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  • WASHINGTON— The White House says "offensive and disgusting" replies posted on President Barack Obama's new Twitter account are part of an open society. But spokesman Josh Earnest says the bile flooding Obama's@ POTUS account is worth the price of engaging the public on issues they care about. "POTUS" is an acronym for "President of the United States."

  • HAMPTON, N.H.— Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants. She addressed the matter after visiting Smuttynose Brewery, where she spoke in defense of the Export-Import Bank, a little-known U.S. agency that...

  • MANCHESTER, N.H./ WASHINGTON, May 22- Hillary Clinton on Friday will voice strong support for keeping the U.S. Export-Import Bank open and accuse conservative Republicans who want to close the export-promoting lender of destroying jobs, her campaign said. The government export credit agency, which helps finance foreign purchases of U.S.-made products, has...

  • U.S. Senate aims to pass fast-track trade bill Friday Friday, 22 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate still must decide several amendments, including a contentious one on currency manipulation...

  • What state gets the most from asset seizures? Friday, 22 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Military vehicles near City Hall, in Baltimore, May 1, 2015.

    Local law enforcement agencies benefit from the DOJ's Asset Forfeiture Program. Here's who gets the most.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate struggled to reach agreement Friday on how to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, setting the stage for a halt to the collection program and two less-controversial surveillance programs designed to track spies and terrorists. With the House already gone for a 10- day Memorial Day break, the...

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. They were joined by 49 of 54...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Export-Import Bank moved a step closer to avoiding closure on Thursday as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to hold a vote on renewing its charter in June. The decision gives Congress a legislative vehicle to start considering the fate of the federal export credit lender, with conservative House of Representatives...

  • U.S. Senate Democrats press for Amtrak funding increase Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 4:44 PM ET

    One day after an Amtrak train derailed on May 12 near Philadelphia, killing eight passengers, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee approved a $1.14 billion Amtrak budget, a $252 million cut from fiscal 2015.. "Philadelphia was preventable and it was predictable," Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said at a news conference.

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. Thirteen of 44 Democrats...

  • President Barack Obama praised U.S. senators on Thursday for advancing legislation that would help him complete a trade pact with Asian countries, a major policy priority for the White House.

  • Obama sees trade vote as "big step forward" Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 2:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says his trade agenda took "a big step forward" Thursday when it cleared a key Senate hurdle. The legislation would let Obama negotiate trade deals that Congress can accept or reject, but not change. The president says the trade deal is "going to open up access to markets that too often are closed," even as those other countries are...

  • Amtrak says the system will be ready by year's end throughout the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Boston to Washington, with the exception of some track owned by commuter railroads in New York. Democrats want Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers...

  • *Senate vote xx to xx shows solid/weak support base. Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second...

  • Obama's fast-track bill passes another key hurdle Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:31 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    Legislation key to sealing a trade pact cleared a key hurdle, boosting hopes for a deal that's central to Obama's strategic shift toward Asia.

  • Campaign ex-staffers to Fiorina: Where’s my money? Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:05 AM ET
    Carly Fiorina speaking in Waukee, Iowa, April 25, 2015

    Several of Carly Fiorina's ex-staffers from her failed 2010 California Senate campaign, told Reuters they would not work for her again.

  • U.S. fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 21- Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed another important test in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, boosting hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia.

  • Gov Christie: Wealth gap in US worse under Obama Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 7:38 AM ET
    Chris Christie

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells CNBC he's fine with the wealthy doing well, but believes the middle class needs economic protection.

  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. We're going to continue and finish up the bill this week, "Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., and Obama's most...

  • The reason: for more than four years, Fiorina- who has an estimated net worth of up to $120 million- didn't pay them, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows. But some former staffers on her Senate campaign are now raising questions about that portrayal. FEC records show, for example, that her former campaign manager Martin Wilson was owed $80,500; legal...