- - Monday, September 10, 2012

NEW YORK — President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are set to address a major gathering of world leaders in government, business and other fields held annually by Bill Clinton.

The former president announced Monday that Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney would participate in the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 25 in New York.

Mr. Romney is scheduled to lead a panel looking at ways to redesign the global food-production system. Mr. Obama is set to address a session later that day looking at how banks and other financial institutions can help the world’s poor.

Mr. Clinton supports Mr. Obama’s re-election bid and gave a rousing speech at the Democratic convention last week that criticized Mr. Romney. The former president said he was “grateful” that both Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama will participate in the meeting.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama reportedly angered by failed budget deal

President Obama is acknowledging he was angry with House Republicans last year when a supposed “grand bargain” budget agreement with House Speaker John A. Boehner collapsed.

Mr. Obama told CBS News’ Scott Pelley he doesn’t know if he was angry enough to break a telephone receiver, but says “I wasn’t happy.”

According to author Bob Woodward’s new book, “The Price of Politics,” a person in the room with Mr. Obama said he thought the president was going to smash the receiver.

Mr. Obama told CBS he was angry over what he called “the willingness on the part of some House Republicans to potentially see the United States default on its obligations for the first time, which could have undone all the repair work that we had done coming out of the financial crisis.”

FLORIDA

Ex-Republican tops Florida Democrats’ poll for 2014

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who served as a Republican before abandoning the party, holds a commanding lead in a poll testing potential candidates in a hypothetical matchup for the 2014 Democratic primary for the state’s governor.

The Republican-turned-independent would win 61 percent of the vote, followed by Alex Sink — who lost to current Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the 2010 general election — who mustered only 25 percent, a St. Pete Polls survey of Florida Democratic voters showed.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was third with 7 percent, while two other candidates got less than 4 percent apiece.

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