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Paul Helmke: Gun Violence Victims Deserve "Do Something" Congress

An angry electorate… More divided than during the Bush years… Marked by nasty ads and commentary, over-the-top rhetoric, and even violence. These are just some of the ways that political observers have described American voters and the 2010 mid-term elections. Without a doubt, many election contests were bitterly fought and divisive. Now comes the hard […]

Obama’s India visit may be more style than substance

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A weakened President Barack Obama visits India this week to counter perceptions he has relegated the Asian power behind rivals China and Pakistan, but he may struggle to seal deals to help usher in billions of dollars of business. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama to meet congressional leaders on November 18

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he invited Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to the White House on November 18 to discuss issues that could be tackled in what remains of this year’s congressional term. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama: Hopes Russia arms pact ratified this year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he hoped the Senate would ratify a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia before the end of this year’s congressional term. Read the full story from Reuters

China says consensus in U.S. is for good China ties

BEIJING (Reuters) – The consensus for both major U.S. political parties is to maintain good relations with China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday in the country’s first official response to this week’s mid-term U.S. elections. Read the full story from Reuters

Republicans vow to roll back Obama agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Exuberant Republicans vowed on Wednesday to exercise their new power in Congress to roll back some of President Barack Obama’s key accomplishments, but a somber Obama said voters wanted both parties to work harder to find common ground. Read the full story from Reuters