November 2012

Nov 19, 2012

Obama, in an emerging Myanmar, vows support

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

President Obama journeyed to this storied tropical outpost of pagodas and jungles on Monday to “extend the hand of friendship” as a land long tormented by repression and poverty begins to throw off military rule and emerge from decades of isolation.

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Nov 16, 2012

How to run a killer campaign

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

Every morning when Barack Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina turned on his computer, he saw a snapshot of the state of the race. Campaign software engineers had built him a dashboard that showed how many doors volunteers had knocked on the night before, how many phone calls they had made, how much money had been raised, and what was moving on Twitter and other social networks. It also included a feed of traditional news feeds. “That allowed me to get a good sense in the morning of what was going on in our world.” Messina says it was about 10 days before Election Day when he looked at those numbers and the early-vote tallies that he began to smile. “That’s when I started to feel pretty good. I looked at the numbers and we were crushing it out there.”

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G.O.P. Governors meet, amid whispers of 2016

By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

The polite praise initially showered upon Mitt Romney for having waged a good fight against President Obama has given way to a plea from some Republicans: Please stop talking.

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Senate works on financial cliff options

By Lori Montgomery and Zachary A. Goldfarb, The Washington Post

As congressional leaders prepare to meet Friday morning at the White House to discuss the looming “fiscal cliff,” much of Washington is focused on the potential for compromise between President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

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The 4 issues dragging down the economic recovery

By Jim Tankersley, National Journal

It seems bizarre even to mention this less than two weeks after the vote, but President Obama just won an election that was all about the economy. That’s what six in 10 voters on Nov. 6 told exit pollsters they were most concerned about. Not balancing the budget, reforming the social-safety net, or making the rich pay more in taxes—rather, improving an economy still laboring to find a growth groove more than three years after the Great Recession officially ended. “Our top priority has to be jobs and growth,” Obama said in a press statement on the Friday after the election, and he’s right.

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Demystifying the fiscal impasse that is vexing Washington

By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times

Many Americans must be wondering: What is all this about a “fiscal cliff”? And why did it receive so little attention during the presidential campaign?

Well, it’s complicated — the so-called cliff, that is. And most solutions are politically painful. In a rare show of bipartisanship, or mutual protection, both parties ducked the debate until after the election. What follows is an attempt to demystify the issue, which President Obama and the lame-duck Congress now are struggling over, and which may occupy them right through the holidays.

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Nov 15, 2012

Libyan officials acknowledge they’ve arrested no suspects in Benghazi consulate attack

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers

Two months after the American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in assaults on U.S. facilities here, there have been no arrests of suspected attackers, and Libyan officials say it is unlikely any will be made anytime soon.

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Obama says no ‘red lines’ on top tax rate, signaling some flexibility in debt talks

By Lori Montgomery and Zachary A. Goldfarb, The Washington Post

President Obama cracked open the door to compromise with Republicans on tax rates for the nation’s wealthiest households Wednesday, saying he is “open to new ideas” for increasing their tax bills without letting the top rate rise as scheduled in January to 39.6 percent.

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Obama meets C.E.O.’s as fiscal reckoning nears

By Helene Cooper and Nelson D. Schwartz, The New York Times

President Obama extended an olive branch to business leaders Wednesday, seeking their support as he prepared to negotiate with Congressional Republicans over the fiscal impasse in Washington.

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David Petraeus to Testify on Benghazi attack

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

Martha Raddatz discusses the former CIA head's knowledge of the terror attack.


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Nov 14, 2012

The fiscal cliff: Will Obama, Congress cut budget deal?

Susan Davis, Richard Wolf and Tim Mullaney, USA Today

Five people will gather Friday inside the White House to begin making decisions that could affect the pocketbooks of 315 million Americans.

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Obama vows firm stance on deficit-reduction plan

By Jackie Calmes and Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times

President Obama reassured leaders of labor and progressive groups on Tuesday that he will not yield to Congressional Republicans and extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans as he negotiates for a deficit-reduction plan to avoid looming tax increases and spending cuts.

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