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Feb 24, 2013

In South Carolina, disgraced former governor seeks a resurrection

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – The scheduled appearance by a candidate for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District here last week was behind schedule. The event’s co-host, an undertaker, had been detained at his funeral home by an unexpected “delivery.”

A couple of people in the audience laughed as they realized what sort of delivery a funeral home receives. Questions of life and death seemed oddly appropriate because the afternoon’s guest of honor was a man who is trying to undergo a political resurrection: former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.

Feb 21, 2013

Gingrich’s jab at Rove shows conflicts within Republicans’ makeover

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If there is anything more tense than the relations between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, it might be what is happening between two prominent Republicans: strategist Karl Rove and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Three months after Republicans failed to oust Democratic President Barack Obama from the White House, Rove, Gingrich and other Republicans are locked in an increasingly bitter debate over how to revamp their party to appeal more to women and minorities.

Feb 8, 2013

Email hacker reveals Bush family photos, addresses

By Samuel P. Jacobs

(Reuters) – The Secret Service is investigating the hacking of email accounts belonging to members of the Bush family that divulged correspondence, addresses, phone numbers and a picture of a self-portrait painted by former President George W. Bush standing in a shower.

A report on the Smoking Gun website, said the pilfered emails provided a rare glimpse into the private lives of one of America’s most powerful political dynasties. The Bushes are only the second family in U.S. history to send a father and son to the White House.

Feb 6, 2013

Insight: Shrinking U.S. labor unions see relief in marijuana industry

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The medical marijuana shop next to a tattoo parlor on a busy street in Los Angeles looks much like hundreds of other pot dispensaries that dot the city.

Except for one thing: On the glass door – under a green cross signaling that cannabis can be bought there for medical purposes – is a sticker for the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), the nation’s largest retail union.

Feb 6, 2013

Shrinking U.S. labor unions see relief in marijuana industry

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The medical
marijuana shop next to a tattoo parlor on a busy street in Los
Angeles looks much like hundreds of other pot dispensaries that
dot the city.

Except for one thing: On the glass door – under a green
cross signaling that cannabis can be bought there for medical
purposes – is a sticker for the United Food and Commercial
Workers union (UFCW), the nation’s largest retail union.

Jan 21, 2013

Obama places civil rights at center of inauguration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama placed the struggle over race and U.S. civil rights at the center of his second inauguration on Monday, a departure from his first inaugural address and from a first term punctuated by relative silence on the subject.

With the ceremony falling on the holiday that celebrates the birth of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Obama used the opportunity to link King’s call for racial equality with the movement for equal rights for gays and women.

Jan 20, 2013

Biden’s “U.S. president” gaffe points to 2016 ambitions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Was it just another slip of the tongue by Vice President Joe Biden, or a preview of the next presidential campaign in 2016?

Hours before he and President Barack Obama were due to be sworn in for their second four-year terms, Biden told supporters at the Iowa State Society inauguration ball late Saturday: “I’m proud to be president of the United States.”

Jan 18, 2013

For Obama, second inaugural speech is a special challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four years ago, his challenge was to cut through what he called the “gathering clouds and raging storms” of an economic recession.

When President Barack Obama gives his second inaugural address outside the U.S. Capitol on Monday, the road ahead for him and his presidency is no less challenging. Battles with Republicans loom over federal spending, taxes, the government’s debt limit, gun control and immigration.

Jan 18, 2013

After fumbled oath, Roberts and Obama leave little to chance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four years ago, John Roberts blew it. In his debut at swearing in the next president, the Supreme Court chief justice stumbled over the oath at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony.

That led Obama to mix his words up too and the historic swearing-in of the first African-American president briefly became an awkward muddle.

Jan 16, 2013

In test of influence, NRA gets personal in anti-Obama ad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hours before President Barack Obama revealed his plan to decrease gun-related violence, the nation’s leading gun-rights group took its opposition to him to a personal level by releasing a video ad that refers to Obama’s two school-aged daughters.

The ad released by the National Rifle Association, which advocated putting armed guards in schools after the December 14 massacre of 26 people in a Connecticut school last month, casts the president as elitist and hypocritical for wanting schools to be gun-free zones.

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      "Sam is a Reuters correspondent covering the 2012 campaign. Previously, he was an associate editor at Newsweek and a staff reporter for The Daily Beast. His writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe and The New York Observer."
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