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  • China challenges US dominance in Asia Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:39 AM ET
    China President Xi Jinping (L) sits with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during their meeting in Islamabad, on April 20, 2015 Xi Jinping his maiden visit to Pakistan on Monday.

    President of China announced plans for $46 billion of new infrastructure spending in Pakistan, reports The Fiscal Times.

  • Minimum wage floor Democrats are rallying around Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:09 AM ET
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at a rally calling for an increase in wages for low-wage government contract workers, on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 22, 2015.

    Senator Patty Murray plans to introduce a bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 by 2020, the NYT rpeorts.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- Legislation to give the White House "fast track" authority to nail down a Pacific trade pact cleared its first hurdle in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as a committee backed the bill and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 20 to 6 vote, the legislation would prohibit Congress from amending...

  • Some police in US looking to body cameras on their own Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:33 AM ET

    Studies of camera use by police in Rialto, California, and Mesa, Arizona, showed steep declines in citizen complaints and in use of force by officers. In the Ohio village of New Richmond, where Kidder's restraint last week in the face of a potentially deadly suspect has drawn wide acclaim, police chief Randy Harvey said the video shows why he'd like to have the...

  • Obama's trade agenda draws Republican support in House Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans pushed White House- backed trade legislation toward committee approval on Thursday despite strong objections by Democrats demanding stronger labor and environmental standards as well as a ban on currency manipulation by Asian nations. With the GOP in the majority, there was no doubt the measure would clear the Ways and Means...

  • DETROIT— Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming— and don't require congressional approval. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the plans at Michigan State University, where Obama signed...

  • New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif.— A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. And on Thursday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed for the first time that the Pentagon uncovered a breach by Russian hackers into an unclassified defense computer network...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- Legislation to give the White House "fast track" authority to nail down a Pacific trade pact cleared its first hurdle in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as a committee backed the bill and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 20 to 6 vote, the legislation would prohibit Congress from amending...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. House passes cyber-threat information bill Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 22- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for private companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with each other and the government without fear of lawsuits. "At some point, we need to stop talking about the next Sony, the next Anthem, the next Target, the next JP Morgan Chase and the...

  • The GOP lawmakers have tried the two policy "riders" before, but such provisions were stripped under the threat of a veto by the White House. Democrats on the committee also protested spending limits on domestic agency budgets as President Barack Obama's budget office weighed in for the second day in a row about the flaws it sees in the GOP spending plan.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- In a move likely to re-ignite public debate in America over electronic spying, Republicans have introduced a bill in the Senate to extend a controversial law empowering the government's bulk collection of U.S. telephone records. President Barack Obama and many in Congress want to retain the mass data-collection program as a national...

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- Republican Jeb Bush on Wednesday bashed Democratic 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton for voicing reservations about overseas trade talks, a rare issue on which the White House enjoys support from Republicans, with many Democrats opposed. The U.S. Congress is debating whether to give President Barack Obama "fast-track"...

  • States where health law seems to increase food-stamp use Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    Under the law, many states tried to improve Medicaid and food-stamp enrollment systems by making it easier for people to register for food benefits when they sign up for health coverage. Below is a list of the 11 states with recent enrollment increases in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of...

  • Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:01 PM ET

    CHICAGO— President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. West Virginia's food-stamp enrollment increased 4 percent after a Medicaid expansion that was part of the health care changes. Ten of those states expanded their...

  • Rosa DeLauro, a liberal stalwart from New Haven, finds herself in an unusual spot: She's fiercely opposed to President Barack Obama on a key issue. The 13- term congresswoman is organizing opposition to legislation backed by Obama that would allow Congress to vote up or down, without amendments, a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations. Joe Courtney also opposes the...

  • Barack Obama, Jamaican dance music legend Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:46 PM ET
    President Barack Obama (L) shares a laugh with Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller during a meeting at Jamaica House on April 9, 2015 in Kingston.

    President Obama greeted a Jamaican crowd with "wha gwan Jamaica," and instantly became a dancehall music sensation, GlobalPost reports.

  • Hello? Here's why the IRS isn't returning calls Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:35 AM ET
    The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.

    The IRS' phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this tax season as it cut millions of dollars from services.

  • WASHINGTON— The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama's health law. People without insurance faced fines, collected by the IRS, if they did not qualify for an exemption. The report said the IRS diverted $134...

  • WASHINGTON— Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a fierce opponent of the trade legislation, invoked a Senate scheduling rule to delay the committee's actions for hours.

  • WASHINGTON— As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate its reach or effectiveness. "That means the public lacks information it needs to understand the significance...