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  • WASHINGTON— It's lasted six years. The higher rate of increase is still "relatively modest," says the report from the Office of the Actuary in the Health and Human Services Department. Even so, the report is "not great news," said economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank.

  • The Senate plans to take up the House bill later in the week, but before a midnight Friday deadline when authority for the Department of Transportation to process aid payments to states will expire. Congress must also decide whether to approve or disapprove President Barack Obama's Iran deal, and whether to pass a contentious defense policy bill that faces a...

  • With the House of Representatives and Senate rushing toward a five-week summer recess, Republican leaders in both chambers embraced the newest version of a bill to temporarily fund road and mass transit construction projects. Late on Monday, the Senate demonstrated strong support for renewing the Ex-Im Bank, whose charter expired on June 30, by attaching a...

  • Scott Walker got his sandwich orders right as he made a swing through Philadelphia on Tuesday. Stopping for a cheesesteak is a must for any Philadelphia visitor, politicians included. Presidents Barack Obama in 2010 and George W. Bush in 2004 followed tradition and ordered theirs with Whiz.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota booked nearly $650 million in savings by tweaking how it handles subsidized health care programs, state officials announced Tuesday. Health care costs were a major issue in the Legislature this year as GOP lawmakers sought drum up hundreds of millions in dollars in savings by weeding out fraud from the state's public programs and...

  • The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved the Small Business Administration loan program in a bill the Senate had already passed. But the Senate took lightning-fast action to raise the SBA lending limit in less than a day, marking a stark contrast with Congress' protracted battle over another federal loan guarantee agency, the U.S....

  • NASHUA, N.H.— Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains "undecided when I become president, I will answer your question." Bernie Sanders told The Associated Press. Environmental groups vigorously...

  • The new plan leaves the Senate few options but to pass the short-term extension or face a disruption in federally funded road and mass transit projects starting on Aug. 1. The Senate late on Monday voted to attach a revival of the government trade bank, idled since July 1, to a six-year transportation spending plan that identifies funding for about three years'...

  • The House has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a bill raising the lending authority for the Small Business Administration's biggest loan program, known as the 7 program. The bill, passed earlier by the Senate, raises the lending limit to $23.5 billion. Last year, the SBA didn't approach the limit until September, but Congress raised the ceiling before it...

  • MADISON, Wis.— Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Monday he would shift most of the responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state-based regulators, leaving the EPA to serve as an "umbrella organization" that would resolve disputes between them. Like many Republicans, the Wisconsin governor is a vocal critic of the...

  • House, Senate on collision course in highway debate Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 12:09 AM ET

    But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival. "We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa, July 27- U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday described climate change as "one of most urgent threats of our time" and vowed to meet the challenge with a plan to generate enough clean energy to power every U.S. home by 2027.. Clinton promised to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide within four years if she...

  • CNBC update: Obama in Ethiopia Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 10:28 AM ET
    CNBC update: Obama in Ethiopia

    President Obama is meeting with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and Bobbi Kristina Brown has died at age 22, reports CNBC's Sue Herera.

  • TransCanada Corp. and other interested parties offered opening statements and witness testimony began before the Public Utilities Commission in the hearing process that is scheduled to stretch until Aug. 4. The state initially authorized TransCanada's project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years.

  • BRUSSELS, July 27- In early 2013, President Barack Obama's call for a U.S.-EU trade deal generated such optimism in Europe that the graffiti "NO TAFTA, NO TTIP" scrawled under a bridge near the EU headquarters in Brussels was an isolated message of dissent. More than two years on, with the graffiti still there, European officials are ruing their failure to spot early...

  • WASHINGTON— The State Department on Monday took Malaysia and Cuba off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving the U.S. open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report. Thailand, downgraded with Malaysia last year because of pervasive labor abuses in its...

  • Some state health insurance markets prove costly Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 7:17 AM ET
    A healthcare specialist helps people select insurance plans at the Affordable Care Act Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California.

    These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The cost of private individual health plans on California's state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence the strategy of forcing insurers to compete is controlling costs, program officials said Monday. The average increase in Southern California is 1.8 percent, for a total of $296 a month, compared to...

  • ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense. "You've gone from making Brownie...

  • "We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. "My best advice to the Senate is to get our highway bill moved forward," he said. Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the...