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Obama to push for more infrastructure projects to create jobs

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will take aim at the cumbersome approval process for large infrastructure projects on Wednesday, showing how streamlining reviews slashed the time taken to green-light New York’s massive Tappan Zee bridge project, the White House said. Obama is slated to speak…

Poor Kentucky has no stomach for Obama, even if he backs programs they depend on

Jim Feltner’s days are empty. He is a poor man in the poorest county in the United States and lives off government aid. But the Kentucky resident has nothing but scorn for the head of that government, President Barack Obama, who has made the fight against economic inequality one of…

Operation American Spring promises to drive Obama from office this Friday

Self-styled revolutionary patriots plan to converge on Washington, D.C., this week to drive President Barack Obama and disloyal lawmakers out of office. “We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration,”…

Obama’s changes to deportation policy likely to irritate Republicans

By Jeff Mason and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s decision on possible changes to U.S. deportation policy sets up an election-year skirmish that could help Democrats win points with their political base while irritating Republicans who are open to immigration reform. The Obama administration is expected to…

Senate Republicans forfeit vote on Keystone XL pipeline by blocking energy bill

By Thomas Ferraro and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked an energy-efficiency bill backed by manufacturers and environmentalists, forfeiting a chance to vote on the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline. On a nearly party-line vote of 55-36, President Barack Obama’s Democrats fell short of the…

Allen West: Kidnapped Nigerian girls are a ‘fishy’ Obama plot to distract from Benghazi

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a Fox News contributor, suggested this week that focus on nearly 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria was a “fishy” plot to take attention away from President Barack Obama’s “scandals,” including the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. In a Monday column on his website, West opined that…

With 2014 elections approaching, Republicans refuse to acknowledge growth of U.S. economy

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Here’s a riddle: Many Republicans deny it’s happening. Some Democrats don’t want to talk about it. What is it? The answer is the growing U.S. economy, on pace to expand as much as 3.5 percent this year, about the best performance in the industrialized…

Democrats struggle to win over remaining skeptical Americans on Obamacare

Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in the Congress have grown more confident in recent months about their ability to use the president’s signature healthcare law as a draw rather than a liability in this November’s midterm elections. Three races in New Hampshire illustrate the challenge, offering a test of…

Ex-Treasury Sec. Geithner expresses regret over 2008 finance crisis in new memoir

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he regrets not pushing for stronger financial safeguards ahead of the devastating 2008 crisis, according to reported excerpts of his new book. “Before the crisis, I didn’t push for the Fed in Washington to strengthen the safeguards for banks, nor did I push…

U.S. condemns North Korea for portraying Obama as a ‘sub-animal’ monkey

The United States has condemned “ugly and disrespectful” racist comments directed at Barack Obama by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency comparing the US president to a black “monkey” in a zoo. North Korean propaganda is known for vitriolic personal attacks on foreign leaders, but the KCNA despatch published last…

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