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Jan 24, 2014

Analysis: For U.S. Republicans, political makeover has few changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A year after Republican leaders vowed to “rebrand” their party to broaden its appeal in light of a dispiriting election loss to Democratic President Barack Obama, the Republican strategy for 2014 is looking a lot like the one from 2012.

At the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting this week in Washington, it was clear the panic that hit the party after the 2012 elections has subsided, although polls indicate that efforts to make the party more attractive to single women, minorities and gays, groups that favor Democrats by big numbers, have not made any headway.

Jan 10, 2014

Analysis: For now, scandal not seen as fatal to Christie in 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the road to the White House in 2016 suddenly has gotten bumpy – but it’s not closed.

The blunt-talking Christie, an early favorite in the upcoming Republican presidential sweepstakes, tried to put a brewing scandal behind him on Thursday during an apologetic news conference in which he announced the firing of a top aide who appeared to orchestrate traffic jams as an act of political revenge.

Jan 10, 2014

For now, scandal not seen as fatal to Christie in 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – For New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie, the road to the White House in 2016 suddenly has
gotten bumpy – but it’s not closed.

The blunt-talking Christie, an early favorite in the
upcoming Republican presidential sweepstakes, tried to put a
brewing scandal behind him on Thursday during an apologetic news
conference in which he announced the firing of a top aide who
appeared to orchestrate traffic jams as an act of political
revenge.

Dec 24, 2013

The painful path to Obamacare deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tuesday is a moment of truth for Obamacare.

It marks the final deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, if they want coverage starting on January 1.

If enough people – and the right mix of young and old – do not enroll, the ambitious program designed to provide health benefits to millions of uninsured and under-insured Americans risks eventually unraveling.

Nov 26, 2013

In California, a vision of Republicans’ challenge on immigration

CERES, California (Reuters) – For most Republicans in the U.S. Congress, a large gathering of Hispanic voters to discuss immigration would be politically perilous – an invitation to complaints about the party’s longtime resistance to measures aimed at helping undocumented immigrants.

But when Republican Rep. Jeff Denham walked into a meeting with hundreds of his Hispanic constituents at a church in California’s Central Valley this month, he was met with applause, praise and a hand-lettered “Thank You” sign.

Nov 6, 2013

Analysis: Election results ensure Republican Party feud will play on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For deeply divided Republicans, Tuesday’s elections in New Jersey and Virginia did little to resolve the ongoing feud between hardline conservatives and establishment pragmatists who worry the party is drifting too far to the right to win statewide and national elections.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s easy re-election in a mostly Democratic state was an emphatic statement about voters’ attraction to Republicans who talk about reaching across party lines. It also solidified Christie as an early favorite in the campaign for the 2016 Republican U.S. presidential nomination.

Oct 24, 2013

Cruz calls shutdown fight good for conservatives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The bitter budget fight in Congress that shuttered the U.S. government this month was a success for conservatives even though various polls indicate it damaged them politically, Republican Senator Ted Cruz said on Thursday.

Cruz – a ringleader of conservative Republicans’ push to hold up government funding to try to weaken Democratic President Barack Obama’s healthcare law – told the Reuters Washington Summit that although the effort did not yield changes to “Obamacare,” it did ignite Tea Party grassroots activists and intensify scrutiny of the law.

Oct 23, 2013

Obama turns to trusted aide for ‘tech surge’ to fix healthcare website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama turned to a trusted adviser on Tuesday to lead a “tech surge” aimed at repairing the troubled launch of the government website at the heart of his signature healthcare law.

Jeffrey Zients, a former official of the Office of Management and Budget who will become head of the National Economic Council in January, will provide short-term management advice on the project, said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Oct 22, 2013

Obama turns to top aide in ‘tech surge’ to fix health care website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday turned to a trusted advisor to lead a “tech surge” aimed at repairing the troubled launch of the government website at the heart of his signature healthcare law.

Jeffrey Zients, a former Office of Management and Budget official who will become head of the National Economic Council in January, will provide short-term management advice and counsel on the project, said Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Oct 22, 2013

McCain: ‘Obamacare’ website woes could help Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The troubled launch of Democratic President Barack Obama’s healthcare website could give Republicans a chance to regain some of the political ground they lost during the recent government shutdown, Republican Senator John McCain said on Monday.

The Arizona senator, a vocal critic of conservative Republicans who held up government funding for 16 days while demanding changes to Obama’s healthcare law, said the federal shutdown was devastating to many people in his state. Republicans “have our work cut out for us” to improve their image after polls indicated that more Americans blamed them for the fiscal impasse, he said.

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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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