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Jun 8, 2012

U.S. liberals shed frustration, gear up for election fight

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Reuters) – After a gut punch in Wisconsin and frequent bouts of disappointment with President Barack Obama, liberal activists could be excused for a lack of enthusiasm about November’s U.S. election.

But many of those attending Netroots Nation, a three-day gathering of grassroots progressives in Rhode Island, said the stark choices in the looming battle for control of the White House and Congress were all the motivation they need.

Jun 6, 2012

Wisconsin recall raises warning flags for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s recall victory raised numerous warning flags for President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats, who badly flunked the first big political test of the 2012 campaign.

Walker’s surprisingly easy win over Democrat Tom Barrett on Tuesday was fueled by a big turnout from a motivated Republican base of voters, and by heavy spending by out-of-state conservatives who flooded Wisconsin with campaign cash.

Jun 6, 2012

Analysis: Walker’s win in Wisconsin boosts conservatives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker scored more than a personal victory in Tuesday’s state recall vote. He delivered a psychological boost for the Republicans and a blow to Democrats that could linger until the November 6 U.S. presidential election.

Walker, a Republican, sailed to a surprisingly easy win over Democrat Tom Barrett, ending a bitter 15-month political battle over Walker’s efforts to eliminate most collective-bargaining rights for Wisconsin’s public sector unions.

Jun 6, 2012

Analysis – Walker’s win in Wisconsin boosts U.S. conservatives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker scored more than a personal victory in Tuesday’s state recall vote. He delivered a psychological boost for the Republicans and a blow to Democrats that could linger until the November 6 U.S. presidential election.

Walker, a Republican, sailed to a surprisingly easy win over Democrat Tom Barrett, ending a bitter 15-month political battle over Walker’s efforts to eliminate most collective-bargaining rights for Wisconsin’s public sector unions.

Jun 2, 2012

Wisconsin recall vote to resonate in presidential race

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (Reuters) – The battle over whether to recall Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, has sharply divided the state and become a nationally watched test of his party’s push to limit government, slash spending and challenge public-sector labor unions.

Tuesday’s recall vote also has the attention of two very interested outsiders: Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, who are gearing up for their November 6 showdown for the White House.

May 17, 2012

Plan for ads about Obama’s former pastor ignites firestorm

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – A proposed $10 million
conservative ad campaign seeking to revive President Barack
Obama’s link to his controversial former pastor Jeremiah Wright
ignited a political firestorm on Thursday, with Obama’s camp and
Republican Mitt Romney trading charges of character
assassination.

A conservative group backing Romney looked at but then
rejected a plan to air television ads reminding voters of
Wright, the Chicago pastor whose racially charged sermons
prompted Obama to give a major speech on race during the 2008
presidential campaign.

May 17, 2012

Conservative group rejects ads targeting Obama’s former pastor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conservative group backing Republican Mitt Romney on Thursday rejected a planned $10 million ad campaign that would have revived the link between President Barack Obama and his controversial former pastor Jeremiah Wright.

A divisive figure from the 2008 presidential election, Wright was briefly at the center of a fire storm again when an independent “Super PAC” group was reported to be considering a series of ads reminding voters of Obama’s association with him.

May 16, 2012

Insight: In Ohio, “fracking” boom a delicate issue for Obama

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) – Out past the vacant storefronts and abandoned buildings, beyond the shuttered steel mills and decaying industrial plants, residents of eastern Ohio suddenly are seeing dollar signs.

In a region more accustomed to hard times than optimism, residents hope that a boom in shale gas drilling using the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” – will lead to wealth, jobs and a reservoir of domestic energy that could dramatically boost the area’s fortunes.

May 1, 2012

Analysis: Obama “playing defense”, but has advantage on electoral map

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The battle for the White House is still in its early, often silly stages – a time when issues such as the economy and national security can be overshadowed by spats over which candidate would be better for dogs.

But in the end, the November 6 election between Democratic President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney will hinge on 10 politically divided states, nine of which Obama won when he defeated Republican John McCain in 2008.

May 1, 2012

Obama “playing defense,” but has advantage on electoral map

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The battle for the White House is still in its early, often silly stages – a time when issues such as the economy and national security can be overshadowed by spats over which candidate would be better for dogs.

But in the end, the November 6 election between Democratic President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney will hinge on 10 politically divided states, nine of which Obama won when he defeated Republican John McCain in 2008.

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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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