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U.S. Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

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PHILADELPHIA - Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade agenda.

Obama budget to include $1 billion for Central America

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget on Monday will include $1 billion in new aid for Central America as part of a broad effort to address the unaccompanied child migration crisis, the White House said on Thursday.

29 Jan 2015

Obama budget seeks boost for military, domestic programs

PHILADELPHIA - President Barack Obama will call for a 7 percent rise in U.S. domestic and military spending in his budget that would end caps known as "sequestration," the White House said on Thursday, setting up a new conflict with Republicans in Congress.

29 Jan 2015

Obama budget seeks boost for military, domestic programs

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will call for a 7 percent rise in U.S. domestic and military spending in his budget that would end caps known as 'sequestration,' the White House said on Thursday, setting up a new source of conflict with Republicans in Congress.

29 Jan 2015

Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

PHILADELPHIA - Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade agenda.

29 Jan 2015

Keystone XL advances in U.S. Senate, faces Obama veto

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto.

29 Jan 2015

Top Nevada lawyer joins suit against Obama's immigration relief plan

- Nevada's newly minted Republican attorney general has joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block President Barack Obama's order easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, without the support of the state's moderate governor.

Politics, U.S. 29 Jan 2015

Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to Congress could hurt Iran talks

PHILADELPHIA - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.

Politics, Israel 29 Jan 2015

Pelosi hopes to advance Obama trade agenda, wants protections

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday she would like to find a way to grant the Obama administration "fast-track" trade negotiating authority while meeting the concerns of many Democrats about major new free-trade deals.

29 Jan 2015

Obama's attorney general pick aims to smooth DOJ ties with Congress

WASHINGTON - Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to make a clean break from the testy relationship her predecessor had with Congress, while supporting the legality of the administration's controversial actions on immigration.

28 Jan 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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Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

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WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again.