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May 13, 2015

Obama vs. Warren: Trade spat turns personal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s swing at liberal favorite Elizabeth Warren has stirred a controversy that may complicate the chances of a pan-Pacific trade pact and could make it harder for the White House to get its way in future legislative battles.

Facing stiff opposition to the trade deal from sections of his own Democratic Party, Obama launched a personalized criticism of Warren’s efforts to lead the fight against giving the administration “fast-track” negotiating authority.

Apr 13, 2015

Clinton’s 2016 White House launch contrasts with her 2008 bid

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times.

Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as the commanding Democratic front runner, entered the fray with a flurry of video, email and social media announcements that indicated she had absorbed some of the lessons of her painful 2008 loss and would not take anything for granted this time.

Apr 12, 2015

Clinton tries again to crack ‘highest glass ceiling’ with White House bid

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton will try again on Sunday to crack what she calls “the highest and hardest glass ceiling” when she starts a long-awaited second run for the White House as the prohibitive Democratic front runner.

Clinton’s campaign for the November 2016 election will emphasize her plans to address economic inequality and will tout the historic nature of her bid to become the first woman U.S. president, aides said.

Dec 17, 2014

Vatican leveraged ties to Cuba, U.S. to help broker deal-officials

VATICAN CITY/WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The Vatican
leveraged its good relations with Cuba and the United States to
help broker their historic resumption of ties and the deal was
spurred by letters from Pope Francis to the presidents of both
countries.

The Vatican, which facilitated the agreement along with
Canada, gave some details of its role in a statement shortly
after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the major policy
shift by Washington to resume diplomatic ties after decades of
hostility with the communist-ruled island.

Nov 5, 2014

Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.

The Republican rout on Tuesday was wide and deep in what was bound to be seen as a sharp rebuke to Obama, who has lurched from crisis to crisis and whose unpopularity made him unwelcome to Democratic candidates in many contested states.

Nov 5, 2014

Republicans capture control of Senate in U.S. midterm elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans rolled up big victories on Tuesday and seized control of the U.S. Senate in midterms elections that tipped the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and will complicate his remaining two years in office.

Voters unhappy with Obama, worried about the economy and weary of partisan gridlock in Washington gave Republicans a majority in both chambers of Congress for the first time since elections in 2006.

Nov 5, 2014

Republicans close in on control of Senate in U.S. midterm elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans scored big victories on Tuesday and edged closer to taking control of the U.S. Senate in midterms elections that could tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama for his remaining two years in office.

Voters unhappy with Obama, worried about the economy and weary of partisan gridlock in Washington set Republicans on what could be a course to a majority in both chambers of Congress for the first time since elections in 2006.

Jul 27, 2014

Cornyn expects U.S. House to pass ‘skinnied-down’ border bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, said on Sunday he expected the House of Representatives to pass a “skinnied-down” emergency funding bill this week to deal with a surge of migrant children at the southwestern U.S. border.

The Republican-controlled House is debating how much to pare from President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion supplemental request, although any House compromise is likely to face opposition in the Democratic-controlled Senate before lawmakers try to begin their scheduled summer break at the end of the week.

Jun 11, 2014

Over-confidence and neglect fuel Republican Cantor’s stunning fall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A combination of over-confidence, neglect of his district and voter anger at congressional leaders fueled Republican Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss in Virginia, an upset that rocked the Republican Party.

Cantor’s loss on Tuesday to a political unknown, college professor and Tea Party challenger David Brat, followed a series of missed warning signs and miscalculations in the final weeks of a race that largely flew under the national political radar.

Jun 11, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses primary to Tea Party challenger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative Tea Party movement the biggest victory in its four-year history.

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was easily beaten by college economics professor David Brat, CNN projected. With nearly 90 percent of votes counted, Brat had 56 percent to Cantor’s 44 percent.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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