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  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Senior U.S. officials on Tuesday briefed Democrats in the House of Representatives on a Pacific trade pact, as the administration pushed to overcome skepticism about trade deals among members of President Barack Obama's own party. Trade Representative Michael Froman and National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients updated...

  • March 3- The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, focusing on the issue of tax subsidies available through insurance exchanges set up under the statute. The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, requires people who do not get health insurance through their employer, or the...

  • CEO group: Trade would increase hiring in US Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 10:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Top business executives are pressing Congress to give President Barack Obama greater authority to negotiate international trade deals, citing the potential for increased hiring in the United States and greater competitiveness for their companies overseas. Most Republicans, who now control Congress, support broadening trade.

  • March 3- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law. -March 23, 2010: The Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, becomes law after a protracted debate in the U.S. Congress, with Democrats narrowly securing passage over unified Republican opposition.

  • March 3- When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the new challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, the justices will hear from two experienced attorneys with dueling views and contrasting styles. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, 57, will defend the law for the Obama administration. "This was a train wreck for the Obama administration," CNN...

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure's implementation. If a majority of the nine justices rules against the administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would...

  • Bridging the hope gap  Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:49 AM ET

    John Hope Bryant, Operation Hope CEO, shares his thoughts on how to solve the income inequality problem through apprenticeships and education.

  • Netanyahu takes center stage in GOP war with Obama Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:31 AM ET
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his ballot at a polling station on election day, January 22, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

    Iraeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will address Congress featuring divisions not only over his likely message, but on the nature of his trip to the nation's capital. NBCNews reports.

  • Netanyahu to address Congress  Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:21 AM ET

    NBC's Tracie Potts reports a growing number of members of Congress will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday because they believe it is too political.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran is in Saudi Arabia's interest, despite the country's fears it may boost its rival's support for Shi'ite Muslim interests in the region. But Saudi Arabia is sceptical too that any agreement would only let Iran devote more cash and energy to Shi'ite...

  • TOKYO— A deal between Japan and the U.S. needed to move ahead with a Pacific Rim trade pact is possible by this spring, a top Japanese trade negotiator said Tuesday. Wendy Cutler, acting deputy U.S. trade representative, will visit Japan for talks beginning Thursday on the politically sensitive issue of dismantling protections for Japan's farm products and for...

  • WASHINGTON— After a weeks-long political struggle, legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department is headed back to the House without restrictions conservatives demanded on President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Speaker John Boehner and other House Republican leaders declined Monday night to say what their next move would be in a...

  • IOWA CITY, Iowa— Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions. Taser is planning to send two of them to speak at luxury hotels in Australia and the United Arab...

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with Cuba after more than a half-century rupture. Cuba is keen to have Washington's...

  • SINGAPORE, March 3- U.S. crude held above $49 a barrel on Tuesday on expectations of a smaller build in stockpiles at Cushing, the delivery point for the contract, despite forecasts pointing to a new record high in the nation's inventories. *U.S. crude futures edged up 24 cents to $49.83 a barrel by 2350 GMT, after falling 17 cents in the previous session.

  • HAVANA, March 2- The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging the U.S. Congress to lift the U.S. embargo on trade with the island. That group was formed after the Dec. 17 announcement the United States and Communist-run Cuba would...

  • EXCLUSIVE-Full text of Reuters interview with Obama Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 5:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 2- Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason interviewed President Barack Obama on Monday on topics including U.S.- Israel relations, Iran, China and Russia. REUTERS- Let's start right on Israel. Your administration has described Prime Minister Netanyahu's plans to address Congress tomorrow on Iran as destructive.

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday that he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. While critics, including some members of Congress, have called the end of U.S. attempts to isolate Cuba a gift to the authoritarian Cuban government, Obama said there are already signs it is prompting...

  • Obama criticizes China's plans for new tech rules Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 5:14 PM ET
    President Barack Obama.

    President Obama criticized China's plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy.

  • WASHINGTON, March 2- President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no "plausible legal basis" for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of Obamacare, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan. On the Affordable Care Act, his signature policy achievement commonly referred to as Obamacare, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral...