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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.

Nov 7, 2012

PROFILE: For Barack Obama, a second chance

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (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

Snap Analysis: Obama re-election won’t change much in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama won a second four-year term in office as voters handed him a victory on Tuesday over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, television networks projected.

Here is a snap analysis of the result:

Obama’s win is not likely to change the dynamic in Washington.

Obama’s victory will not strike fear into the hearts of Republicans, who are projected to retain control of the House of Representatives. Obama’s Democrats will hold on to the Senate, but fewer moderates of either party will be returning to Capitol Hill.

Nov 5, 2012

Sandy’s winds of uncertainty blow through presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The devastating storm that slammed into the East Coast last week could send winds of uncertainty through Tuesday’s presidential election, narrowing an already close contest and casting doubt on the legitimacy of the outcome.

Though superstorm Sandy is unlikely to determine whether President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney wins the White House, experts said it could expose flaws in how the United States conducts elections, leading to protracted legal wrangling and lingering bitterness in a country already fractured along partisan lines.

Nov 4, 2012

Insight: For most voters, presidential campaign is distant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This year’s presidential election could be among the closest in U.S. history, as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are locked in a virtual dead heat. For a growing number of voters, however, it will not be much of a contest at all.

Roughly 22 percent of the U.S. population lives in the nine politically divided states that are likely to determine the outcome of Tuesday’s election – and that have been the focus of the candidates’ campaign stops and advertising.

Nov 4, 2012

For most US voters, presidential campaign is distant

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – This year’s presidential
election could be among the closest in U.S. history, as
President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are locked in
a virtual dead heat. For a growing number of voters, however, it
will not be much of a contest at all.

Roughly 22 percent of the U.S. population lives in the nine
politically divided states that are likely to determine the
outcome of Tuesday’s election – and that have been the focus of
the candidates’ campaign stops and advertising.

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      "As a politics and general-news correspondent, I’ve covered four budget crises, three presidential elections, two hurricanes and one exploding bridge since joining Reuters in 2000. One of my stories in the 2012 election inspired a spoof on “Saturday Night Life.” I’m a native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine and in my free time I play guitar in several rock bands around Washington, D.C."
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