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Nov 21, 2014

Obama announces action on sweeping U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that the Republican-controled House of Representatives has blocked.

Nov 20, 2014

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy for as many as 5 million people, bypassing Congress and angering Republicans.

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, called the plan a “partisan bomb” while a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner branded the president “Emperor Obama” for acting unilaterally.

Nov 19, 2014

Obama nominates NTSB’s Mark Rosekind to lead auto safety regulator

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Tuesday nominated transportation expert Mark Rosekind to lead
the top U.S. auto safety regulator, which has come under
criticism this year for a perceived slow response to major
scandals.

Rosekind, if confirmed by the Senate, would come to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after
spending the past four years as a member of the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the agency that investigates
major transportation accidents.

Nov 19, 2014

Obama poised to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans.

Sources close to the administration said the rollout would include a televised speech by Obama on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support. Nevada is home to the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants in the country.

Nov 19, 2014

Could Obama cut deal on Keystone pipeline? Don’t rule it out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions.

After years of fighting over TransCanada’s (TRP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) crude oil pipeline from Canada, a Keystone deal is not entirely out of the question, sources inside the administration and others close to the White House told Reuters on Tuesday.

Nov 10, 2014

A White House date and other nuggets from George W. Bush’s new book

DALLAS (Reuters) – Young George W. Bush once had a blind date with the daughter of President Richard Nixon. It didn’t go so well.

Bush recalls the incident in an anecdote-filled book being released this week about his father, former President George H. W. Bush, called “41 – A Portrait of My Father.”

Nov 10, 2014

George W. Bush likes idea of Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton in 2016

DALLAS (Reuters) – Never mind the potential for name fatigue. Former U.S. President George W. Bush likes the idea of a 2016 presidential matchup between his Republican brother Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In an interview as part of the rollout of a book he has written about his father, former President George H.W. Bush, Bush said he is urging Jeb to try to make it three Bush presidents.

Nov 5, 2014

I’m not mopey: Obama unbowed after election losses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If Republican leaders of Congress were looking for a chastened President Barack Obama after their election blowout, they may have been disappointed.

The president’s tone after the Republican takeover of the Senate boiled down to this: He shares the blame for Democrats’ sweeping losses and will consider Republican ideas but will not reflexively accept them if they do not fit his own priorities.

Nov 5, 2014

Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.

The Republican rout on Tuesday was wide and deep in what was bound to be seen as a sharp rebuke to Obama, who has lurched from crisis to crisis and whose unpopularity made him unwelcome to Democratic candidates in many contested states.

Nov 5, 2014

Republicans strike early blow in midterm election results

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans struck a powerful first blow in Kentucky in U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday in their drive to control the U.S. Senate and dramatically tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and his Democrats.

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 were major issues confronting voters in elections for 36 senators, 36 state governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives.

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