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  • When popping the question to @POTUS, anything goes Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 3:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it. President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his@ POTUS handle last week. There were questions about everything from his favorite breakfast cereal to the boxers-or-briefs query that once tripped up President...

  • UPDATE 1-EU lawmakers back arbitration in U.S. trade deal Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 12:08 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 28- European lawmakers on Thursday backed including investor arbitration in a trade deal with the United States, one of the biggest obstacles to a transatlantic accord, but a decision that activists called a capitulation to business. A trade agreement between the United States and the European Union would be the world's largest, but Washington...

  • LONDON, May 28- The South China Sea has become the most important testing ground for the changing economic, political and military relationship between China and the United States. China and the other littoral states dispute ownership as well as the rights to resources and maritime control that flow from it. China says it owns the outcrops so is entitled to...

  • EU lawmakers back arbitration in U.S. trade deal Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:52 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 28- European lawmakers supported on Thursday including investor arbitration in a free-trade deal with the United States, a breakthrough on one of the biggest obstacles to a transatlantic accord. A trade agreement between the United States and the European Union would be the world's largest, but Washington says any deal must include ways for...

  • "The House cannot sue the executive branch over the implementation of existing federal law," Justice Department attorney Joel McElvain told U.S. At issue are payments to insurance companies not expressly appropriated by Congress but being made by the administration, anyway. "We believe we have established what can only be viewed as a concrete injury," George...

  • May 27- A majority of Americans support new trade deals, a Reuters/ Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday, even as President Barack Obama struggles to win support for legislation key to sealing a signature Pacific Rim trade agreement. The House of Representatives is expected to consider a bill to speed trade deals through Congress in June, after it passed the Senate by a...

  • Health law court case winner could be political loser Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 1:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser. If the Republican-backed challenge to the law's subsidies for lower-earning Americans prevails, the GOP would have achieved a paramount goal of severely damaging "Obamacare." Tom Davis, R- Va., who once led the House GOP...

  • Obama administration issues new rules to protect water Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    The Waters of the United State rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, aims to give clarity about which bodies of water the EPA would have jurisdiction over. The result will be better public service nationwide, "said Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for the Army, Civil Works. The EPA and Army Corps said they took...

  • New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    The White House said the rules would provide much-needed clarity for landowners, but some Republicans and farm groups said they go much too far. The rules, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are designed to clarify which smaller waterways fall under federal protection after two Supreme Court rulings had left the...

  • *Parliament to vote on May 28 and June 10 on EU-U.S. deal. BRUSSELS, May 27- The European Parliament will seek to support a trade deal with the United States in two crucial votes, but the issue of how companies settle disputes will remain the pact's Achilles heel, a senior EU lawmaker said on Wednesday. While an accord will not be ready before 2016, the European...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • Jason Rezaian, the Post's 39- year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of "espionage for the hostile government of the United States" and propaganda against the Islamic Republic, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported. Rezaian's brother, Ali Rezaian, later told The Associated Press in Washington that the...

  • TOKYO, May 26- China's drive to create a Beijing- led Asian development bank seen as a threat to U.S. and Japanese regional clout is adding to a sense of urgency among Japanese officials keen to get a 12- nation pan-Pacific trade pact off the ground. Japan hopes the Trans-Pacific Partnership will help anchor ally Washington in Asia and create a rule-based regime...

  • OTTAWA, May 26- A surge in support for Canada's left-leaning New Democrats is forcing strategists and investors to consider a once unthinkable prospect- the party which has never governed federally might now win the October election. The New Democratic Party scored a stunning upset in Alberta's provincial election this month, ending four decades of...

  • HAVANA— The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism. The dramatic rise was seen in the number of Americans with no family ties to Cuba who visited between...

  • OTTAWA, May 25- North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies. The agreement comes even as Canada's right-leaning Conservative government and the Obama administration clash over the lengthy and ongoing U.S....

  • Rhode Island last year began allowing workers to take up to four weeks of paid leave. "It was just such a stress reliever, knowing there was going to be money to help us pay the bills," said Quirk, who gushed about the program to Obama when he visited Rhode Island in October. About 5,000 people have taken paid family leave in Rhode Island so far.

  • MIAMI, May 25- The Florida Bar is sending its first ever delegation of lawyers to Cuba this week to explore emerging new business opportunities as prospects heat up for closer political and commercial relations between the United States and the Communist-run island. Some big law firms with Miami offices, often staffed by Cuban-American exiles, are already...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • SEATTLE— One of two protesters who affixed themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle left the vessel Sunday, but the other remained suspended from its anchor chain in an effort to draw attention to climate change and the risks an oil spill could pose in the remote waters off northwestern Alaska. Protester Matt Fuller requested...