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  • President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed in a call on Tuesday their commitment to concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as soon as possible, the White House said on Wednesday. Obama also told Abe that U.S. "intelligence collection is focused on national security interests and is as narrowly tailored as possible,"...

  • 10 questions for Marco Rubio Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 6:59 AM ET
    Sen. Marco Rubio.

    Rubio has put a sweeping tax reform plan at the center of his White House campaign. He sat down with CNBC'S John Harwood in Detroit.

  • China's Xi staying the course despite sliding economy Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 6:41 AM ET

    BEIJING— What does China's leadership lose politically as a result of the country's precipitous stock market decline? President Barack Obama and other world leaders at a global summit in Beijing and launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as China's alternative to Western-dominated institutions such as the World Bank and International...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- As the U.S. government's budget deficit has declined, so has anxiety about it in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, but one family and the Washington "deficit hawk" community it bankrolls are unfazed. The Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday the deficit will likely be $426 billion in fiscal 2015 and decline further to $414...

  • Budget report sees shrinking deficits, but only for now Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 10:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Providing political ammunition to both parties, Congress' official budget analyst projected Tuesday that this year's federal deficit will drop to $426 billion, the lowest shortfall of Barack Obama's presidency. The Republican-led Congress has approved a blueprint that uses spending curbs on Medicare, Medicaid and other programs to claim a...

  • WASHINGTON— National Security Adviser Susan Rice is headed for China to help lay the groundwork for President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington next month. The White House said Tuesday that Rice will meet with senior Chinese officials including State Councilor Yang Jeichi on a range of issues that affect the two nations, regional dynamics and global matters.

  • Obama feeling 'feisty,' ready to take on 'crazies' Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 7:03 AM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a speech August 5, 2015 at American University in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke about the nuclear deal reached with Iran.

    President Barack Obama is putting people on notice.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. and China officials took a major step Tuesday toward an agreement to advance "clean coal" technologies that purport to reduce the fuel's contribution to climate change— and could offer a potential lifeline for an industry that's seen its fortunes fade. The agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and China's National Energy...

  • Obamacare Cadillac tax's secret threat Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 AM ET
    A man holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, in Miami.

    The 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans is expected to hit 26 percent of employers in 2018

  • LAS VEGAS, Aug 24- President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for greater renewable energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar power development and use. The steps include an additional $1 billion in loan guarantees for new research projects and near-term savings for homeowners using renewable energy. The moves are part of...

  • LAS VEGAS— President Barack Obama brought presidential star power to tout the benefits of solar electricity in Western states during an annual green power conference Monday in Las Vegas hosted by U.S. Obama headlined an event that Reid has nurtured as Democratic leader of the Senate to seek support for new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 24- Jostling for position in the U.S. presidential race, candidates on Monday blamed Wall Street elites, the Federal Reserve, exposure to China, and President Barack Obama's spending policies for the market contagion from China's stock-market plunge. Because China's going bad it's going to bring us down, too, because we're so heavily coupled with...

  • White House: Treasury closely monitoring markets Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    White House: Treasury closely monitoring markets

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest commented on the interconnected global economy, with CNBC's John Harwood.

  • White House: Obama briefed on markets Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 1:04 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers remarks on a nuclear deal with Iran at American University in Washington, August 5, 2015.

    President Barack Obama has been briefed on choppy market movement, and the Treasury Department continues to monitor developments.

  • Tardy tax filers risk loss of health care subsidies Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 11:52 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law doesn't start for another couple of months, but the next few days are crucial for hundreds of thousands of customers at risk of losing financial aid when they renew coverage for 2016.. Call them tardy tax filers: an estimated 1.8 million households that got subsidies for their premiums...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 24- The White House on Monday expanded its push for greater renewable energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar panels, smart grid technology and other alternative energies for homeowners and builders. President Barack Obama will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada later on Monday to unveil the new steps, which include an...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 24- As China's stock-market plunge spread to the United States, presidential candidates on Monday laid on blame and pushed their policy ideas from the sidelines, with Republican Donald Trump saying he had warned about U.S. exposure to China. Because China's going bad it's going to bring us down, too, because we're so heavily coupled with China, "said...

  • LAS VEGAS— President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to protect the status quo. "That's not the American way," Obama said in a speech at a green energy conference in Las Vegas. He singled out billionaire...

  • WASHINGTON— Vice President Joe Biden has chosen a top film industry official and former spokeswoman for John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign to be his new communications director, the White House said Monday. But White House officials are subject to strict limitations on engaging in political activity, and Bedingfield's duties are expected to focus on...

  • MANATI, Puerto Rico— Revelers arrived in cars sporting the American flag and wore clothes in red, white and blue as they celebrated the anniversary of Puerto Rico's pro-statehood political party with deafening salsa music and speeches. "Puerto Rico has to become a state," insisted 63- year-old celebrant Norma Candelario. "The crisis has made us more visible...