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Nov 5, 2014

Wearied by partisan warfare, many women desert Obama’s Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats hoped women voters would help them weather a tough election year, but weariness with President Barack Obama and disgust with relentless partisan warfare in Washington prompted many to abandon the party they had backed two years earlier.

In a bitter election marked by record spending, Obama’s Democrats battled a powerful headwind of frustration among women voters who said they had grown tired of the relentless attack ads on TV and unceasing warfare between Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Nov 2, 2014

Republicans promise less gridlock if they win U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans said on Sunday they will break the legislative stalemate that has paralyzed Washington for the past several years if they win control of the Senate in the upcoming congressional elections.

Party figures said they could pass trade, tax and immigration bills that might win the approval of President Barack Obama if they control both the Senate and the House of Representatives after Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Oct 31, 2014

Big money crops up in small elections in the United States

ARVADA Colorado (Reuters) – Political groups that took advantage of loosened campaign-finance rules spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. This year, they’re cropping up in state and local races as well.

Wealthy individuals and interest groups of all stripes are increasingly setting up political committees that can steer unlimited sums to small-dollar contests for state legislature, sheriff and school board.

Oct 29, 2014

Oregon, Alaska, D.C. voters to weigh legal marijuana in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters in the U.S. capital and two West Coast states will decide in the Nov. 4 elections whether to legalize marijuana, pushing closer to the mainstream a notion that was once consigned to the political fringe.

Ballot initiatives in Oregon and Alaska would set up a network of regulated pot stores, similar to those already operating in Colorado and Washington state. A measure in the District of Columbia would allow possession but not retail sales.

Oct 29, 2014

Why U.S. green groups are talking about abortion this election

DENVER, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Green billionaire Tom Steyer
vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate
change. Now he’s talking about abortion and the economy to get
his candidates across the finish line.

Steyer, a hedge fund manager turned environmentalist,
launched a state-of-the-art operation to push voters to elect
governors and senators willing to confront global warming. His
NextGen Climate Action political committee is on track to spend
more than $55 million in this election – an unprecedented amount
for an environmentalist group.

Oct 8, 2014

Fayetteville: A Military Town’s Second Thoughts

FAYETTEVILLE, NC, Oct 8 (Reuters) – After 13 years of war, life outside the gates of the United States’ largest military base has settled into a familiar ebb and flow.

Army paratroopers and commandos stationed at Fort Bragg periodically board transport planes bound for Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving spouses to handle the carpooling and holiday planning. Kids celebrate birthdays with one parent in the room, the other watching from a computer screen somewhere out there. Crowds thin out at Little League games and restaurants sell fewer orders of chicken wings. When troops return, business picks back up.

Oct 8, 2014
via Insight

Letter from Fayetteville: Why this military town is having second thoughts

“You never know when something’s really going to end,” said one child whose father is a combat engineer. President Obama speaks at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville in 2011.
REUTERS/Chris Keane

After 13 years of war, life outside the gates of the United States’ largest military base has settled into a familiar ebb and flow.

Sep 15, 2014

Say what? A minimum-wage hike finds hope in U.S. heartland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage, which has largely found success in liberal-leaning coastal states to date, could make headway in the conservative heartland in the November elections.

Voters in the Republican-controlled states of Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota will consider ballot initiatives in November that would raise the minimum wage above the national rate of $7.25 per hour. Activists on both sides of the issue say the proposals stand a good chance of passing.

Aug 20, 2014

Republicans see Senate chances bolstered by primary results

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans counting on an unpopular president and a favorable electoral landscape to help them win control of the U.S. Senate could have another asset this year – stronger candidates who are less likely to say embarrassing things.

As the months-long primary season nears its end, Republican leaders appear to have achieved their goal of producing more disciplined Senate candidates who can avoid the kind of campaign blunders that cost the party winnable races in 2010 and 2012.

Jun 9, 2014

INSIGHT, RPT-U.S. deaths in Afghanistan may have only tenuous link to Bergdahl

WASHINGTON/KABUL, June 8 (Reuters) – The frantic search for
Bowe Bergdahl began the moment his comrades discovered he was no
longer inside the fragile outpost in a rock-strewn valley in one
of the most hostile corners of Afghanistan.

Exactly why Bergdahl left is subject to intense scrutiny.
But accounts by two Taliban sources as well as several U.S.
officials and fellow soldiers raise doubt over media reports
that he had sought to join the Taliban, and over suggestions
that the deaths later that year of six soldiers in his battalion
were related to the search for him.

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