It’s not easy to protect one of the most powerful people in the world: Reuters photographer Jason Reed gives us an inside look at who protects the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Frustrated by their inability to wring more “fiscal cliff” concessions out of President Barack Obama, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives announced Tuesday night that they expect to pass their own tax bill as a backup plan to avert the tax hikes and automatic budget cuts set to occur in January.
No one expects the bill, which would extend low tax rates except on income of $1 million and above, to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. President Barack Obama’s latest position puts the threshold for income tax hikes at $400,000.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant as he tours damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, New Jersey, October 31, 2012. At left is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Putting aside partisan differences, Obama and Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey together on Wednesday, taking in scenes of flooded roads and burning homes in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Binders of women, blind trusts, and acts of terror - The Trail\
Governor Romney faced a feistier President Obama, sparing over issues like oil and gas drilling, women’s rights, immigration, and the 47 percent. Things became particularly feisty during an exchange on Benghazi and whether the phrase “acts of terror” was used to describe the attack. (October 16, 2012)
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LIVE COVERAGE: The second 2012 U.S. presidential debate
Photo: The stage is set for the second U.S. presidential campaign debate taking place in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012. U.S. president Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will meet in a town-hall format taking questions from a selected audience on Tuesday night. [REUTERS/Lucas Jackson]
The unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 7.8 percent in September, reaching its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office and providing a boost to his re-election bid.
The Labor Department said on Friday that employers added 114,000 workers to their payrolls last month, a moderate number, but it said a combined 86,000 more jobs were created in the prior two months than it had previously thought. Other aspects of the report also were strong.
In particular, a separate survey of households found a big surge in hiring. That pushed the jobless rate down by 0.3 percentage point to its lowest level since January 2009, the month Obama took office. Economists had expected it to rise to 8.2 percent.
The drop in the unemployment rate came even as Americans returned to the labor force to resume the hunt for work. The workforce had shrunk in the prior two months.
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