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Sep 14, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Republicans step up criticism of Obama's jobs plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned Republican lawmakers on Wednesday against delaying action on his jobs plan until the 2012 elections even as they intensified criticism of his $447 billion proposal. "The next election is 14 months away, and we don't have the luxury of waiting that long," Obama told 3,000 people in Ohio, home state of House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican.

Perry slams Washington's spending "addiction"

BOSTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry said on Tuesday Washington lawmakers need the equivalent of a 12-step addiction-fighting program to break their overspending habit. "Admit you are powerless over your spending addiction and that your budget has become unmanageable. Just admit it," Perry said in a speech to a conservative public policy group in Boston.

Republican wins in New York Democratic stronghold

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republicans won an upset victory in a Democratic stronghold in New York on Tuesday in a special House of Representatives election for the seat vacated by former Representative Anthony Weiner, who resigned after a Twitter sex scandal. Republican Bob Turner, a retired media executive who had called the election a repudiation of President Barack Obama, defeated Democrat David Weprin, a state assemblyman, by six points, 53 percent to 47 percent, a New York cable television station said.

Nevada governor endorses Perry for president

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nevada's conservative Republican governor Brian Sandoval endorsed Rick Perry for the GOP Presidential nomination on Tuesday, giving the Texas governor a boost in a state that favored President Barack Obama in 2008. "Our nation needs a leader in the White House who understands the role of government and our economy. Governor Rick Perry has the strongest record of job creation, fiscal discipline, and executive branch leadership among the presidential candidates," Sandoval said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Obama plan on tax-exemption limit faces uphill battle

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A provision in President Barack Obama's jobs act that would reduce the attractiveness of tax-exempt bonds for higher-income investors is unlikely to be passed by the Congress, analysts and municipal market participants said on Tuesday. The American Jobs Act of 2011, which Obama unveiled before Congress on Thursday, targets annual incomes over $200,000 for individuals and over $250,000 for families by limiting tax deductions to 28 percent of their income starting January 1, 2013 from the current 35 percent.

Republican easily wins Nevada House election

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nevada Republican Mark Amodei easily won a special election on Tuesday to fill a vacant House of Representatives seat in a largely rural district that has never sent a Democrat to Congress. With 95 percent of precincts counted, Amodei had collected over 57 percent of votes compared to 36 percent for Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's office. Other candidates garnered the remaining votes.

Congress, White House spar over Guantanamo records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is caught in a standoff with Congress over records documenting the release of suspected militants from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo, Cuba. The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved an intelligence authorization bill requiring the administration to turn over diplomatic cables and other material documenting contacts between U.S. and foreign governments who agreed to accept released Guantanamo detainees for resettlement.

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