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  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:56 AM ET
    Construction trailers sit in front of the new National Security Agency (NSA) data center June 10, 2013 in Bluffdale, Utah.

    The NSA lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after Senator Rand Paul stood in the way of the program.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate narrowly rejected a push by some lawmakers to include rules to punish currency manipulators, a...

  • HAMPTON, N.H./ WASHINGTON, May 22- Hillary Clinton on Friday voiced strong support for keeping the U.S. Export-Import Bank open and accused Republican opponents who want to close the export-promoting lender of putting American jobs at risk. Some of the bank's biggest beneficiaries, including General Electric Co and Boeing Co, say closing Ex-Im will lead to the...

  • U.S. Senate aims to pass fast-track trade bill Friday Friday, 22 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 22- The U.S. Senate on Friday was poised to approve the "fast-track" authority that President Barack Obama says he needs to complete a 12- nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia. The Republican-controlled Senate still must decide several amendments, including a contentious one on currency manipulation...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Export-Import Bank moved a step closer to avoiding closure on Thursday as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to hold a vote on renewing its charter in June. The decision gives Congress a legislative vehicle to start considering the fate of the federal export credit lender, with conservative House of Representatives...

  • *Senate backs import duties for currency manipulators. Just two days after Democrats defied Obama to block debate on a bill to "fast-track" trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal through Congress, the Senate voted 65 to 33 to move ahead with consideration of the measure. Strong support for the bill on this second go-round suggests senators...

  • Why Ted Cruz is wowing some of Wall Street's money-men Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, May 14- Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite and leading figure in the 2013 government shutdown that rattled investors, isn't the kind of politician who usually wins a lot of friends among Wall Street campaign donors. Despite the uncompromising rhetoric, Cruz is winning praise from some potential Wall Street donors, including bankers...

  • Congress needs to be careful with Iran Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 5:18 PM ET
    Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    Congress wants a say in Iran nuclear talks but it could further destabilize the Middle East in the process, says Dan Steinbock.

  • Insurers step up lobbying to battle U.S. regulators Friday, 8 May 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 8- Insurance firms, already among Washington's biggest donors, are securing powerful allies in Congress as the Federal Reserve draws up nationwide capital rules for the $1 trillion industry after years of delay. Two members of the House of Representatives who received large industry donations for their election campaigns and one senator...

  • WASHINGTON, May 3- Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner challenged Hillary Clinton on Sunday to help the White House get trade legislation through the U.S. Congress by speaking out in favor of it. Trade is a rare issue on which the White House enjoys support from Republicans, but many Democrats are opposed. The White House says free-trade...

  • WASHINGTON, May 3- Republican House Speaker John Boehner challenged Hillary Clinton on Sunday to help the White House get trade legislation through the U.S. Congress by speaking out in favor of it. Trade is a rare issue on which the White House enjoys support from Republicans, but many Democrats are opposed. The White House says free-trade deals open up new...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- A key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will approve legislation central to a Pacific trade pact even though the top Democrat in the House of Representatives said more work is needed to make the "fast track" legislation palatable to his party. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- A key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will approve legislation key to a Pacific trade pact even though the top Democrat in the House of Representatives said more work is needed to make the "fast track" legislation palatable to Democrats. The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan, said he...

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he would welcome a bipartisan negotiating effort to ease statutory caps on military and domestic spending similar to a deal reached in 2013 after a government shutdown. Boehner at a news conference gave his clearest endorsement yet of an effort to lift the spending caps this year,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner appointed five largely loyal Republican allies to a negotiating panel on Tuesday to work out differences between House- and Senate- passed budgets. The Republican negotiators are led by Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price and include panel vice chairman Todd Rokita of Indiana, Diane...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- The U.S. Senate should pass, without any amendments, legislation overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives to avert drastic cuts of payments to doctors treating Medicare patients, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner warned on Tuesday. "Unless the Senate passes the House-passed' doc fix' bill, significant cuts to...

  • President Barack Obama assured Americans on Saturday that a newly negotiated framework for a nuclear pact with Iran was a "good deal" as he sought public support for a diplomatic breakthrough that many in Congress oppose. "It's a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran's program and cutting off every pathway that...

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres from oil and gas drilling. President Barack Obama, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner released by the White House, stood by his administration's...

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres from oil and gas drilling. President Barack Obama, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner released by the White House, stood by his administration's...

  • Obama warns Congress on Iran deal Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 4:07 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks about the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program announced by negotiators in Switzerland during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington April 2, 2015.

    The agreed framework for a nuclear deal with Iran would make the world a safer place if implemented, President Barack Obama said.