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Oct 31, 2012

Trick or treat? Biden kids about a 2016 run

SARASOTA, Florida, Oct 31 (Reuters) – For his political
opponents, Vice President Joe Biden might have been playing a
trick, but for some of his ardent supporters, he could have been
dispensing a special treat on Halloween: mentioning on Wednesday
a possible run for president in 2016.

After a rally in Sarasota, Biden swung by Station 400, a
train station-turned-restaurant filled with many who had cast
their votes already for him and President Barack Obama.

Oct 30, 2012

Biden, Clinton pick up campaign mantle for storm-hit Obama

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Pulled back to Washington to address the storm pounding the East Coast just days before the presidential election, President Barack Obama passed his campaign banner on Monday to Vice President Joe Biden and the man he has anointed his “Secretary of Explaining Stuff,” former President Bill Clinton.

Biden and Clinton joined forces at a rally in the key battleground state of Ohio, where they sought to keep alive the Obama campaign strategy of combining rallies and other personal contact with a push for early voting by Democrats ahead of the November 6 election.

Oct 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy looms over 10-day sprint to U.S. election

/PENSACOLA, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney campaigned feverishly in closely contested battleground states on Saturday but changed travel plans to avoid Hurricane Sandy, the massive storm approaching the U.S. East Coast.

With just 10 days before Election Day and polls showing the national race a dead heat, Romney was holding three rallies in Florida, whose 29 electoral votes are the biggest prize among states considered too close to call.

Oct 24, 2012
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Obama shows Biden some love after debate mention

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President Barack Obama broke from his standard campaign speech on Tuesday to show his running mate Joe Biden some love, heaping praise onto the vice president less than 24 hours after he put Biden under a harsh spotlight during the final presidential debate.

When explaining his decision to kill Osama bin Laden, Obama said in the debate to his Republican opponent Mitt Romney that “even some in my own party, including my current vice president, had the same critique as you did.”

Oct 10, 2012

Obama campaign: Romney dishonest on abortion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama campaign on Wednesday said Mitt Romney’s most recent comments on abortion were examples of the Republican presidential candidate’s dishonesty and deception.

Romney told the Des Moines Register late on Tuesday that “there’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”

Jul 31, 2012

SEC seeks more investor protections for U.S. municipal bond market

By Karen Pierog and Lisa Lambert

(Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a report on Tuesday it would seek legislation to improve disclosure in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market, which has largely escaped the same level of regulation as other U.S. capital markets.

The SEC’s report, which was two years in the making, focuses on improving disclosures by states, cities and other debt issuers and on increasing investor protection.

Jul 31, 2012

SEC seeks more investor protections for US muni market

July 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission said in a report on Tuesday it would seek legislation
to improve disclosure in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond
market, which has largely escaped the same level of regulation
as other U.S. capital markets.

The SEC’s report, which was two years in the making, focuses
on improving disclosures by states, cities and other debt
issuers and on increasing investor protection.

Jul 19, 2012

Energy, manufacturing fuel U.S. cities’ economic growth: study

By Lisa Lambert

(Reuters) – Cities will be leading contributors to U.S. economic expansion over the next year, and much of their growth will depend on energy and manufacturing, according to a study released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Thursday.

“The timing and pace of recovery will be varied across the states and metropolitan areas,” the study, conducted by independent firm IHS Global Insight, found. “Metro areas that didn’t suffer and those whose economies are rooted in quickly growing or rebounding industries will likely recover before those with greater exposure to the acute economic turmoil.”

Jul 17, 2012

Volcker, Ravitch warn state budgets under long-term threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – States’ current spending, taxation and budget practices cannot be sustained, and the public must take action to change fiscal problems that go well beyond the 2007-09 economic recession, an independent bipartisan committee said on Tuesday.

“It’s very difficult to get people interested in the problem and to do something about it,” said former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker at a news conference, joking that the best result of the committee’s work would be that the “citizenry arises” to demand change. “A lot has been going on in various state budgets, not much of it good.”

Jul 16, 2012

Pennsylvania joins ranks of states seeking public pension reform

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia, July 15 (Reuters) – Pennsylvania is
joining a growing movement across U.S. states to overhaul public
pensions, but even while the state’s governor says the need for
reform is urgent, he advocates action only after great
deliberation.

Pennsylvania, like so many other U.S. states, is facing a
yawning gap in its public pension fund, and Governor Tom Corbett
acknowledges that finding ways to close that gap won’t be easy.