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  • WASHINGTON— Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post- Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday. That heated debate may recede to a simmer if senators, set to meet in an unusual Sunday session, decide to accept a House-passed bill that extends the programs and then send the measure to...

  • BERLIN, May 29- Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to drum up support in Germany for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ahead of the G7 summit she is hosting in June, saying in an interview on Saturday she hopes it will be finalized by 2017.. "It's important for me that the transatlantic free trade keeps pace with the Pacific region," Merkel said,...

  • Obama pinned responsibility directly on the Senate if something were to go awry. "And heaven forbid we've got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity but we didn't do so simply because of inaction in the Senate." McConnell is calling the Senate back into session Sunday, just hours...

  • Humana shares jump 19% amid takeover report Friday, 29 May 2015 | 1:11 PM ET

    Health insurer Humana has received takeover interest, with potential bidders including Aetna and Cigna, according to reports.

  • US drops Cuba from state terrorism sponsors list Friday, 29 May 2015 | 11:42 AM ET
    A Cuban gives the thumbs up from his balcony decorated with the US and Cuban flags in Havana, on January 16, 2015.

    The U.S. formally dropped Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, an important step toward restoring diplomatic ties.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A White House pledge to veto proposed changes to federal fishing laws has divided fishermen over whether the rule changes should be saved or scrapped. The White House has said the administration "strongly opposes" the changes and President Barack Obama's senior advisers would recommend a veto if the bill to authorize them passes.

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign. The EPA said the standards set by the law cannot be achieved, due partly to limitations on the amount of...

  • Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable' Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 5:25 PM ET

    Wisconsin will not comply with the president's plan without "significant and meaningful changes," Walker said. Wisconsin is among 15 coal-reliant states that are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to block the so-called Clean Power Plan, which would require states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.. In addition to those concerns,...

  • 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...

  • Obamacare case is political pickle for Republicans Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 2:28 PM ET
    Demonstrator Elodie Huttner holds a sign in support of President Barack Obama's health-care law, Obamacare, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

    Congressional Republicans have yet to act on plans to deal with the potential loss of subsidies for HealthCare.gov customers.

  • How the US can help defeat ISIS in Iraq Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 1:18 PM ET
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    There's one group of fighters in Iraq who deserve more support from the US, says David Phillips.

  • 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...

  • Huge drop in West Virginia coal production forecast Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:02 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008— less-than-encouraging news for more than 1,800 coal miners who learned last week they would likely lose their jobs. The report rattles off a combination of familiar economic, geological and...

  • 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...