WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – Haley Barbour is out. Why,
one might ask, is Mississippi’s popular governor opting against
a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012? Well,
he says he’s just not sure he’s got the “absolute fire in the
belly” that supporters deserve from their candidate.
Maybe that’s the kind of self-discovery that comes on the
pre-campaign trail, in early voting states like Iowa, New
Hampshire and South Carolina, where he had visited in recent
weeks. Perhaps he’s not alone in feeling not up for the job.
The Republican field is unusually subdued at a time in the
campaign calendar when it should be hopping with activity.
WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) – Talk of a “strong dollar”
is about as American as apple pie. But have you noticed that
those precious words are hardly ever uttered by Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner?
Maybe that is because Geithner’s boss, President Barack
Obama, doesn’t actually want a strong dollar and is aiding and
abetting its depreciation. After all, a weak greenback is good
for manufacturing exports and therefore good for the recovery
and for jobs. Those long-elusive jobs could work wonders for
WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – Freshmen are usually low
on the totem pole. But the 85 first-term Republicans in the
House of Representatives find themselves awash in invitations
for meetings and morning coffees with the creme de la creme of
Washington and Wall Street.
Reuters reporters Tim Reid and Rachelle Younglai report
today that the freshmen are in vogue because their fiscally
conservative views could determine the outcome of the upcoming
vote to raise America’s debt ceiling. The newcomers are told
repeatedly that a failure to raise the $14.3 trillion debt
limit will trigger economic calamity, on a global scale.
In this post-9/11, ultra-high security era, it is hard to believe that the bomb-proofing specs of a new Defense Department building in the DC area would be on public view. Then again, the Internet is a tough beast to manage.
Reuters reporters Mark Hosenball and Missy Ryan discovered the sensitive information about Mark Center — where 6,400 Defense Department personnel are scheduled to move later this year — on a public website maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers.
.As market maven Mohamed El-Erian told us today “The medium term has a way of creeping up on you.” That’s why everyone needs a cattle prod from time to time and today it was Washington’s turn to get a goading.
It came in the form of Standard & Poor’s decision to slap a negative outlook on America’s top-notch credit rating because of Washington’s plodding pace on deficit reduction. The White House and Congress need to get in gear and start making meaningful plans to cut the deficit or else be responsible for a dreaded downgrade in debt. The chances? One-in-three over two years.
MINNEAPOLIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The hundreds of illegal immigrants recently fired from fast-growing burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc had a pretty good run when it came to job security.
Not only did some get jobs with fake Social Security numbers and few questions about their immigration status, in some cases they actually told managers point-blank their papers were no good. And they often stayed on for years.
WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress cannot
ignore the political losses that might run into the 2012
elections from failing to get a budget deal tonight. A running
poll of readers on reuters.com shows 60 percent would blame
Republicans more for a government shutdown, 22 percent would
blame Democrats and 18 percent say both parties, equally.
In the blame game, however, Republicans have a powerful
point: when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress just
months ago, they could have approved the current year budget.
The Democrats started this mess, they say. President Barack
Obama will lose face if he can’t stop it.
LOS ANGELES/VANCOUVER (Reuters) – North America is at little risk of receiving harmful levels of radiation from Japan’s nuclear crisis, officials said on Thursday, but that has not stopped a scramble on the West Coast for items like potassium iodide and Geiger counters.
Low concentrations of radioactive particles from Japan’s stricken nuclear plants are expected to drift over the Pacific Ocean, but nothing has been detected by U.S. or Canadian monitoring stations, officials said.
WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) – There is nothing quite
like a horrific natural disaster to put things into
perspective, and Japan’s 8.9 earthquake and devastating tsunami
Friday were no different. Before getting down to business, we
paused this morning to consider our own fragility, including
President Barack Obama, who said he was “heartbroken” by
Japan’s heavy loss of life.
Against such a stark backdrop, America’s high gas prices
might seem like a frivolous topic. But, in fact, it is serious
– for Americans whose lifestyle dictates heavy gas consumption
and for a president who is under pressure to deliver his people
some relief at the gas pumps.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An investigation by U.S. immigration officials into illegal unemployment at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is making some investors nervous and could have implications for the fast food industry as a whole.
Chipotle, based in Denver, Colorado, is one of the highest-profile employers to come under the scrutiny of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in recent years. And the investigation into its hiring practices has served as a wake-up call for the nation’s nearly 580,000 restaurants.