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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.

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.”

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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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