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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.

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.

May 24, 2012

Obama campaign to target Romney’s record as governor

CHICAGO, May 24 (Reuters) – After weeks of painting
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney as a job-slashing
corporate raider, President Barack Obama’s campaign plans to
broaden its focus to Romney’s time as Massachusetts governor,
arguing his policies hurt the state.

The move, described by campaign officials, marks a sharp
strategy shift from the campaign’s recent focus on Romney’s time
as a private equity executive at Bain Capital in a bid to cast
him as more concerned with the wealthy than the middle class.

May 17, 2012

Insight: Swing states: Could Europe decide the U.S. election?

NAVARRE, Ohio/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The busy shop floor at Miller Weldmaster Corp could make a great location for an Obama campaign ad.

As workers assemble the family-owned company’s hot-air fabric welders, used to manufacture everything from inflatable rafts to truck tarps, it’s hard to know the recession of 2007-2009 ever happened.

May 17, 2012

Swing states: Could Europe decide the US election?

NAVARRE, Ohio/WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – The busy shop
floor at Miller Weldmaster Corp could make a great location for
an Obama campaign ad.

As workers assemble the family-owned company’s hot-air
fabric welders, used to manufacture everything from inflatable
rafts to truck tarps, it’s hard to know the recession of
2007-2009 ever happened.

Apr 13, 2012

Obama likely paid higher tax rate than Romney in 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama released tax forms on Friday that reveal he will probably pay a higher tax rate on much lower income than likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney in 2011, adding fuel to a Democratic election-year effort to raise taxes on the rich.

Obama and his wife, Michelle , paid an effective tax rate of 20.5 percent on income of $789,674 last year, the White House said. Romney has estimated he will pay a 15.4 percent tax rate on income of $20.9 million, though he has not filed his return yet.

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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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