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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.

Jun 10, 2014

Graham, Cantor face Tea Party challenges in Republican primaries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia are favored to fend off Tea Party challengers in Republican primaries on Tuesday, when voters in five states pick candidates for the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

The Graham and Cantor showdowns are the latest in a series of primary clashes between the conservative Tea Party movement and the Republican establishment this year. The Tea Party is seeking its first high-profile win after a string of losses.

Jun 4, 2014

Republican Senate primary appears headed to runoff in Mississippi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel battled to a virtual draw on Tuesday in their bitter Republican Senate primary and appeared headed to a rematch in a June 24 runoff.

Neither candidate appeared likely to capture the 50 percent of the vote needed for a clear win. With about 98 percent of the votes counted, McDaniel had 49.6 percent and Cochran 48.8 percent – a difference of about 2,500 votes.

Jun 3, 2014

Republican primary in Mississippi gives Tea Party another shot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi will be fighting for political survival on Tuesday in a Republican primary contest that represents the conservative Tea Party’s best chance to knock off a sitting senator this year.

The showdown between Cochran, who is seeking his seventh Senate term, and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel highlights a busy day of voting across the country as eight states hold primaries to select nominees for the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

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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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