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  • House Dem campaign arm spends almost $2M daily Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Democrats' campaign arm spent nearly $1.8 million a day on average during the first half of this month. The committee began October with $34 million in the bank but has been spending aggressively, leaving it with $16 million for the final three weeks before Election Day. Combined, the Democratic Congressional Committee and the National...

  • HealthCare.gov's EZ form not for legal immigrants Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— HealthCare.gov' s new EZ application for coverage can't be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year. "The whole idea was that HealthCare.gov was going to be a seamless and easy process, but that doesn't seem to be the case for...

  • Japan coal power plant export push hits U.S. resistance Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    *U.S. has challenged Japan coal-fired plant exports- source. *Japan pushing to triple infrastructure exports by 2020. Japan has been exporting equipment that cuts carbon dioxide output by burning coal more efficiently, but that does not go as far as more expensive technology designed to capture around 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions that is slowly being...

  • A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels. "If we lose the Senate, for one thing, the way this Senate's been operating, they could end up blocking all my...

  • Republicans aim for midterm sweep     Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    Sara Fagen, CNBC contributor, shares her thoughts on the Republicans' chances of winning over voters before Election Day.

  • Dems hiding from President Obama?     Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 6:33 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Awards, Oct. 2, 2014, in Washington.

    Politico's Ben White has the update on the upcoming midterm election and President Obama's unpopularity among some voters.

  • Blue Cross reveals 2015 health insurance rates Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina discussed the expected rate increases in a teleconference several weeks ahead of the Nov. 15 kickoff for the enrollment period for coverage starting in January. Blue Cross said rates would rise an average of 13.5 percent for 315,000 customers who enrolled this year in individual plans that comply with President...

  • Social Security benefits get another tiny increase Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 3:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees and people drawing disability payments...

  • White House says immigration plans not final yet Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 3:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work permits and residency cards over the next five years.

  • Obama calls late Ben Bradlee a 'true newspaperman' Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is remembering the late editor Ben Bradlee as a "true newspaperman" who transformed The Washington Post into one of the country's finest papers. Bradlee died Tuesday at his home in Washington at the age of 93.. Just last fall, Obama awarded Bradlee the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House.

  • Bradlee recalled as a genius, great journalist Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 PM ET

    Ben Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who died Tuesday, was remembered as one of the nation's great journalists and a courageous and charismatic friend and colleague:. "For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession— it was a public good vital to our democracy. A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's...

  • Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    Bradlee died at home Tuesday of natural causes, the Post reported. Yet the Post's Pulitzer-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal is an inextricable part of Bradlee's legacy, and one measure of his success in transforming the Post from a sleepy hometown paper into a great national one. When Bradlee retired from the Post newsroom in 1991, then-publisher...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 21- Ocwen Financial Corp may have harmed hundreds of thousands of borrowers by sending backdated letters about loan modifications and foreclosures, New York state's financial regulator said on Tuesday, sparking a selloff in shares of the mortgage servicer. The company denied loan modifications in letters that borrowers received more than 30...

  • IAPA: Press freedom deteriorating in the Americas Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    SANTIAGO, Chile— Freedom of expression and the press have sharply deteriorated in the Americas over the last six months due to an increase in censorship and physical attacks on journalists, the Inter American Press Association said Tuesday. Journalists suffered violence in almost every country in the region, including Venezuela, where some were attacked by...

  • Pandora knows who you will (probably) vote for Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    If you live in Florida and like Pandora, you're probably hearing a lot of Rick Scott for Governor ads. That is, if you like country music.

  • US orders new screening for Ebola Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday. Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington's Dulles,...

  • TOKYO, Oct 21- The time is "ripe" for Japan and the United States to reach a breakthrough in talks for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, the U.S. commerce secretary said on Tuesday, adding that the two were "a lot closer" to a deal than in recent months. Penny Pritzker, who is in Japan with a trade mission of U.S. energy and medical companies, said both countries needed...

  • US urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:47 AM ET

    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is urging Japan to be bolder in opening its markets to help reach a deal on a pan-Pacific trade agreement. Pritzker, who is leading the Commerce Department's first trade mission to Japan in two decades, said Tuesday that U.S. and Japanese negotiators were closing the gap on trade in farm goods and vehicles but that there were...

  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school— some on as little as $7.25 per hour. In one state, Illinois, the campaign to support the minimum wage would not actually raise the wage.

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who...