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Jan 6, 2013

Obama to nominate Hagel for defense secretary: Democratic aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be his defense secretary and an announcement could come on Monday, a Democratic congressional aide said.

The choice will likely set up a confirmation battle in the Senate over whether the former Nebraska senator and Vietnam veteran is a strong enough supporter of key U.S. ally Israel and over his past calls for military cuts.

Jan 4, 2013

Insight: “Fiscal cliff” fracas: From smiles to distrust to rancor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It began so optimistically.

On November 16, after their first “fiscal cliff” session with President Barack Obama, the four leaders of Congress had stood in the driveway of the White House shoulder-to-shoulder for what is a rare photo these days, Republicans and Democrats together, smiling.

There they were at the microphone, talking about a “framework” for tax reform and deficit reduction.

Jan 4, 2013

‘Fiscal cliff’ fracas: From smiles to distrust to rancor

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) – It began so optimistically.

On Nov. 16, after their first “fiscal cliff” session with
President Barack Obama, the four leaders of Congress had stood
in the driveway of the White House shoulder-to-shoulder for what
is a rare photo these days, Republicans and Democrats together,
smiling.

There they were at the microphone, talking about a
“framework” for tax reform and deficit reduction.

Jan 4, 2013

House chooses Boehner as speaker again despite dissent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite a rocky few weeks during the “fiscal cliff” fight, John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday and will again lead Republicans as they take on the White House over federal spending.

Boehner defeated House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi 220-192 in a vote on the opening day of the 113th Congress and vowed to use his second term to shrink the national debt of $16 trillion to prevent it from “draining free enterprise.”

Jan 3, 2013

U.S. House chooses Boehner as speaker again despite strains

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite a rocky few weeks during the “fiscal cliff” fight, John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday and will again lead Republicans as they take on the White House over federal spending.

Boehner defeated House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi 220-192 in a vote on the opening day of the 113th Congress and vowed to use his second term to shrink the national debt of $16 trillion to prevent it from “draining free enterprise.”

Jan 3, 2013

U.S. House chooses Boehner as speaker again

WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Despite a rocky few weeks
during the “fiscal cliff” fight, John Boehner won re-election as
speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday and will
lead Republicans as they take on the White House over federal
spending.

Boehner beat Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi by
220-192 in the speakership vote on the first day of a new
Congress.

Jan 3, 2013

Bigger fights loom after “fiscal cliff” deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans face even bigger budget battles in the next two months after a hard-fought “fiscal cliff” deal narrowly averted devastating tax hikes and spending cuts.

The agreement, approved late on Tuesday by the Republican-led House of Representatives, was a victory for Obama, who had won re-election in November on a promise to address budget woes, partly by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Jan 2, 2013

Bigger fights loom after U.S. ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
congressional Republicans looked ahead on Wednesday toward the
next round of even bigger budget fights after reaching a
hard-fought “fiscal cliff” deal that narrowly averted
potentially devastating tax hikes and spending cuts.

The agreement, approved late on Tuesday by the
Republican-led House of Representatives after a bitter political
struggle, was a victory for Obama, who had won re-election on a
promise to address budget woes in part by raising taxes on the
wealthiest Americans.

Jan 2, 2013

House Republicans weigh last-ditch challenge to fiscal deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress headed toward another showdown over the “fiscal cliff” on Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives mounted a last-ditch effort to reshape a tax deal meant to prevent Washington from pushing the world’s biggest economy into recession.

If successful, the measure would set up a high-stakes showdown with the Democratic-controlled Senate and risk a stinging rebuke from financial markets about to open in Asia.

Jan 1, 2013

‘Fiscal cliff’ moves to House, timing and outcome uncertain

WASHINGTON, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Washington’s last-minute
scramble to step back from a recession-inducing “fiscal cliff”
shifted to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on
Tuesday after the Senate approved a bipartisan deal to avoid
steep tax hikes and spending cuts.

In a rare late-night show of unity, the Senate voted 89 to 8
to raise some taxes on the wealthy while keeping income taxes
low on more moderate income voters.

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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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