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U.S. blacklists Myanmar official ahead of Obama visit

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WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit next month.

Republicans question preparedness spending after Ebola missteps

WASHINGTON - Texas Republicans, including Tea Party-backed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, sought to ratchet up the pressure on the Obama administration's Ebola response on Friday, by questioning its use of federal tax dollars for emergency preparedness.

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Fired-up Republicans have edge in midterm turnout war

WASHINGTON - A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama's Democrats ahead of U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday: Voters from the Republican Party are much more fired up.

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Obama puts spotlight on women in quest for midterm votes

PROVIDENCE R.I. - President Barack Obama, hoping for a strong turnout from female voters for Democratic candidates in congressional and gubernatorial elections next week, put women in the spotlight on Friday at an economic-focused event in Rhode Island.

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'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections

PORTLAND Me. - Wistful about fighting his last campaign, President Barack Obama touted a burst of U.S. economic growth on Thursday to try to limit Democratic losses in next week's elections, in a speech at one of the few voter rallies he is attending.

30 Oct 2014

Advocates worry Obama may scale back or delay immigration action

WASHINGTON - Immigration activists close to the White House worry that President Barack Obama could delay or scale back executive actions on immigration that he has promised to take before the year ends.

30 Oct 2014

Obama campaigns in Wisconsin against ideological foe

MILWAUKEE - President Barack Obama brought his weight on Tuesday to a close Wisconsin governor's race that pits Democratic policies on equal pay and union rights against a Republican vision of smaller government from a potential 2016 presidential contender.

28 Oct 2014

Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

ATLANTA/WASHINGTON - As the second of two nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient left an Atlanta hospital, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said policies adopted in the United States should not discourage Americans willing to fight West Africa's outbreak.

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Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

ATLANTA/WASHINGTON - As the second of two nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient left an Atlanta hospital, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said policies adopted in the United States should not discourage Americans willing to fight West Africa's outbreak.

Health, U.S. 28 Oct 2014

House Democrats urge pause in migrant family deportations

WASHINGTON - A group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives has called on President Barack Obama to suspend deportations of Central American families until problems are resolved at the newly opened detention facilities holding women and children.

28 Oct 2014
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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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California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI

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LOS ANGELES - A Southern California mayor who made headlines leading a local backlash against a flood of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border, has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an accident that injured four teenage girls.