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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.

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.

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