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Mar 3, 2013

A reflective Romney emerges from seclusion, rips Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four months after his bitter election defeat, a reflective Mitt Romney said it “kills” him not to be president and admitted mistakes were made in his losing White House campaign – particularly his failure to win over minority voters.

In his first television interview since November’s loss to President Barack Obama, Romney leveled a fresh blast of criticism at Obama for failing to lead and putting politics ahead of results in the confrontation with congressional Republicans over the budget and spending cuts.

Feb 27, 2013

Here, there and everywhere, Republican Senator Graham gets around

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lindsey Graham isn’t everywhere in Washington these days. It just seems that way.

In a politically divided town where compromise can be fleeting and partisanship is the norm, the Republican senator from South Carolina has become a leading voice on nearly every major issue before Congress this year – partly because he has not always followed his party’s official stances.

Feb 14, 2013

New Texas Senator Ted Cruz blazing a trail in Washington

WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – For new U.S. senators, the
drill typically goes something like this: Keep quiet once you
arrive in Washington, learn how things work and then begin
asserting yourself.

That is not exactly the path Ted Cruz is taking.

He has been in office for barely six weeks, but already the
senator from Texas, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party
movement, has shown a provocative, in-your-face style that has
won him criticism and praise.

Jan 31, 2013

Giffords seeks ‘bold’ action as U.S. 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 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 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 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.

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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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