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  • WASHINGTON, TOKYO, April 21- Japan's top trade negotiator sounded an optimistic note on Tuesday that he could reach a deal with the United States that is essential to creating a free trade pact covering 12 countries. Japan and the United States have been locked in negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a U.S. proposal that would connect a dozen...

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- The 12- nation Pacific trade pact would create nearly a quarter of a million U.S. jobs due to increased foreign investment in the United States, a business group estimated on Monday, in the first look at the deal's employment impact. The trade deal, which reaches from Japan to Chile, would also create another 165,000 "indirect and induced" jobs...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has invited Democratic and Republican lawmakers to the White House for a reception thanking them for their work on legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors. He said he would have lawmakers to the White House this week. Instead, doctors threatened to leave the Medicare program, and that forced Congress...

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- Almost 300 business groups from across the United States are urging swift passage of a bipartisan bill in Congress that would "fast-track" trade deals, in a letter they plan to send to congressional leaders on Tuesday. Noting that Washington was negotiating trade deals with Pacific countries and Europe, the letter seen by Reuters, dated...

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- A trade deal between Japan and the United States is within reach, the U.S. State Department's top diplomat for Asia, Danny Russel, said on Monday. The comment by Russel, the State Department's assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, comes ahead of an April 28 summit between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman are...

  • HAVANA, April 20- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met senior Cuban officials in Havana on Monday as the head of a high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of President Barack Obama's easing of restrictions with the Communist-led island. Cuomo, a Democrat, is the first governor to visit Cuba since a December announcement by Obama and Cuban...

  • HOUSTON, April 20- Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Monday she will introduce legislation this year to allow U.S. crude exports, saying the Obama administration shouldn't dare lift sanctions on Iran before scrapping the U.S. crude export ban. While the final framework of the deal has yet to be determined, it appears it would let Iran export far more crude oil than at...

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- The 12- nation Pacific trade pact would create nearly a quarter of a million U.S. jobs due to increased foreign investment in the United States, a business group estimated on Monday, in the first look at the deal's employment impact. The trade deal, which reaches from Japan to Chile, would also create another 165,000 "indirect and induced" jobs...

  • WASHINGTON— Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is calling for a reshaping of the U.S. financial oversight regime, which he says is splintered and ineffective. Under the Volcker Alliance's recommendations, the Federal Reserve would keep primary responsibility for financial stability. A new, independent Prudential Supervisory Authority would...

  • TOKYO, April 20- Japan and the United States continued the second of two days of tough trade talks on Monday that could pave the way for a broader trans-Pacific agreement, although Tokyo shrugged off expectations of a bilateral deal in time for a summit next week. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking on an evening news programme in Tokyo, said negotiators...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress. A Democrat in the White House probably would use the waiver to build bridges to Republican governors and state legislators opposed to the law. But "you would be hard pressed to find a state that doesn't know what...

  • Talks begin on Capitol Hill budget measure Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers quarreled Monday over Medicare, taxes and almost $40 billion in unrequested money for overseas war-fighting as House and Senate negotiators kicked off work on a Republican budget blueprint for next year and beyond. Tom Price of Georgia, top negotiator for House Republicans, as he touted the version he largely drafted.

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- If the U.S. Supreme Court blows up the tax subsidies at the heart of Obamacare in June, Republicans hope to deliver on their promise to offer an alternative healthcare plan. Two front-running Republican options at an early stage in Congress include a refundable tax credit that experts say is virtually the same thing as the Obamacare tax...

  • US, Japan talks fail to close gap on farm, auto trade Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 12:35 AM ET

    TOKYO— The U.S. and Japan need further work to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal, U.S. The talks between Japan and the U.S. are part of negotiations among 12 nations participating in the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership, which eventually aims to create a free trade zone in the Asia-Pacific...

  • And some are striking a sympathetic tone with lower-income workers in a way that contrasts with four years ago when Mitt Romney struggled to overcome perceptions that he was largely the candidate of the wealthiest Americans. Then, Republican nominee Romney had the luxury of being able to hammer President Barack Obama with an unemployment rate of more than 8...

  • FireEye Inc, a prominent U.S. security company, said the espionage effort took advantage of holes in Adobe Systems Inc's Flash software for viewing active content and Microsoft Corp's ubiquitous Windows operating system. FireEye has been assisting the agencies probing those attacks, but it said it could not comment on whether the spies are the same ones who...

  • NASHUA, N.H.— Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race. But to do so, Fiorina is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. Speaking of Clinton in an interview with The Associated Press, Fiorina said, "She wants to make it a gender-based...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- India's surprise decision to agree to phase-down the use of a potent greenhouse gas after years of opposition is a "significant step" toward global action to address climate change, the U.S. State Department's climate change envoy said Friday. India on Thursday proposed an amendment to the United Nations' Montreal Protocol, which calls on...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The U.S. government would get a larger share of oil and gas revenue from federal land under a proposal announced by the Interior Department on Friday. Reforms will "ensure that American taxpayers receive a fair return from energy resources developed on their public lands," Neil Kornze, director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Land...

  • President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday urged Greek leaders to make economic reforms as they continue to see additional financial aid to shore up its economy. Speaking at a news conference following a meeting between the two leaders, Renzi said Europe must also work to reach an agreement with Greece and that the vote of...