"American Idol" star Kelly Clarkson performs "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's second inauguration; Richard Blanco reads the inaugural poem; Reverend Luis Leon gives the benediction; and Beyonce sings the "National Anthem" accompanied by the U.S. Marine Band.» Read More
The chances of a deal between Democratic and Republican lawmakers that would overhaul the U.S. tax system, trim government spending and reform safety net spending programs appear to be fading.
And a spate of scandals, involving the Internal Revenue Service, security for the U.S. mission in Benghazi and the seizure of phone records from the Associated Press news agency, has distracted Congress and the White House. But, he said, "the chances that this Congress does anything useful, which were already low, are even lower."
WASHINGTON-- Vice President Joe Biden wants pastors, rabbis and nuns to tell their flocks that enacting gun control is the moral thing to do. Around a large, circular table in a conference room on the White House grounds, Biden waxed optimistic about prospects for passing a bill, according to four participants who spoke to The Associated Press after the meeting.
HOUSTON, May 4- Heavy-handed gun laws and a culture disapproving of gun ownership put citizens in a vulnerable position during the door-to-door search for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev last month, NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre said on Saturday.
ROME- Italian centre-left politician Enrico Letta received a mandate to form a new government from President Giorgio Napolitano, an official at the Quirinale Palace announced on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 18- Three women lawyers at the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division are on the short list to fill a Democratic vacancy on the Federal Trade Commission, according to sources knowledgeable about the process.
WASHINGTON, April 12- President Barack Obama has asked a mother whose 6- year-old son was killed in the Newtown, Connecticut massacre to deliver his weekly radio address, an unusual move expected to turn up the pressure on Congress to pass tougher gun control laws.
WASHINGTON, April 5- The United States hopes to use a proposed regional free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific and another with the European Union to reshape global rules for trade, Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday.
NEW YORK, March 23- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch advocate of tougher gun control laws, will bankroll a $12 million national advertising campaign aimed at key members in the U.S. Senate, the mayor said in an interview with The New York Times published on Saturday.
WASHINGTON, March 13- Global oil market conditions are ripe for the West to further pressure Iran over its nuclear program, but the window will likely close next year as fuel demand is expected to rise in Asia, a report to be released on Wednesday said.
*Obama discusses deficit reduction with Paul Ryan. President Barack Obama expanded his fledgling search for Republican allies on a possible deficit-reduction deal when he hosted lunch on Thursday for Paul Ryan, one of the House of Representatives' leading fiscal conservatives.
President Barack Obama expanded his fledgling search for Republican allies on a possible deficit-reduction bargain when he hosted lunch on Thursday for Paul Ryan, one of the House of Representatives' leading fiscal conservatives.
UNITED NATIONS- The United States and China have struck a tentative deal on a draft U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution that would punish North Korea for its third nuclear test, which it conducted last month, U.N. diplomats said on Monday.
WASHINGTON, March 1- President Barack Obama began a meeting with congressional leaders on Friday to discuss a series of automatic spending cuts that start to take effect later in the day, talks that were not expected to result in a last-minute deal.
WASHINGTON, Feb 26- The top U.S. Dave Camp, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, said that major tax reform remains his top 2013 goal. Camp, of Michigan, leads one of the most coveted panels in Congress, with power over tax, healthcare financing and trade.
NEW YORK, Feb 14- He quoted Jack Kennedy but sounded more like Lyndon Johnson. In an audacious State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama made sweeping proposals to reduce poverty, revive the middle class and increase taxes on the "well off."
BRUSSELS, Feb 13- The United States and the European Union agreed on Wednesday to push for the launch by the end of June of talks to create the world's biggest free trade alliance, which could be a benchmark for global competitors to follow.
BRUSSELS, Feb 8- Europe's leaders will agree on Friday to push for a free-trade pact with the United States, according to a draft joint statement, putting the onus on the White House to respond to a proposal that would encompass half the world's economic output.
BRUSSELS, Feb 8- European leaders agreed on Friday to push for a free-trade pact with the United States, putting the onus on the White House to decide whether to try for a deal that would encompass half the world's economic output.
TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan's trade minister heads to Saudi Arabia on Friday for talks on securing extra oil, an official said, after a report the two will set up a telephone hotline to allow one of the world's top importers to seek emergency supply from OPEC's biggest producer.