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U.S. Senate Democrats propose exit tax for inverting companies

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WASHINGTON - Two Senate Democrats want to force U.S. companies to pay an exit tax on any profits held overseas if the companies decide to reincorporate abroad to cut their tax bills, the latest in a slew of proposals to stem such "inversion" deals.

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It’s a good time to run for office in Iowa: meet Queen Joni

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IOWA CITY Iowa - Most Republicans running in tight U.S. Senate races in November's midterm elections can rely on campaign endorsements from a few national figures. But most Republicans are not Joni Ernst.

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In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyers

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say lawyers for the detainees.

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Thu, Sep 18 2014

Bush family member angered by Republican Senate candidate's ads in Georgia

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- Neil Bush, son and brother of two former presidents, has denounced assertions in political ads for Republican Senate nominee David Perdue in Georgia that an organization founded by Bush's father funneled money to extremist groups.

18 Sep 2014

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group.

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Obama says Congress vote shows Americans united against Islamic State

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Syria, U.S., 18 Sep 2014

Kansas Democrat ordered removed from U.S. Senate ballot

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KANSAS CITY Kan. - Kansas election officials must remove the name of the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the November election ballot, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that could help decide which party will control the chamber.

18 Sep 2014

Connecticut jury begins weighing charges against former governor

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NEW HAVEN Conn. - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland carried out a scheme to use a phony nursing home contract to hide his work as a paid adviser for a 2012 congressional candidate in violation of federal campaign law, prosecutors said on Thursday.

18 Sep 2014

U.S. Senate approves Sheets as Treasury undersecretary

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate approved Nathan Sheets as the Treasury's top official on international affairs, charged with pressing Washington's position on everything from the value of China's currency to how to resolve Europe's debt crisis.

18 Sep 2014

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group.

U.S., Syria 18 Sep 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.