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Politics Barack Obama

  • Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the U.S. Attorney General January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    The White House did not rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from Justice Department investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • President Donald Trump sits for an interview in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, February 23, 2017.

    President Donald Trump said he will offer details on how he would like to overhaul President Barack Obama's signature health care law in a speech to the U.S. Congress.

  • WASHINGTON— Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross is headed toward confirmation as Commerce secretary in President Donald Trump's administration. The Senate is set to vote on Ross' nomination Monday evening. Ross easily cleared the Senate Commerce Committee and a procedural vote by the full Senate.

  • Unless Congress simply cuts taxes for everyone, there will be winners and losers, and the losers won't go quietly. If Congress does cut taxes for everyone, lawmakers risk exploding an already large budget deficit. Republicans in Congress are also working on plans, with the House GOP taking the lead.

  • PAWTUCKET, R.I.— The billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and hair braider Jocelyn DoCouto have at least one thing in common. She is supported by the Koch-affiliated libertarian law firm Institute for Justice, based in Arlington, Virginia, which through lawsuits and lobbying in more than a dozen states has been fighting to deregulate the practice of natural...

  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 24, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland.

    A mere 44 percent of Americans approve of the president's performance as president, while 48 percent disapprove, according to a survey.

  • Unless Congress simply cuts taxes for everyone, there will be winners and losers, and the losers won't go quietly. If Congress does cut taxes for everyone, lawmakers risk exploding an already large budget deficit. Republicans in Congress are also working on plans, with the House GOP taking the lead.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court. The changes, crafted under the administration of President Barack Obama, were aimed at ensuring companies...

  • Pruitt added the EPA's focus on combating climate change under former President Barack Obama had cost jobs and prevented economic growth, leading many Americans to want to see the EPA eliminated completely. "I think people across this country look at the EPA much like they look at the IRS. Pruitt was confirmed as EPA head last week.

  • A spotter lines up a truck before a container is loaded a ship in the Seagirt Marine Terminal at the Port of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Get rid of the state-sponsored barriers to growth and watch how common-sense policies turn rosy scenario into economic reality.

  • WASHINGTON— A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. The 105- page measure largely tracks talking points that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R- Wis., unveiled last summer and a similar outline...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- Proposals in Congress that would effectively end Medicaid expansion in 31 U.S. states would cost those states at least $32 billion altogether in 2019, according to a report released on Friday. One scenario to phase out enhanced federal funding would convert the current system, in which states share the cost of Medicaid enrollees with the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place "regulatory reform" task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades. Trump signed the directive in the Oval Office with chief executives of major U.S. corporations standing behind him...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...