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Jan 16, 2013

District of Columbia uses Obama’s limo, parade to press for statehood

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Local politicians stepped up their campaign for the District of Columbia to become the 51st state this week, introducing a bill in the House of Representatives and mounting a PR campaign tied to President Barack Obama’s inauguration next Monday.

From presidential license plates to a parade reviewing stand, Washington is using the pomp of the inauguration to put its case for more self-government before crowds of onlookers and millions of television viewers.

Jan 11, 2013

America’s first black president criticized for white male cabinet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first black U.S. president is coming under fire from some of his own Democratic Party for naming a stream of white men to key cabinet and leadership posts in his second administration.

President Barack Obama on Thursday named Jack Lew as his Treasury secretary, the fourth white male he has named to the most prized cabinet posts in recent weeks.

Jan 8, 2013

Institute of Medicine to study U.S. youth sports concussions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Institute of Medicine launched on Monday a sweeping study of rising sports-related concussions among U.S. youth, amid concerns that the injuries may have contributed to the suicides of professional football players.

The Institute, part of the private, non-profit National Academies, will probe sports-related concussions in young people from elementary school through early adulthood. The study will include military personnel and their dependants, and review concussions and risk factors.

Jan 8, 2013

FBI triggers Washington mystery – where will its new HQ be?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s move to replace the FBI’s crumbling Washington headquarters, dismissed as “a dump” by one congresswoman, has sparked a fight between Virginia, Maryland and the capital for the billion-dollar project.

Early signs point to suburban Prince George’s County in Maryland as the frontrunner as officials in the Washington area look for possible sites and line up political support.

Jan 7, 2013

U.S. launches study into youth sports concussions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government launched on Monday a sweeping study of rising sports-related concussions among the youth, amid concerns that the injuries may have contributed to the suicides of professional football players.

The Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science, will probe sports-related concussions in young people from elementary school through early adulthood. The study will include military personnel and their dependants, and review concussions and risk factors.

Jan 3, 2013

Boehner sets House votes on Sandy aid after Republican attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner abruptly reversed course on Wednesday and set a timetable to approve $60 billion in Superstorm Sandy relief, after fellow Republicans including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie heaped scorn on his cancellation of an earlier vote.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will now vote on Friday on a $9 billion down payment for storm-related support to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Jan 2, 2013

U.S. House speaker says still committed to Sandy aid

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John
Boehner insisted on Wednesday he is committed to passing a
Superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill this month after his decision
to deny a vote on the package drew scathing criticism from East
Coast lawmakers and governors.

President Barack Obama urged House Republicans to pass the
$60.4 billion measure on Wednesday before the current Congress
ends at noon on Thursday and pending legislation expires.

Dec 29, 2012

For 150th anniversary, Emancipation Proclamation gets a show

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Across the United States,
there will be re-enactments and parades, cannon salutes and
speeches.

The U.S. Postal Service plans to issue a commemorative
stamp, while the Massachusetts Historical Society will display
the pen Abraham Lincoln used on Jan. 1, 1863, to formally
declare millions of slaves free.

Dec 27, 2012

Snowstorm buries parts of US Northeast, flights canceled

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – A powerful winter storm that
has dumped a foot (30 cm) of snow on parts of the United States
forced the cancellation of 457 flights on Thursday and
threatened more havoc as it hit the New England states with
fierce winds.

The heaviest snow was falling on Pennsylvania, New York and
New England, and winter storm warnings continued over a majority
of the U.S. Northeast, the National Weather Service said.

Dec 27, 2012

Hundreds of flights canceled as storm pounds eastern U.S.

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – A powerful winter storm
forced the cancellation of about 200 U.S. flights on Thursday,
snarling holiday travel as heavy snow and high winds pummeled
the northeastern United States.

The National Weather Service forecast 12 to 18 inches (30.5
to 46 cm) of snow for northern New England as the storm moved
northeast out of the lower Great Lakes, where it dumped more
than a foot (30.5 cm) of snow in parts of Michigan.

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      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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