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Mar 21, 2014

In Washington state, Tesla finds way to share the road with dealers

March 21 (Reuters) – On President’s Day last month, about 40
electric-car advocates gathered under the rotunda of the state
capitol in Olympia, Washington, where a lobbyist for Tesla
Motors Inc urged them to rally against a bill that would prevent
the carmaker from opening new sales offices in the state.

By the time the legislature finished its work last week, a
coalition of environmentally friendly Democrats and free-market
Republicans had stripped the restrictions from the bill. Tesla
would be free to sell its cars through its own sleek
showrooms rather than relying on the dealer networks that have
dominated the industry for decades.

Mar 6, 2014

Russia’s U.S. PR firm distances itself from Ukraine dispute

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. company that
handles public relations for Russia in the United States
distanced itself on Thursday from the Ukraine crisis, saying
that it advises the Kremlin largely on economic development, not
foreign policy.

Ketchum Inc, which has come under increasing scrutiny in
recent months as Washington has clashed with Russia over Syria
and gay rights, said in a statement: “We are not advising the
Russian Federation on foreign policy, including the current
situation in Ukraine.”

Mar 4, 2014

Obama budget would spend big on job training

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress both believe the United States’ job-training system is in need of an overhaul. That’s where the consensus ends.

In his budget request for the coming fiscal year, Obama proposes more than $7.7 billion in new spending to set up new apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs and restore funding to existing programs that have been cut in recent years.

Mar 3, 2014

Analysis – The fiscal cliff recedes but U.S. finances remain precarious

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When he releases his budget proposal on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will be able to celebrate the smallest deficit since he took office in 2009. He also will be able to enjoy a cease-fire in the fiscal battles that have paralyzed Washington for the past three years.

But a troublesome fact lurks behind the good news: Obama and his Republican adversaries still have done little to improve the United States’ long-term fiscal outlook.

Mar 3, 2014

The fiscal cliff recedes but U.S. finances remain precarious

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When he releases his budget proposal on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will be able to celebrate the smallest deficit since he took office in 2009. He also will be able to enjoy a cease-fire in the fiscal battles that have paralyzed Washington for the past three years.

But a troublesome fact lurks behind the good news: Obama and his Republican adversaries still have done little to improve the United States’ long-term fiscal outlook.

Feb 26, 2014

Insight: How Obama alums aim to turn Texas toward the Democrats

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – In one of the country’s most conservative states, newly hopeful Democrats measure their progress by ringing a bell.

For those working to turn Texas from Republican red to Democratic blue, it’s the sound of one more volunteer agreeing to join their ranks. On a recent Saturday, phone-bank volunteers in a modest office here smacked the bell every five minutes or so, adding to the nearly 12,000 who have joined the effort.

Jan 29, 2014

Analysis: Obama offers prescription for Democrats in tough election year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered a campaign blueprint for fellow Democrats who are facing a tough election this November: Challenge Republicans who criticize his signature healthcare law to come up with something better.

The president had barely mentioned the healthcare law known as Obamacare during his previous two State of the Union addresses to the U.S. Congress.

Jan 29, 2014

Obama offers prescription for Democrats in tough election year

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday offered a campaign blueprint for fellow Democrats who
are facing a tough election this November: Challenge Republicans
who criticize his signature healthcare law to come up with
something better.

The president had barely mentioned the healthcare law known
as Obamacare during his previous two State of the Union
addresses to the U.S. Congress.

Jan 17, 2014

Obama lobbying ban faces setback in court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s attempt to minimize the influence of “special interests” on his administration received a setback on Friday when a U.S. judge reinstated a lawsuit challenging his ban on lobbyists serving on government advisory boards.

The ruling amounts to a partial victory for Washington’s 12,000 registered lobbyists, many of whom feel they have been unfairly tarred by Obama’s efforts to keep them out of public service.

Jan 15, 2014

No earmarks in U.S. spending bill, but plenty of money for folks back home

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Earmarks may be a thing of
the past for Congress, but lawmakers still tout their ability to
deliver the bacon through a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill
that won passage in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The 1,582-page bill is officially free of the spending for
pet projects that spurred public outrage and were banned in 2010
after Republicans won control of the House of Representatives.

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