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Obama struggles with Wall Street to woo Democrats over broker rules

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts.

White House sees China as trump card in trade debate

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday.

Politics, China 26 Feb 2015

On visit to U.S., Britain's Farage criticizes Obama and Republicans

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage criticized both U.S. President Barack Obama and the opposition Republican Party on Thursday as he sought to build solidarity with fellow conservatives on a visit to the United States.

Politics, U.S. 26 Feb 2015

White House sees China as trump card in trade debate

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds that it is a chance for the United States to dictate the rules of Asian trade rather than China, a top official said on Thursday.

26 Feb 2015

Boehner defends Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday challenged an assertion by the Obama administration that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about Iran's nuclear program would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations.

Politics, Israel 26 Feb 2015

Senate panel backs Loretta Lynch as attorney general

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to back Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama's next attorney general, clearing way for her expected confirmation in the full Senate.

26 Feb 2015

Senior U.S. lawmaker makes case against removing Cuba from terror list

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. lawmaker is pressing his case against any Obama administration plan to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the communist-ruled island is harboring dozens of U.S. fugitives.

Politics, Cuba 26 Feb 2015

On Bush turf, Obama blames immigration woes on Republicans

MIAMI - President Barack Obama on Wednesday told Latinos that Republicans were to blame for holding up changes to U.S. immigration laws, urging them to hold Republicans accountable for the problems in the 2016 presidential election.

25 Feb 2015

U.S. conservatives urge Boehner to hold firm on immigration

WASHINGTON - Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over President Barack Obama's immigration policy that threatens a partial Homeland Security shutdown later this week. | Video

Politics, U.S. 25 Feb 2015

U.S. conservatives urge Boehner to hold firm on immigration

WASHINGTON - Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over President Barack Obama's immigration policy that threatens a partial Homeland Security shutdown later this week. | Video

Politics, U.S. 25 Feb 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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Congress averts security agency shutdown with one-week spending fix

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to a one-week stopgap spending bill for the domestic security agency, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline. | Video