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Jan 31, 2013

Giffords seeks “bold” action as Congress takes up gun control

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, grievously wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, made an emotional plea on Wednesday for Congress to take action to curb gun violence, but a National Rifle Association executive said new gun laws “have failed in the past and they’ll fail again.”

Speaking haltingly, Giffords implored lawmakers to “be bold, be courageous” as she opened testimony at the first congressional hearing on gun violence since the December 14 massacre in which a gunman shot dead 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jan 30, 2013

Giffords makes emotional plea as lawmakers confront gun violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, grievously wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, made an emotional plea on Wednesday for Congress to take action to curb U.S. gun violence, but a National Rifle Association executive said new gun laws “have failed in the past and they’ll fail again.”

Speaking haltingly, Giffords urged lawmakers to “be courageous” as she opened testimony at the first congressional hearing on gun violence since the December 14 massacre in which a gunman shot dead 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jan 29, 2013

Analysis: For Republicans, a world turned “upside down” on immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – What a difference one brutally disappointing election can make.

At this time last year, Republican U.S. presidential contenders were competing to act tough on immigration to win favor with the party’s conservative base.

Jan 25, 2013

Bruised Republicans vow to give party’s image a makeover

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Bruised and divided by November’s election losses, Republican leaders emerged from a series of self-analysis and strategy sessions this week with the outlines of a game plan to reverse voting trends that favor Democrats.

After a frank assessment of the party’s shortcomings, state and national officials at the Republican National Committee’s winter meetings vowed, above all, to improve the image of a party that they acknowledge is seen as unwelcoming – or even hostile – to single women and the nation’s growing minority population.

Jan 25, 2013

Jindal raps fellow Republicans for narrow focus

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal sharply criticized his own party on Thursday for its narrow focus on Washington-based budget battles and said Republicans need to revamp their message if they hope to recover from November’s painful election losses.

In a blunt speech certain to bolster speculation about his 2016 presidential ambitions, Jindal told Republican leaders they must “stop being the stupid party” and broaden their effort to appeal to every American voter.

Jan 22, 2013

Confident Obama lays out battle plan as he launches second term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A confident President Barack Obama kicked off his second term on Monday with an impassioned call for a more inclusive America that rejects partisan rancor and embraces immigration reform, gay rights and the fight against climate change.

Obama’s ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol was filled with traditional pomp and pageantry, but it was a scaled-back inauguration compared to the historic start of his presidency in 2009 when he swept into office on a mantle of hope and change as America’s first black president.

Jan 21, 2013

Obama urges end to political name-calling as 2nd term starts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Americans on Monday to reject political “absolutism” and partisan rancor as he kicked off his second term with a call for national unity, setting a pragmatic tone for the daunting challenges he faces over the next four years.

Obama’s ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol was filled with traditional pomp and pageantry, but it was a scaled-back inauguration compared to the historic start of his presidency in 2009 when he swept into office on a mantle of hope and change as America’s first black president

Jan 21, 2013

Facing challenges, Obama kicks off second term at public inauguration

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Four years after making
history by becoming the first African-American president, Barack
Obama will kick off his second term on Monday with a scaled-back
inauguration that reflects the tempered expectations for his
next four years in office.

Lingering high unemployment, bitter political battles and a
divisive re-election campaign have punctured the mood of
optimism and hope that infused Obama’s 2009 inauguration after a
sweeping election win.

Jan 21, 2013

With array of challenges, Obama kicks off second term at public inauguration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four years after making history by becoming the first African-American president, Barack Obama will kick off his second term on Monday with a scaled-back inauguration that reflects the tempered expectations for his next four years in office.

Lingering high unemployment, bitter political battles and a divisive re-election campaign have punctured the mood of optimism and hope that infused Obama’s 2009 inauguration after a sweeping election win.

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.

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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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