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May 25, 2012

Obama campaign targeting Romney’s record as governor

CHICAGO/DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – After weeks of painting Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney as a job-slashing corporate raider, President Barack Obama and his re-election campaign are broadening their attack to include Romney’s record as Massachusetts governor, arguing his policies hurt the state.

Obama, in an impassioned campaign speech in the battleground state of Iowa on Thursday night, foreshadowed that shift in strategy when he said Romney had made his business experience the centerpiece of his candidacy but “doesn’t really talk about what he did in Massachusetts.”

May 24, 2012

Romney opens new front vs Obama: schools are failing

, May 23 (Reuters) -
R epublican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened a new front
on Wednesday in his fight against President Barack Obama,
accusing him of presiding over a failing U.S. education system
in the grip of union bosses who refuse to accept reforms.

In a rare diversion from his campaign focus on the weak U.S.
economy, Romney laid out an education plan in a speech that
represented his most overt appeal to date to Hispanic voters who
have largely sided with the Democratic incumbent.

May 24, 2012

Obama defends foreign policy record against Republicans

By Laura MacInnis

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday staunchly defended his foreign policy record against Republican election-year criticism that he has overseen a decline in American power in the world.

Addressing graduates of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Obama touted his decisions to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq, wind down the war in Afghanistan and order the raid that killed Osama bin Laden – a record his campaign hopes will temper voter discontent about a still fragile economy.

May 23, 2012

Obama defends foreign policy from Republican criticism

By Laura MacInnis

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday staunchly defended his foreign policy record against Republican election-year criticism that he has overseen a decline in American power in the world.

Addressing graduating cadets of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Obama touted his decisions on pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq, winding down the unpopular war in Afghanistan, and the raid that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden – a record aides hope will counter voter discontent over a fragile economy and high unemployment.

May 20, 2012

World leaders back Greece, vow to combat financial turmoil

CAMP DAVID, Maryland (Reuters) – World leaders backed keeping Greece in the euro zone on Saturday and vowed to take all steps necessary to combat financial turmoil while revitalizing a global economy increasingly threatened by Europe’s debt crisis.

A summit of the G8 leading industrialized nations came down solidly in favor of a push to balance European austerity – an approach long driven by German Chancellor Angela Merkel – with a new dose of U.S.-style stimulus seen as vital to healing ailing euro-zone economies. But it was clear that divisions remained.

May 19, 2012

World leaders vow to combat financial turmoil

CAMP DAVID, Maryland (Reuters) – World leaders backed keeping Greece in the euro zone on Saturday and vowed to take all steps necessary to combat financial turmoil while revitalizing their economies, which are increasingly threatened by Europe’s debt crisis.

In a bold statement of support for Europe, the Group of Eight leaders of the world’s major economies meeting at the wooded Camp David in the Cactoctin Mountains of Maryland said the global economic recovery shows promising signs but “significant headwinds persist.”

May 19, 2012

Europe’s economic woes dominate G8 gathering

, May 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama will press European leaders to ease up on fiscal austerity
and focus on economic growth at a summit on Saturday that will
discuss ways to stem turmoil in the euro zone and head off the
risk of global contagion.

At the wooded Camp David retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin
Mountains, Obama and leaders from other large economic powers
will try to forge a common approach to tackling a crisis that
threatens the future of Europe’s 17-nation single currency.

May 19, 2012

Obama opens up Camp David for rustic VIP sleepover

CAMP DAVID, Maryland (Reuters) – Eight of the world’s most powerful people spent Friday night in the woods.

In a sort of VIP sleepover, G8 leaders bedded down in rustic cabins in rural Maryland, where the U.S. presidential retreat known as Camp David is hosting by far the largest international summit in its 70-year history.

May 19, 2012

G8 leaders: Iran must disclose more about nuclear program

CAMP DAVID, Maryland (Reuters) – Group of Eight leaders agreed in their initial discussions at Camp David on Friday that Iran needs to disclose more about its nuclear ambitions and that it was time to focus on a political transition in Syria, a U.S. official said.

The leaders also stressed the importance of having North Korea adhere to international norms with its nuclear program and said it would face more isolation if it “continues down the path of provocation,” the official said.

May 19, 2012

Obama presses ailing Europe to focus on growth

CAMP DAVID, Maryland, May 18 (Reuters) – A growing chorus of
world leaders on Friday pushed for a shift toward more
pro-growth policies to help ease a European crisis that
threatens to oust Greece from the euro zone and reverberate
throughout the global economy.

Setting the tone for a weekend G8 summit, President Barack
Obama aligned himself with the new French president’s drive for
more economic stimulus in recession-plagued Europe, in a swipe
at the tough austerity programs that have been spearheaded by
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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      "Laura MacInnis covers the White House for Reuters. She previously spent five years in Switzerland reporting on diplomacy, banking and energy trading, and before that covered U.S. economic and regulatory issues as a Treasury Department and Securities and Exchange Commission reporter in Washington."
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