/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.”
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
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.
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (Reuters) – The Supreme Court decision allowing U.S. states to opt out of expanding Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, is pitting governor against governor, with Democrats accusing Republicans of being more concerned with election-year politics than solving healthcare problems.
The issue that dominated the annual National Governors Association meeting this weekend in the historic Virginia town of Williamsburg was the court’s ruling that Congress cannot penalize states who refuse to enroll a wider group of people in Medicaid, which is operated by states with federal reimbursements.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While the Supreme Court upheld a U.S. healthcare overhaul on Thursday, its decision cast doubt on whether the plan to extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people will reach some of the poorest Americans.
In its ruling, the court allows states to opt out of an expansion of Medicaid benefits for low-income earners with household incomes of up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $30,000. The current Medicaid threshold varies geographically, but in 33 states is under the $22,000 per household definition of poverty.