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Feb 13, 2015

Jeb Bush hands out cash to win allies ahead of 2016 election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said on Friday he is giving out more than $100,000 to fellow Republicans, in a sign that he is banking on his fundraising prowess to build allies across the country ahead of a potential White House bid.

The brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush has emerged as an early frontrunner in what could be a crowded Republican field in the 2016 presidential election.

Feb 2, 2015

Obama asks Congress for dozens more auto-safety investigators

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked
Congress to sign off on tens of millions more dollars on Mondayc
to bolster a beleaguered auto-safety agency that has been
criticized for responding too slowly to deadly vehicle defects.

Obama’s proposal for the 2016 fiscal year would provide the
equivalent of 59 new employees for the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency has struggled to get a
handle on defective ignition switches by General Motors Co
and malfunctioning air bags by Takata Corp that
have been linked to at least 56 deaths.

Jan 28, 2015

Spending: why “red” states shoulder the deepest cuts under Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters.

Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti drug initiatives, fell by an average of 40 percent in Republican-leaning states like Texas and Mississippi.

Jan 21, 2015

With few friends in Congress, Obama looks to shape next election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s vision of a stronger and more expensive safety net for middle class and poor Americans stands little chance of becoming law this year, but it could shape the debate for the 2016 election.

With his clout fast diminishing in Washington, and Republican and Democratic candidates gearing up for the White House race, Obama did his best in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to set the agenda for potential successors wooing voters.

Jan 21, 2015

Analysis – With few friends in Congress, Obama looks to shape next election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s vision of a stronger and more expensive safety net for middle class and poor Americans stands little chance of becoming law this year, but it could shape the debate for the 2016 election.

With his clout fast diminishing in Washington, and Republican and Democratic candidates gearing up for the White House race, Obama did his best in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to set the agenda for potential successors embarking on wooing voters.

Dec 14, 2014

Author of interrogation memo says CIA maybe went too far

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As former Vice President Dick Cheney argued on Sunday that the CIA’s aggressive interrogation of terrorism suspects did not amount to torture, the man who provided the legal rationale for the program said that in some cases it had perhaps gone too far.

Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo said the sleep deprivation, rectal feeding and other harsh treatment outlined in a U.S. Senate report last week could violate anti-torture laws.

Nov 5, 2014

Wearied by partisan warfare, many women desert Obama’s Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats hoped women voters would help them weather a tough election year, but weariness with President Barack Obama and disgust with relentless partisan warfare in Washington prompted many to abandon the party they had backed two years earlier.

In a bitter election marked by record spending, Obama’s Democrats battled a powerful headwind of frustration among women voters who said they had grown tired of the relentless attack ads on TV and unceasing warfare between Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Nov 2, 2014

Republicans promise less gridlock if they win U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans said on Sunday they will break the legislative stalemate that has paralyzed Washington for the past several years if they win control of the Senate in the upcoming congressional elections.

Party figures said they could pass trade, tax and immigration bills that might win the approval of President Barack Obama if they control both the Senate and the House of Representatives after Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Oct 31, 2014

Big money crops up in small elections in the United States

ARVADA Colorado (Reuters) – Political groups that took advantage of loosened campaign-finance rules spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. This year, they’re cropping up in state and local races as well.

Wealthy individuals and interest groups of all stripes are increasingly setting up political committees that can steer unlimited sums to small-dollar contests for state legislature, sheriff and school board.

Oct 29, 2014

Oregon, Alaska, D.C. voters to weigh legal marijuana in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters in the U.S. capital and two West Coast states will decide in the Nov. 4 elections whether to legalize marijuana, pushing closer to the mainstream a notion that was once consigned to the political fringe.

Ballot initiatives in Oregon and Alaska would set up a network of regulated pot stores, similar to those already operating in Colorado and Washington state. A measure in the District of Columbia would allow possession but not retail sales.

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