirement programs that are projected to eat up a growing slice of the nation’s resources.

Mar 5, 2013

Insight: Community colleges’ cash crunch threatens Obama’s retraining plan

PALATINE, Illinois (Reuters) – Some schools rally around a football team. Harper College has rallied around a number.

When President Barack Obama called for 5 million more community-college graduates by the end of the decade to boost U.S. competitiveness, this commuter school 30 miles northwest of Chicago figured out it would need to produce 10,604 additional graduates to do its part.

Mar 5, 2013

Community colleges’ cash crunch threatens Obama’s retraining plan

, March 5 (Reuters) – Some schools rally
around a football team. Harper College has rallied around a
number.

When President Barack Obama called for 5 million more
community-college graduates by the end of the decade to boost
U.S. competitiveness, this commuter school 30 miles (48 km)
northwest of Chicago figured out it would need to produce 10,604
additional graduates to do its part.

Feb 28, 2013

Analysis: Cuts unlikely to deliver promised U.S. budget savings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On paper, there’s one thing to like about the ugly spending cuts due to kick in on Friday: $85 billion in budget savings at a time when Washington continues to bleed red ink.

In reality, the so-called “sequester” is likely to yield less than half that much in the short term.

Feb 28, 2013

Cuts unlikely to deliver promised U.S. budget savings

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – On paper, there’s one thing
to like about the ugly spending cuts due to kick in on Friday:
$85 billion in budget savings at a time when Washington
continues to bleed red ink.

In reality, the so-called “sequester” is likely to yield
less than half that much in the short term.

Feb 14, 2013

In Ohio and beyond, Obama sees model for manufacturing revival

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former furniture warehouse in a struggling Rust Belt city has emerged as a national model for innovation after President Barack Obama highlighted it in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

Obama now aims to convince Congress to spend $1 billion to replicate the model nationwide. But it will be a tough sell to Republicans, who oppose government spending on industry and argue private capital will respond if there is real demand.

Feb 13, 2013

Obama emphasizes economic benefits of immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama emphasized the economic benefits of overhauling the country’s immigration laws in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday as he urged Congress to send him legislation to sign into law in the next few months.

In a speech largely focused on job creation, Obama said the United States could strengthen its economy by attracting more high-tech workers from overseas and establishing a pathway to citizenship for those who entered the country illegally.

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.

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