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Apr 13, 2012

Obama paid 20.5 pct tax rate in 2011, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle paid an effective federal tax rate of 20.5 percent on income of $789,674 in 2011, the White House said on Friday amid a debate over tax burdens that is likely to shape the November presidential election.

Obama and his fellow Democrats have accused likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of backing policies that would shift the burden from wealthy taxpayers to the less affluent.

Apr 13, 2012

Analysis: Obama’s “green jobs” have been slow to sprout

By Andy Sullivan

(Reuters) – Three weeks ago, President Barack Obama stood in front of a sea of gleaming solar panels in Boulder City, Nevada, to celebrate his administration’s efforts to promote “green energy.”

Stretching row upon row into the desert, the Copper Mountain Solar Project not far from Las Vegas provided an impressive backdrop for the president.

Apr 10, 2012

Snap Analysis: Santorum exit boosts Romney’s chances against Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rick Santorum’s exit from the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday was good news for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who now will have an easy path to the November 6 election against Democratic President Barack Obama.

Here’s what Santorum’s departure means for Romney and the U.S. presidential race in the weeks to come:

Apr 4, 2012

Most coveted endorsement in presidential race? Ronald Reagan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – He hasn’t held office since 1989. In fact, he’s been dead since 2004. But former President Ronald Reagan has been a regular presence on the campaign trail this year.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has made pilgrimages to Reagan’s home town and the factory that makes his favorite candy as he tries to rally conservative voters to his fading campaign. Newt Gingrich regularly calls himself a “bold Reagan conservative.” Mitt Romney has proposed a “Reagan economic zone” to boost free trade.

Apr 4, 2012

Analysis: Romney graduates from front-runner to underdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a sweep of three presidential primaries on Tuesday, Mitt Romney graduated from Republican front-runner to underdog in a November match-up against Democratic President Barack Obama.

Romney’s wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. gave him a prohibitive lead in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, analysts said, and effectively consigned chief rival Rick Santorum to also-ran status.

Apr 4, 2012

Romney graduates from front-runner to underdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a sweep of three presidential primaries on Tuesday, Mitt Romney graduated from Republican front-runner to underdog in a November match-up against Democratic President Barack Obama.

Romney’s wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. gave him a prohibitive lead in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, analysts said, and effectively consigned chief rival Rick Santorum to also-ran status.

Apr 1, 2012

Santorum won’t quit White House race; top Republican calls for an end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s top Republican called on his party to unite behind leading presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday as rival Rick Santorum vowed to stay in the race beyond a likely defeat in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell stopped short of endorsing Romney in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” show. But McConnell did say the former Massachusetts governor would make an “excellent nominee” and left little doubt about whom he supported in the battle to take on Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Mar 25, 2012

US spending cuts bite in Paul Ryan’s home town

, March 25 (Reuters) – Republican U.S.
Representative Paul Ryan’s budget-cutting vision has made him a
hero to conservatives across the country. It’s less popular in
his home town.

As Ryan’s proposal to slash taxes and spending started to
move through Congress last week, local officials in this humble
Rust Belt city scrambled to recover from last year’s cutbacks.

Mar 18, 2012

Obama should fire advisers over gas prices: Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday called for President Barack Obama to fire three top administration officials as he sought to harness voter anger over rising gas prices ahead of nominating contests in Puerto Rico and Illinois.

Top rival Rick Santorum, meanwhile, promised a crackdown on pornography and stood by comments he made earlier in the week that predominantly Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico should make English its official language if it wants to achieve statehood.

Mar 15, 2012

Obama campaign turns to Biden for common touch

TOLEDO (Reuters) – In a presidential election that could feature two Harvard-trained candidates not known for their common touch, President Barack Obama’s campaign deployed a new weapon on Thursday: Vice President Joe Biden.

With a tough re-election fight looming in November, Obama campaign officials hope Biden’s back-slapping demeanor and humble origins will help win the support of blue collar voters.

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