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Apr 8, 2013

Politics: Obama Must Walk Fine Line as Congress Takes Up Agenda

President Obama in Denver last week after speaking about measures to reduce gun violence.
White House Memo

Obama Must Walk Fine Line as Congress Takes Up Agenda

President Obama's second-term priorities - the deficit, gun safety and immigration - may hinge on his ability to inject himself into negotiations to just the right degree.

Obama Takes Gun-Control Campaign to Connecticut Again

The president is to meet with family members of the Newtown shooting victims and then take some of them to Washington to lobby reluctant senators.


More Politics

Critical Week in Senate for Gun and Immigration Bills

With spring break over, lawmakers - rather than their staff members - will be handling hard negotiations on gun safety and immigration reform.
Visitors at an observation post near Panmunjom, South Korea, a village that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, look north across the border.

U.S. Designs a Korea Response Proportional to the Provocation

American officials said new "counterprovocation" plans called for a response that would hit the source of any attack by North Korea with similar weapons.

Judge Reverses Suspensions of Prosecutors in Stevens Case

An administrative judge ruled that the Justice Department had violated its own procedures when it suspended Joseph Bottini and James Goeke for their conduct in the corruption trial against Senator Ted Stevens.

The Caucus

Washington Reacts to Thatcher's Death

Margaret Thatcher offered inspiration to the American right and served as a role model to female leaders.

South Dakotan Is Latest Senate Democrat to Back Same-Sex Marriage

Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota said now supports same-sex marriage rights as some Democrats in his state urge his son to run for his seat in 2014.

Which Governors Are Most Vulnerable in 2014?

Ten of the 32 governors who are eligible to run for re-election in 2014 have net negative approval ratings. Eight of those 10 are Republicans, including four who rode the 2010 wave to power and now appear to be in some danger.


Video: Sanford's Political Comeback
The Times's Kim Severson on Mark Sanford's runoff win and re-entry into politics, three years after he was plagued by political scandal as governor of South Carolina.
Graphic: Getting Back More From Medicare, Less From Social Security
Analysts say that Medicare beneficiaries on average pay about $1 for every $3 in benefits, but for Social Security beneficiaries who retired in 2010, the amount was about even.

DealBook P.M. Edition April 8, 2013.: With Senate Approval, White Is Set to Run S.E.C. Home |Business Day| Video The New York Times

Monday, April 8, 2013
With Senate Approval, White Is Set to Run S.E.C. The Senate on Monday confirmed Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, dismissing concerns about her close ties to the Wall Street banks she will now oversee.
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A.I.G. Seeks to Bar Greenberg From Suing U.S. on Its Behalf A.I.G. has formally requested that its former chief executive, Maurice Greenberg, be barred from suing the federal government on the insurer's behalf, after the company decided not to join his lawsuit.
White Collar Watch: The Fine Line Between Political Intelligence and Insider Trading Peter J. Henning says that the imprecise rules governing insider trading are an ineffective means to regulate how political intelligence firms operate.
Occidental Board to Defend Search for New Chief The oil producer said that its directors unanimously support the plan to find a successor to its chief executive, Stephen Chazen, amid reports of discord within the board.
Clean Power Finance Raises $37 Million Clean Power Finance, an online platform that provides software and financial services to solar professionals and investors, has raised a fresh $37 million, in a sign that enthusiasm for the solar sector has not dimmed entirely.
New Firm Plans to Invest in Lawsuits Gerchen Keller Capital plans to announce on Monday that it has raised $100 million to invest in high-stakes litigation between companies, becoming the latest investment firm to dive into the relatively new sector.
G.E. to Buy Lufkin Industries for $3.3 Billion The deal is the latest by G.E.'s oil and natural gas unit, one of the fastest-growing parts of the conglomerate.
With Lufkin Deal, G.E. Continues to Plumb the Oil Patch With its $3.3 billion takeover of Lufkin Industries, General Electric is bolstering its presence in the drilling services sector.
Hong Kong Broker Fined for Hyping Undisclosed Trades A local stockbroker and financial columnist, Sky Cheung, has been fined about $65,000 by Hong Kong's market regulator for profiting on stock trades linked to his column. His broker's license was also suspended for 30 months.
U.P.S. Appeals Decision Blocking TNT Express Takeover United Parcel Service has appealed a decision by European antitrust authorities that blocked its proposed $6.7 billion takeover bid for the Dutch shipping company TNT Express.
Economic Reports Data to be released on Tuesday include wholesale trade for February.
In the United States On Tuesday, the Oakland, Calif., City Council votes on whether to continue doing business with Goldman Sachs after the bank refused to drop a $14.8 million fee to let the city out of an interest-rate swap.
Overseas On Tuesday, Russian lawmakers will vote on the nomination of Elvira Nabiullina to be chairwoman of Russia's central bank.

Quotation of the Day
"The prevalence of the sale of political intelligence is not known and is therefore difficult to quantify."
Government Accountability Office statement on firms dealing in government information.