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Oct 6, 2015

Reid: U.S. Congress should act on ‘scandalous’ fantasy betting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate
called on Congress to examine fantasy-sports betting services on
Tuesday after reports that an employee with access to insider
information placed bets in the unregulated multi-billion-dollar
industry.

“There’s absolutely scandalous conduct taking place through
those programs, fantasy sports,” Senate Democratic Leader Harry
Reid told reporters.

Oct 1, 2015

Govt. shutdown threat is a fixture of U.S. politics but unknown elsewhere

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bureaucrats in Brazil keep stamping visas and collecting taxes when the president and Congress battle over spending. In Romania, regulators keep issuing permits while the prime minister faces corruption charges.

In Washington, by contrast, U.S. agencies have spent weeks planning for a possible shutdown as Republicans in Congress have threatened to withhold funding from President Barack Obama’s administration.

Sep 25, 2015

Tea Party aided rise of McCarthy, Boehner’s possible successor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican next in line to succeed U.S. House Speaker John Boehner owes his success, in part, to the same grassroots conservatives who have pushed his boss to the exit.

California Representative Kevin McCarthy vaulted to the No. 3 leadership position in the House of Representatives after his party won control of the chamber in 2010 by harnessing the conservative Tea Party movement.

Sep 16, 2015

How many Syrian refugees to accept? Poll finds U.S. divided

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Few Americans want their country to take in more Syrian refugees even though many believe the United States should do more to help those fleeing the Middle Eastern country’s brutal civil war, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

As European countries struggle to cope with an influx of Syrians fleeing their war-torn country, the survey found that Americans are similarly divided on accepting refugees.

Sep 10, 2015

Candidates slam Common Core, but education standards take root

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidates vow to roll back new U.S. education standards known as the Common Core.

In the classroom, the multi-state guidelines increasingly look like they’re here to stay.

Sep 10, 2015

U.S. candidates slam Common Core, but education standards take root

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – On the campaign trail,
Republican presidential candidates vow to roll back new U.S.
education standards known as the Common Core.

In the classroom, the multi-state guidelines increasingly
look like they’re here to stay.

Sep 8, 2015

As their prospects dim in Washington, Iran deal foes take fight to states

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Opponents of the nuclear deal with Iran, facing likely defeat in Washington, said on Tuesday they would try to keep economic sanctions in place at the state level, an effort that could play into the U.S. 2016 elections.

Fifteen Republican governors, including four presidential candidates, said they would retain their state sanctions. Another group said it planned to take the issue directly to voters in November 2016.

Aug 21, 2015

Obama’s Democrats face intense pressure as they weigh Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As he weighed whether to support President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Representative Donald Norcross was showered with the sort of attention rarely shown to junior members of the U.S. Congress.

The New Jersey Democrat, a former labor union leader, met with Obama and other Democrats twice in the White House. He listened to briefings by Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and senior Defense Department officials.

Aug 10, 2015

Exclusive: Trump’s Republican support holds strong post-debate – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican support for real estate mogul Donald Trump held firm after a televised presidential debate last week in which he feuded with rivals and moderators, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

Trump led the party’s 17-strong 2016 presidential field with the backing of 24 percent of Republican voters, the same level of support he earned before Thursday’s debate.

Aug 10, 2015

Trump’s Republican support holds strong post-debate – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican support for real estate mogul Donald Trump held firm after a televised presidential debate last week in which he feuded with rivals and moderators, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

Trump led the party’s 17-strong 2016 presidential field with the backing of 24 percent of Republican voters, the same level of support he earned before Thursday’s debate.

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