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Obama climate plan's broad scope to face skeptical Supreme Court


WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court's unexpected move to block President Barack Obama's policy to cut pollution from coal plants highlights what both sides in the legal fight agree is a key weakness in the rules -- a provision that expands the scope of regulation far beyond curbing emissions from individual smoke stacks.

Wed, Feb 10 2016

High court emissions ruling won't deter clean energy drive

WASHINGTON The U.S. power sector's shift toward burning less coal and using more natural gas and renewable energy will not be derailed by the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration's limits on carbon emissions, state regulators and utilities said on Wednesday.

In Illinois homecoming, Obama calls for improved tone in U.S. politics


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. President Barack Obama paid a nostalgic visit on Wednesday to the place that launched his political career and made a renewed call for better relations between Republicans and Democrats to create a more positive tone in U.S. politics. | Video

Election 2016, Politics, U.S. 10 Feb 2016

Obama plan to ease new U.S. visa limits faces skeptics in Congress


WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's plan to loosen some requirements of a visa law spurred by the deadly attacks in Paris met with open resistance from both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.

Election 2016, Politics 10 Feb 2016

Concerned by cyber threat, Obama seeks big increase in funding


WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought a surge in funding to counter cyber security threats, as his top intelligence official warned Congress that computer attacks were among the most imminent security challenges facing the United States. | Video

Tue, Feb 9 2016

Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan


WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change.

Obama proposes $4.1 trillion spending plan in final White House budget


WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday in a final White House budget that met immediate Republican resistance for its cost and reliance on tax hikes to fund domestic priorities. | Video

Republican senator: Obama administration already has funds for Zika

WASHINGTON The Obama administration has no immediate need for funding to combat the Zika virus because money remains unspent from fighting the two-year-long Ebola outbreak, a member of the Republican Senate leadership said on Tuesday.

Election 2016, Politics 09 Feb 2016

Factbox: What is in Obama's final budget proposal?

President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, his final year in office.

Obama to propose $200 million to battle Islamist militants in Africa


WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is proposing about $200 million in new military spending to confront Islamist militants in north and west Africa, U.S. defense officials said ahead of Tuesday's budget rollouts for the next fiscal year.