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Sep 19, 2012

Behind closed doors, Romney gossips, imitates Kissinger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The surreptitious video recording of a fundraiser held for Republican Mitt Romney in May provided a rare glimpse of how he views supporters of President Barack Obama – as government dependents.

It also provided an equally novel sight of a relaxed Romney doing an impression of Henry Kissinger, dishing about late-night television talk show host David Letterman, and receiving some pointed tips for his presidential campaign.

Sep 13, 2012

Obama pulling away from Romney in polls but Mideast looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is pulling away from rival Mitt Romney in polls in what might be a turning point in the U.S. presidential campaign, but volatility in the Middle East is allowing Republicans to cast the Democrat as weak on foreign policy and could threaten his momentum.

In the latest survey to show Obama ahead, a Reuters/Ipsos online poll on Thursday gave the Democrat a 7 percentage point lead, 48 percent to 41 percent, among likely voters.

Sep 13, 2012

Intrepid U.S. envoy Stevens nurtured Libyan democracy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As a mid-level U.S. diplomat, Chris Stevens dreamed up the idea of building bridges with Iran by having the United States extend greetings to the country on Nowruz, the Persian New Year. He took the plan to then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who quickly blessed it.

“That was easy,” Stevens told Albright, according to a State Department colleague knowledgeable about the conversation in the late 1990s.

Sep 12, 2012

Slain U.S. Ambassador Stevens helped nurture Libyan democracy

WASHINGTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Christopher Stevens, the
U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in the Libyan city Benghazi, was
deeply involved in the transition of the North African state and
had been U.S. envoy to the rebels who overthrew strongman
Muammar Gaddafi last year.

Stevens, 52, who had been ambassador to Libya since May, was
one of four Americans who died when Islamist gunmen stormed the
Benghazi consulate and another safe house refuge on Tuesday
night.

Sep 10, 2012

Presidential campaigns will pause to mark Sept. 11

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The killing of Osama bin
Laden and the war in Afghanistan are becoming increasingly
charged campaign issues, but both U.S. presidential candidates
will put politics on hold to observe the anniversary of the
Sept. 11 attacks on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney
will freeze their barrage of television ads for the day a s
ceremonies across the United States remember the 2,977 people
killed by the 2001 attacks.
It is recognition of the awkwardness of throwing political
punches on a day when politicians typically call for the nation
to come together.

Sep 7, 2012

In personal terms, Biden casts US election as stark choice

Sept 7 (Reuters) – Casting President Barack
Obama as a decisive leader with a starkly superior vision for
the United States than his Republican rival, Democratic Vice
President Joe Biden on Thursday accepted his party’s nomination
for re-election.

Drawing on his experience working 30 steps away from Obama’s
Oval Office, Biden used his acceptance speech to outline sharp
contrasts between the president and Republican Mitt Romney, whom
Obama faces in the Nov. 6 election.

Sep 6, 2012

Liberal firebrand Barney Frank attacks “myth Romney”

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Mitt Romney plans to undo needed reforms for the financial sector, Representative Barney Frank told the Democratic convention Thursday night in a speech that served as curtain call for the liberal firebrand who leaves Congress in January.

As the former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Frank co-authored the 2010 financial reform bill, a bugbear for presidential challenger Romney and his Republican Party.

Jul 27, 2012

Election campaign: Before the convention, there’s the commute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – So, where are you staying?

That could be the universal greeting at the Republican National Convention next month, when about 50,000 people arrive in Tampa, Florida, to celebrate Mitt Romney’s nomination as his party’s presidential nominee.

With 36 hotels needed to house the 2,286 convention delegates and thousands of guests, corporate sponsors and media, convention organizers were forced to look far and, in some cases, very wide for accommodations within driving distance of the city on central Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Jul 23, 2012

Massachusetts Republicans Brown, Romney share staff – and not much else

PLYMOUTH, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Outside a sweltering campaign office where the air conditioner was broken, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown boasted to supporters about the reach of his re-election campaign against Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a consumer advocate and Harvard law professor.

“We’re just everywhere,” Brown said. “I guess Professor Warren is in Martha’s Vineyard.”

Jun 28, 2012

Chaos, confusion mark cable TV reports on Supreme Court ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sometimes, breaking news requires a little fixing.

The antique traditions of the U.S. Supreme Court collided with the now-now-now news media on Thursday, resulting in chaos and chagrin as two U.S. cable television networks wrongly reported that the heart of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law had been overturned by the nation’s highest court.

The erroneous initial reports came as journalists and amateur legal analysts everywhere rushed to extract a clear headline from 193 pages of complicated legal opinion from the Supreme Court.

    • About Samuel

      "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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