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Obama pokes fun at political friends and foes at White House dinner

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WASHINGTON - At the gathering he jokingly called "a night when Washington celebrates itself," U.S. President Barack Obama took light-hearted aim on Saturday at a range of political friends and foes, including the people running to succeed him. | Video

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Fri, Apr 24 2015

FEC decision may allow more foreign money in U.S. votes, critics say

NEW YORK - The Federal Election Commission has declined to investigate the funding of a campaign to defeat a Los Angeles County ballot initiative by an international conglomerate, raising fears among campaign finance reform advocates that foreign funds may flood into U.S. elections.

24 Apr 2015

Christie's wife quits Wall Street job amid speculation he will seek White House

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- Mary Pat Christie, the wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, resigned from her Wall Street job, his spokesman confirmed, as her husband contemplates a run for the White House in 2016.

24 Apr 2015

Republicans seen scrapping Ryan Medicare plan in U.S. budget push

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WASHINGTON - Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program.

24 Apr 2015

PM Abe to tell U.S. leaders Japan is ready for bigger security role

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TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will send a clear message to the United States when he visits Washington next week: Japan is ready to take more responsibility for security on the world stage.

World, Japan 24 Apr 2015

Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general

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WASHINGTON - Loretta Lynch won Senate approval as U.S. attorney general on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to occupy the post at a time when deadly altercations between white police and unarmed black men are making headlines. | Video

24 Apr 2015

House panel passes fast track trade bill

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WASHINGTON - Legislation to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress cleared through a key committee on Thursday, but low Democratic support signaled a looming battle over a Pacific trade pact central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia.

24 Apr 2015

House speaker tells Obama to 'get serious' about defeating Islamic State

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WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said President Barack Obama must "get serious" about a strategy to defeat Islamic State militants before Congress would consider approving a new military force authorization.

24 Apr 2015

House passes second 'threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill that extends liability protection for companies that share information about cyber attacks, if they give the data to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Tech 24 Apr 2015

In Iowa for Faith & Freedom, Republican contenders face tricky balance

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DES MOINES, Iowa - When the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition plays host to nine Republican White House hopefuls this weekend, the conservative Christian group will simply be pursuing its stated mission to "take back our state and country."

U.S. 24 Apr 2015
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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.