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Testy Obama fires back at Democrats over tax deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A testy President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed frustration at his own Democrats for attacking him over his tax-cut deal with Republicans, who he called uncompromising “hostage takers.” Read more

U.S. mulls reviving indirect Middle East peace talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is weighing a return to indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks following its failure to revive direct negotiations because of disagreements over Israeli settlement construction, two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said on Tuesday. Read more

The Fix: The anger of Barack Obama

President Obama, long criticized by many in his own party for lacking appropriate passion, delivered a blunt and confrontational message to his liberal critics during a press conference today. Read more…

Lawmaker eyes early 2011 votes on trade pacts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives want to work with President Barack Obama to pass long-delayed free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama in the first six months of 2011, a U.S. lawmaker said on Tuesday. Read more

Americans strongly oppose proposed gas tax hike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans by a wide margin oppose a proposal to raise the U.S. gasoline tax by 15 cents a gallon to help cut U.S. budget deficits and support cutting the federal work force, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday. Read more