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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.

Jan 2, 2013

With final vote, Congress resolves “fiscal cliff” drama

WASHINGTON (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.

Dec 20, 2012

US Republicans push their own plan, fiscal talks stalled

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – As a year-end deadline looms,
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed ahead on
Thursday with their own “fiscal cliff” plan that muddles
negotiations with the White House to avoid steep tax increases
and spending cuts.

The Republican-led House is aiming to vote on Thursday
evening on Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” to raise taxes only
on annual incomes of more than $1 million – an effort to put
pressure on President Barack Obama to offer more concessions.

Dec 16, 2012

Democrats vow push for gun control measures in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Democratic lawmakers called for a new push for U.S. gun restrictions on Sunday, including a ban on military-style assault weapons, in the wake of the Connecticut massacre in which 20 children and six adults were gunned down in a school.

Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein, the author of an assault-weapons ban that lapsed in 2004, said she would introduce new legislation this week. Senator Dick Durbin, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said lawmakers would hold hearings on gun control, and several others said they would devote new attention to the long-ignored issue.

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