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Nov 16, 2012

Evidence points to no security risk in Petraeus affair

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Classified material kept by the woman who conducted an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus predates their liaison and does not come from the spy agency, sources briefed on the investigation told Reuters on Thursday.

The finding appears to bolster assertions by both Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, that their affair did not put national security secrets at risk – a central question hovering over the scandal that brought down one of the United States’ most respected public figures last week.

Nov 15, 2012

Petraeus says no classified information shared in affair, probe continues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In comments made public on Thursday, retired General David Petraeus said he did not share any classified documents with Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom he had an affair that ended his tenure as CIA director.

Petraeus also told a reporter for the HLN television network that it was the affair, not any questions over the CIA’s role during the September 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that prompted him to step down.

Nov 15, 2012

Petraeus says no classified info shared in affair, probe continues

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – In comments made public on
Thursday, retired General David Petraeus said he did not share
any classified documents with Paula Broadwell, the woman with
whom he had an affair that ended his tenure as CIA director.

Petraeus also told a reporter for the HLN television network
that it was the affair, not any questions over the CIA’s role
during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic
mission in Benghazi, Libya, that prompted him to step down.

Nov 15, 2012

Obama says tax hike has to come first in “fiscal cliff” deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that Republicans would have to agree to raise taxes on the wealthy as the first step in a budget deal that would prevent a dysfunctional Washington from pushing the economy into recession.

In his first news conference since winning re-election last week, Obama said he would be open to considering Republican priorities like entitlement reform and other ways to raise tax revenue as part of a broad-based deal to set the nation’s finances on a sustainable course.

Nov 14, 2012

Obama says tax hike will have to come first in “fiscal cliff” deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that Republicans would have to agree to raise taxes on the wealthy as the first step in a budget deal that would prevent a dysfunctional Washington from pushing the economy into recession.

In his first news conference since winning re-election last week, Obama said he would be open to considering Republican priorities like entitlement reform and a tax-code overhaul as part of a broad-based deal to get the nation’s finances on a sustainable course.

Nov 14, 2012

Business leaders to meet with Obama on ‘fiscal cliff’

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was
seeking to enlist business leaders on Wednesday in his bid to
pressure Republicans in Congress to accept higher taxes as part
of a budget deal that would prevent a dysfunctional Washington
from pushing the economy into recession.

The White House meeting, planned for 2:45 EST (1945 GMT),
could be more pep rally than negotiating session. Many of those
attending agree with Obama’s position that any significant deal
to set the country’s finances on a stable course must include
tax hikes as well as spending cuts.

Nov 7, 2012

Analysis: In the end, Obama won on the economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the end, President Barack Obama won re-election on the issue that was supposed to send him packing: the sluggish U.S. economy.

The United States is still digging out from the deepest recession in 80 years, and employers are barely adding enough jobs to keep pace with population growth. Trillions of dollars of household wealth have vanished in the housing bubble, while the gap between rich and poor widens.

Nov 7, 2012

In the end, Obama won on the economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the end, President Barack Obama won re-election on the issue that was supposed to send him packing: the sluggish U.S. economy.

The United States is still digging out from the deepest recession in 80 years, and employers are barely adding enough jobs to keep pace with population growth. Trillions of dollars of household wealth have vanished in the housing bubble, while the gap between rich and poor widens.

Nov 7, 2012

For Barack Obama, a second chance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama swept into the White House four years ago as an agent of change. The nation’s first black president won re-election on Tuesday as a steady-as-she-goes defender of a new status quo.

With a second term, Obama also wins a second chance.

Obama may never become the unifying figure he promised to be in the 2008 race, but he will have four more years to try to enact sweeping changes that could affect the United States for decades.

Nov 7, 2012

Profile – For Barack Obama, a second chance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama swept into the White House four years ago as an agent of change. The nation’s first black president won re-election on Tuesday as a steady-as-she-goes defender of a new status quo.

With a second term, Obama also wins a second chance.

Obama may never become the unifying figure he promised to be in the 2008 race, but he will have four more years to try to enact sweeping changes that could affect the United States for decades.

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