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Nov 16, 2012

Congressional leaders optimistic after meeting Obama

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic
congressional leaders emerged from a meeting with President
Barack Obama on Friday pledging to find common ground on taxes
and spending that would allow them to avert a looming “fiscal
cliff” that could send the economy back into recession.

The top lawmakers spoke to reporters as a group for the
first time in more than a year in what aides said was a joint
decision to project a message of unity.

Nov 16, 2012

Obama, Congress leaders meet to avert “fiscal cliff”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic congressional leaders emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday pledging to find common ground on taxes and spending that would allow them to avert a looming “fiscal cliff” that could send the economy back into recession.

The top lawmakers spoke to reporters as a group for the first time in more than a year in what aides said was a joint decision to project a message of unity.

Nov 16, 2012

Republicans say revenue is on the table in fiscal cliff talks

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Top Republicans emerged from
a meeting at the White House on Friday saying they are prepared
to agree to additional revenue in order to avert looming harsh
tax hikes and spending cuts, as long as there also are
reductions in spending.

“To show our seriousness, we’ve put revenue on the table as
long as it’s accompanied by significant spending cuts,” House
Speaker John Boehner told reporters at the White House.

Nov 14, 2012

Obama seeks comprehensive immigration reform in early 2013

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Emboldened by the large
turnout of Hispanic voters in last week’s general election, U.S.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he plans to move quickly
to address what he has called the biggest failure of his first
term – comprehensive immigration reform.

“Before the election, I had given a couple of interviews
where I predicted that the Latino vote was going to be strong
and that that would cause some reflection on the part of
Republicans about their position on immigration reform. I think
we’re starting to see that already,” Obama said at his first
press conference since winning re-election.

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.