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May 23, 2014

GM sales appear resilient amid recalls, dealers optimistic

CHICAGO (Reuters) – In the midst of an historic run of recalls, including over one defect linked to at least 13 deaths, General Motors Co sales are showing resilience.

The No. 1 U.S. automaker is beating the industry average this month, according to one estimate, and more than 10 dealers interviewed by Reuters were upbeat, saying lingering concerns about the safety of the company’s current new car lineup are dissipating even as the number of recalls rise.

May 19, 2014

McConnell will have to pivot after likely Kentucky primary win

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) – Facing a challenge from a Tea Party candidate in this year’s race to fill his Senate seat, Mitch McConnell has sought to appeal to conservative Republicans by stressing his pro-gun, anti-immigration and anti-abortion stance. He has also attacked Washington earmarks for lawmakers’ pet projects.

It appears to have worked. Going into Tuesday’s Republican primary in Kentucky, the Senate minority leader is ahead of his opponent, Louisville-based businessman Matt Bevin, by a wide margin, according to opinion polls.

May 17, 2014

Illinois man tests positive for MERS virus without falling ill

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois resident tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome after being in contact with an infected patient, though he did not show signs of illness, U.S. health officials said on Saturday.

The man likely contracted MERS from a man in Indiana who was hospitalized in late April with the first known U.S. case of the illness.

Apr 1, 2014

Bid to topple Mississippi senator tests Tea Party’s muscle

VICKSBURG, Mississippi (Reuters) – It is not shaping up as a great year for the conservative Tea Party movement as it seeks to revamp the Republican Party by challenging “establishment” Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

The Tea Party’s assault on Senator John Cornyn fell short in the Texas primaries last month, and recent polls indicate that the movement’s candidates are unlikely to oust incumbents in Kentucky, Tennessee and Kansas.

Mar 11, 2014

Seeking wider influence, Tea Party group goes professional

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In early 2009, amateur conservative Tea Party activists took to the streets to protest newly-elected U.S. President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package and health reform, a ragtag army that helped win the U.S. House for Republicans in 2010, then waged internecine war with the party establishment.

There was nothing ragtag at a Feb 27 five-year celebration at the Hyatt Capitol Hill organized by Tea Party Patriots, a national umbrella group affiliated with many others in the amorphous, politically conservative movement.

Feb 22, 2014

Thirteen billboards, one paint-shop worker helped defeat union at VW plant in Chattanooga

WASHINGTON/CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) – In the aftermath of the United Auto Workers’ crushing defeat in a vote to represent workers at Volkswagen’s sole U.S. factory, a key question remains unanswered: did conservative politicians and anti-union groups work together to stymie the union?

In an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board on Friday, the UAW said there was a “coordinated effort” by state politicians, anti-union groups and Tennessee’s U.S. Senator Bob Corker to coerce a no vote in the February 12-14 election.

Jan 26, 2014

Analysis: Gov Walker needs Wisconsin win to vie for GOP presidential nod

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Over the past year Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, has worked his way down a checklist of items commonly associated with a run at the U.S. presidency.

He has written a campaign-themed book and visited Iowa, New Hampshire and other pivotal election-year states. He has stumped for candidates nationwide. He even has criticized conservatives who challenge moderate incumbents, pleasing party elders.

Jan 21, 2014

Iowa Republican caucus to test conservatives in U.S. Senate race

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa, Jan 21 (Reuters) – In one of the first
skirmishes of 2014 between opposing wings of the Republican
Party, conservatives and moderates vie on Tuesday for an early
lead in the fight to nominate a candidate to run for the U.S.
Senate seat of retiring Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin.

Republicans need to win six seats to gain a majority in the
U.S. Senate in congressional elections in November. If they
retain control of the House of Representatives, they would gain
considerable leverage in dealing with Democratic President
Barack Obama.

Jan 7, 2014

Polar freeze grips United States, disrupting travel, business

CHICAGO/CLEVELAND, Ohio (Reuters) – A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday with the coldest temperatures in two decades causing at least four deaths, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights.

Shelters for the homeless were overflowing due to the severe cold described by some meteorologists as the “polar vortex” and dubbed by media as the “polar pig.”

Jan 6, 2014

Big freeze grips United States, disrupting travel and business

CHICAGO/CLEVELAND, Ohio (Reuters) – A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday, with the coldest temperatures in two decades threatening lives, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights.

Shelters for the homeless were overwhelmed and oil production could come to a standstill as the severe cold, described by some meteorologists as the “polar vortex” and dubbed by media as the “polar pig,” brought temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius).

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      "Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe."
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