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Jan 23, 2013

Ryan blames 2012 US Republican loss on poor communication, turnout

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Ending a self-imposed silence
about the November election, 2012 Republican vice presidential
nominee Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that he and presidential
running mate Mitt Romney lost not because of ideas, but due to
ineffective communication.

Ryan said Democratic President Barack Obama and Vice
President Joe Biden also prevailed because they did a better job
with “technology and (voter) turnout.”

Jan 23, 2013

Lawmakers touched by gun violence take debate personally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – They belong to an exclusive group in the U.S. Congress: survivors of gun violence.

They number at least seven. A few were nearly killed. Others lost family members or colleagues before they came to Washington and became players in the national debate on guns.

Jan 22, 2013

Senate leader may allow vote on assault weapons ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, signaled on Tuesday that despite earlier indications to the contrary, he may allow a vote on a possible ban on assault weapons.

Reid, a longtime gun-rights advocate from Nevada, recently had indicated he would not permit a vote because the Republican-led House of Representatives likely won’t go along with such a prohibition.

Jan 21, 2013
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Thirty-two years after leaving office, Jimmy Carter gets big cheer

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Jimmy Carter got a big hand and roar of approval from a festive and perhaps somewhat charitable crowd on Monday at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Thirty-two years after leaving the White House as a defeated one-term president, the mostly Democratic gathering screamed approval for Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, as they arrived for the ceremony just outside the U.S. Capitol.

Jan 21, 2013
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Ninety-two-year-old “Tuskegee Airman” salutes racial progress, Obama

WASHINGTON – They were treated like second-class citizens in World War Two – but overcame racial prejudice to emerge as bona fide heroes.

And on Monday, these black former “Tuskegee Airmen” were back in the front row for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Jan 21, 2013
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McConnell: New Obama term offers divided Washington new start

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U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who drew fire in 2010 when he declared that his top goal was to deny President Barack Obama re-election, quickly congratulated the president on Monday as Obama began four more years in office.

Within minutes of Obama’s second inaugural address, McConnell issued a written statement expressing a willingness to take a new shot at working together.

Jan 20, 2013

Senior Democrat says US Senate will finally pass a budget this year

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – A senior U.S. lawmaker said
on Sunday that he and fellow Senate Democrats, for the first
time more than in three years, intend to meet Republican demands
to finally pass a U.S. budget.

Senator Charles Schumer, the chamber’s No. 3 Democrat, said,
however, that the spending plan will include proposed new
revenue despite Republican warnings that they won’t go along
with more any tax hikes.

Jan 17, 2013

A big question in US gun-control debate: What will Harry Reid do?

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – What will Harry Reid do?

As President Barack Obama’s gun-control package heads to the
U.S. Congress, one of the big questions hanging over Capitol
Hill is how Reid – a fellow Democrat and the Senate majority
leader – will manage the most ambitious proposal for gun
restrictions since the 1960s.

In the political drama likely to play out over guns, Reid is
hardly the gun-control advocate from central casting. Like many
Republicans and several fellow Democrats from conservative
states, Reid, 73, has often opposed limits on gun owners.

Jan 16, 2013

Obama’s gun-control plan faces steep challenge in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence face a difficult path through a sharply divided U.S. Congress, where the biggest gun-control fight in decades looms on an issue that has long been one of the most divisive in American politics.

Obama’s plan sets up a showdown between a gun-control movement re-energized by the massacre of 20 children and six adults last month at a Connecticut school, and a powerful gun-rights lobby led by the National Rifle Association, which has blocked new action on gun control for almost two decades.

Jan 16, 2013

Analysis: Obama’s gun-control plan faces steep challenge in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence face a difficult path through a sharply divided U.S. Congress, where the biggest gun-control fight in decades looms on an issue that has long been one of the most divisive in American politics.

Obama’s plan sets up a showdown between a gun-control movement re-energized by the massacre of 20 children and six adults last month at a Connecticut school, and a powerful gun-rights lobby led by the National Rifle Association, which has blocked new action on gun control for almost two decades.

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      "Thomas Ferraro joined Reuters in 1998; he has helped cover a number of presidential campaigns and is a veteran of Capitol Hill where he has seen Democratic and Republican majorities rise and fall. He has also covered a number of Supreme Court confirmation battles, including those of four nominees now on the highest U.S. court."
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