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Nov 4, 2014

Republicans expect gains, but many races close on Election Day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters in the United States took to the polls on Tuesday, casting ballots in midterm elections where Republicans are poised to make gains and possibly recapture control of the U.S. Senate in a race that could complicate President Barack Obama’s last two years in office.

Obama’s low job approval rating, partisan gridlock in Washington and a U.S. economy that is not growing broadly enough to help many in the middle class are the major issues before voters in elections for 36 senators, 36 governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives.

Nov 2, 2014

To salvage his presidency, Obama faces pressure to reboot – but will he?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A reshuffling of President Barack Obama’s staff looks all but certain after Tuesday’s congressional elections, which are likely to bring humbling losses to his Democratic party and could add to pressure on him to reboot his presidency.

Forecasters say that Republicans, who have made Obama’s unpopularity a top issue in the elections, are in a strong position to capture the six seats they need to take over the Senate from Democrats. They are also expected to expand their majority in the House of Representatives.

Nov 1, 2014

Obama stumps in Michigan, where his popularity is still strong

DETROIT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made his lone campaign appearance with a Democrat running for Senate on Saturday in Michigan, urging voters to remember how his administration helped rescue the auto industry when he first took office in 2009.

Obama, whose unpopularity has left him on the sidelines leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections, spoke to a crowd of about 6,000 supporters of Democratic congressman Gary Peters, who is expected to win the seat held by retiring long-time Democratic Senator Carl Levin.

Oct 30, 2014

Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Saying she will not be
bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an
ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will
disregard the restrictions and go to court.

The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states
are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to
overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights.

Oct 29, 2014

Saying she will not be bullied, nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court.

The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights.

Oct 28, 2014

In Ebola response, Obama’s ‘czar’ stays behind the curtain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s not often that a White House official gets mocked on both Saturday Night Live and a major daily newspaper before he makes his first public appearance.

But Ron Klain’s low-profile first week as President Barack Obama’s behind-the-scenes Ebola “czar” has become another attack point for a White House struggling to show it’s on top of the crisis.

Oct 28, 2014

Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

ATLANTA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the second of two nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient left an Atlanta hospital, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said policies adopted in the United States should not discourage Americans willing to fight West Africa’s outbreak.

Obama weighed in for the first time since states including New York and New Jersey imposed automatic 21-day quarantines on doctors and nurses returning from the three countries at the heart of the outbreak – rules that go beyond federal guidelines.

Oct 25, 2014

Obama: ‘We have to be guided by the facts, not fear’ on Ebola

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
commended New Yorkers for their calm reaction to the city’s
first case of Ebola and told Americans in his weekly address
that the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs
to be based on “facts, not fear.”

It was the second week in a row that Obama used his address
to speak directly to Americans about the response to Ebola,
which has turned into a political issue in the days leading up
to Nov. 4 congressional elections.

Oct 24, 2014

White House ex-counsel Ruemmler asks Obama not to consider her for attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, facing the possibility of a difficult Senate confirmation battle, has pulled out of consideration for replacing Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general, a White House official said on Friday.

Obama, who thinks highly of Ruemmler, had approached the Washington lawyer to see if he could put her on his shortlist for replacing Holder, who has announced he will leave his post when a successor is found.

Oct 21, 2014

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family in Ohio, the White house said on Tuesday.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move, but pressed Pyongyang to free the two remaining Americans.

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