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Jun 2, 2011

Analysis: Seniors may swing 2012 vote on Medicare revolt

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Elderly voters who turned against President Barack Obama’s Democrats last year for tampering with Medicare are now threatening to punish Republicans in 2012 elections over their plans to scale back the health care program for seniors.

The shift will likely be most pronounced in important swing states with older populations such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and New Mexico — some of which have the potential to determine presidential elections, experts say.

May 5, 2011

After bin Laden death, Obama visits Ground Zero

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Days after the killing of Osama bin Laden, U.S. President Barack Obama met New York firefighters and police on Thursday and visited Ground Zero to offer comfort to a city still scarred by the Sept. 11 attacks.

His predecessor George W. Bush, just three days after hijacked planes destroyed the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, stood bullhorn in hand in the smoldering wreckage to declare: “The people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

May 5, 2011

Obama thanks NYC firefighters, to visit Ground Zero

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Days after the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama met New York firefighters on Thursday before a visit to Ground Zero to offer comfort to a city still scarred by the September 11 attacks.

His predecessor George W. Bush, just three days after hijacked planes destroyed the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, stood bullhorn in hand with those clearing the still-smoldering wreckage to declare: “The people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

May 5, 2011

Ireland’s Kenny promises bailout rates deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Wednesday he would press for lower interest rates for Dublin’s EU/IMF bailout but insisted higher corporate taxes would not be part of any such deal.

Kenny said a deal had already been reached in principle to lower the nearly 6 percent interest rate on the European Union and International Monetary Fund 85 billion euros bailout, and that the details would be hammered out once Portugal finalized details of its pending bailout package.

May 4, 2011

Osama bin Laden dead? Again? Conspiracy theories abound

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Almost immediately after the United States said it had killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the conspiracy theories started.

Even some relatives of the Sept. 11 victims of the 2001 attacks on America say his death, announced by President Barack Obama in a speech at the White House, begs questions.

May 3, 2011

Bin Laden dead? Again? Conspiracy theories abound

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Almost immediately after the United States said it had killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the conspiracy theories started.

Even some relatives of the September 11 victims of the 2001 attacks on America say his death, announced by President Barack Obama in a speech at the White House, begs questions.

May 3, 2011

Mix of joy, relief and anger at Osama Bin Laden’s death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – - Survivors of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda attacks and relatives of victims welcomed his killing as the death of the devil on Monday but they also expressed anger and renewed grief for loved ones.

From Ground Zero where the Twin Towers were destroyed by hijacked planes in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to a park outside the White House, people cheered the killing of the man most hated and reviled by Americans — Osama bin Laden.

May 2, 2011

Mix of joy, relief and anger at Bin Laden death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – - Survivors of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda attacks and relatives of victims welcomed his killing as the death of the devil Monday but they also expressed anger and renewed grief for loved ones.

From Ground Zero where the Twin Towers were destroyed by hijacked planes in the September 11, 2001, attacks to a park outside the White House, people cheered the killing of the man most hated and reviled by Americans — Osama bin Laden.

Apr 30, 2011

Bumpy week for potential candidate Donald Trump

NEW YORK (Reuters) – He was ribbed by President Barack Obama, called a racist by David Letterman, accused of being a draft dodger and gave an expletive-laced political speech.

All in all, the headlines in recent days were not kind to property mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, who is running high in polls among potential Republican presidential candidates.

Apr 21, 2011

Is America ready for a reality TV president?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump may lead the Republican field in some opinion polls in the nascent 2012 White House race but experts don’t expect Americans to elect their first reality TV president.

Sure, America’s voters made a B-movie star (Ronald Reagan) commander-in-chief, and elected a former professional wrestler (Jesse Ventura) and a muscular action movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as governors of Minnesota and California, respectively.