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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.

Nov 4, 2014

Ahead of tough election, White House blames dismay with Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With many races still tight but polls showing a general trend in favor of Republicans, the White House on Monday blamed voter dissatisfaction with Washington for what could be an Election Day rout for President Barack Obama’s Democrats.

Both parties pushed to get voters to the polls in a final effort to sway the electorate ahead of Tuesday’s election, which could shift control of the U.S. Senate and upend policy priorities for the last two years of Obama’s final term.

Nov 4, 2014

Republicans expect gains, but many races close on election day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans are poised to make major gains and possibly recapture control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in midterm elections that could serve as a public referendum on President Barack Obama’s job performance.

Millions of Americans will cast ballots to elect 36 senators, 36 governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives in campaigns influenced by Obama’s low job approval rating, partisan gridlock in Washington and a U.S. economy that is not growing widely enough to help many in the middle class.

Nov 3, 2014

White House blames unhappiness with Washington ahead of tough election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With many races still tight but polls showing a general trend in favor of Republicans, the White House on Monday blamed voter dissatisfaction with Washington for what could be an Election Day rout for President Barack Obama’s Democrats.

Both parties pushed to get voters to the polls in a final effort to sway the electorate ahead of Tuesday’s election, which could shift control of the U.S. Senate and upend policy priorities for the last two years of Obama’s final term.

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.

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