Sep 4, 2011, 11:26 p.m.

Mitt Romney faces Tea Party doubters

CONCORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Presidential contender Mitt Romney tried to win over doubters from the conservative Tea Party movement on Sunday, telling them he was the Republican candidate who can beat back the "heavy hand of government" and create jobs. Brushing off a small protest from activists who consider him too liberal, Romney addressed a Tea Party rally in the New Hampshire town of Concord.

No apology from N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg over aide's arrest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined to apologize on Sunday for how he handled the resignation of a former deputy mayor, who was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Stephen Goldsmith, the former Deputy Mayor for Operations, was arrested in Washington on July 30 after a fight with his wife. According to a police report, he shoved and grabbed her.

Obama ups pressure over transportation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, under fire over high unemployment, stepped up pressure on Congress on Saturday to pass transportation legislation he said would protect almost 1 million American jobs. "Allowing this bill to expire would be a disaster for our infrastructure and our economy," the president said in his weekly radio address, after a monthly employment report showed the economy created no jobs in August.

Obama backtracks on smog plan, bows to big business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama put a stop on Friday to new rules that would limit smog pollution, unexpectedly reversing course on a key policy measure after businesses said it would kill jobs and cost them billions of dollars. Obama said the decision to withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard by the Environmental Protection Agency was part of an effort to reduce regulatory burdens for business.

Analysis: Mix of measures more likely in Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Poor U.S. jobs figures on Friday put President Barack Obama on the spot to create a viable jobs plan in a speech to Congress next week that may help determine whether he wins re-election or not. With no jobs created in August, Obama is under pressure to lay out a bold, long-term strategy to invest in measures that would jump-start economic growth. A successful approach would give him a 2012 campaign platform against Republicans, who accuse him of being a job killer.

Palin sees room for more White House candidates

URBANDALE, Iowa (Reuters) - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said on Friday there was room for more candidates in the presidential race, but stopped short of announcing whether she would launch her own bid for the White House. Palin, the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee in 2008, has said she expects to make a decision this month about whether to seek the party's nomination to run against President Barack Obama in next year's election.

Senate panel to vote on 7 SEC, financial nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Banking Committee on Friday said it will vote next week on the nominations of seven individuals for senior federal regulatory positions, including two Securities Exchange Commission members. The committee plans an executive session on Thursday to vote on the nominations of Luis Aguilar, a Democrat who has been serving as a commissioner at the SEC since 2008, and Daniel Gallagher, a Republican, who is currently a partner at law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

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