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Obama sends three trade deals to Congress

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday sent long-stalled free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to the congress and pressed lawmakers there to approve them “without delay.” “These agreements will support tens of thousands of jobs across the country for workers making products stamped with three…

SC announces Jan. 21 Republican primary

The chairman of South Carolina’s Republican Party announced Monday that the state would hold its GOP primary on January 21, leapfrogging the Florida primary and violating Republican National Committee rules. The move was a direct reaction to Florida’s announcement Friday that the state’s Republican primary would be held on January…

Obama bets on 50-state strategy to eke out ’12 win

CHICAGO (Reuters) – While Republican presidential candidates target early-voting states, President Barack Obama’s team is laying the groundwork for a 50-state campaign strategy it hopes will secure another White House win in 2012. From the traditional “swing” states of Florida and Ohio to a typically Republican-leaning state like Arizona, Democrat…

Christie still to be convinced of 2012 run: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Chris Christie faces a deadline by week’s end to decide whether to launch a late run for president and appears to still be leaning against it, a Republican familiar with his discussions said Monday. The New Jersey governor has been wrestling with whether to enter the…

Maryland Gov.: Republicans running for tea party nomination

Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley pointed out Sunday that Republican presidential candidates didn’t seem to be running for their party’s nomination as much as they were pandering to the tea party. “I notice that [Alabama Gov. Haley Barbour] hasn’t endorsed any of those that are running for president in his…

McCain: ‘Hard to react’ to GOP audience booing gay soldier

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says that Republican candidates should have rebuked members of the audience that booed a gay service member during Fox News’ September presidential debate but it is sometimes “hard to react” while on stage. “The fact is that we should honor every man and woman who is…

Senate to take up China currency bill

WASHINGTON — The US Senate this week takes up a bill to punish China for its alleged currency manipulation, a measure that has divided the Republican presidential field and put the White House in a bind. The legislation — backed by Democrats and Republicans in the polarized Congress, but opposed…

New Hampshire targets December primary after Florida’s move

If you thought the race for the Republican presidential nomination was a fierce battle, it may not be as passionate as to which state hosts the first GOP primary election. A day after Florida made it official by moving its primary up, New Hampshire is now considering to hold their…

Florida sets primary for Jan. 31, in violation of GOP rules

Florida officially announced Friday that its Republican presidential primary election would be held January 31, in violation of the Republican National Committee’s guidelines. The RNC said it would punish any states (aside from the four traditional early primary states) that held a primary before March 4. The special committee’s decision,…

CNN and Arizona GOP to host December presidential debate

CNN announced on Thursday it was teaming up with the Arizona Republican Party to host a presidential debate on December 1. “Arizona is a key state that will play a pivotal role in helping Republicans choose their presidential nominee,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president.…

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