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  • Netanyahu takes center stage in GOP war with Obama Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:31 AM ET
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his ballot at a polling station on election day, January 22, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

    Iraeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will address Congress featuring divisions not only over his likely message, but on the nature of his trip to the nation's capital. NBCNews reports.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran is in Saudi Arabia's interest, despite the country's fears it may boost its rival's support for Shi'ite Muslim interests in the region. But Saudi Arabia is sceptical too that any agreement would only let Iran devote more cash and energy to Shi'ite...

  • TOKYO— A deal between Japan and the U.S. needed to move ahead with a Pacific Rim trade pact is possible by this spring, a top Japanese trade negotiator said Tuesday. Wendy Cutler, acting deputy U.S. trade representative, will visit Japan for talks beginning Thursday on the politically sensitive issue of dismantling protections for Japan's farm products and for...

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with Cuba after more than a half-century rupture. Cuba is keen to have Washington's...

  • SINGAPORE, March 3- U.S. crude held above $49 a barrel on Tuesday on expectations of a smaller build in stockpiles at Cushing, the delivery point for the contract, despite forecasts pointing to a new record high in the nation's inventories. *U.S. crude futures edged up 24 cents to $49.83 a barrel by 2350 GMT, after falling 17 cents in the previous session.

  • HAVANA, March 2- The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging the U.S. Congress to lift the U.S. embargo on trade with the island. That group was formed after the Dec. 17 announcement the United States and Communist-run Cuba would...

  • EXCLUSIVE-Full text of Reuters interview with Obama Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 5:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 2- Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason interviewed President Barack Obama on Monday on topics including U.S.- Israel relations, Iran, China and Russia. REUTERS- Let's start right on Israel. Your administration has described Prime Minister Netanyahu's plans to address Congress tomorrow on Iran as destructive.

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday that he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. While critics, including some members of Congress, have called the end of U.S. attempts to isolate Cuba a gift to the authoritarian Cuban government, Obama said there are already signs it is prompting...

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no "plausible legal basis" for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of Obamacare, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan. On the Affordable Care Act, his signature policy achievement commonly referred to as Obamacare, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral...

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement. In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned...

  • WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans sent a message Monday that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: They have ideas to keep the country's health care system from crumbling if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law. They were released in the run-up to Wednesday's oral arguments before the Supreme...

  • AUSTIN, Texas— All 20 Texas Senate Republicans sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama demanding more flexibility for their state to administer Medicaid— but also vowing that, without it, expanding the program under the White House's signature health care law remains "not worth discussing." Dan Patrick, Schwertner likened federal reimbursements...

  • Why IRS corporate tax audits are down sharply Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 2:49 PM ET

    Federal tax audits for U.S. businesses fell to their lowest level in eight years as the IRS faced budget cutbacks.

  • Longest serving woman in Congress to retire Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 12:14 PM ET
    Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.

    Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving female senator in U.S. history, will retire at the end of her term.

  • WASHINGTON— One of the nation's leading medical researchers joined the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, taking on the agency's No. 2 leadership job at a critical juncture for prescription drugs, medical devices and tobacco products. Robert Califf comes to the job of FDA deputy commissioner after more than 30 years as a researcher and administrator at...

  • Same as it ever was: Congress still broken Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 10:55 AM ET
    The U.S. Capitol building

    The GOP's promises of a functional legislative branch was exactly what we thought it was: complete nonsense, Politico's Ben White says.

  • HAVANA, March 2- The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners and urge the U.S. Congress to lift the trade embargo against the Caribbean nation. Two former agriculture secretaries, a number of state agriculture officials and representatives...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- From its tower on Wall Street, Deutsche Bank enjoys a commanding view of lower Manhattan. That helped it close the global revenue gap with rivals like JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and put it within striking distance of No. 5- ranked Citigroup. It wants to take on U.S. investment banks on their turf and in February for example poached...

  • *No March bookings of Iran oil shipments by India so far- trade. *MRPL buys from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia to replace Iran oil- source. India, Iran's top client after China, shipped in about 102,200 barrels per day of crude and condensate from Tehran in February, the lowest since July 2013, and down 63 percent from January and 62 percent from a year ago, according to tanker...

  • WASHINGTON— Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White House and Democrats. Boehner declined to say over the weekend if he would permit a vote on the...