Politics Headlines

Former NY Governor Pataki launches 2016 Republican presidential bid

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WASHINGTON - Former New York Governor George Pataki entered the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Thursday, positioning himself as a Washington outsider and moderate who won three terms in a heavily Democratic state. | Video

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Wed, May 27 2015

Obama administration will not seek Supreme Court stay on immigration action block

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WASHINGTON - The Justice Department will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

U.S. 27 May 2015

U.S. defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears: sources

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TEL AVIV - U.S. defense aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington's efforts to assuage its ally's fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

World, Israel 9:45am EDT

Republican Santorum launches 2016 bid with appeal to middle class

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CABOT, Penn. - Republican Rick Santorum, who fell short in his 2012 presidential bid, launched another run for the White House on Wednesday with a promise to restore the economic power of middle-class American workers. | Video

27 May 2015

Chief U.S. negotiator in Iran talks to leave State Department: NYT

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WASHINGTON - The chief U.S. negotiator in Iran nuclear talks, Wendy Sherman, will leave the State Department shortly after the June 30 deadline for the talks between Tehran and six major powers to reach agreement, the New York Times said on Wednesday.

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Majority of Americans back new trade deals: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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- A majority of Americans support new trade deals, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday, even as President Barack Obama struggles to win support for legislation key to sealing a signature Pacific Rim trade agreement.

27 May 2015

Heightened Islamic State threat requires surveillance action: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - The threat of Islamic State to the national security of the United States has heightened in the last two weeks, making it critical for Congress to renew surveillance authority, a senior U.S. administration official said on Wednesday.

U.S. 27 May 2015

Judge sets release schedule for Clinton's State Department emails

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WASHINGTON - U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras on Wednesday set a schedule for the State Department to release former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails in monthly batches beginning on June 30 and ending in late January.

27 May 2015

EU lawmakers back arbitration in U.S. trade deal

BRUSSELS - European lawmakers supported on Thursday including investor arbitration in a free-trade deal with the United States, a breakthrough on one of the biggest obstacles to a transatlantic accord.

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Obama administration issues new water protection rule

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Wednesday issued a new rule to protect streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, a step it said would help keep drinking water safe, but farmers and industry groups argued the regulation will be costly.

Environment 27 May 2015