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Obama touts consumer watchdog's plans to regulate payday loans

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WASHINGTON/ BIRMINGHAM - A U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Thursday outlined plans to crack down on payday lending practices that leave borrowers with debt they cannot repay, and President Barack Obama touted the move as a contrast with Republican polices.

Obama discusses Yemen, Iran in call with Turkey's Erdogan

WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL - President Barack Obama spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday about pressing issues in the Middle East, including the crisis in Yemen, the White House said.

Politics, Yemen, World 4:34pm EDT

Republicans ask White House about Clinton's broken charity donors promise

NEW YORK - The Republican Party chairman asked U.S. President Barack Obama's administration on Wednesday to disclose when it first learned that Hillary Clinton's pledge to disclose all donors to her family's charities had been "repeatedly violated."

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Obama ready to sign bipartisan fix for Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he was ready to sign bipartisan legislation to change the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, while the U.S. Senate's top Democrat appeared open to allowing a vote on the measure.

Politics, Health 25 Mar 2015

Republicans ask White House about Clinton's broken charity donors promise

NEW YORK - The Republican Party chairman asked U.S. President Barack Obama's administration on Wednesday to disclose when it first learned that Hillary Clinton's pledge to disclose all donors to her family's charities had been "repeatedly violated."

25 Mar 2015

Conservative justices press Obama administration on mercury pollution rule

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration’s refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

Obama slows withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted Afghan requests to slow the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and said he would maintain a force of 9,800 through the end of 2015 while sticking to a 2017 exit plan. | Video

Obamacare foe Ted Cruz to sign up for coverage under the plan

WASHINGTON - Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has vowed to repeal "every word" of Obamacare if elected president next year, will soon be signing up for coverage under the plan.

24 Mar 2015

Obama: Differences with Israel's Netanyahu not personal

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace. | Video

Politics, Israel 24 Mar 2015

U.S. to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through end 2015: White House

WASHINGTON - The United States will maintain its current 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday after President Barack Obama met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. | Video

World, Afghanistan, Politics 24 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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U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate.