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Exclusive: White House mulled, then balked at curbing explosive gas on oil trains

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration weighed national standards to control explosive gas in oil trains last year but rejected the move, deciding instead to leave new rules to North Dakota, where much of the fuel originates. | Video

Obama administration asks judge to speed up immigration decision

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asked a federal judge in Texas to decide by Monday whether he will put on hold his prior decision to block the White House's executive orders on immigration, or at least limit the impact to Texas.

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Senate Iran debate postponed after Democrats object

WASHINGTON - Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday postponed plans to debate and vote next week on a bill requiring President Barack Obama to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran to Congress for approval.

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Boehner, other top House members urge weapons for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and other senior Republican and Democratic House members urged U.S. President Barack Obama to quickly authorize lethal weapons for Ukraine as it battles Russian-backed separatists, according to a letter released on Thursday.

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U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. | Video

Politics, Health, U.S. 04 Mar 2015

Factbox: Obamacare case focuses on tax subsidies, insurance exchanges

- The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, focusing on the issue of tax subsidies available through insurance exchanges set up under the statute.

Politics, Health, U.S. 04 Mar 2015

Instant View: Supreme Court arguments help hospital shares

NEW YORK - Shares in hospitals shot up as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that threatens federal tax subsidies for residents of at least 34 states to help buy health insurance.

Politics, Health, U.S. 04 Mar 2015

Roberts, Obamacare's savior in 2012, seems inscrutable this time

WASHINGTON - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in 2012 to beat back the first major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, kept his cards close on Wednesday.

Politics, Health, U.S. 04 Mar 2015

Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision

NEW YORK - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. | Video

Politics, Health, U.S. 04 Mar 2015

U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. | Video

Politics, U.S. 04 Mar 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.

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Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: official

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WASHINGTON - A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. | Video