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Jun 28, 2012

Romney to campaign as only hope against “Obamacare”

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The battle over President
Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law shifted from the Supreme
Court to the campaign trail on Thursday, as Republican
challenger Mitt Romney asked voters to throw Obama out of office
to get rid of the unpopular law.

The high court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the law was a
setback for Romney and his fellow Republicans, who had hoped
that Obama’s central policy achievement would be struck down as
unconstitutional.

Jun 27, 2012

Do election laws encourage attack ads in campaigns?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington operatives call it “drawing contrasts.” Voters call it “slinging mud.”

Whatever the term used, the most expensive election in U.S. history is likely to feature an unprecedented amount of negative advertising as Republicans and Democrats vie for control of the White House and Congress, campaign officials told the Reuters Washington Summit.

Jun 22, 2012

In Washington, uncertainty the only sure thing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The tepid U.S. recovery is stalling for the third summer in a row, and Washington yet again is hurtling toward a showdown over taxes and spending that could push the economy back into recession.

Sound familiar? To weary voters and investors, dysfunction in Washington is no longer news. The ongoing uncertainty on everything from taxes to transportation has undercut the economy as battle lines harden ahead of what is sure to be the most expensive presidential election in history.

Jun 13, 2012

Analysis: Obama’s gamble: Asking for more time to fix economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – So far, President Barack Obama has not been able to convince most Americans that they are better off than they were four years ago. His next step may be to try to convince them that they would be worse off under his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

In an economic speech on Thursday that could set the tone for months of campaigning, Obama is not likely to unveil new ideas to boost the economy and create new jobs, according to Democrats familiar with the preparations for the address.

Jun 13, 2012

Obama’s gamble – Asking for more time to fix economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – So far, President Barack Obama has not been able to convince most Americans that they are better off than they were four years ago. His next step may be to try to convince them that they would be worse off under his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

In an economic speech on Thursday that could set the tone for months of campaigning, Obama is not likely to unveil new ideas to boost the economy and create new jobs, according to Democrats familiar with the preparations for the address.

Jun 11, 2012

Obama’s jobs spin focuses on 27 not-so-bad months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For anyone puzzled by President Barack Obama’s comment last week that the private sector is “doing fine,” it might help to put on his administration’s blinders and focus on the last two years.

Obama and his staff have taken pains to regularly remind the public that the U.S. economy has been adding jobs every month since March of 2010, for a total of 4.3 million new jobs.

Jun 7, 2012

Obama campaign raises more questions about Romney’s wealth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not doing enough to ensure his political actions are not influenced by his multimillion-dollar fortune, officials with President Barack Obama’s campaign said on Thursday.

The Obama campaign questioned why Romney has kept his extensive investments in a blind trust administered by his longtime lawyer, rather than setting up a trust that meets more rigorous federal conflict-of-interest standards.

Jun 6, 2012

Romney, Obama see little benefit in euro zone talk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The festering economic crisis in Europe could help determine the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, but don’t expect President Barack Obama or his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, to spend much time talking about it.

The November 6 election is widely expected to turn on the state of the U.S. economy, and the impact of Europe’s slow-motion meltdown has begun hitting Wall Street, manufacturers and other businesses. U.S. households have lost $1 trillion in wealth since March as the euro zone crisis has pushed stock markets down, according to JP Morgan.

Jun 6, 2012

Analysis: Romney, Obama see little benefit in euro zone talk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The festering economic crisis in Europe could help determine the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, but don’t expect President Barack Obama or his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, to spend much time talking about it.

The November 6 election is widely expected to turn on the state of the U.S. economy, and the impact of Europe’s slow-motion meltdown has begun hitting Wall Street, manufacturers and other businesses. U.S. households have lost $1 trillion in wealth since March as the euro zone crisis has pushed stock markets down, according to JP Morgan.

May 30, 2012

INSIGHT: As governor, Romney picked winners and losers of his own

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It would be a triumphant moment for any governor: A cutting-edge company announces plans to build a new plant that will create hundreds of high-paying jobs and bolster one of the state’s most prominent industries.

For Mitt Romney, the June 2006 announcement by drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb served as a signature accomplishment as his four-year stint as Massachusetts governor drew to a close and a U.S. presidential bid beckoned.

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