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Jan 16, 2013

Obama’s gun-control plan faces steep challenge in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence face a difficult path through a sharply divided U.S. Congress, where the biggest gun-control fight in decades looms on an issue that has long been one of the most divisive in American politics.

Obama’s plan sets up a showdown between a gun-control movement re-energized by the massacre of 20 children and six adults last month at a Connecticut school, and a powerful gun-rights lobby led by the National Rifle Association, which has blocked new action on gun control for almost two decades.

Jan 16, 2013

Analysis: Obama’s gun-control plan faces steep challenge in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence face a difficult path through a sharply divided U.S. Congress, where the biggest gun-control fight in decades looms on an issue that has long been one of the most divisive in American politics.

Obama’s plan sets up a showdown between a gun-control movement re-energized by the massacre of 20 children and six adults last month at a Connecticut school, and a powerful gun-rights lobby led by the National Rifle Association, which has blocked new action on gun control for almost two decades.

Jan 12, 2013

Biden gun proposals likely to spark fight in US Congress

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden
wrapped up a series of White House meetings on Friday and
prepared recommendations to curb U.S. gun violence that will
call for expanded background checks on gun buyers and set up a
heated, likely uphill battle in Congress to revive a ban on
military-style assault weapons.

Biden, who heads a task force due to give President Barack
Obama recommendations next week, met with representatives of the
video game industry, whose products often enable players to
carry out shootings in graphically violent games.

Jan 9, 2013

Obama could use executive orders to restrict guns: Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday the White House plans to act quickly to curb gun violence and will explore all avenues – including executive orders that would not require the approval of Congress – to try to prevent incidents like last month’s massacre at a Connecticut school.

Kicking off a series of White House meetings on gun violence, Biden said the administration would work with gun-control advocates and gun-rights supporters to build a political consensus on restrictions. But Biden made clear that President Barack Obama is prepared to act on his own if necessary.

Jan 9, 2013

Biden says Obama could use executive orders to restrict guns

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said
on Wednesday the White House plans to act quickly to curb gun
violence and will explore all avenues – including executive
orders that would not require the approval of Congress – to try
to prevent incidents like last month’s massacre at a Connecticut
school.

Kicking off a series of White House meetings on gun
violence, Biden said the administration would work with
gun-control advocates and gun-rights supporters to build a
political consensus on restrictions. But Biden made clear that
President Barack Obama is prepared to act on his own if
necessary.

Jan 4, 2013

Budget battles threaten to limit Obama’s second-term agenda

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) – After a brutal “fiscal cliff”
battle, President Barack Obama’s looming budget confrontation
with Congress threatens to sharply curtail his second-term
agenda and limit his ambitions on priorities such as immigration
reform and gun control.

Obama has vowed to push ahead with other legislative
priorities during the fiscal fight, but faces the likelihood
that they will be elbowed aside in a fierce struggle with
Republicans over approaching deadlines to raise the limit on
federal borrowing, cut spending and fund government operations.

Jan 2, 2013

Bigger fights loom after “fiscal cliff” deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans looked ahead on Wednesday toward the next round of even bigger budget fights after reaching a hard-fought “fiscal cliff” deal that narrowly averted potentially devastating tax hikes and spending cuts.

The agreement, approved late on Tuesday by the Republican-led House of Representatives after a bitter political struggle, was a victory for Obama, who had won re-election on a promise to address budget woes in part by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Jan 2, 2013

Bigger fights loom after U.S. ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
congressional Republicans looked ahead on Wednesday toward the
next round of even bigger budget fights after reaching a
hard-fought “fiscal cliff” deal that narrowly averted
potentially devastating tax hikes and spending cuts.

The agreement, approved late on Tuesday by the
Republican-led House of Representatives after a bitter political
struggle, was a victory for Obama, who had won re-election on a
promise to address budget woes in part by raising taxes on the
wealthiest Americans.

Nov 7, 2012

Emboldened Obama seeks to overcome stubborn challenges

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Emboldened by a resounding
election victory, President Barack Obama immediately pledged to
reach across America’s political divide and seek deals on
stubborn issues that dogged his first term.

Obama scored a clear win over Republican challenger Mitt
Romney in Tuesday’s vote, overcoming deep doubts among voters
about his handling of the weak U.S. economy.

Nov 7, 2012

White House race goes down to the wire

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – A neck-and-neck White House
race reached a frantic conclusion on Tuesday as voters chose
between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt
Romney in a decision that will set the course for two starkly
different visions for the country.

After a long and bitter presidential campaign, Americans
cast their votes at polling stations across the country. At
least 120 million people were expected to render judgment on
whether to give Obama a second term or replace him with Romney.

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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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