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  • Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico dropped a bombshell on debt holders a week ago by saying he wanted to restructure debt and postpone bond payments. He urged changes to U.S. bankruptcy laws that currently exclude Puerto Rico. Like U.S. states, Puerto Rico cannot file for bankruptcy protection.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 3- The last time Hillary Clinton ran for the White House in 2008, Aaron Levie was too busy building his start-up company to pay much attention to politics. The campaigns of various White House hopefuls are looking to reel in the younger Silicon Valley influencers like Levie who could help raise some money for their candidates and also bring...

  • ABOARD THE EMPIRE BUILDER, May 28- Its passengers are mostly silver-haired retirees, oil-field workers and a few young families gazing out the windows of Amtrak's least-profitable and third-longest line, rumbling from Chicago through eight states and on to the American West Coast. A coach ticket between Spokane, Washington and Williston, capital of North...

  • Another top Democrat, Senator Chuck Schumer, said there was strong bipartisan support for a measure to discourage China from currency manipulation that could be part of the "trade promotion authority" legislation that is being considered by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Senior U.S. lawmakers reached agreement on Thursday on the wording of a bill aimed at giving the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate a Pacific trade pact that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. The Obama administration announced in late 2009 that it was entering TPP negotiations with Australia,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Senior U.S. lawmakers reached agreement on Thursday on a bill to give the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate a trade pact with 11 other Pacific nations that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. The White House has faced pressure to make progress on the bill ahead of a meeting between Obama and...

  • Schumer: Investigate expensive airplane tickets Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:29 PM ET
    Sen. Charles Schumer

    Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for federal investigations of high airfares, questioning why they're not dropping along with fuel costs.

  • Texas Ebola watch ends for 48 people in isolation Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 AM ET
    First responders wear full biohazard suits while responding to the report of a woman with Ebola-like symptoms at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit White Rock Station October 18, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

    The first wave of people who had contact with the original Dallas Ebola patient who died were taken off a watch list early Monday.

  • Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 3:19 PM ET
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson prepares to testify to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the White House perimeter breach at the Rayburn House Office Building on September 30, 2014 in Washington.

    High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged Pierson to resign.

  • Senator moves to ban some flame retardants Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 8:58 AM ET
    Sen. Chuck Schumer

    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children's products.

  • Congress returns: For what? Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET
    U.S. Capitol building Washington

    Congress finally returns this week after its long recess and prepares to do what it does best: Absolutely nothing, Politico's Ben White says.

  • Live-culture wars: US, Russia wrangle over Chobani Friday, 7 Feb 2014 | 11:37 AM ET
    Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis hands out Chobani at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Countdown in New York's Times Square on Oct. 29, 2013.

    Plenty of behind-the-scenes maneuvering it taking place to get a huge Chobani shipment sent to Sochi for Team USA.

  • Push is on to get ‘kill switch’ into smartphones Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Everyone wants a smartphone, especially muggers. Law enforcement officials are pressuring the industry to require "kill switch" technology.

  • DC in 2014: Maybe not quite so bad? Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 1:57 PM ET
    U.S. Capitol building Washington

    Surprise! Washington could be slightly less dysfunctional next year. Keep an eye on the debt ceiling, tax reform and mid-term elections. POLITICO's Ben White reports.

  • Boehner: Debt ceiling increase in return for talks Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 11:36 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks with members of the House Republican leadership during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol following a meeting of the House Republican conference October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

    Speaker Boehner said that the GOP would offer a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in return for discussions with Obama on the budget and deficit.

  • Sen. Schumer: Solve the Shutdown problem now Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 10:38 AM ET
    Sen. Schumer: Solve the Shutdown problem now

    Sen. Chuck Schumer warns that if the market thinks these games are going to become routine, another downgrade is possible.

  • Long term deal right for markets: Schumer Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 10:37 AM ET
    Long term deal, right for markets: Schumer

    Sen. Charles Schumer, (D-NY), says he will fight to get the longest term debt ceiling deal possible. "It is the right thing to do for the markets, country, and citizens."

  • Boehner takes a hard line in call for concessions Monday, 7 Oct 2013 | 6:41 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner.

    John A. Boehner said the House would not vote to reopen the government without compromises on the health law.

  • Debt ceiling comes into focus as shutdown drags on Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 12:50 PM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers reporters' questions during a news conference after a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. 'This isn't some damn game,' Boehner said about the current federal government shutdown.

    House Republicans huddled on Friday to plot their next move amid a U.S. government shutdown and hopes for a deal to avoid a default.

  • GOP-Controlled House Takes On Immigration Fight Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 11:51 AM ET
    GOP leaders, including Rep. John Boehner (L), discuss the immigration bill and the Obama administration's decision to delay part of the Affordable Care Act.

    House Republicans confronting the politically volatile issue of immigration are wrestling with what to do about those already here illegally.