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  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations— a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington— seconded by Cuban President Raul...

  • 113th Congress ends with more fights than feats Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. That was the fewest since at least 1947 and 1948, when what President Harry Truman dubbed "the do-nothing Congress" enacted over 900 laws.

  • WASHINGTON— A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an author of the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last year with bipartisan...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- The Obama administration has not yet made a decision on whether the president will sign a bill authorizing new sanctions against Russia over its activities in Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Monday. The official, who declined to be identified, said the administration "remains deeply concerned about the aggressive actions...

  • Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy. The Senate passed the bill on a day Democrats launched a drive to confirm two dozen of Obama's stalled nominees to...

  • Congress sends Obama $1.1 T spending bill Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 12:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Friday urged the Senate to ratify a $1.1 trillion, House-passed spending bill that has roiled his Democratic Party, judging it an imperfect measure that stems from "the divided government that the American people voted for." Mike Lee of Utah, launched a bid to force the Senate to vote on Obama's new immigration policy.

  • Obama-Democratic split - a function of compromise Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The drama surrounding passage of a massive spending bill exposed internal party tensions that had once only bedeviled Republican House Speaker John Boehner. In the end, President Barack Obama peeled off enough Democrats to get his way, but the spectacle surrounding the House vote on the $1.1 trillion package demonstrated that cutting deals with...

  • Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she opposed. She said she was "enormously disappointed" the White House backed it. Less than three hours before the government was to run out of money, Pelosi...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- Moving to allay uncertainty about the 2014 tax year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to renew a wide-ranging package of temporary tax breaks, known as the "extenders," postponing further debate on them to 2015.. That means U.S. taxpayers would be able to claim the tax breaks for 2014, if the Senate and President...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration into 2015.. At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a spending bill that funds most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, avoiding a shutdown fight over President Barack Obama's immigration action. Congress must pass a federal government spending bill by Dec. 11 to avoid a shutdown.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a spending bill that funds most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, avoiding a shutdown fight over President Barack Obama's immigration action. Congress must pass a federal government spending bill by Dec. 11 to avoid a shutdown.

  • Retailers take aim at Alibaba Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    Bricks-and-mortar retailers, which have attacked Amazon for profiting from what they call a sales tax loophole, now target Alibaba. FT reports.

  • LAS VEGAS, Nov 21- President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 21- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration had sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation and vowed to lead a fight to block the order. Obama is set to sign the order, the biggest U.S. immigration changes in a decade, later on Friday at a high school in Las...

  • Boehner: Obama can't be trusted to enforce law Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:43 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the media during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol, November 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

    House Speaker John Boehner said President Barack Obama's new executive actions on immigration "deliberately sabotage" bipartisan efforts.

  • I warned the president, says House Speaker John Boehner, commenting on President Obama's immigration plan.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves. In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican arguments that his decision to bypass Congress...

  • Obama: Immigration system broken, everybody knows Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:31 PM ET
    A group of legal and undocumented immigrants watch U.S. President Barack Obama speaking about the country's immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, on a screen in New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 20, 2014.

    Obama's executive actions will "hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable" by offering them protection from deportation.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans. In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive...