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Reuters Washington Summit

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How do Washington insiders see the outlook for the United States and beyond?

These are chaotic times in Washington, as deep political divisions over budgets, taxes and government programs led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government, threatened the United States’ credit rating and raised questions about whether persistent uncertainty is the new normal. Reuters Washington Summit will help answer those and many other questions about the future of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, offering analysis from current and former lawmakers, industry advocates and others who represent the latest thinking about what’s going on in Washington and what it means. (more…)

Mideast tensions & oil price volatility

Crude oil futures are showing increased volatility as the US Congress prepares to vote on President Obama’s proposal to launch missile strikes against Syria. Foreign oil companies at work in Iraq’s giant oilfields are employing extra security in case there are retaliatory attacks should the US move against Syria. This video showcases several key tools in Thomson Reuters Eikon to help you monitor current oil price volatility.

Read more on the Eikon Blog.

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner highlights

Comedian-in-Chief Barack Obama was the star attraction at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past Saturday at the Washington Hilton in DC. The dinner is a high-profile annual ritual that attracts not only the press but politicians, government officials, business leaders and an increasing number of celebrities. The 2013 event on April 27th was no exception, with power players from many fields mingling and sparkling from the red carpet into the ballroom. The evening’s agenda featured scholarship recipients, comedian Conan O’Brien and President Obama himself cracking jokes. (more…)

Ricin poisoning – graphic of the day

Authorities are investigating a letter addressed to President Barack Obama after the contents tested positive for ricin. The FBI said the envelope was received at a mail screening facility outside the White House and was immediately quarantined. Today’s graphic has everything you need to know about the deadly poision ricin.


Special studies on the American Taxpayer Relief Act

5 studies

We are extremely pleased to offer five Special Studies on the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the new tax law recently signed by President Obama:

  • 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act Protects Key Individual Tax Breaks
  • Business Tax Breaks Retroactively Reinstated and Extended by the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act
  • Individual Tax Breaks Retroactively Reinstated and Extended by the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act
  • Estate and Gift Tax Relief in the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act
  • Energy-Related Tax Provisions Extended by 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act

To receive a free copy of the above special studies visit this download page.

U.S. federal debt and fiscal cliff – graphic of the day

The “fiscal cliff” of steep government spending cuts and tax rises set to be implemented under existing law in early 2013 may cut the federal budget deficit, but economists warn it also could bring the economy back into recession. Today’s graphic shows the projected debt and reduction in budget deficit that will occur if the fiscal cliff is not avoided.

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Obama’s mandate

Rob Cox and Breakingviews columnists discuss the challenges and priorities of the president’s second term, including fiscal reform, the economy and immigration.

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U.S. Presidential election – graphic of the day

Today is election day in the United States. The graphic below provides some basic information about both candidates. You can follow all the 2012 election coverage on the Reuters election site.

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The Michael Lewis interview – Impact Players

Michael Lewis on his exclusive with President Barack Obama in Vanity Fair. Lewis tells Impact Players host Robert Wolf what makes Obama tick and how Goldman Sachs played a role in Europe’s financial crisis. The author of “Moneyball” and “Boomerang” also says the thought of a CEO being president would be disastrous.

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Impact Players – DNC

Democratic leaders including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Obama economic advisor Austan Goolsbee tell Robert Wolf that the economy has made significant progress since President Obama took office. In a Google+ Hangout, the two and other party officials also talk healthcare and women’s issues with the Reuters TV Impact Players host.