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.

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.

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.

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.

Arizona opts not to bring primary forward to January 31

PHOENIX, Sept 2 (Reuters ) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Friday opted not to move up the state’s Republican presidential primary to January 31, in what could have been a controversial move that would have shaken up the party’s electoral calendar.

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.

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.

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.