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.
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.
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.
/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.
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.”
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.”
(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.
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.
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.”
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.”