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Jan 30, 2015

Republican Romney opts out of a 2016 run for president

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, and told supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House.

Romney’s decision will probably boost the fortunes of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a probable presidential candidate who, like Romney, is widely viewed as representing the Republican establishment.

Jan 29, 2015

Romney takes aim at Hillary Clinton in new speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney criticized Democrat Hillary Clinton over foreign policy and the economy on Wednesday in what could be a prelude to the line of attack he takes if he decides to run for president a third time.

Romney seemed to be in campaign mode in a closely watched appearance in Starkville, Mississippi, delivering a speech at Mississippi State University and stopping at a local barbecue restaurant, where he ate a pulled-pork sandwich.

Jan 28, 2015

Romney takes aim at Obama, Hillary Clinton in new speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney, considering whether to run for president a third time, on Wednesday will take aim at President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy and by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate.

Romney is to give an early evening speech at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, that will likely add to the speculation surrounding a potential presidential bid.

Jan 24, 2015

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates gather in Iowa

DES MOINES (Reuters) – For Republicans, the long road to the 2016 presidential election begins in earnest on Saturday in Iowa when a group of potential candidates compete for support among conservatives in the state that will hold the country’s first nominating contest.

As many as eight possible candidates are to take part in the Iowa Freedom Summit, a marathon day of back-to-back speeches organized by Iowa’s conservative Republican Steve King, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jan 21, 2015

Obama urges skeptical Republicans to back his “middle-class economics”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged the Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to break out of the “tired old patterns” of confrontational politics and back an effort to lift the middle class, with higher taxes on the rich and trade deals.

Dogged since the start of presidency six years ago by an ailing economy, Obama appeared before a joint session of Congress and millions of Americans watching on television to declare that his policies have paid off with an economic revival that has trimmed the jobless rate to 5.6 percent.

Jan 21, 2015

Time to “turn the page” and help middle class, Obama to say

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back
tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class
Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his
vision for his last two years in office.

On foreign policy, Obama will call on lawmakers to pass a
new authorization of military force against Islamic State
militants to replace powers that were given to President George
W. Bush to prosecute the Iraq war.

Jan 20, 2015

Obama to focus on middle class in State of Union address

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will
challenge the Republican-led Congress to back his tax-raising
ideas for helping middle-class Americans in a State of the Union
speech on Tuesday that will set up a tough debate and may impact
the 2016 campaign to replace him.

Looking to burnish his legacy with two years left in office,
Obama will appear before a joint session of Congress in the well
of the House of Representatives at 9 p.m. (0200 GMT Wednesday).
The speech will be his best opportunity of the year to command
the attention of millions of Americans watching on television.

Jan 16, 2015

Obama, Cameron vow to take on ‘poisonous ideology’ of radical Islam

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to take on “the
poisonous ideology” of Islamic extremists and said intelligence
agencies must be allowed to track militants online despite
privacy concerns.

Obama and Cameron held two days of White House talks amid
increasing concern in Europe about the threat posed by
extremists after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks and
Belgian authorities engaged in a firefight with terror suspects.

Jan 14, 2015

Obama pledges to work on use of force order for Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday pledged to work with Republican and Democratic
lawmakers on a formal authorization of the use of military force
against Islamic State militants after taking a go-slow approach
to the topic last year.

The agreement came during a White House meeting with
bipartisan congressional leaders during which Obama sought to
develop a better working relationship with Congress for the year
after the partisan bickering that has marked much of his
presidency.

Jan 13, 2015

Obama asks Republicans to work as team but differences emerge

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday sought to develop a better working relationship for
the year with leaders of the new Republican-led Congress but
partisan differences immediately reared their head.

Obama, who has been criticized by both Republicans and
Democrats for not developing closer relationships with
lawmakers, brought in 16 congressional leaders to the White
House to take stock of what is possible this year now that both
houses of Congress are led by Republicans.

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      "A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Steve has worked for Reuters in Washington for 20 years, and spent 16 of those years at the White House covering Presidents Bush, Clinton and Bush. He covered the 2008 presidential campaign."
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