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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.

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.

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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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