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Obama budget seeks boost for military, domestic programs 8:57pm EST

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.

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U.S. lawmakers seek to end restrictions on travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON - Eight Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on U.S. citizens' travel to Cuba, the first step in Congress toward ending the U.S. embargo since President Barack Obama moved toward normal relations last month.

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U.S. funding impasse blocks Secret Service hires: Homeland Security chief

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Secret Service cannot hire new agents for the next presidential election or make improvements at the agency until Congress settles a dispute over funding, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday.

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U.S. 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.

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U.S. Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June.

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