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Nov 2, 2014

Republicans poised to ride Obama’s unpopularity to gains in U.S. elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans are poised to pick up seats and could win control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in midterm elections heavily influenced by deep voter dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s job performance.

Concern about the strength of the U.S. economy, coupled with worries about Ebola and Islamic State militants, are driving the dour mood of a restive electorate. Democrats could pay the price when voters elect 36 senators, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and 36 state governors.

Oct 31, 2014

Obama puts spotlight on women in quest for midterm votes

By Steve Holland

PROVIDENCE R.I. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, hoping for a strong turnout from female voters for Democratic candidates in congressional and gubernatorial elections next week, put women in the spotlight on Friday at an economic-focused event in Rhode Island.

Obama has made only a handful of appearances on the campaign trail for the mid-term elections in addition to a series of fundraising swings, but his limited public stops have been aimed at shoring up support among key Democratic constituents including African Americans.

Oct 31, 2014

U.S. nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine, Oct 30 (Reuters) – A nurse who
treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative
for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine’s
order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal
collision with Governor Paul LePage.

Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been
served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine -
matching the virus’s maximum incubation period – but remained
prepared to fight such an order if necessary.

Oct 31, 2014

‘Wistful’ Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections

By Steve Holland

PORTLAND Me. (Reuters) – Wistful about fighting his last campaign, President Barack Obama touted a burst of U.S. economic growth on Thursday to try to limit Democratic losses in next week’s elections, in a speech at one of the few voter rallies he is attending.

Obama seized on government figures that said the U.S. economy grew at a rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter to suggest his policies are working and that electing Democrats will help the middle class.

Oct 30, 2014

Bike-riding US nurse defies Ebola quarantine, on collision course with governor

CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) – A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine’s order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage.

Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine – matching the virus’s maximum incubation period – but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary.

Oct 28, 2014

Suspicious cyber activity at White House detected, addressed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network used by the White House and measures have been taken to address it, a White House official disclosed on Tuesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would not say who might have been responsible for the activity on what was described as an unclassified computer network used by employees of the Executive Office of the President.

Oct 28, 2014

Obama sees different Ebola rules for U.S. military than for civilians

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday appeared to back more rigorous procedures for dealing with soldiers returning from missions to Ebola-hit West African countries, even as he criticized moves by some U.S. states to quarantine returning civilian health workers.

Obama said that American military personnel were in a “different situation” compared with healthcare workers. While civilians may be discouraged from volunteering to help fight the Ebola if they are facing quarantine on their return, troops were sent as part of their mission and could expect such inconveniences.

Oct 28, 2014

Obama fights his last campaign mostly in living rooms, hotel ballrooms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is fighting his last campaign mostly at staid Democratic fund-raising events in hotel ballrooms and the private homes of donors, a far cry from the huge crowds who turned out in droves during his White House runs and helped elect him twice.

This is not where Obama wanted to be in his second term. With the president’s job approval near 40 percent, however, a public rally with Obama would be a liability for most Democrats in contested states where U.S. Senate control will be decided on Nov. 4 elections.

Oct 26, 2014

Waiting on Jeb: Will another Bush run for the White House in 2016?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush’s flirtation with a possible run for the White House in 2016 has been so low key that some in his party aren’t convinced he’s prepared to take on the challenge.

    The former Florida governor with the famous family name is among the leaders in polls charting potential Republican contenders in 2016 and says he will decide late this year or early next year.

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.

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